Qube QAL: Block 3 Diamond Star

This week’s block is a simple star block based on the tried and true variable star. The dark corner squares and Square on Point (SOP) center make it unique. Those dark corner squares are there to help create that overall ‘on point’ illusion in the complete quilt.

I encourage you to read the blog posts this week as I am going to offer some helpful tips, especially for those just starting out on this quilting journey. These tips are inspired by quilters who discussed their challenges on the Facebook group.

The first tip is a result of reading about one quilter who was remaking their entire first block because they picked up the wrong size die so their first block was too large. Another quilter wrote about placing the wrong die in the pocket of the Qube set and cutting the wrong size shape. There are many ways to solve this and each quilter will find their own way. This is how I store my dies in an easy to reach and identifiable way.

My dies are placed on a shelf as if they are books. Each die is labeled with the Qube size as well as the Qube die #. (You have to memorize the shape for each # or put a chart on the wall.) The Qube size and die # label goes on all four sides of the die so that it is easy to put away on my “bookshelf” and it is easy to see which die I have in my hand as I work. A piece of Painter’s tape is on the foam on the die with the size for the precut as well as the # of shapes I will get from a width of fabric (WOF) precut. I used to write directly on the foam or on the back of the die, but that is so permanent that I find Painter’s tape is a better solution. A black Sharpie is used for all marking. Silver can be used, but it sometimes bleeds onto fabric even after it is dry.

Here are pictures of my die storage. I am getting to the point that I really need a full size bookshelf for these dies. It would be nice to have them on a bookshelf with dividers for each size Qube, but so far the boxes have lasted for as long as there have been Qubes.


Author: Marjorie Busby

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.

16 thoughts on “Qube QAL: Block 3 Diamond Star”

  1. Marjorie, This is the first Cube QAL that I have participated in. I want to thank you for providing these. I have one cube set but have not used it often. I’m thankful for the encouragement and opportunity to start making use of it. Your design is beautiful and I’m enjoying this process. I don’t know if you have done these before but this design is really interesting with the connecting blocks and the design that comes through because of that. Thank you for your time and sharing your talent with others!!

    1. Hi Peggy, Thank you for participating. It makes me feel good to know that quilters are enjoying this. The sharing of information and quilting knowledge is a wonderful thing to see in a group like this. Knowing you are enjoying it makes it all worthwhile for me.

  2. I have the 10” qube and have been enjoying making blocks—so precise and go together well… thanks for all the information you put into “Qube QAL”..

    1. Hi Marcia, I am glad you enjoying the QAL and are appreciating how the AccuQuilt system improves your quilting and your enjoyment of quilting. Die cutting is as revolutionary as the rotary cutter was when it came out.

  3. Like your storage solution. Makes everything easy to identify and right at your fingertips. Mine are all sitting in their respective boxes sitting on a counter. Going to take a page from your book and label each die.

  4. Thanks for these ideas. I am still storing mine in the full inside fold-out container, but over the weekend as I was working on the connector blocks and redoing a block to make the colors right, I wondered at what point I would get tired of pulling out the fold-out section for the die and then storing it back. What you have done is a great solution. Just wondering, did you save the fold-out storage units for your dies in case you want them, or did you trash them? I have written the size of the die and the # of the pattern on the back of each die, along with my initials, in the event I am at a gathering and allow others access to my stash of Accuquilt dies. I sort of wanted it to be permanent so they always get back to me. Thanks for your ideas and for the QAL.

    1. Hi Kathy, I kept my fold out units for a couple of years and then I realized they were just taking up shelf space and put them in the recycle bin. I really like your idea of adding your initials to the back of the die as it would be easy at a quilt gathering to get them mixed up. I took my GO to a gathering several years ago and it has never worked the same since–I know I should send it back to AccuQuilt be reworked. Now I never take my machine to a gathering but cut everything before hand.

  5. Like seeing how you have stored your Qubes. I too have stored mine in the boxes without the folders. I have all the sizes with companion except for 9″ ? Question do you see any need to store the folders. I can’t imagine selling out my Accuquilt Qubes and my storage unit is overstuffed. All these folders not used for my Qubes take up alot of space. ???? What do you do??? Any ideas for what to do with the folders. Thank you

    1. Hi Starr, I kept the little folders for a long time and then sent some to recycle and used some for my applique dies which I use less often. I still find it difficult to pull the dies out of the folders but maybe it’s just my old butterfingers – LOL.

  6. Thank you for the input. I will have to do that to mine for they are all in there container just as I purchased them. Thank you for all your information and support.
    I have not quilted anything lately for my health has been like a see saw but I know that I will be able to get back to it. But I love looking at all the different quilts that are being made.

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