QAL Block 4 is a beautiful Chisel

This is one of the prettiest rows ever. It is made up of the chisel in two colors. It is very simple but a great one to know because it will add so much to many of your quilts. There are two ways to make it: one uses the AccuQuilt GO! Corners Companion Qube Shape 9, and the other uses a square and a rectangle from the AccuQuilt GO! Mix & Match Qube. Here’s a picture of the quilt with the Chisel row added.

QAL Quilt with Block 4 Chisel Row Added.
 
 

Block 2 – Quarter Square Triangle Pinwheel

This week’s block is one of my favorite blocks because it uses Flying Geese and Rectangles and is so easy to make. The nice thing about it is that if you are setting blocks side by side rather than adding sashing, it is much easier to match the seams. In this case, you have sashing all around, but it’s a block worth adding to your repertoire.

Click the image below to go to the QAL page.

Block 2 Quarter Square Triangle Pinwheel
Pinwheel Row QAL with Block 2, Row 1 added

You will make three of these blocks for Row 1 of Pieced Blocks. And next week we will add the other two blocks and finish the row with sashing between blocks. 
 

Starting with a Ribbon Border

This is the first week of the new Pinwheel QAL and I debated whether to start with one of the pieced borders or a Pinwheel block. That beautiful pieced ribbon border won. It is a border that can be used so many ways and is a fun thing for beginners to learn and for experienced quilters to enjoy making. You will find the block on the QAL page by clicking on the menu link at the top of this page or click here.

These are the dies that I used from the 8″ Qube – a shape 4 Quarter Square Triangle and a Shape 3 Half Square Triangle.

Shape 3 HST and Shape 4 QST

These are the shapes after cutting. I stacked and arranged them in the order of stitching.

Ribbon Border Shapes Cut

It is so important to keep the light and medium quarter square triangle shapes in the same position in each block so I like to put them all together before I start stitching. See below how I use a pin to mark the side that will be stitched. I go ahead and put the triangles together with a pin in each one and stack them and then chain piece the triangles.

Marking the side to be stitched.

And once the triangles are stitched together, here are a couple of options for arranging them. I love both of these configurations, but can you come up with some different arrangments?

 

Here are possible configurations as you might put them into the quilt. But wait! You may want to see what the other pieced borders look like and use this one somewhere else – there are four possibilities for this one.

              
 

Color Selections for Pinwheel QAL

There  have been several discussions on the Qube Facebook Page about color selections for the Pinwheel QAL because this is a “mystery” quilt. This time the layout is different because this is a row quilt and that seems to be perplexing for some. Thus, I thought I would do some color layout and give you some examples of how this might be done. In the yardage recommendations, the horizontal solid borders and the outer border are given as separate yardages. Thus, one can use a different color for these borders, or one can select one of the dark, medium, medium light, or light fabrics for these borders. My recommendation would be to go with the dark or medium.

This is one example where I chose fabrics from a collection and then used a separate “dark” for the outer and horizontal borders. This is a rendering from EQ8 and the overall colors are darker than my preference, but I think it shows the example of how the dark, mediums, and light fabrics can be distributed throughout the blocks and pieced borders.

This is another rendering where a print is used for the outer and horizontal borders and colors are pulled from the print.  Again, these are colors pulled from the EQ8 library and not my preference, but an example of color distribution throughout the quilt.

And this is the quilt with actual pieced quilt blocks in it. I think you can see how it will sparkle when you use your own fabrics in it.  And remember there are different options for the quilt blocks and pieced borders. You will not necessarily be using the ones seen in the image below.

  
 

Pinwheels and Borders QAL Post #1

We are starting a new QAL on the AccuQuilt Qube Facebook Page. The information for fabric yardage and quilt specifications is given today. Please READ CAREFULLY and choose your fabric carefully. Be sure you purchase enough fabric based on the Qube size you plan to use. And purchase extra if you’re not sure how you want to make this. It is a mystery with one part given each week.

For this QAL we’re doing a Row Quilt and working on using our Qubes to create not only blocks but also quilt borders. There will be four rows that are “borders”. There are three rows of blocks. Please click the image below or the menu above to go to the QAL Page.

Pinwheels and Borders QAL

  
 

Qube QAL – Block 13 – Magic Pinwheel

This is a fun block AND it’s the last block of this QAL. I hope everyone has had fun with this. I can’t wait to see all the beautiful quilts on Facebook. The color combinations have been wonderful. Click here for the QAL page.

My quilt is almost finished. I have the individual rows stitched together but still have to stitch row to row.  Here’s the block:

Block 13 Magic Pinwheel

And here’s a link to the new die launch for tomorrow. It’s going to be fun.

 

  
 

Qube QAL Block 12: School Girl’s Puzzle

This week’s block is made of quarter blocks. It has some different subunits than we have made before so I hope it’s a fun challenge for you. I can’t wait to see the beautiful blocks you make and post on the Facebook Group. I love to see all the different color combinations.

I thought this was the last week, but it is not. Next week is Block 13 which is the last block.

Click on the block below to go to the Qube QAL Page OR click on the link in the Menu at the top of the page to get there. And have fun!

Block 12 School Girl’s Puzzle
 
 

QAL Block 11 – Yankee Puzzle

It’s hard to believe but we’re almost there. This is week 11 and the block is Yankee Puzzle No. 1. It’s half square triangles and some flying geese and is made up of quarter blocks. Click on the block and it will take you to the QAL page. Look for the link to the instructions in the list of blocks.

 
 

It’s Monday and Block 10 Pinwheel

Happy Monday to all! Block 10 is posted, and I think you will find that it has easy units – half square triangles and a four patch –  and is a lot of fun.

Here’s a picture of the block. Just click the picture and it will take you to the QAL page.

Block 10 Pinwheel

Some of the participants in the Quilt Along (QAL) had asked if I would post the rest of the quilt blocks as they want to finish this project and move on to a new one. However, as I started working on it, I realized that it was too much to do with the other projects that I have on the agenda that have to be done. I truly appreciate all the comments on the Facebook Page telling how much everyone has enjoyed the QAL and the pace of one block per week. This QAL has been fun for me because the blocks have not been as complicated as the ones from the last QAL.

For those who use Electric Quilt software, I added the EQ8 file to the Facebook Page group Files. My blog host would not let me add it to the Media files here.

  
 

Block 9 Port and Starboard is ready for you

This week’s block is very much like the Block 3 Diamond Star that we made. The patches are half square triangles instead of squares on this one. It will be a fun block to do and will give you time to finish those connectors and half connector border blocks. Click here or on the image below to find the QAL page.

Enjoy!

Block 9 Port and Starboard