Disappearing Hourglass Quilt Block with AccuQuilt GO! Qubes

On the Facebook AccuQuilt Qube Group the question came up of how to make  the Disappearing Hourglass QuiltBlock with the Qube system. Barbara Biddlecomb Harper posted the question from a quilter and drafted a block. And who doesn’t love a good challenge like this? I would never have thought to use the chisel and the Bowtie shapes, but Barbara did and that made all the difference. There is more than one way to build this block, but I approached it from the traditional block with a star in the center. In order to get all of the shapes to work together, I ended up using 6″ and 12″ Qube shapes, but it could be done with 4″ and 8″ Qubes or with 5″ and 10″ Qubes.

It took three tries to cut the block from a 10″ Layer Cake Square. And there were only strings left. For a Layer Cake square it would be better to cut it with the smaller Qubes or use Fat Quarters for the larger Qubes.

The 6″ and 12″ Qubes make a 9″ finished block. The 4″ and 8″ Qubes make a 6″ finished block and the 5″ and 10″ Qubes make a 7-1/2″ finished block.

This is the cutting diagram for the 6″ and 12″ Qubes. It really makes a pretty block. The cutting is the same for both diagrams, the layout is different with the rotation of the four patch in the center.

And this was my trial with a Layer Cake Square. You can see the tiny bit of scraps left over.

Single Irish Chain – or Nine Patch Blocks

The weekend was nice. I got a few things done. My dental saga is still ongoing. On the weekend I developed an infection from the surgery a week and a half ago and have been in a fair amount of pain, but that will be treated with a visit to the surgeon today. And extra strength Tylenol is a wonderful thing. In the meantime, this is a nine patch quilt that I finished quilting on Thursday and binding yesterday. It can be called a Single Irish Chain although sometimes a Single Irish Chain also has sashing between the blocks. Do a Google search for Single Irish Chain and you will see a lot of beautiful quilts. One of the nice things about this quilt is that often you will see a block of interest – either pieced, solid, or embroidered on the plain block that alternates between the nine patch blocks.

I wrote some instructions for the way that I make nine patch blocks. I cut the fabric into 2-1/2″ x 8″ strips with the 2-1/2″ strip die, sew them together, and then subcut them using the 2-1/2″ strip die. It makes quick work of nine patch blocks. Here is a link to the instructions I wrote.

Gingerbread Cookie Quilt Pattern Correction

As hard as I try, sometimes an error gets past. The pattern is proofread multiple times by multiple readers but sometimes a mistake gets by.  This correction is on page 7 and is the cut size for the gingerbread house squares on point. The revised instructions are in the errata column here on the blog and will be uploaded to the AccuQuilt website.

Connector Quilt Blocks – for 6″ and smaller blocks

For those who know the way I like to design quilts, you will know that most often I use a pretty block like a star and use a connector block to frame it. As I was working on a single Irish chain this week which is just a a simple 9 patch block alternated with plain blocks, I thought about the chain connector blocks. And one of the nice things about using a nine patch connector block is that the standard AccuQuilt built block is a 4 x 4 patch block. Thus there are no matching seams between blocks on a quilt like this. You can see in this example.  And so long as the connector block and the pieced block are the same size, it stitches together quickly.

However, mixing 9 patch and 4 x 4 patch blocks is not always easy because the math doesn’t add up. So I have been working on ways to make these blocks using the Qubes and making them fit the Qube sizes which are 4″, 5″, 6″, 8″, 9″, 10″, and 12″.

The 6″ nine patch block above that you see uses a four patch in the corner that has 1″ finished squares and the center is a 2-1/2″ square. The smaller four patch gives the “framing” space needed around the pieced 4 x 4 patch block.

Lots of Quilts and Quilting

Yesterday was a busy day. With the quilting I did and the schoolwork Ted did with Ezri, we didn’t eat supper until 8 pm. My work included adding borders to two quilts and quilting one of them while I added binding to a third. The one that was bound will be going to Audrey in Cincinnati.

This quilt has been folded and waiting to be quilted for several months. When I hung this quilt up for photos, I remembered that it was the second half of a quilt that was planned to be a King Size quilt and at some point I decided that none of us were going to want a pink quilt on our bed so I split it into two. The first half of it was made into a comfort quilt for donation and this half was waiting for a purpose. And when I hung it up for a photo, I realized that it looks like a quilt that was split into two. The blocks are not symmetrically arranged. At least I know that it will be used and that it will make wonderful play castles and snuggle time for a little girl and will be perfect for dragging through the house. At the same time it’s big enough for her to grow and still be covered.

QAL Roundup

Monday and seems strange not to be posting a new block today. So I went to FB and downloaded some pictures of quilts that are in progress or just finished from the Photo Album on the Qube FB Page. These are wonderful quilts. Some are still in progress and final pics haven’t been posted but they are turning out so beautifully that I had to go ahead and post them.




Reprising a Quilt for Family

Several years ago my brother’s house was completely destroyed in a fire. There was absolutely nothing left except a few things in the front corner of the house which was the main bedroom. Even the kitchen appliances were vaporized. They barely got out of the house and didn’t even have time to put on their shoes. Interestingly enough, many of their quilts survived the fire. The boys were away at college and had their graduation quilts made by my mother. A quilt that I made and gifted them was displayed on a chair in the front entryway and partially survived. I promised to repair it and it has been sitting in a basket in my sewing room ever since. The problem with repairing it is that I didn’t know where to start. I have repaired several quilts over the years, but this one has damage everywhere. The binding is frayed and the fabric that looks like it is all right is very faded and damaged from the cleaning process that was used after the fire. This is a picture of the damaged quilt.

Recently I bought some beautiful Moda fabrics – one is a dark blue, one is a cream with blue flower sprays and the third is a rich red. In the process of prewashing and pressing the fabrics, I decided to pull out the damaged quilt and to see if these fabrics would work. And then seeing how simple the quilt actually is, it only made sense to use these three fabrics and make a replica of the original quilt.  I spent the time between baking and getting ready for July 4th making the stars for this quilt.

As you can see, this is a simple but very pretty quilt with 12 stars bordered in blue and set with red sashing and borders. I made blocks one at a time on July 4 as I cooked and got ready for the grandchildren to come over. And yesterday I added block borders and sashing. This is the progress thus far.

The blocks are 9″ finished and bordered by 2″ finished blue strips for a finished block size of 13″. The center sashing is 3″ finished and the borders are 3″ finished (red) and 4″ finished (blue). I used the AccuQuilt GO! 6″ Qube with Shapes 1, 13, and 14 to make the stars and 2, 3, and 4″ strip dies for the remainder of the quilt. The outer border will be wider than the original, but I think this is going to be a nice quilt when finished.





The Finish Line – Block 10 – Final Row

This row uses Flying Geese and Squares on Point and you can arrange them any way you like. You can point those geese flying up, down or to either side. And add as many Squares on Point or as few as you like.  And the only thing left after this are the final outer borders. The yardage and cutting instructions from Week 1 give some suggestions for borders, but you may have other ideas. Make this quilt your own. I can’t wait to see your creations.