QUBE QAL – Block 5 Mosaic

This week’s block is one of many named “Mosaic” and it is a play on the parallelogram. It is made up of quadrants of two parallelograms each. This has been a challenge for many quilters, particularly new quilters. The goal is to make stitching a parallelogram second nature, especially to new quilters. The nicest thing about a parallelogram is that it is simply two half square triangles combined, thus eliminating a seam. If it were split into half square triangles, it would look like this:

The parallelogram split into half square triangles

Many have been confused by the point on the parallelogram as we are used to having the dog ears cut away with the die cuts. Thus when stitching it using the half square triangle and the parallelogram cut with the Qube dies, it goes together like this:

HST stitched to parallelogram

I think you will enjoy this week’s block. It uses only two shapes – the parallelogram and the half square triangle.


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.

7 thoughts on “QUBE QAL – Block 5 Mosaic”

    1. At top of page click on menu, then click on Qube QAL 2022 and it will bring up list of blocks to download. Click on the block. Mine downloaded as pdf and click on that. Should show the block instructions, click on three dots in upper right corner and select print. Sometimes I have a hard time getting the links to work properly. Maybe becuse I don’t use my computer. I use my smartphone for everything and I’m not very good with tech stuff.

      1. Evelyn, you are right about the smart phone vs the computer. Several have said they have more trouble downloading with their phones. I use an ipad a lot of the time and that has the same issues as the phone. Thank you for answering Karen’s question about where to find the blocks. Even though I repeat those instructions almost every day, it comes up again. Facebook doesn’t have a good way to organize files like this so putting them on my blog with the link on every page is the only way I know to do it.

    1. Hi Lynn, yes, the parallelograms are cut right side up. Read the next blog post that has some tips. That should help with all directional die shapes for the future.

  1. When do we cut off the dog ears? Do they stay on? Also could you show pinning for block 5…where there is no V in joining the sub bl0cks? I found it hard to judge where to put the pin so fabric was on top of each other evenly.And often the layers were off and it had to be repinned a few times. Is there a better way for seams such as these? Thank you.

    1. Hi Roseann, cut off dog ears only after you have pressed. They will lay differently if pressed open vs pressed to one side, so trim them after you have pressed. When you pin for block 5, the point of the V where the parallelograms meet should be 1/4″ from the edge which is the seam line. You can mark that point with a water soluble marker if you need to and then insert the pin straight through the two marks and pin on either side of that vertical pin. It is the same technique that I showed the other day. If you can’t eyeball the 1/4″ mark, use a ruler to find it. I hope this helps.

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