These Quilt Blocks Make the Perfect Block of the Month
The inspiration for designing the Bright Sampler Quilt was a personal challenge to create a new sampler using quilt blocks using both the Mix and Match patchwork dies and the value die shapes that are packaged with the GO!® Fabric Cutter. AccuQuilt has made it even easier to make this beautiful block of the month sampler using the GO! Qubes Mix & Match Blocks. You can make it in any size GO! Qube: 8", 10", 9" or even 12".
As a designer and consultant for AccuQuilt since 2003, one of my early contributions was to update the shapes to cut off the dog ears and layout multiples of each shape on a single die board for even quicker cutting. The Mix and Match die set divides the quilt blocks into two or four sections. By adding the 4 1/2" square, 2 1/2" square and 2" finished half square triangles on the value die, this opened up quilt blocks that can be divided into three or six sections. The GO! Qubes Mix & Match Blocks also contain all the shapes you need to make the quilt blocks in the the Bright Sampler Quilt in on easy-to-store container.
Quilt blocks from any sampler can be used to make one block quilts or to combine two blocks in a checkerboard layout for interesting quilt designs. Changing colors within the blocks can also create new quilts.
The EQ7 computer program is a great way to play with color and quilt block designs. A hands-on approach is to cut different colored paper shapes with the various dies, then trim off the 1/4" seam allowances. Lay out the shapes, twisting and turning them to reveal how the shapes work with each other. Use 12" scrapbooking paper as a background. Once you have a design you like, take a digital photograph, and keep playing with the shapes. The quilt block designs that can be created with these basic squares, triangles, rectangles and parallelograms are almost endless.
Download the Bright Sampler Quilt Blocks
Whether you decide to make your Bright Sampler Quilt as a block of the month or to do it all at once, you'll love these free downloadable quilt blocks. Complete directions and die requirements are included in the patterns. Just click on the blocks below. We would love to see a picture of your completed quilt!
By Kay Gentry
Kay Gentry began sewing at age 8 and has never stopped. She earned a degree in Textiles and Clothing from Ohio State University. She has tried most every type of sewing and needle arts; making wedding dresses and doing upholstery and countless garment construction from doll clothes to 3 piece suits. She made her first quilt in the late 1970’s but didn’t really get immersed in the quilting world until the early 1990’s. She started her pattern design business, Noble Needle Quilting and Sewing, in 2003. Her 80+ patterns are written for both die cutting and traditional cutting methods. Kay has worked as a designer and consultant for AccuQuilt for more than 8 years. Sh Her website features images of her quilt patterns and precut kits. Several of her patterns are also available for downloading from accuquilt.com. Website www.nobleneedle.com