Block 1


It’s time for your very first block of the National Quilters Circle Quilt Block Challenge! Are you ready for it? We sure are!

For this challenge, we will be 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 your first 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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162 Responses to “Block 1”

  1. Lois Dodd

    I love new challenges

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  4. Donna McKenzie

    Can we start it now?

  5. Estella

    Can I still join. Just heard about this from a friend. Excited to join.

  6. Tina Ayers

    Thank you for sharing. Love them. Looking foreard to getting back to my machine.

  7. Janet Corcoran

    I love my friend's quilt. I can't wait to make my own.

  8. Pam Green

    I've signed up for the weekly updates, and been following the facebook page. I saw in one of the posts a day or so ago, that there was a printable list of how many of each color and size HST and squares are needed for the entire quilt. I've looked and looked for that post again, but can't locate it... Can you please give me a link to that information? It may come out tomorrow in your newsletter, but just in case that piece isn't included, I'm asking now. thanks! I've thoroughly enjoyed this challenge.

  9. Oma Harlan

    I am a member but I I have a new e-mail and I did not know how to send to you. old new I have had great fun doing thi.s, the colors are some I do not normally use. I do not know how to put on facebook yet but will keep working at it. Thank you.

  10. Ollie

    Thank you