Hello, GO! Getters! It's Gina from Gem Hill Quilts. As I was working on this blog's project, these famous lyrics kept going through my head: Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo!
I always think something unexpected and magical to happen when those words are sung or spoken and this quilt feels just as unexpected and magical! Design-wise, it's a simple and straightforward quilt with blocks and sashing. However, a secondary pattern emerges and, all of a sudden, it looks a lot less simple and straightforward. From the quilt picture, can you tell what the block looks like?
Note that it looks octagonal because I used half blocks in the corners but, they can easily be regular square blocks to make a square or a rectangular quilt.
Until the last minute, I could not decide how the quilt would be used. But, then, I realized, you can make it for whatever purpose. For instance, if you used the GO! Qube Mix and Match 12" Block, you could get a 60" square Lap Quilt! Use more blocks and you can even make a bed-size quilt.
I used the GO! Qube Mix and Match 6" Block for my sample. Though, I confess my block is an unexpected 9" finished square! The GO! Qube Mix and Match Block, in any size, is just so versatile that you can make blocks of different kinds and sizes and not just the ones in the free patterns included in the package! You can also construct sashing using the dies in the same GO! Qube!
Isn't this just a magical project where the surprises keep coming? Read on!
My 30" square quilt is perfect for use as a wall hanging, a Baby PlayMat (as shown above!) or finished as an oversized pillow - maybe to use as a cat or dog bed!
Two yellow fabrics weave through four shades of gray in this quilt. Here is a close up of the quilt that shows all six fabrics at the same time.
To make a quilt using the GO! Qube Mix and Match 8", 9" or 12" Block, simply follow the cutting directions for the Die Shape Numbers for each fabric listed below. However, you will most likely need more fabric than the yardages listed below since your quilt will end up larger than the sample (40", 45" or 60" square respectively).
Note: About 1/2 yard of Binding Fabric may be needed if you plan to bind the quilt. About 1 yard of Backing fabric and a 36" square of batting are needed.
Sew two Shape 2 White squares, two Shape 2 Yellow squares and one Shape 8 Light Gray rectangle together as shown to make a Yellow Sashing Strip. Make 6 of these.
Sew two Shape 2 White squares, two Shape 2 Light Yellow squares and one Shape 8 Light Gray rectangle together as shown to make a Light Yellow Sashing Strip. Make 6 of these.
Flying Geese Square Patch
Sew a Shape 5 Dark Gray triangle onto two sides of a Shape 4 White triangle to make a Flying Geese rectangle. Make 28 of these.
Sew a Flying Geese rectangle with a Shape 8 Yellow rectangle to create a Yellow Flying Geese Square Patch. Make 14 of these.
Sew a Flying Geese rectangle with a Shape 8 Light Yellow rectangle to create a Light Yellow Flying Geese Square Patch. Make 14 of these.
Sew one Shape 5 Yellow and one Shape 5 Light Yellow onto a Shape 2 Light Gray to make a triangle as shown.
Then, sew this pieced triangle with a Shape 3 Medium Gray Print to complete a Corner Unit. Make 12 of these.
Then, make 12 mirror-image Corner Units.
Half-Corner Triangle Units
Sew together one Shape 5 Yellow triangle, one Shape 5 Light Gray triangle and one Shape 4 Medium Gray triangle to make a Yellow Half-Corner Triangle Unit. Make two of these.
Then, make two mirror-image Yellow Half-Corner Triangle Units.
Sew together one Shape 5 Light Yellow triangle, one Shape 5 Light Gray triangle and one Shape 4 Medium Gray triangle to make a Light Yellow Half-Corner Triangle Unit. Make two of these.
Then, make two mirror-image Light Yellow Half-Corner Triangle Units.
Layout, as shown, 2 Corner Units, 2 mirror-image Corner Units, 2 Yellow Flying Geese Square Patch, 2 Light Yellow Flying Geese Square Patch and one Shape 1 White Square.
Sew patches within each row together and then, sew rows together to complete one Block. Make 5 Blocks.
Layout as shown, one Shape 3 White triangle, one Corner Unit, one Yellow Flying Geese Square Patch, one Light Yellow Flying Geese Square Patch, one Yellow Half-Corner Triangle Unit and one Light Yellow Half-Corner Triangle Unit.
Sew patches within each row together and then, sew rows together to complete one Half-Block. Make 2 Half-Blocks.
Layout as shown, one Shape 3 White triangle, one mirror-image Corner Unit, one Yellow Flying Geese Square Patch, one Light Yellow Flying Geese Square Patch, one mirror-image Yellow Half-Corner Triangle Unit and one mirror-image Light Yellow Half-Corner Triangle Unit.
Sew patches within each row together and then, sew rows together to complete one mirror-image Half-Block. Make 2 mirror-image Half-Blocks.
Layout, as shown, 5 Blocks, 2 Half-Blocks, 2 mirror-image Half-Blocks, 6 Yellow Sashing, 6 Light Yellow Sashing and 4 Shape 2 Dark Gray Squares for Cornerstones. Make sure all the Yellow patches are lined up vertically while all the Light Yellow patches should line up horizontally. This creates an illusion of the yellow fabrics weaving through the quilt vertically and horizontally!
Sew units within each row together and, then, sew rows together to complete the quilt top.
After making a quilt sandwich with the quilt top, I quickly machine quilted my quilt using a wavy stitch that is fast becoming my favorite utility quilting stitch. It is so easy to do, it's like magic!
You could bind and finish the quilt at this point and it would be a wonderful Baby PlayMat. What a wonderful shower gift it would be!
However, I wanted to keep going and make an oversized pillow! So, I layered a pillow backing with an opening over the quilt, right sides together, and sewed all the way around the quilt edge. I trimmed the edges and turned it inside out through the opening.
Luckily, I have been collecting my fabric cutting scraps to use as stuffing. I thought this was a perfect opportunity to use all those scraps to stuff my oversized pillow!
As a final step, I hand-stitched the opening closed and the pillow is all done! With all the piecing that went into it, I had ambivalent feelings about making it into a pet bed. It is just a bit too small for Roxy, my dog. However, my cat, Mini, clearly loves it, don't you think?
But, Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo! One more unexpected thing happened! As it turns out, Mini and I didn't really have much of a choice because as soon as my husband saw it as an oversized pillow, he claimed it for his own!!!
Here it is, on his favorite seat.
Who would you make this quilt for?
Come and visit my site to see some of my other projects including several made with the GO! Fabric Cutter.