Winter Solstice Sew Along: Week #5

Welcome back to Week 5 of the Winter Solstice Sew Along!

While I was designing Winter Solstice, the first aspect of the quilt that came to me was the overall setting. I knew I wanted a blue and cream winter quilt with a hint of a Nordic feel and the large and graphic Bear Paw center seemed the perfect starting point.

I started sketching ideas, and thought how fun it would be to make each quadrant out of four unique blocks, and then the idea of the large and small blocks came into play.  The final step was the pieced border, which seemed to frame the quilt perfectly with a sense of Scandinavia.

We hope you have enjoyed sewing along with us these past five weeks.  As we sewed through the Winter Solstice, the spectacular Christmas Star and celebrated a New Year, I hope you found a few minutes of peace and made some wonderful winter memories of your own. 

As you finish up your Winter Solstice Quilt, be sure to tag us on Instagram or show your quilt off in the Fig Tree Friends Facebook group.  We would love to see it!  -Susan

I also wanted to thank you guys for taking this winter journey with us. I knew the moment that Susan showed me her idea, that I wanted to share it with you guys and that it would make a fabulous finished quilt. I love the blue that we found and the collection of creams we put together… it was so much fun to see the project grow and evolve.

Thank you guys for joining us! Joanna


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The (16) blocks you made are set into (4) giant bear paws and finished off with this fabulous little bejeweled pieced border. It’s a perfect setting for a winter quilt if you ask me!

Each quadrant will measure 24 1/2″ x 24 1/2″.

Finished quilt measures 74″ x 74″ square.

CLICK HERE to download the PDF of the setting instructions.

Since it is a 3-page document we have provided it in a PDF format for easy download. If you are new here and looking for the instructions for the blocks, please scroll back through the posts for the last few weeks to find each of the sets of blocks released weekly.

Those do not have individual PDFs provided but the direction sheet graphic for each week can easily be dragged onto your desktop or screenshot if you wish to save and print them. Thanks so much!

… all the blocks together make us happy!!

…will share LOTS more photos once she comes back from the quilter next week!!

 Thanks for joining us! Can’t wait to see your finished projects!!

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. Mary | 9th Jan 21

    Is there any way you could email me week 5 of the Winter Solstice Sew Along? I can’t seem to down load it.
    Thank you so much!

    • | 9th Jan 21

      You need to click on the CLICK HERE button on the blog to download. We are not able to individually email. Good luck,

  2. Sharon Bennett | 10th Jan 21

    Ya’ know what? In the beginning of this sew along , I thought….”Meh….blue and white blocks, no big deal”… but NOW?!?!?!? Oh my goodness! The setting makes these blocks ROCK! lol! I’ve downloaded all of the instructions….and hope to make a Winter Solstice quilt next month! Thanks so much!

    • | 10th Jan 21

      I agree. the blocks are plain but good… the setting is what makes the whole thing sparkle!

  3. Deb | 10th Jan 21

    Ditto what others are saying. I wasn’t going to do this one…..but after I saw the setting, I thought it was gorgeous!! So now I’m trying to find the fabrics! Hard to do! Looks like you’re all out of the cream Starter Kits?? Do you think you’d make up any more for all the late-comers who fell in love with the setting?? Thanks in advance

    • | 10th Jan 21

      We could possibly make more late next week, but at the moment we are all filled up on time. Please email us.

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