Block 9: Christmas Countdown 2019


Block 9

8½” x 8½”

Cutting Instructions

From the red fabric, cut:
(2) 3” x 3”
(4) 1½” x 2½”

From the green fabric, cut:
(8) 2½” x 2½”

From the cream fabric, cut:
(2) 3” x 3”
(4) 2½” x 4½”
(1) 2½” x 2½”
(12) 1½” x 1½”

Unit Assembly

Half Square Triangles

Mark the wrong side of the red 3” squares in half diagonally once. Lay a marked 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 4.

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

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 red/cream Flying Geese units.

Repeat with the cream 2½” x 4½” rectangles and green 2½” squares. Make 4 cream/green Flying Geese units.

Center Star

Use the diagram below to layout the Center Star into three rows using (4) cream 1½” squares, (4) red/cream Flying Geese, and (1) cream 2½” square. Sew the units into rows.

Sew the rows together to complete the Center Star. Unit measures 4½” square unfinished. Make 1 Center Star.

Block Assembly

Use the block diagram above to layout the block into three 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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