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How GO! Qubes were Mixed & Matched for this Traditional Quilt Pattern

Aug 27, 2019 7:57:10 AM / by Bea Lee

Hi, it's Bea from Beaquilter.com again and I'm here to show you how I re-made this really old, yet classic quilt pattern into an AccuQuilt-friendly GO! Qube pattern. It was fun and easy! First, let me give you a bit of a background about this quilt−it all started with a 1980s quilting magazine and a conversation on Facebook. 

 

I'm co-moderator of the AccuQuilt Qube Quilts FB group and I've hosted quite a few Quilt Alongs (QALs) and became online friends with a lot of the members. One friend, Robin J, messaged me with the picture below, told me she got her hands on some really old quilt magazines and really loved this pattern. She wanted to know if I thought it was possible to use AccuQuilt dies, GO! Qube or otherwise, to make it.

 

dinah block
 

The pattern, Dinah's Block, is from a 1983 edition of Quilter's Newsletter Magazine! Robin J said the directions were terrible (haha)! Probably because rotary cutters were brand new technology at that time. But I was up for the challenge!

 

Discovering the Shapes

I started by isolating the block. Here it is:

dinah block2

 I looked at it for a while and wasn't sure at first, but I got to thinking about the center part:

 

dinah block2b-isolated

 

If this was made with the GO! Qube Mix & Match 6" Block, then the outer part could be made with the GO! Qube Mix & Match 8" Block and the GO! Triangles in Square-2" Finished Square (which I just happen to have used recently for something else). Then the outer triangle could be made with the GO! Qube Mix & Match 12" Block 6" HST. This could work!

 

Here are all the shapes broken down:

Inner Part:

  • GO! Qube Mix & Match 6" Block (55775)
    • GO! Half Square Triangle-3" Finished Square (Shape 3)
    • GO! Quarter Square Triangle-3" Finished Square (Shape 4)
    • GO! Half Square Triangle-1½" Finished Square (Shape 5)

Outer Part:

 

With that, I set to work!

 

Supplies

I had these Feline Fine scraps leftover from an Island Batik project and my plan was to just "test" a block but then there was enough to cut out 4 blocks. I used pink, dark pink, dark grey and solid grey for the blocks.

 

GO! Qube Mix & Match 6" Block

  • Solid light grey and light pink print: (16) GO! Half Square Triangle-1½" Finished Square (Shape 5)
  • Dark pink: (16) GO! Quarter Square Triangle-3" Finished Square (Shape 4)
  • Dark grey: (16) GO! Half Square Triangle-3" Finished Square (Shape 3)

 

GO! Qube Mix & Match 8" Block

  • Solid grey: (16) GO! Square-2½" (2" Finished) (Shape 2)
  • Dark pink/outer triangles: (16) GO! Half Square Triangle-2" Finished Square (Shape 5)
  •  GO! Rectangle-2½" x 4½" (2" x 4") Finished (Shape 8)

 

GO! Qube Mix & Match 12" Block

  • Light grey print: (16) GO! Half Square Triangle-6" Finished Square (Shape 3)

 

GO! Triangles in Square-2" Finished Square 

  • Solid grey/inner triangles: (32) GO! Triangles in Square-2" Finished Square (55410)
  • Dark pink/outer triangles: (64) GO! Triangles in Square-2" Finished Square (55410)
    • (32+32 reversed-but that doesn't really matter in batiks)

 

dinah quilt2

 

Instructions

I first sewed the GO! Half Square Triangle-1½" Finished Square (Shape 5) together into 16 HSTs like this:

dinah quilt3

 

Then I sewed these into pinwheel blocks like this:

dinah quilt4

 

Then I added the dark pink 3" QSTs:

dinah quilt6

 

Then the grey 3" HST triangles (shape 3). The block should now be 6½" x 6½":

dinah quilt8

 

Next I made the triangle in a square sections. They are so cute and TINY!

dinah quilt5

 

And then I added a solid light grey 2½" square (shape 2) between two triangle in a square like below:

dinah quilt7

 

On half the blocks I added the side triangles like this:

dinah quilt9

 

Then sewed the first half to the blocks and then the last sections too and the blocks look like this!

Dinah quilt10

 

Then finally add the large, 6½" HSTs (shape 3) to the corners:

Dinah quilt11

 

I then sewed the four blocks together and that's when you really see the secondary star design. They almost look like circles!

Dinah quilt12

 

I added borders, bound and finished the quilt! It ended up being a cute baby quilt size about 29" x 29"

Dinah quilt15

 

Now I want to make a bigger quilt with this block! Thanks to a friend online, I got to play around with a really old block design and thanks to AccuQuilt, I put it together quickly!

 

Be sure to subscribe to the AccuQuilt blog to get more updates and inspiration like this, and follow along with my quilting adventures on my blog, Beaquilter.com.

 

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Topics: GO! Qube Mix & Match, GO! Getter

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