Winter Solstice Sew Along: Week #1

Hello Friends, Welcome Back!

A few notes from Susan…

This week we are going to start making blocks for our quilt.  For the next four Fridays we will be introducing two new blocks – one a little easier and one a bit more complex.  To finish off the quilt, you will need to make (2) of each of the blocks.

For each block, you will need to pick an ivory print as an accent.  Use a favorite from your bundle or feel free to pull from your stash.  I opted to keep some of the larger prints for some of the bigger pieces, and used the smaller prints for some of the more complex blocks.

You will want to keep all the ivory prints together until you finish setting your quilt.

Our first block, North Star, is a variation on the classic Ohio Star and Sparkle Dash, our second block, was named by my daughter Sophie, who said it reminded her of Churndash blocks sparkling in the night sky. The blocks in Winter Solstice are not overly complicated but can use small pieces.

It will be important to cut and draw your STITCH AND FLIP line accurately, and to press as many seams open as possible to reduce bulk in assembly.  Pressing, not ironing, will also be helpful.

We will be sewing along in Joanna’s FB Group and would love to have you join us!  Click HERE to join us. We will be encouraging each other and answering any questions there!


Hope you guys have gathered your materials and are getting ready to join us. You can find the materials list on the Winter Solstice Sew Along announcement post.

If you ordered the kits from us, the first round went out last week and the second round went out earlier this week and should be to you any day now. The ‘STARTER KITS’ that we just added to the shop yesterday will ship on Friday for those of you who wanted a bit of the same exact creams we are using but will be providing your own background.

We are using one of the gorgeous MODA chambray denim fabrics in the “royal” color but there are so many other great options for this quilt.

You might choose a faded red or I keep dreaming about what this quilt might look like with a hunter green background… I know… that is not my standard but it just feels wintery and moody, don’t you think?


You will be making (2) of each block throughout the Sew Along so always remember that when you are cutting.

Each block will be 8″ x 8″ finished/ 8 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ unfinished.


  • Make (2) 8″ x 8″ finished/8 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ unfinished blocks

Winter Solstice Sew Along:

Announcement: Fabric Requirements

Week 1: Blocks 1 & 2

Week 2: Blocks 3 & 4

Weeks 3: Blocks 5 & 6

Week 4: Blocks 7 & 8

Week 5: Assembly

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  1. Freda Molenkamp-Oudman | 11th Dec 20

    Loving how this is looking!! Can’t wait to get started. Thank you for this very fun project. 😊

  2. Kim Heger | 12th Dec 20

    Love the look of this quilt so far! This would be great with a chambray red as well…does Moda make that color in the chambray?

    • | 12th Dec 20

      That would be so perfect, but alas they do not have one that I have found that would work as a good “faded red”.

  3. Myrna Pritchett | 14th Dec 20


  4. Edna Kister | 14th Dec 20

    s the blue fabric Moda Chambray Indigo 12051 13 or Moda Chambray Royal 12051 14? Thank you!

  5. Edna Kister | 14th Dec 20

    That should have read : Is the blue fabric Moda Chambray Indigo 12051 13 or Moda Chambray Royal 12051 14? Thank you!

    • | 20th Dec 20


  6. L.Murphy | 14th Dec 20

    Is the pattern printable?

    • | 20th Dec 20

      You can drag it to your desktop and print!

  7. Katie | 15th Dec 20

    If you tap and hold briefly on the pattern area you’ll get the option to save the image, like a photo, and print it that way. I don’t find it necessary to print the pattern though, I’m just accessing it on my laptop so that it’s a decent size on the screen. Nobody wants to try and read a pattern on their tiny phone screen 🔍🔍🔍

  8. Sharon E | 29th Dec 20

    I just came upon the blog and love this solstice pattern. Wish you added a PRINT icon to make it easy to follow.

    • | 29th Dec 20

      So glad you are following along. All you need to do is drag the page of instructions to your desktop and print. It is a printable sheet!

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