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Solstice Quilt Along
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Initial instructions are at the bottom of the page.

Block B



Block B is remarkably similar to Block A, so this should go pretty quickly! 

We have the same units as before - four patches in the corners, HSTs on the edges, and QST combo units in the center. 

The main differences between between A and B are:
  • Use your medium background (Tan in the pattern) in the Four Patch units
  • The HSTs use only the light background, and are oriented around the center to create a different look. Pay attention to the pattern when putting the block together! 
  • The QST combo units use three colors instead of two, so go ahead and choose some fun colors to incorporate into the center of the block! 
Remember, make your units larger and trim them to 4 1/2" once they are put together. This is how I get my points to come together so nicely. 



Block A



Make sure you’ve seen my cutting notes above before starting! Having that extra wiggle room to trim down your HSTs and QSTs can make all the difference. 


I also found it helpful to write down which colors I was substituting for the colors listed in the pattern. 


Now to sewing… 


  1. Make your four patches as shown in the pattern. Remember to fan your seams! 

  2. Make your HSTs. 

    1. Draw a line on the wrong side of your background square, corner to corner. Put right sides together and sew a ¼” from the line on both sides of the line. 

    2. Cut apart on the line and press. 

    3. Trim to 4 ½”

    4. Follow the pattern to put the HST units together. 

  3. Make the QST combo units. 

    1. You’ll see in my cutting instructions that I didn’t cut apart my squares for these units initially (we don’t want bias edges hanging around!). You will need to cut them apart now. 

    2. Put the combo units together as indicated in the pattern. 

    3. Remember to trim your units to 4 ½” before putting your block together 

  4. Put your block together! 


Happy sewing! 

Solstice Quilt along - cutting instructions


A couple quick notes on cutting instructions: 
  • Please read all instructions in the pattern before doing any cutting
  • In my examples, I will be modifying the way the pattern creates half square triangles (HSTs) and quarter square triangles (QSTs) - I cut squares for HSTs at 5 1/4” where it says 4 7/8”, and 3 1/4” where it says 2 7/8”. QSTs are cut at 5 1/2” (or larger if you wish). These increases are so when the unit is put together, it can be trimmed down. 
  • Personally, I like to cut everything ahead of time, so I’ll be cutting all of my background squares and rectangles before putting any blocks together. 

Solstice Quilt Along - Getting Started


Hi Everyone! 


I hope you’re all doing well during this corona outbreak. I’m bringing you this quilt along to give you another project you can do from the safety of your own sewing room. 


The pattern we’ll be working with is Solstice by Kate Spain. This is a free pattern that you can download here or from Moda’s free pattern page


What you’ll need: 

Fabric

Fat quarters - 12 or more.

Light Background - 2 ½ yards

Medium Background - ⅝ yards

Border 1&2 - ⅝ yards EACH

Binding - ⅝ yard


Tools

Rotary cutter & rulers (I use a 6”x24” & 6 ½” square)

Pressing materials (best press, etc)

Sewing machine & neutral thread


That’s it! 


The pattern shows the quilt put together in Christmas colors. I chose batiks in aqua, green & yellow. 

When choosing fabrics, keep in mind that you want a good amount of contrast to make the blocks stand out. 

Also keep in mind that most of the pieces in the quilt are 4” or smaller (finished), so very large prints won’t show up well in the blocks - save those prints for your border! 

You can follow along on facebook and instagram as well - you’ll find photos and videos there as we get this project going!