Block 8 Yankee Puzzle No. 1

This entire block is made of Shape 5 half square triangles. The coloring is the challenge here. The most fun way to make this block  is to cut the half square triangles and then play with them like a puzzle until you like the layout. Then you can sew them together. And ignore the instructions that say light or medium or dark  – you choose the colors. I can’t wait to see what everyone does with this block.


Yankee Puzzle No. 1

Block 7 Signature Block Border

This is such a fun border (yes I know I say that for every border), but it really is. And this block is so easy to make. It’s wonderful if you have the Corners Qube but there is a traditional way to make it using the Mix & Match Qube if you don’t have the Corners Qube yet. And the Corners Qube is an essential to me for every shape. I love the Chisel – remember the border we made with it? And the Bowties are pretty cool too. They give such a fun effect with that little corner even when they’re not used as a Bowtie block.

Here’s the Signature Block – very simple – but you need to make 12 of them for your border.

Signature Block

And Here is a picture of two of the many, many possibilities for a border with this block. 

Block 6 Windmill Variation Has Arrived

This block is so pretty. I love those half square triangles in the corner. They dress up the pinwheel perfectly. This is a fun block to stitch. The pinwheels are made with Quarter Square Triangles in a different way than we have done in this quilt thus far. Go to the QAL Page for the instructions.

Block 6 Windmill Variation


Block 5 Turnstile

Block 5 is here and I love it. This block looks so very different based on the color placement. Have fun with this block but don’t use up all your fabric making multiples in different color layouts!!! Here are some pictures:

Turnstile Block Coloring 1
Turnstile Block Coloring 2


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.