A Simple Guide to Making a Fun Rainbow Quilt Using the New 10″ Mix & Match Qube SetSeptember 18, 2018
Hi, it’s Bea again from beaquilter.
When you have a Qube set, you don’t have to stick with the size block it was designed to make. You can make blocks that are 1.5 sized, so 15″ with this set!
See this block, it’s a 1.5 sized block.
The patterns that come with the set are based on a 4 x 4 grid or 2 x 2, this block is 12 x 12 or 3 x 3.
After designing this block and playing in EQ, I decided on a rainbow quilt. At first, I ended up with nine colors but added another row for even more color.
I recently got new bins for my scraps and re-sorted them. So, I’ve been itching to dig into my “new” scraps!
EQ8 said I’d need about 1 3/4 yard of white, but I managed to cut everything out of solid white scraps! I only cut the border and binding out of yardage (about one yard for the border and 1/2 yard for the binding).
For each block I cut out:
(1) white with die #1
(2) of A and B (A and B is 2 different fabrics of the same color group) of die #3
(4) white and (2) of A and B of die #4 (I put the 2 extras aside for something else another time)
(4) white of #5
(2) of A and B of die #16 from the Angles set
Try NOT to use directional or striped fabrics.
I made 12 blocks, so 12 different color groups: yellow, orange, red, pink/purple, light blue, dark blue, light green, dark green, grey, light brown, dark brown and black.
On die #16, have the fabric grain straight with the short sides, not the angled sides.
Then the fun began! I sewed white #4s to the sides of the colored #4s as shown below, having the white on the right side.
I also sewed #5 white triangles to the short angled side of #16 trapezoids.
They just looked so pretty :).
Next, I sewed the large triangles to the block sections. On the ones with the white and colored #4 triangles, I added the matching coordinating color in the large #3 triangle.
With the trapezoid blocks, I added the large white triangle.
It’s fun laying them out in the rainbow color order!
At this point, I laid out all the block pieces so I could make sure the pieces were turned the right way. Then, I sewed them together like a large nine patch. Notice how it looks like the pieces are wrapped around each other, almost like a card trick block.
Here’s a purple block is sewn together.
Here’s nine of the 12 blocks done.
I sewed the blocks together into a 3 x 4 layout and added a dark green 3 1/2″ border, cut with the 3 1/2″ strip cutter die.
I quilted it with a pointy swirl all over in a pale green and added a matching dark green binding (made with the 2 1/2″ strip cutter die).
I sent the kids outside to take pictures of the quilt, here’s the best one.
The quilt measures 51″ x 66″.
Of course, you can make this with any Qube set, the finished size will just be different!
Hope you try it! Have fun!!