Go! Qube and Companion Mini Sampler
Designed and made by Stuart Hillard
Accuquilts “Qube” make creating patchwork projects easy, fast and accurate. Cut up to 6 layers of quilt weight cotton, up to 90% faster than traditional methods. Stuart's Qube and Companion Mini Sampler is a great weekend project to get you using and enjoying your AccuQuilt machine and dies. It works well as a wallhanging, table topper or playmat and is easy enough for beginners.
Let’s get started ... Gather your supplies!
For this project I’ve used the 12” Qube and Classics Companion. You can make this project using any size of Qube and Companion, just keep in mind that a smaller sized qube will yield a smaller finished project!
- 2 ½” strip die for the binding
- 3 ½” (3” finished) strip die for the outer border
- Go! Baby, Go! Cutter or Go! Big
- Dig into your stash...you’ll need fat quarters at most (18” x 21” cuts) of 6 different blue fabrics
I used 2 mid toned florals
2 deep navy prints and 2 mid toned batiks
...you’ll also need some background fabrics...I used 5 different tan prints.
You wont need every scrap of this fabric but it’s nice to have variety! You could also use a selection of scraps instead.
- You’ll also need ½” metre cream print for the outer border and 1/3 metre mid toned blue print for the binding.
- Spray starch
- Quilt batting...approximately 45” square
- Backing fabric approximately 45” square
- Thread for piecing in a neutral colour
- Quilting thread of your choice.
...let’s start with the Dutchman’s puzzle...you’ll make 2 of these blocks so we will cut everything for 2 blocks at the same time. You’ll need dies 4 (quarter square triangles” and 5 (small half square triangles)
1. Use die 4 to cut a total of 16 quarter square triangles. I used 4 different blue fabrics, 4 triangles from each.
2. Use die 5 to cut a total of 32 half square triangles in a variety of cream and tan fabrics
3. Sew 16 flying geese units as shown in the video then join 2 units together...repeat for a total of 8 units.
4. Sew 4 units together to complete your dutchman’s puzzle block.
5. Note...in my quilt I have reversed the direction of the “windmill” in one of my blocks to create more interest and movement in my quilt.
Next we will make the centre block, which is a variable star...you’ll probably already have recognised the flying geese units in this block! You’ll need dies 4 and 5 again to make the flying geese. You’ll also need die 2 (small square) and die 6 (square on point). We will make just one block.
1. Use die 2 to cut 4 squares in background (cream/tan) fabric. Use die 4 (quarter square triangles) to cut a total of 4 triangles in cream
2. Use die 5 (small half square triangles) to cut 4 triangles in dark navy and 8 triangles in mid blue floral.
3. Use die 6 (square on point) to cut one square in mid blue batik.
4. Make 4 flying geese units using the 4 large cream triangles and the 8 small blue floral triangles.
5. Sew a navy triangle to two opposite sides of the square on point (die 6) as shown in the video. Press the triangles back and then add the last two sides. Press. This unit is known as a “square on point” unit.
6. Lay your block out and sew together in rows and then sew your rows together.
Now lets make the “folded star” block...this uses dies 2 and 5 from the qube and one shape from the companion classics...die 9, the chisel. The chisel is not symmetrical so when you cut your blocks make sure your fabrics are stacked...all right sides of your fabric facing the die...that way all your cut pieces will face the same way...and that’s exactly what we need for this block!
We will make two blocks and cut everything we need for both blocks at the same time...
1. Use die number 2 to cut 8 squares from cream/tan background fabric.
2. Use die number 5 to cut a total of 8 triangles in dark navy fabric...I cut 4 each from 2 different fabrics.
3. Use die number 2 to cut a total of 16 triangles in cream/tan background fabric.
4. Use die 9 (chisel) to cut a total of 8 chisel shapes...remember to stack your fabrics right side facing down to cut identical shapes. I used 4 different mid blues...two chisels in each fabric.
5. Sew one navy (die 5) to one cream/tan (die 5) to make a small half square triangle unit...make a total of 8
6. Sew a cream/tan (die 5) to each chisel shape and press.
7. Assemble your blocks and sew as directed in the video
Last of all we will make the pieced triangles...
You’ll need die number 2 again and you’ll also need die 3 (large half square triangles) We are making 4 pieced triangles so we will cut everything at the same time.
1. From cream/tan and using die 2 cut a total of 8 squares.
2. From mid toned blue batik and die 2 cut a total of 8 squares.
3. Grab your dark navy fabrics...give them a spray of starch and press them...you want the fabric to feel a little stiff. Now use this fabric and die 3 to cut a total of 8 large triangles. The long edge is on the bias and this can be a little stretchy! Starching the fabric first will help to control that stretch
4. Use your mid blue batik squares and your cream/tan squares to make a total of four 4 patch units.
5. Sew a large blue triangle to two adjacent sides of the 4 patch...watch the video to help you with this. Make a total of 4.
6. Arrange your blocks and triangles into three rows and sew the rows together. Sew the rows together and press.
7. Use your 3 ½” strip die to cut a total of 4 strips in cream fabric for the outer border. Use scissors to cut each strip in half...approx 22” long.
8. Sew borders to 4 opposite sides of the quilt top. Press seams back and then trim the edges of your borders even with the quilt top...watch how I do this in the video!
9. Now sew the final 4 borders to your quilt top...leave the ends untrimmed for now.
10. Layer and quilt your quilt then trim the edges of the quilt even.
11. Use your 2 ½” strip die to cut a total of four 2 ½” strips...join them end to end then use this strip to bind your quilt.
You could substitute any of the blocks from the qube for this project...try adding other shapes or use your exact angles companion for even more variety!