Block 5

How has the National Quilters Circle Quilt Block Challenge been going for you so far? We love seeing all the beautiful blocks you’ve created – what talented quilters! We’re already up to week 5 – can you believe it? 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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17 Responses to “Block 5”

  1. Sue

    Not sure what fabric i will use

  2. Wayne Miller

    Cannot get blocks 5 through 7 and have tried multiple times. Need help

  3. Kristi

    I just joined the website last week and only listened to the webcast tonight - block #6. But I did get on the PC and download ALL the blocks - 1 thru 7 - that have been posted. Now I guess it's up to me to get into my stash and start cutting and sewing. *** Andrea *** I did notice a few asking about batting - 1) if you are HAND quilting, than "natural" batting is preferred; and 2) same for machine quilting - especially if sending it out - they would all like to see the "natural" batting as well. So cotton/wool batting is the best to use ALL around. To lessen the shrinkage - cold/cold/cool.

  4. Cool Branch Quiltery

    Excited to learn some new blocks, but even more excited to see what everyone does with them.

  5. Karen Maddox

    In response to Barabara on March 24, Quilt In a Day has a square up ruler I love. You would place the 4-1/2 inch line on the seaf of your half square triangle before you open it up to press. Then you just trim up two sides. Works beautifully.

  6. Debra Revay

    Are we suppose to change the measurements in the patterns or they just examples if we want to change the size of the blocks? I'm a little confused about this.

  7. Sheri

    Looking forward to joining in

  8. Sally Simmons

    Looking foward to catching up with everyone

  9. Pat Dennis

    Would love to receive blocks via e-mail - can you help me?

  10. Jacki Hillman

    Having fun making each block but somehow I missed block #4. Is it possible to have it sent again or at least picture of it? Thanks so much.