Block 7

We may be nearing the end of the National Quilters Circle Quilt Block Challenge (can you believe it?), but we are definitely not slowing down! Our seventh week is upon us and that means we’re on to block #7!

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 pre-wash 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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8 Responses to “Block 7”

  1. Gena

    If I cut strips at 3in. , do I cut the squares at 5.5 or 6.25 in? New kid on block!

  2. Mary

    Looks like fun!

  3. Wendy

    Looks like fun

  4. Barbara

    thank you, I enjoy the block challenge, what a great idea

  5. Cheryl D Williams

    I just joined the group and I really DO look forward to making the quilt. I just find myself in the middle of a move and will be slow about getting it done. I have a question: I am unclear in regard to the amount of fabric listed as required. Is this for each block or for the entire quilt? I don't want to start cutting or purchasing until I hear. TY.

  6. Alyce Wojcik

    Interesting, I would like to try and see if I can keep up with you.

  7. Jean Bellavance

    I joined right after the Quilt Block Challenge started. I have the instructions for Blocks 2 thru 7 but not Block 1. How can I get it? Thank you,

  8. Anne Filion

    Cannot wait till this is all finished. This is my first time doing a block of the week and have rally enjoyed it.