Block 1: Christmas Countdown 2019

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Block 1

8½” x 8½”

Cutting Instructions

From the red fabric, cut:
(2) 3½” x 3½”
(2) 3” x 3”

From the green fabric, cut:
(4) 3⅛” x 3⅛”
(1) 3” x 3”

From the cream fabric, cut:
(2) 3½” x 3½”
(1) 3” x 3”
(4) 2½” x 2½”

Unit Assembly

Half Square Triangles

Mark the wrong side of the red 3” squares in half diagonally once. Lay a marked red square over a cream 3” square, right sides together. Sew a ¼” from each side of the marked line. Cut apart on the marked line. Trim unit to 2½” square. Make 2.

Repeat to make (2) Red/Green 2½” HST.

Need help with Half Square Triangles? Watch this helpful video.

Split Quarter Square Triangles

Mark the backs of the cream 3½” squares in half diagonally once. Layer with a red 3½” square, right sides together. Sew a ¼” on both sides of the marked line. Cut apart on the marked line to make two Half Square Triangles.

Mark the backs of the green 3⅛” squares from corner to corner. Layer a marked square with a background/yellow Half Square Triangle. Sew a ¼” from each side of the marked line. Cut apart on the marked line. Repeat with the remaining Half Square Triangles.

Trim unit to 2½” square. Make 8 Split Quarter Square Triangles.

Block Assembly

Use the block diagram above to layout the block into four rows. Sew the units into rows.

Sew the rows together to complete the block.

Block measures 8½” x 8½” unfinished.

Click Here to find the fabric requirements and all the blocks as they are published!

Are you ready for the Christmas Countdown? This year we are celebrating classic blocks with the Simpler Times quilt.

Simpler Times Christmas

Designed by Emily Cross & Betsey Langford

70″ x 70″ Quilt

Show off your progress, connect with other quilters, get ideas, motivation and more!

Join us on our Christmas Countdown Facebook Group!

Be sure to share your Simpler Times progress with us on Facebook and Instagram using the hashtag #ChristmasCountdownQuiltAlong

AQS Members Get Even More!

Next year we’ll be counting down to Christmas all year long with a stunning quilt inspired by snowflakes: Twilight Flurries. AQS members get early access to the patterns this December before they release to everyone next year.

Twilight Flurries

There are more ways than ever to countdown to Christmas with us and we’re so excited to see what you make!

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