Winter Frost - Solstice

Winter Frost - Solstice

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Jen Daly

This 12” block is both striking and versatile—with careful color placement you can change the look of this block from a snowflake to a star! Scroll down to the bottom of the pattern for a look at my gradient star variation.

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Snow Angel is one of the block options in the 2020 Countdown to Christmas - Winter Frost. For more info about this quilt-along, check out the Frequently Asked Questions and join our Moda Bake Shop Bakers group. Find all the blocks {here}.


Chef's Notes:

Press and starch all fabrics prior to cutting. Use a scant 1/4" seam.

YIELD

12" finished block

INGREDIENTS

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From fabric 1, cut:
{A} (2) 3” x 3” squares
{B} (24) 2½” x 2½” squares
{C} (4) 2½” x 4½” rectangles

From fabric 2, cut:
{A} (2) 3” x 3” squares

From fabric 3, cut:
{C} (8) 2½” x 4½” rectangles
{D} (1) 4½” x 4½” square

INSTRUCTIONS

STEP 1. MAKE UNIT A

On the wrong side of 2 turquoise print 3” squares, use a pencil to lightly draw a diagonal line from corner to corner. Layer a marked turquoise print square atop a blue print 3” square with right sides together. Stitch the pair together a scant ¼” from either side of the drawn line. Cut the pair apart on the drawn line to make 2 half-square triangles. Press seam allowances toward the blue and trim the HSTs to measure 2½” x 2½”, including seam allowances. Repeat to make 4 HSTs.

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Sew a blue print 2½” x 2½” square to the left side of an HST from step 2 paying careful attention to the orientation of the HST. Sew a blue print 2½” x 4½” rectangle to the top of the blue 2½” square/HST unit as shown to make a Unit A. Repeat to make 4 Unit As.

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STEP 2. MAKE UNIT B

On the wrong side of 16 blue print 2½” squares, use a pencil to lightly draw a diagonal line from corner to corner. Layer a marked blue print square atop one short end of a white print 2½” x 4½” rectangle with right sides together, paying careful attention to the orientation of the stitching line. Stitch the pair together on the drawn line. Trim seam allowance to ¼” and press toward the white print.

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Use the same stitch-and-flip method to sew a blue print 2½” square to the opposite end of the white print 2½” x 4½” rectangle, paying careful attention to the orientation of the stitching line to make a left chevron unit. Repeat to make 4 left
chevron units.

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In the same manner, use 8 remaining marked blue print 2½” squares and 4 white print 2½” x 4½” rectangles to make 4 right chevron units.

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Sew together a left chevron unit and a right chevron unit as shown. Press seam allowances open to make a Unit B. Repeat to make 4 Unit Bs.

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STEP 3. MAKE UNIT C

On the wrong side of 4 blue print 2½” squares, use a pencil to lightly draw a diagonal line from corner to corner. Layer a marked blue print square atop one corner of the white print 4½” x 4½” square with right sides together. Stitch the pair together on the drawn line. Trim seam allowance to ¼” and press toward the white print.

Use the same stitch-and-flip method to sew blue print 2½” squares to the remaining corners of the white print 4½” square to make a Unit C.

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STEP 4. ASSEMBLE BLOCK

Lay out 4 Unit As, 4 Unit Bs, and Unit C in 3 horizontal rows as shown. Stitch together the pieces in each row, pressing the seam allowances open.

Stitch together the rows. Press the seam allowances open to finish the block.

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Alternate Coloring

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