Four-Block-and-a-Border

A Simple Guide to Four Blocks and a Border with New GO! Qube™ Mix and Match 10″ Block

Hi, It’s Marjorie Busby from bluefeatherquiltstudio.com  and I’m excited to share how to take a single block using the GO! Qube™ Mix & Match 10″ Block and the GO! Qube™ 10″ Companion Set–Corners to make a striking 40″x 40″ quilt with four blocks and a pieced border. The new AccuQuilt GO! Mix and Match 10″ Block is a wonderful addition to any collection because you can easily calculate a quilt size since each block is 10″.  The blocks I used are from the 216 Block Brochure located on accuquilt.com allows quilters to choose from an infinite number of designs. Turn the blocks in different orientations and make even more quilt designs. Watch out. The endless design options can be addictive!

For this quilt, I used a blue and green color combination for a finished 40″ square quilt. The plain borders are cut with the 3″ Strip Cutter and finish at 2½”, and the pieced border uses the Chisel die (Shape 9) from the GO! Qube 10″ Companion Set–Corners and is 5″ finished width.

Supplies needed:

Fabric:

  • Dark fabric (blue)—1½ yards for blocks, borders and binding
  • Medium (green)—¾ yards for blocks
  • Light fabric—¾ yards for blocks
  • Backing—48″ x 48″
  • Batting—48″ x 48″

Cutting instructions:

This may look like a lot of cutting instructions—but it is much easier than it appears because you are simply making a single block for the inner quilt and a single block for the pieced borders, plus the four corner blocks.

You will use the following shapes from the GO! Qube Mix & Match 10″ Block and GO! Qube 10″ Companion Set–Corners:

  • Shape 3—5″ Finished HST (Die 55805)
  • Shape 5—2½” Finished HST (Die 55807)
  • Shape 8—5″ x 2½” Finished Rectangle (Die 55810)
  • Shape 9—5″ x 2½” Finished Chisel (Die 55811)
  • Shape 11.1—2½” Finished Corner Square (Die 55813)
  • Shape 12.1—2½” Finished Corner Triangle (Die 55814)

Precut as follows:

Dark blue fabric:

  • Shape 5—Precut 4—3⅞” x WOF, Cut 72 HSTs
  • Shape 9—Precut 2—6″ x WOF, Cut 20 Chisels
  • Shape 12.1—Precut 4¾” x 9½”, Cut 16 Corner Triangles

Light fabric:

  • Shape 5—Precut 4—3⅞” x WOF, Cut 72 HSTs
  • Shape 8—Precut 6″ x 13″, Cut 4 Rectangles
  • Shape 9—Precut 6″ x 14″, Cut 8 Chisels
  • Shape 11.1—Precut 6½” x 13″, Cut 8 Corner Squares

NOTE: Chisels are cut directionally. Place fabric right side up or right side down so the point of the chisel is facing the correct direction.

Medium green fabric:

  • Shape 3—Precut 1—6⅜” x WOF, Cut 8 HSTs
  • Shape 5—Precut 1—3⅞” x WOF, Cut 20 HSTs
  • Shape 9—Precut 2—6″ x WOF, Cut 20 Chisels
  • Shape 11.1—Precut 6½” x 13″, Cut 8 Corner Squares

NOTE: Chisels are cut directionally. Place fabric right side up or right side down so that the point of the chisel is facing the correct direction.

Inner solid blue border:

  • Cut 2—3″ x 20½” (Finished 2½” x 20″)
  • Cut 2—3″ x 25½” (Finished 2½” x 15″)

Outer solid blue Border:

  • Cut 2—3″ x 35½”
  • Cut 2—3″ x 40½”

Binding:

  • Cut 4—2½” x WOF

*** HST = Half Square Triangle

Block diagrams:

The following image shows the blocks in this quilt and border and the corresponding shape number from the GO! Qube Mix & Match 10″ Block and the GO! Qube 10″ Companion Set–Corners.

NOTE: If you are using individual dies rather than a Qube, the die numbers are listed in the cutting instructions above.

This is how your pieces will look after they are cut. Here the pieces arranged by shape below.

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Block assembly (make six blocks):

Each main block in the quilt is made up of two units. One of the units has two colorways.

Unit one for the center four blocks is made as follows. You will need to make a total of eight units for the four blocks.

Unit two for the center four blocks is made as follows. You will need to make four units with a light blue background and four units with a green background.

Complete the four main quilt blocks using the units you have just constructed as follows:

Pieced border blocks:

Piece chisels by stitching a light HST to the corner of the dark and medium chisels as shown. Press seams open. Stitch chisels together, matching points, to make 20 chisel blocks.

Make four borders by stitching five chisel blocks together with chisels side to side as in the quilt diagram.

Corner blocks:

Stitch a green HST shape five to a light chisel shape 9. Stitch the completed chisel to a rectangle shape 8 to make four corner blocks.

Stitch a corner block to either end of two of the borders. Refer to the quilt diagram above to place blocks in the correct orientation.

Quilt assembly:

Arrange the four center blocks as shown or choose your own block placement for a different center design. Stitch the blocks together to make the two rows and then stitch the rows together to complete the four block quilt center.

Measure through the vertical center and left and right sides of the quilt and average if the three numbers. Use that measurement to adjust the length of the inner vertical borders and cut to measurement. Stitch the borders to the quilt.

Measure through the horizontal center and top and bottom sides of the quilt and average the three measurements. Use that number to cut the inner horizontal borders to size. Stitch the borders to the quilt.

Stitch the vertical pieced borders to the left and right sides of the quilt. Press seams toward the inner vertical border.

Stitch the horizontal pieced borders which include the corner blocks to the top and bottom of the quilt. Press seams toward the inner horizontal border.

Add the outer vertical and horizontal borders by measuring and applying borders in the same manner as the inner vertical and horizontal borders are applied.

Quilt as desired.

Bind and Enjoy!

 

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