My blog is about helping other quilters learn to use great tools in their quilting through what I can teach and through finding other bloggers who have good information. In addition, I am a mother and grandmother. Other hobbies include any other stitchery which makes me happy at the moment. I worked in clinical research for most of my career. I am now retired and enjoying every minute.
This morning I took EQ8 for a spin after seeing some cute quilt blocks on Pinterest. These are all universal quilt blocks so my mission was to see if I could use the AccuQuilt Qube to make these. As it turns out, a 9″ finished block is just perfect to be able to use the 6″ Qube. I used both the Mix & Match and the Companion Qubes. I could have made a lot more, but had fun doing these. The Adobe pdf file is shown below so that you can download instructions for four of the blocks. If you are a member of the Facebook group – AccuQuilt Qube Quilts – you will find the EQ8 file there.
A favorite block size is 8 inches. However, the chain connector block seems to work better as a 9 patch block and that is not easily divisible as an 8 inch block. I was watching a Lori Holt video (I love her quilts even though I’ve never made one of them) and she was making an 8″ chain connector block. And of course, I set out to make that block with my AccuQuilt dies. These are the measurements for that block.
As always, I have a stack of star blocks that will work perfectly with some chain connector blocks. These are floating stars – all scrappy – made with a custom die that I had made by Custom Shape Pros through the AccuQuilt website.
This is how I made the connectors.
For each block:
# to Cut
Size to cut
2″ strip cutter
2″ x 8-1/2″ dark strips 2″ x 8-1/2″ light strips
2-1/2″ strip cutter
2-1/2″ x 3-1/2″ light rectangles
2-1/2″ strip cutter
2-1/2″ dark square
Sew the light and dark strips together, press to the dark strip, and then subcut with the 2″ strip cutter into pairs to make the corner four patch units.
And this is the mockup from EQ8 of the connector blocks and the floating stars.
It has taken awhile to finish this with a few interruptions like a project to be done for AccuQuilt that can’t be seen until next year. But this turned out beautifully. When I cut this one out, I cut two more unicorns, so will try to get those finished. I think a little girl might like a large unicorn pillow to adorn her bed.
On Saturday Stitches on the blue feather quilt studio Facebook page, I posted a project with a plan to use up some orphan star blocks. The setting was going to be nine-patch Irish chain blocks alternating with the stars. This is the picture from Facebook showing the stars, the blue example of the nine-patch, and the beginning four-patches for the nine-patch. Because the star blocks are multicolored, it seemed a neutral fabric for the nine-patch blocks would work best.
The stars and the 9-patch blocks didn’t look good to me, and I decided to go to Plan B. Thus, I used charm squares from Riley Blake Fabrics. They were just slightly larger than the 6″ square on point from the 12″ AccuQuilt GO! Qube so I made 6″ SOP blocks instead of stars. This is the finished center of the quilt. It will need borders to make it a lap size quilt. The charm squares worked well enough and the square on point blocks were so easy to make. Can I finish it by Friday?
What are you working on this week? I’d love to see what you’re doing.
This is the last block in our series. It is the Corner Block and there are so many options. The key is simply to choose a block from your Qube shapes that will coordinate with your Accent Blocks. There isn’t a simple answer to which block will work best. The diagram below will show you some of the possibilities. Click on the diagram or go to the QAL Page.
I saved the EQ8 Custom layout for the Fall 2022 QAL and uploaded the EQ8 file to the “Files” Section of the AccuQuilt Qube Facebook Group. I have hesitated to do that because using Custom Set is a great tool in EQ8, but IMHO isn’t always intuitive and requires experience with the software. My recommendation is that when you open the file, first save the layout to your layout library so that you always keep the original file.
This is how to save a Custom Set to your Layout Library:
Select Libraries in the Main Menu and in the dropdown menu, select Layout Library…
In the Popup Menu, select Current Sketchbook from the Menu on the left. Select the Layout that appears on the right. In the lower left menu, select Copy.
In the Popup Menu, select “My Favorite Layouts“. Select a Style and right click. In the Popup box that appears on the right, type in the name of the style. Click OK.
Select the new Style that you named, select Paste from the Lower Menu. When the Layout appears on the right, select Save Library and click OK in the popup box that tells you the Layout has been saved.
To resize your Layout, check your Quilt Worktable Settings as shown below:
In the top menu, select Quilt and in the dropdown menu, select Quilt Worktable Options.
In the Quilt Worktable Options menu, select All Styles under Layout Options. Be sure that the option “Maintain existing block sizes when resizing layout.” is UNCHECKED.
To resize your Layout, click Layout in the top menu. Calculate the new size of your quilt by calculating the width and height of the finished block sizes in the Center Rectangle of the Custom Layout quilt.
Pay attention to the boxes in the menu that are marked as shown. Check or uncheck as needed.
This is a big week because we are going to tackle Accent Blocks. These are what I would call “Inside Border Blocks” and they are half the size of a regular block. The following image shows a diagram with the Accent blocks identified. We will spend this week and next week on these Accent Blocks. Next week we will add the small corner blocks. Then the only thing left will be to add a solid border and finish your quilt.
Click on QAL at the top of the page and you will find the instructions.
I have written instructions and diagrams for some simple Accent Blocks and also for two blocks that are for more experienced quilters. In addition, the instructions include images of the overall layout with the different Accent Blocks. Please read the instructions all the way through. Ask questions in the AccuQuilt Qube Facebook group if there is anything you do not understand.
I can’t wait to see what you do with these blocks.
This text came late last night. The youngest granddaughter loves the corner to corner crochet blanket I made for her. It was started when she was tiny. Between piecing a lot of quilts and a lot of crochet and some tendonitis, it was delayed a couple of years. It is so wonderful to see her enjoying it. It’s not as long as I would like, but it was planned for a much smaller child – LOL! The yarn color is called “Cancun” and is no longer available – but isn’t it beautiful?
It’s Saturday which means for the rest of October we will be doing youth baseball. Games are at 9:00 and 10:30 and requires us to be there 30-45 minutes early. Today’s temps are in the 50’s and low 60’s during game time so sweatshirts are in order. For those of us who live in the mid-Atlantic, that’s chilly.
Last week I showed you a Migrating Geese Border Tutorial inspired by a Youtube video by Deb Tucker. This week I want to show you how to make a “Nesting Geese” border for your quilt. This is a quilt that I designed last Spring and today is the first time it has appeared on my website. The center is made by my favorite method for making a a throw quilt to accent a room. I call this method Four Blocks and a Border.
Cutting Instructions: You can use any size Qube and the block will be the finished size of the Qube that you use.
Cut 4 Shape 3 Half Square Triangles (HST)
Cut 4 Shape 4 Quarter Square Triangles (QST)
Color Fabric (may be assorted colors or a single color:
Cut 4 Shape 4 Quarter Square Triangles
Step 1: Sew a light and a dark Shape 4 QST sewing the long sides of the QST together as shown. Make two QST subunits
Step 2: Sew a dark Shape 4 QST to the left side of one of the Shape 4 QST subunits and a light Shape 4 QST to the right side of the Shape 4 QST subunit. This is for one half of the quilt block. You will be stitching a short side of the Shape 4 QSTs together.It works best for me to lay these out on a felt board before stitching to be sure that the correct sides are stitched together.
Step 3: Sew a dark Shape 4 QST to the left side of the other Shape 4 QST subunit and a light Shape 4 QST to the right side of the Shape 4 QST subunit. This is for the other half of the quilt block.
Step 4: Sew a Shape 3 HST to the top and a Shape 3 HST to the bottom of the Shape 4 QST unit. This completes one half of the block.
Step 5: Sew a Shape 3 HST to the top and a Shape 3 HST to the bottom of the Shape 4 QST unit. This completes the second half of the block.
Step 6: Sew the two halves of the block together to complete the quilt block. Note that the V of the geese is at the bottom of the quilt block.
Note: Another option is to reverse the two halves of the block to make a block with the V of the geese at the top of the quilt block. And a third option is to use a half block to complete a border row as needed to make the length required for your border. The entire border can be made with half block units to fit your quilt top. You can see in the quilt below how a half block was used to finish each border on the quilt.