Block 22: Christmas Countdown 2019

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Note – There are two options for making this block: patchwork and foundation paper piecing. Note the different cutting and assembly instructions for each method.

Block 22

8½” x 8½”

Patchwork Cutting Instructions

From the red fabric, cut:
(16) 1½” x 1½”

From the green fabric, cut:
(8) 2⅞” x 2⅞” cut in half diagonally once

From the cream fabric, cut:
(16) 2” x 2” cut in half diagonally once

Foundation Paper Piecing (FPP) Cutting Instructions

From the red fabric, cut:
A1 – (16) 2” x 2”

From the green fabric, cut:
A4 – (8) 3½” x 3½” cut in half diagonally once

From the cream fabric, cut:
A2 & A3 – (16) 2½” x 2½” cut in half diagonally once

Unit Assembly

Patchwork Block 22 Unit

Lay a cream triangle and lay it right sides together over a red 1½” square, oriented as shown below. Sew a ¼” seam, press, and trim the cream even to the red square. Sew another cream triangle to the red square as shown below.

Mark a sewing line ¼” from the long edge of a green triangle. Lay the marked green triangle over the previous unit, lining it up to the square side of the previous unit and sew on the marked line. Trim the seam allowance and press.

Block 22 unit measures 2½” square. Make 16.

Foundation Paper Pieced Block 22 Unit

Click Here to download the Block 22 FPP patterns.

Print the FPP patterns and measure the 1″ square to ensure accurate printing size.

Follow the numbers of the FPP templates to complete the unit in numerical order. Trim the units to 2½” x 2½” unfinished. Make 16 units and remove paper.

To brush up on your FPP skills, click here.

Block Assembly

Use the block diagram above to lay the block out. Sew the units into four 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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