How to Make a Quilt with GO! Qubes from a Reference Image

Jun 30, 2022 12:00:00 PM / by Bea Lee

Hello, again! It’s Bea from Beaquilter. Today, I’m here to show you how to make a quilt from a quilt book (or magazine) into an AccuQuilt-friendly quilt!

 

 

Bea's Copy of "Red, White, and Sometimes Blue: Classics from McCall's Quilting"

 

 

 

Planning My Own Version

In this sample, I used the book Red, White, and Sometimes Blue: Classics from McCall’s Quilting. The pattern I picked is called Blue Moon, which is available as a free download!

 

 

Blue Moon Quilt in "Red, White, and Sometimes Blue: Classics from McCall's Quilting"

 

 

I copied this pattern into EQ8, but I chose to use solid white and a blue print, not scrappy like pattern's directions instruct you to use.

 

 

Blue Moon Quilt Design in EQ8
Bea's Quilt Design Using EQ8

 

 

The blocks in the book finish at 16”, but I wanted something smaller. I studied these blocks and started thinking about how I could use my GO! Qube Mix & Match Blocks to create this quilt.

 

This pattern consists of nine large star blocks with another block inside them. Since a GO! Qube is based off of a 4 x 4 grid, the inside small star is half the block size in a 3 x 3 grid. Plus, the 1/4 block is also split in half in the one corner (and on other blocks). I figured out that the larger block size should be 12”, the middle part is 6”, the small star tips finish at 2", the large star would be 3" finished, and the small corner triangles would be 1 1/2" finished. Therefore, I can combine the GO! Qube 4" Companion Set-Angles with the GO! Qube Mix & Match 6", 8", and 12" Blocks to make my own version of the Blue Moon quilt!

 

 

Center Block Design in Bea's Quilt

 

 

 

How To Create Bea's Blue Moon Quilt Variation

The finished quilt size is 44" x 44" with 1” and 3” finished borders.

 

 

GO! Qube Dies Needed with Markings For Which Finished Block Size Each Die Comes From

 

 

GO! Dies Needed

 

 

Fabric Needed

  • 1 1/2 yards of white fabric
  • 1 1/4 yards of blue fabric 

 

 

Cutting Instructions

PRO TIP: I always start with cutting the large die shapes FIRST to reduce waste.

 

Using the white fabric, cut:

  • Two 7 3/4" Width of Fabric (WOF) strips to subcut into 36 pieces from Shape 4 in the GO! Qube Mix & Match 12" Block
  • Two 4" WOF strips to subcut into 20 pieces from Shape 2 in the GO! Qube Mix & Match 12" Block
  • Two 5 1/2" WOF strips to subcut into 45 pieces from Shape 2 in the GO! Qube Mix & Match 8" Block
  • Two 3" WOF strips to subcut into 36 pieces from Shape 13 in the GO! Qube 4" Companion Set-Angles
  • One 5 1/4" WOF strip to subcut into 48 pieces from Shape 5 in the GO! Qube Mix & Match 6" Block
  • One 4 1/2" WOF strip to subcut into 16 pieces from Shape 2 in the GO! Qube Mix & Match 6" Block
  • Four 1 1/2" WOF strips with the GO! Strip Cutter-1 1/2" (1" Finished) 5 Strips Die

 

With the blue fabric, cut:

  • Four 4 3/4" WOF strips to subcut into 72 pieces from Shape 5 in the GO! Qube Mix & Match 12" Block
  • Three 3 1/4 WOF strips to subcut into 72 pieces from Shape 14 in the GO! Qube 4" Companion Set-Angles
  • One 5 1/4" WOF strip to subcut into 48 pieces from Shape 5 in the GO! Qube Mix & Match 6" Block
  • Five 3 1/3" WOF strips using the GO! Strip Cutter-3 1/2" (3" Finished) 2 Strips with Angled Guidelines Die

 

NOTE: I also cut five 2 1/2" strips for binding.

 

 

Cut Pieces of Fabric in Organized Piles for Bea's Quilt

 

 

PRO TIP: I store my cut pieces in these plastic bins I have because I usually work on more than one project at a time, so I like to keep the pieces together and then just grab step #1 and sew that with my other projects.

 

 

Bea's Cut Fabric in A Storage Bin

 

 

 

Assembly Instructions

1. Sew all 36 of the small triangle in a square shapes together.

 

2. Sew all of the half square triangles together.

 

3. Sew the small white square pieces to the half square triangles.

 

4. Create 36 large flying geese blocks and sew them together.

 

 

Sewn Triangle in a Square Blocks, Half Square Triangles with White Squares, and Flying Geese

 

5. Sew together the triangle in a square blocks with a small white square to make the small star pieces.

 

6. Create the corner half square triangle pieces (there’s 8 blocks in each of the block sections).

 

 

Organized Piles of Corner Half Square Triangle Blocks and Triangle in a Square Pieces

 

 

7. Sew all of the corner half square triangle pieces together to make the center of the quilt.

 

 

Stack of Sewn Blocks with the Center Quilt Block On Top

 

 

8. Sew all of the blocks together according to the pattern instructions. 

 

 

Bea's Quilt with Sewn Blocks

 

 

9. To make the inner borders, you need:

  • Two 1 1/2" x 36 1/2" strips
  • Two 1 1/2" x 38 1/2" strips

 

10. For the outer borders, you need:

  • Two 3 1/2" x 38 1/2" strips
  • Two 3 1/2" x 44 1/2 strips 

 

11. Create a fifth outer border strip, cut it in half, and add it to the two other strips so that they fit.

 

12. Quilt as desired. I quilted a star loopy design in a blue variegated thread.

 

 

Bea's Finished Quilt
Close Up of Bea's Finished Quilt

 

 

I always like to use up as much of the fabrics from the top as possible for the backing. Here, I had some of the blue print leftover and I added another solid blue chunk at the bottom, cut down the middle (not exactly centered works totally fine), and added another blue chunk in the middle.

 

 

Back of Bea's Finished Quilt
Close Up of the Back of Bea's Finished Quilt

 

 

 

Endless Project Possibilities with AccuQuilt

I love looking at quilts in books and magazines or at shows! They offer me the opportunity to try a new project with more of my beloved GO! Dies. If I can figure out how to use square and triangle dies in these other quilts, there’s always a possibility to create it the AccuQuilt way!

 

If you make your own version of this tutorial, use the hashtag #AccuQuiltBuilt and don't forget to tag @bealeequilter and @AccuQuilt on social media so that we can see your personalized creation!

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Bea Lee

Written by Bea Lee