Block 4 Broken Dishes Qube Workout

The new block is posted and ready to go. This block will finish the second border around the four center Broken Dishes blocks. It is the connector block for the stars that we made last week. Can’t wait to see what you do with this.

Here’s the link to the QAL Page: It’s Part 6 Block 4.

This is what the 8″ Scrappy version looks like after the border is added. It is very bright, but I like bright. Will work on the 12″ one this week and see if I can get it ready.

And I’m going to do some screen shots of the ones that are done on the Qube Facebook group and post them in a separate blog post.

 
 

Block 3 Broken Dishes Qube Workout

The block this week goes in Border 2. There are 8 star blocks and 8 connector blocks in Border 2. This week we are making the star blocks. There is a choice of two different stars. One is a Broken Dishes Star and the second is a Diamond Star. They are very similar in appearance, but different in the way they are pieced. The Broken Dishes Star is made up of all triangles and the Diamond Star includes flying geese units and a square on point unit.

You will find links to the instructions here.

Below are diagrams of all of the Borders showing the variations and the stars:

Diamond Star Variation 01

 

Diamond Star Variation 02

 

Broken Dishes Star Variation 04

 

Broken Dishes Star Variation 03

 

Broken Dishes Star Variation 00

 
 

Shift and Cut Method for AccuQuilt dies

One of the instructions for the Trapezoid and Kite shapes for the AccuQuilt Companion Qube dies is to use the Shift and Cut Method. AccuQuilt has some videos for this, but I actually did this and made some still photos which I will post here.

Notice that I use Painter’s tape on my die. to mark about 1/8-1/4″ from the blade. This shows me exactly where to place the cut fabric when I shift for the next shape. I also use the Painter’s tape on other dies for the same purpose. I could mark it with a Sharpie, but Painter’s tape gives me the flexibility for times when I need different markings. Then I can move the tape whereas Sharpie marks are permanent. 
 

Piecing Block 2 Broken Dishes Qube Workout

It’s Monday and time for a new block. This week’s block is very simple. It is either a half square triangle, a Signature block, or a trapezoid block. Make 20 blocks and arrange them around the four Broken Dishes center blocks that were done last week. I am making two quilts. One of the quilts is with the 8″ Qube and is scrappy and the new block added is the Signature block. The second quilt is with the 12″ Qube and I am using a deep burgundy/wine with some medium color fabric that was in my stash from a project that I worked on with my Mom many years ago. The new block added is a half square triangle. The pictures are below. I love how bright the scrappy quilt is and I love how the pieced blocks frame the stars.

You will find instructions to each of three variations for this border in the QAL menu at the top of the blog.

 

 
 

Piecing Block 1 Broken Dishes Qube Workout

Today’s the day! It is time to cut and stitch Block 1 of the Qube Workout. Instructions can be found in the menu at the top of the blog.  There are cutting instructions for each Qube size and some cutting notes at the bottom. Piecing instructions are also included for the blocks. MAKE 4 BLOCKS.

Here are the blocks I made with the 12″ Qube. I am using a very rich burgundy color that looks darker in the photos. And the background fabric is actually a pink batik. This is a single block and it finishes at 12 inches (12-1/2″ before being stitched into the quilt).

And this is all four blocks laid out together. I still have to stitch them. Using the 12″ Qube makes a very large (24 inches) center block for the quilt. And you can see the beautiful star shape that the Broken Dishes block makes when the blocks are combined.

I must admit that I have always been a little afraid of triangles and matching those corners, but these blocks have helped me conquer that fear. I hope you will feel the same way after you finish these blocks. 
 

Dies Needed for Broken Dishes Qube Workout Quilt

I made an instruction sheet showing the blocks that are in each quilt and the dies that are needed for that quilt. 02 Dies Needed-Broken Dishes Qube Workout

Yesterday I spent working on a project that I’m doing for AccuQuilt. Can’t tell you more now, but it is going to be very pretty when it’s done.

And as I worked on that project I used the scrappy 2″ finished half square triangles as leaders/enders to work on some Broken Dishes blocks. That picture doesn’t look very clear on my computer but you can see how the signature block creates another point on the Broken Dishes star.

Have a Happy Day! 
 

Qube Workout Part 1

I am doing a Quilt Along on the Qube Facebook group and will post helpful hints here on the blog. The files will be posted until the quilt is finished and then the files will be compiled as a pattern for sale in my quilt shop. Here are pictures of the quilt from EQ8. One is a “scrappy” version and the other is a coordinated colorway. 01 Broken Dishes QubeWorkout Yardage

 

  
 

February Reading List

I am re-reading some books in honor of Black History month. Here’s my February booklist, and yes, all are about women. You may have read some of these, but The Bondwoman’s Narrative is one of my favorites because it is the first known book written by a female African American slave.

I also purchased two books with biographical sketches: one is a book about African American women in science, and one is a book about 100 African Americans who shaped history. When I was growing up our church library had a whole section of biographies. Many of them were about African Americans like Booker T. Washington and others. I love biographies and will enjoy learning about these individuals.

This is my list:

  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
  • The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom
  • Their Eyes were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
  • The Bondwoman’s Narrative by Hannah Crafts
  • Cane River by Lalita Tademy
  • Red River by Lalita Tademy
  • The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd

 
 

Quilt Finishes for January

You have seen some of these quilts, but I got them up on the fence (between rainy January days) and took some pics. And have been slow getting them up here.

This is the one Ezri pieced. We were going to let her program the computer to quilt it, but virtual school got in the way. So I finally quilted and bound it and it is at home with her now. It’s a big quilt and will work on her 3/4 bed (it’s an oversized twin but not a double).  It looks like the colors are really bright in this picture on my screen, but in fact, they are rich and this quilt is one that you can just sit and enjoy the colors.

And this is a Double Irish Chain that I finally finished in early January. It’s about 95″ square. I think I’m going to send it to my brother as a late Christmas gift. The colors in this are really rich and beautiful too, it was made with the Tuscany batik collection.

And here are the two comfort / charity quilts I finished in January. I took the pics before quilting the second one, but both are quilted, bound, and gifted already.

 

 
 

Comfort quilt from Found Four Patch Squares

Sometimes things just happen. As I was looking for a particular fabric yesterday, I happened onto a little box that was full of 3-1/2″ squares and some half finished four patch blocks. I think these were made when my Mom was living at our house the year before she died. I even recognize some of the fabric she and I used at a retreat or two. I decided to stop what I was doing and finish the four patch blocks. That exercise turned into a finish of a comfort quilt for the cancer center. Sherry had given me some Kaffe Fasset fabric awhile ago and it was a print that had all the colors that I saw in the four patch blocks, so I put it together and this is what I have. I will get it quilted today and send to Sherry for binding. I love it when a project gets done so quickly.

Four Patch Quilt

Ted has introduced the children to roller blades – he pulled our old blades out of the closet. They are so excited. But disappointed they have had to wait for the new helmets, knee, elbow, and wrist pads to come. Today is the day.