Block 5: Christmas Countdown 2019


Block 5

8½” x 8½”

Cutting Instructions

From the red fabric, cut:
(4) 1½” x 2½”
(8) 1½” x 1½”

From the green fabric, cut:
(1) 2” x 2”
(4) 1½” x 4½”

From the cream fabric, cut:
(4) 2½” x 2½”
(1) 2” x 2”
(4) 1½” x 4½”
(4) 1½” x 2½”
(14) 1½” x 1½”

Unit Assembly

Half Square Triangles

Mark the wrong side of the green 2” squares in half diagonally once. Lay a marked square over a cream 2” square, right sides together. Sew a ¼” from each side of the marked line. Cut apart on the marked line. Trim unit to 1½” square. Make 2.

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

Butterfly Unit

Lay out two green/cream 1½” squares and two cream 1½” squares as shown below.

Sew together in pairs and press. Then sew the pairs together to create a Butterfly unit.

Flying Geese

Mark the wrong side of the cream 1½” square in half diagonally once. Lay the marked square right sides together with a red 1½” x 2½” rectangle, oriented as shown below. Sew on the marked line. Trim excess a quarter inch from the sewn line and press.

Repeat on the other side with another marked cream 1½” square. Make 4 Flying Geese units.

Corner Flip

Mark the wrong side of the red 1½” squares in half diagonally once. Lay a marked red square over the corner of a cream 2½” square, right sides together. Sew on the marked line. Trim ¼” the sewn line to create the seam. Press.

Repeat with another marked red 1½” square on the diagonally opposite corner. Make 4 Corner Flip units.


Sew a green 1½” x 4½” strip to the top of a cream 1½” x 4½” strip.

Make 4 Strip units.

Block Assembly

Use the block diagram above to lay the block center first and sew it together. Then lay out the whole block and 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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I wish when you printed information for blocks youd give the name.

Jacqueline Hale

Thank you!