Block 9

Well, we did it! We made it to our final block of the National Quilters Circle Quilt Block Challenge! What a fun journey it’s been so far, but we’re not quite done yet – next up is finishing and assembling your beautiful quilts! Make sure to stick around until next week when we release the step by step instructions for finishing your quilts, plus some other fun surprises in store!

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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12 Responses to “Block 9”

  1. Maxine munro

    Thanks for letting me join

  2. Robyn Haworth

    Have loved seeing all the blocks you ladies have made. However, I forgot to download the blocks as the came in the email (due to going through my hubby's cancer treatment & moving towns & houses). Went in tonight to troll thru all the saved emails to print out the block patterns only to discover the links have expired......:( is there anyway I can get #'s 1 thru to 7 pretty please.

  3. Merry Gehr

    Have enjoyed making all the blocks, now I'm anxiously anticipating the assembly and enjoying the finished product. I changed my colors up because I was using leftover fabric. So far I am very pleased with my choices. Thank you , I hope you do another one soon

  4. Mary Henderson

    Love the pattern. Looking forward to making a quilt using these squares.

  5. Anne Grinley a

    Thank you..Andrea. . This challenge has been a great trip. All 9 blocks are complete Waiting for your last set of instructions. You have been wonderful. Anne

  6. shirley cook

    This is the very first quilt I have made and I'm in love with quilting now. Will you be posting the directions for the finishing touches. I have no clue how to put these blocks together.

  7. Lyn Whybro

    Thank you for the opportunity to be able to gain more quilting ideas from future videos and other interactions.

  8. Judy Dunshee

    Looking forward to seeing everyone's squares

  9. Pat Dennis

    Love this challenge - doing another?

  10. Gay

    This will be my first attempt at making a quilt. I havent had a chance to start on this quilt yet due to other things in the way, but I have a couple of questions. Should this be sewn with a scant 1/4" seam, or does it matter that much. Also, is the amount of fabric given on the Basic Instructions the correct amount to complete the quilt, or is the amount listed, for each block. I am curious because that same amount is shown on each block instructions, and I want to make sure to get the correct amount. Can ya tell I am really new at this. Lol. Thank you.