Ta Da – The End is Near – Time to Finish This Quilt

This is the last post for the Qube Workout QAL. I have some settings for inspiration, but this is just the tip of the iceberg. There are so many ways quilt blocks can be set. Some participants have already finished theirs and some have chosen some unusual settings which are just beautiful. There are so many beautiful ways to set your quilt blocks that I could not possibly cover even a small portion of them. All you have to do is go to Pinterest and search for quilt block setting ideas.

For today, I am going to show you some very traditional ideas for sashing. The wonderful thing about sampler quilts is that they lend themselves to these traditional ideas, but also to some very unique settings. This is just the starting point. I can’t wait to see how you decide to set yours.

And remember, I will be taking the instructions down at the end of August, so if you need any of the information, please go ahead and download it now.

This setting has a simple background sashing between blocks.

And this setting has a light sashing with darker cornerstones.

This setting uses alternating contrasting borders around each block with a darker border on the outside of the quilt. 

And the next two examples have a triple sashing but the nine patch cornerstones have opposite colorings which gives a completely different look to the setting.

  
 

Block 12 – Summer Posies Qube Workout QAL

Wow – 12 weeks and this is the last block. We started in May and ending in August. This block is called Summer Posies as there is a strong center with some petals in the corners. Each center is different and uses dies from a different Qube (Mix & Match, Angles, or Corners). Enjoy this last block and get ready to put those blocks together into a quilt top or if you only have a few – how about a wall hanging or a table topper or table runner. Click on the blocks below or follow the link in the top menu to get to the instructions.

Block 12 Summer Posies
Block 12 Summer Posies
 
 

Block 11 – Triangle Tesselation Qube Workout QAL

Happy Monday! It’s August and the weather is cooler here in North Carolina. This week’s block is another block made in quarters. You may have noticed that some blocks are made in a 9-patch configuration which lends itself to “rows” and other blocks are made in a 4-patch configuration. You may have wondered how these blocks are designed. Here’s my starting point for this 4-patch configuration. I took a quarter of a block with a line drawing, turned the line drawing in each quadrant and then colored and re-colored it until it was pleasing. Here’s the base quadrant.

And here’s the set of blocks made from the starting quadrant. Click on the pictures below or click on the menu at the top of this page to find the patterns.

 
 

Block 10 – Spin Class Qube Workout QAL

Block 10 of the Qube Workout QAL is ready for download. This block isn’t complicated, but offers some oppostunities for experimenting with color combinations and lots of practice for half square triangles mixed with other units.

This is the beginning of a new week and last week was just a little too much excitement for us. One set of grandchildren went on an outdoor Colorado vacation while the other set of grandchildren were home with very very bad colds. The colds were so bad that the children were tested for Covid – all were negative, but they were sick. Will they go back to summer school? Days after they went home with a cold, someone at the school did get Covid. The parents are making decisions. While the adults around here are all vaccinated, the children are not. It is interesting that none of the adults got the cold.

We had lots more excitement with a mouse in the house (which is now gone, thank goodness). That’s a funny story I’ll tell you later. But we ended the week with putting up a basketball goal. That is the final step from our construction last summer. The children have really missed the basketball goal. Ted did most of it, but I got up on the scaffolding with him to help hold the backboard while he put the bolts into it. That’s my pink water bottle.

And there’s a mailbox story too – LOL. I think we should all stick to quilting this week.

 
 

Block 9 – Sailboats Qube Workout QAL

It’s a rainy and cool July Monday in NC. The relief from the heat is truly welcome. And the block this week is called Sailboats and is perfect for a wet day. It is an abstracted version of the sailboat blocks that we usually see.

You can find Block 9 here in our 10th installment of this QAL.

  
 

Castle Wall – Block 8 of the QAL Sampler

Good morning! It’s Monday again and time for some new blocks. These blocks were fun to design. (you know my Dad and my husband have both always said, “if you’re not having fun, do something else”) But these blocks are fun. This design started with the chisel. And the block for the Mix & Match Corners Qube is all Chisels except for the center Square on Point subunit. And the Mix & Match Angles Qube uses the Kite shape which is just perfect for that block. And finally, we get to use Shape 8 which is the rectangle for the Mix & Match Qube. This is a link to the page with the new blocks.

 
 

Color Challenge – Block 7 of the Qube Workout Sampler

This week is going to be fun. We’re taking the Blocks from last week’s Sampler and doing a color challenge. Sometimes when drawing these blocks, I look at the uncolored diagrams, and without color, a completely different block appears in my mind. That happened with last week’s blocks when I was creating them and thus, we got this week’s blocks from that. It was so much fun that I almost couldn’t keep it a secret. But here they are. I hope you love them as much as I do. You will find instructions here.

 
 

Quarter Square Quest – Block 6 of the Qube Workout Sampler

This week’s block is based on the Dutchman’s puzzle and is made of half square and quarter square triangles with a shape from the Angles and the Corners thrown in for a couple of variations. In terms of piecing, this block is a less complicated than the last few blocks; however, the challenge on this one is getting the colors balanced. The examples given show some darker colors which may or may not be a good idea. Let your own sense of color guide you and have fun with your color choices. Don’t let yourself be influenced by the generic pictures in the instructions.

You will find instructions for this week’s block here.

 

  
 

Star Soiree – Block 4 of the Qube Workout Sampler

Block 4 is here. For this design I started with a simple friendship star for the Mix & Match Qube and worked into some additional stars for the Angles and Corners Companion Qubes. While the friendship star design is fairly traditional, the piecing of it is not. Usually one sees this done with all half square triangles. This block presents a challenge because some of the seams can be eliminated to give a smoother, more cohesive block using shapes like the quarter square triangle and the parallelogram.

In the Angles Companion block, the trapezoid is repeated for a double trapezoid block. Color placement will dictate unique designs in this block. And in the Corners Companion, a simpler design is used that looks similar to a variable star, but because it is a six-patch, one gets more points and accents of the center points of the star with the bowtie units.

In other news, we went to my nephew’s wedding this weekend. It was so much fun and fairly non-traditional. They wanted simple and chose to have the wedding venue as a tent in a pasture on the bride’s grandfather’s farm. The bride has her own animals there, so it was truly “home” for her. It was delightful and we feasted on BBQ prepared by the groom with beverages served from a bar made of stacked hay bales while cattle and a few donkeys and horses grazed nearby. Here’s a picture of the bride and groom.

 
 

Block 2 of Qube Workout Sampler Posted

The block posted today is based on a block called Rolling Stone. That block was not very exciting so I jazzed it up a bit with a pinwheel in the middle and added a little more motion using the Corners and the Angles Companion Qubes and came up with what I call Rock n Roll. Instructions are posted here