Block 4

Moving right along in the National Quilters Circle Quilt Block Challenge, we’re already up to week 4! Can you believe it? It’s time to get started on our fourth block of the quilt sampler. Here we go!

For this challenge, we are working on the beautiful Snowy Day Quilt Sampler designed by Andrea Smith of Happy Cloud Creations. The finished size of the quilt will be 56.5 x 56.5 inches, but below you’ll find some instructions in case you’d like to change the block size. In this post you’ll also find information on fabric requirements and other tips on fabric and color choice.

Click the button below to download a PDF with instructions for the second block. And make sure to share your progress in the Quilt Block Challenge Facebook Group – we can’t wait to see everyone’s work!

Basic Instructions

1. Read all instructions before beginning your block.
2. All seam allowances are 1/4 inch.
3. Pattern assumes most width of fabrics are 42 inches. If you like to prewash your fabric, you will want to purchase 1/4 yard more fabric to account for shrinkage.
4. Basic sewing, piecing, and quilting knowledge needed.

Fabric Needed

Color A (Navy): 2/3 yard
Color B (Pink): 1 yard
Color C (Teal): 2/3 yard
Color D (Grey): 2 1/2 yards (includes 1 yard of sashing)
Binding: 1/2 yard Backing: 3 3/4 yard

Andrea has chosen pretty pinks and blue hues for her design, but feel free to use whatever colors use like. It is recommended you keep Color D a contrasting color from Color A, B, and C to help the designs stand out. This design would also make a great scrappy quilt.

How to Change Block Size

Where the pattern says 4.5 x 4.5:
Divide your total finished size block by 4 and add .5
Example: 20/4=5+.5=5.5

Where the pattern says 5.25 x 5.25 (squares used for hst):
Use the previous number and add .75
Example: 5.5+.75=6.25

Where the pattern says to use 2.5 inch strip:
Divide your total finished size block by 8 then add .5
Example: 20/8=2.5+.5=3

If you haven’t signed up for the Quilt Block Challenge, there’s still time! You can sign up here to make sure you get the block assignments delivered to you inbox each week. And make sure to visit Andrea on Facebook, Instagram, and Etsy to see more of her beautiful work

Ready for the next block? Here’s what’s coming up next:

Block 1
Block 2
Block 3
Block 4
Block 5
Block 6
Block 7
Block 8
Block 9
Finishing/Assembly Instructions


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30 Responses to “Block 4”

  1. Jean Byer

    Could you please send me the pdf for block 4. I have all the others but somehow missed that one. Thanks so much :)

  2. Deborah Johnston

    Thank you for adding me - such beautiful patterns and quilts

  3. Lynn

    I have not been able to download Blocks 3 & 4. Can anyone help me? If so, Thank you.

  4. Roberta Kass

    Loving blocks

  5. Marie

    A friend and I are both making a block extra a month and exchanging. Love the blocks and the chance to sew with a friend. Can't wait to start putting the final touches on the quilt. Marie

  6. Heather

    Please send me the instructions for Block 4 ... there is no download here button ... I have tried the links that you have sent to other people ... and that link does not bring up the site with a download button

  7. phyllis

    need block 5

  8. Kathleen Reynolds

    How are other quilters getting all of the blocks? I see that some have finished completely, yet I cannot see where they were able to download weeks 6 through 9 and the assembly instructions.

  9. Marjorie

    What is 1/2 yard backing? I have asked question many times but no answer.

  10. billkitchen

    I want to copy block4