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.
I am so excited to post the new blocks tomorrow for the new QAL. And even more so, it’s exciting to tell you that the blocks will be completely different from the AccuQuilt block sets. For me, this week has been one of much thought and deliberation into the design of this quilt. I loved the last QAL because of the beautiful quilts every one made and am excited for a new QAL. However, I want it to be something unique and exciting and for each of you to have a quilt like no other. It’s the same idea as that I never buy a dress off the rack because I always want to wear something no one else has.
The original sketch I posted was for 24 blocks of the usual AccuQuilt block sets, and no matter how I tried, it just didn’t make me happy. In addition, 24 weeks is a long time to do a QAL and I wondered how many would drop out along the way.
So I thought and thought about all the quilts I’ve seen and made over the last 40 years. And I decided to go back and look at some antique blocks and redesign them to fit the AccuQuilt GO! Mix & Match and Companion dies. And the blocks are wonderful! They are different! They are six-patch, not four-patch! And every quilter will have a unique set of blocks that she can call her own! I am so sew very excited that I want to make all of these blocks in many different colors and ways. It will be such fun to do this vicariously through all the participants in the QAL.
This quilt will be twelve blocks and will last about 12-15 weeks including making the blocks and adding the sashing and borders. The yardage will be the same as what has been posted. The quilt dimensions will vary slightly because the block sizes are different due to the change from four patch to six patch. An updated chart that includes the original yardage and with additional information about block sizes and sashing and border widths can be found here.
The Facebook AccuQuilt Qube group has asked to do a block of the week Sampler quilt. Sampler quilts are a lot of fun because each block is different. They’re also nice as a teaching tool because there are many different shapes and practice in joining those shapes can be used. However, sometimes a Sampler quilt can begin to look like jumbled up blocks – or at least in my way of thinking. I like clean lines and clear colors in quilts. So that is what goes into my thinking in designing a Sampler Quilt.
One way of doing this is simply to use the background fabric for the sashing and to make the sashing wide enough to give the blocks a background so that each block stands out on its own. Another way of doing this is to use background fabric strips to frame the block – I call this a floating frame. The result of this is a larger block than the original block design. In this case, I use a light or medium fabric sashing between blocks and often make it narrower or the same width as the floating frame. The floating frame makes either a larger quilt or a quilt with fewer blocks. For the same number of blocks, this requires a lot more background fabric.
These are just my thoughts about it all. Below are EQ examples of a Floating Frame block as well as a layout with a color sashing and a layout with a background sashing.
Today is the first day of the new QAL requested by members of the Facebook AccuQuilt GO! Qube group. This will be a sampler quilt. The goal for me of this QAL is to provide some skills challenges and to use every shape in the Mix & Match Qubes as well as every shape in the Corners and Angles Qubes. There are 24 blocks and each week will bring three blocks, one from each of the Qubes (Mix & Match, Angles, Corners). Look in the top menu on this b-quilts.com/blog page and you will find the QAL and a link to the yardage instructions.
But I have to say that the finishes we have seen from the Broken Dishes QAL have been spectacular. Here are some of the first finishes or near finishes. Some do not have the final border – will change the photos as the final border pics come in.
The new block is posted and ready to go. This block will finish the second border around the four center Broken Dishes blocks. It is the connector block for the stars that we made last week. Can’t wait to see what you do with this.
The block this week goes in Border 2. There are 8 star blocks and 8 connector blocks in Border 2. This week we are making the star blocks. There is a choice of two different stars. One is a Broken Dishes Star and the second is a Diamond Star. They are very similar in appearance, but different in the way they are pieced. The Broken Dishes Star is made up of all triangles and the Diamond Star includes flying geese units and a square on point unit.
One of the instructions for the Trapezoid and Kite shapes for the AccuQuilt Companion Qube dies is to use the Shift and Cut Method. AccuQuilt has some videos for this, but I actually did this and made some still photos which I will post here.
Notice that I use Painter’s tape on my die. to mark about 1/8-1/4″ from the blade. This shows me exactly where to place the cut fabric when I shift for the next shape. I also use the Painter’s tape on other dies for the same purpose. I could mark it with a Sharpie, but Painter’s tape gives me the flexibility for times when I need different markings. Then I can move the tape whereas Sharpie marks are permanent.
It’s Monday and time for a new block. This week’s block is very simple. It is either a half square triangle, a Signature block, or a trapezoid block. Make 20 blocks and arrange them around the four Broken Dishes center blocks that were done last week. I am making two quilts. One of the quilts is with the 8″ Qube and is scrappy and the new block added is the Signature block. The second quilt is with the 12″ Qube and I am using a deep burgundy/wine with some medium color fabric that was in my stash from a project that I worked on with my Mom many years ago. The new block added is a half square triangle. The pictures are below. I love how bright the scrappy quilt is and I love how the pieced blocks frame the stars.
Today’s the day! It is time to cut and stitch Block 1 of the Qube Workout. Instructions can be found in the menu at the top of the blog. There are cutting instructions for each Qube size and some cutting notes at the bottom. Piecing instructions are also included for the blocks. MAKE 4 BLOCKS.
Here are the blocks I made with the 12″ Qube. I am using a very rich burgundy color that looks darker in the photos. And the background fabric is actually a pink batik. This is a single block and it finishes at 12 inches (12-1/2″ before being stitched into the quilt).
And this is all four blocks laid out together. I still have to stitch them. Using the 12″ Qube makes a very large (24 inches) center block for the quilt. And you can see the beautiful star shape that the Broken Dishes block makes when the blocks are combined.
I must admit that I have always been a little afraid of triangles and matching those corners, but these blocks have helped me conquer that fear. I hope you will feel the same way after you finish these blocks.
Yesterday I spent working on a project that I’m doing for AccuQuilt. Can’t tell you more now, but it is going to be very pretty when it’s done.
And as I worked on that project I used the scrappy 2″ finished half square triangles as leaders/enders to work on some Broken Dishes blocks. That picture doesn’t look very clear on my computer but you can see how the signature block creates another point on the Broken Dishes star.