January Thaw Free Quilt Block Pattern Tutorial

Posted by Elaine Huff on

Happy 2020! Today we're going to sew together a January Thaw quilt block - I thought the name was appropriate! The January Thaw quilt block is pretty easy with only three basic units and it went together fast! Let's get started!

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Fabric Requirements for 9" Finished January Thaw Quilt Block:

  • Light/White: 1 - 4.5" square, and 4 - 3.5" squares
  • Medium 1/Orange: 1 - 4.5" square
  • Medium 2/Multi-Color: 1 - 3.5" square, and 4 - 2" squares
  • Dark/Navy: 2 - 4.5" squares, and 4 - 2" squares

january thaw fabric requirements

Sewing Directions:

Corner Units:

Step 1:

Easy peasy - just snowball one corner! Using the four Light/White 3.5" squares and the four Medium 2/Multi-color 2" squares, snowball one corner of each of the Light/White squares as shown in the picture below. 

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Square in a Square Unit:

Step 2:

Using the Medium 2/Multi-color 3.5" square and the four Dark/Navy 2" squares, sew together a Square in a Square unit. The tutorial for making a Square in a Square quilt block can be found here: https://fabric406.com/blogs/fabric406-blog/how-to-sew-a-basic-square-in-a-square-block

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Hourglass Units:

Step 3:

Now you can make four Hourglass units as shown in the picture below by using the two Dark/Navy 4.5" squares, the Light/White 4.5" square, and the Medium 1/Orange 4.5" square. You can find my tutorial for making an Hourglass quilt block at: https://fabric406.com/blogs/fabric406-blog/how-to-sew-a-basic-hourglass-or-quarter-square-triangle-block

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Putting It All Together:

Step 4:

Lay out the Corner units, the Square in a Square unit, and the Hourglass units in a typical Nine Patch configuration as shown in the picture below.

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Step 5:

Sew the units together into three rows as shown in the picture below. Press the seam allowances away from the Hourglass units. (Sorry I forgot to take a picture of the back.)

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Step 6:

Sew the three rows together to complete the January Thaw quilt block! Once again I forgot to take a picture of the back of the block but you can press the seam allowances toward the center of the block.

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The January Thaw quilt block went together fast!! Very cute and easy. If you can sew together an Hourglass block, I encourage you to give this one a go!

I hope you've enjoyed this tutorial for the January Thaw quilt block. 

Happy Quilting!


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