Bust Up Your Scrap Stash: Sewing Machine Quilt Block

Jun 16, 2022 10:00:00 AM / by Kelli Fannin

Hello, quilters! It's Kelli from Kelli Fannin Quilts. I've been designing quilt patterns for the last eight years, but I'm new to the GO! Getter team.



AccuQuilt Kept Me Quilting Despite an Injury 

I was introduced to AccuQuilt after a nerve injury left me with weakness in my left hand, and therefore, unable to use my rotary cutter. So, I made the switch to AccuQuilt, and I'm so glad I did. Along with designing patterns, I love to share free block tutorials on my website. Today, I'm going to share with you a pattern I enjoy using AccuQuilt.



Sewing Machine Quilt Block



Quilting Projects Are Made Easier with AccuQuilt

In 2019, I started sharing scrap-friendly tutorials for various National Days quilt blocks one of them being a sewing machine for National Sewing Machine Day. I made an 8" finished sewing machine quilt block before I discovered AccuQuilt, and you can find both a written and video tutorial to see how this fun quilt turned out!


Today, I am revamping it! For this AccuQuilt-friendly version, I've resized this block to 12" and swapped the heart shape for a star. This block is great for scrap-busting and can be completed very quickly using the AccuQuilt fabric cutting system.



Fabric Scraps Organized by Color



GO! Products You Need



Fabric Scrap You Need

  • Background fabric - can be any pattern or color that is different from the other colors (A)
  • Red fabric (B)
  • Aqua fabric (C)
  • Gray fabric (D)



How to Cut Your Fabric

With each GO! Strip Cutter Die, you will cut your fabric into strips to then subcut.


GO! Strip Cutter-1 1/2" (1" Finished) 5 Strips Die



Subcutting with the 1 1/2" Strips

Subcut the background fabric (A) strips into:

  • Three 1 1/2" x 1 1/2" squares
  • One 1 1/2" x 2 1/2" piece
  • Two 1 1/2" x 3" strips
  • One 1 1/2" x 6" strip
  • One 1 1/2" x 9" strip
  • One 1 1/2" x 10 1/2" strip
  • One 1 1/2" x 12 1/2" strip


From the red fabric (B) strips, subcut:

  • Four 1 1/2" x 1 1/2" squares
  • One 1 1/2" x 4" strip
  • One 1 1/2" x 4 1/2" strip


With the aqua fabric (C) strips, subcut:

  • Eight 1 1/2" 1 1/2" squares
  • One 1 1/2" x 2" piece


From the gray fabric (D) strip, subcut:

  • One 1 1/2" x 2" piece


GO! Strip Cutter-2 1/2" (2" Finished) 3 Strips Die
GO! Strip Cutter-2 1/2" (2" Finished) Die



Using the 2 1/2" Strips

Using the red fabric (B) strips, subcut:

  • Four 1 1/2" x 2 1/2" pieces
  • One 2 1/2" x 4 1/2" strip


Subcut the aqua fabric (C) strip into:

  • One 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" square


GO! Strip Cutter-3 1/2" (3" Finished) 2 Strips with Angled Guidelines Die



Cutting from the 3 1/2" Strips

From the background fabric (A) strip, subcut:

  • One 3 1/2" x 4 1/2" strip


With the red fabric (B) strips, subcut:

  • One 3 1/2" x 3 1/2" square
  • One 3 1/2" x 5" strip
  • One 3 1/2" x 10 1/2" strip



How to Assemble Your Block

This block has just a few corner flip units to prep. If you need help with this part, check out this video.


1. For this first clip and flip unit, place a 1 1/2" x 1 1/2" square of background fabric (A) right sides together in the left upper corner of a 3 1/2" x 5" strip of red fabric (B).


2. Stitch from corner to corner.


3. Trim the fabric as needed, flip it over, and press the seams.



Flip Units Instructions



4. With the same corner flip technique, use two 1 1/2" x 1 1/2" squares of the aqua fabric (C) and a 1 1/2" x 2 1/2" piece of red fabric (B) to make the flying geese unit pictured below.


5. Repeat the previous step for a total of four flying geese units.



Flying Geese Unit Instructions



6. Assemble the rest of the block as shown below.



Block Assembly Instructions




Built with AccuQuilt 

There you have it! Since this block finishes at 12", you can make more sewing machine blocks to complete a quilt. Or, use it as a centerpiece block in a project - like a table topper or wall hanging. Just pair it with other GO! Dies or GO! Qubes that also finish at 12".


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


Topics: Tutorials, Quick DIY Projects

Kelli Fannin

Written by Kelli Fannin