The 182 Day Solstice Challenge: Blocks Done

How has it been half a year already? I started Pat Sloan’s quiltalong back in December and I just finished the last block. The Solstice Challenge was a wonderful idea for a mystery block quilt that lasted from the Winter Solstice to the Summer Solstice (182 days and 25 blocks).

The quilt has five different block sizes (the biggest one is shown above). The blocks come together to form an 86″ square throw quilt. I can’t wait to start putting them all together. I have to make pieced sashing to help the different size blocks fit together first.

For this quilt, I used the fabric lines Songbird Gathetings by Primitive Gatherings, Silver Linings by Laundry Basket Quilts, and Volume II by Sweetwater all for Moda Fabrics. Because I was only using fat-eighth pieces (9×21″ pieces), as the quiltalong progressed, my blocks got scrappier. I ran out of larger pieces to choose from, so you can see in the following pics which blocks I did later in the quiltalong.

I even had to piece fabrics together to have enough. Do you see in the bottom right block below how I pieced the white fabric together to get the sizes I needed? I love these little quirks about quilts, and hope years from now, others will look at this quilt and feel the same way!

I skipped the appliqué on the blocks. I love appliqué and have done a lot of it in the last few years, so it was a nice change to just have a simple piecing project.

Pat Sloan did an amazing job with this quiltalong! All the blocks are still available for free in her website. For each block, she also showed what a quilt would look like with just that block repeated, so if you like a specific block, you can just use that one!

I’ll make sure to post pictures when I finish this quilt!
Thanks for joining me for “happy hour,”


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