Hi there! I'm Erin from AveryLaneSewing.com and I'm here to share a quilt project that I made using my new GO! Qube Mix & Match 8" Block set. This is a fairly easy quilt block pattern, making it one of my new favorite quilt patterns for beginners.
Recently, I had a request from my daughter to make a quilt for her special bear, mainly to display in her room. Her bear is her oldest and dearest possession. She received this bear from her older siblings on her first birthday and she carried her bear everywhere for years. But her bear's blanket has worn out and it looks pretty sad on the shelf. This was a prefect opportunity to play with my GO! Qube 8" block set.
The GO! Qube block sets are designed to mix and match and allow you to create 72 different quilt blocks--though the possible blocks seem endless. I didn't want to create too busy of a block, but a simple block that could represent her and her bear's friendship. They loved to twirl together when she was little, and I think this block looks a little twirly. Her bear is not very big, so I designed the quilt to be a little smaller than my usual doll quilts, finishing at 16" x 16". I sketched out a design, my daughter picked out the fabric at our local quilt fabric shop, and I got to work straight away.
It took very little time to complete and we all three love the results. I think this would be a great mini quilt to make for a small quilt swap.
Twirly Block Mini Quilt Tutorial
What you'll need:
1 fat quarter solid fabric
1/4 yard light value (small-scale) print fabric
Batting: 16.5" x 16.5"
Backing: 17" x 17"
Use cutting die #5 - GO! Half Square Triangle (2" finished) (55712) to cut:
32 half square triangles from the solid fabric
32 half square triangles from the light value print fabric
Use cutting die #8 GO! Rectangle (2" x 4" finished) (55715) to cut:
16 rectangles from the light value print fabric
Here is the layout for each 8" block:
Sew all seams with a scant 1/4" seam allowance and with the fabric pieces right sides together.
Sew together a light and a dark half square triangle and press the seam allowances toward the dark fabric. Make 32.
Sew 2 half square triangle units together and press the seam allowances to one side. Make 16, making sure they are all angled in the same direction or you will have some that are mirror images of each other.
Sew a light fabric rectangle to each of the pieced units created in step 2, as shown below. Press the seam allowances toward the rectangle. Make 16.
Sew together 2 of the pieced units created in step 3 and press the seam allowances. Repeat for the remaining pieces.
Sew together 2 of the pieced units created in step 4 and press the seam allowances. This completes one block. Repeat for the remaining pieces to create all 4 blocks.
Sew the 4 blocks together to complete the quilt top and press.
Layer and baste the quilt top, batting, and backing fabric together.
Quilt and bind the quilt top using your preferred methods. Maybe it's because Valentine's Day is right around the corner, or maybe I was feeling all the bear-love in the house, but I decided to quilt big hearts within the 4-patch sections of the blocks and one in the very center.
Here's the finished quilt in its place with her bear on a shelf.
Using the GO! Qube fabric cutting die set certainly made this bear's quilt a quick afternoon project.