Beyond Basic Borders – Chisel Block

Beyond Basic Borders is a new series of how to elevate the quilting border to the next level. Whether you use the leftover fabric from your quilt top, or introduce some new colours, this is going to be fun!

To begin with, we will base the borders on using your GO! Qube Mix & Match set although we will transition into other dies. Experimenting with colours and layouts, we will show you how simple design changes can alter the appearance of the block.

Chisels are a fabulous shape to create unique borders. Playful and fun borders can be created with this wonderful shape.

Finished width size borders:
  • 4” Qube – 2” finished border
  • 6” Qube – 3” finished border
  • 8” Qube – 4” finished border
  • 9” Qube – 4 ½” finished border
  • 10” Qube – 5” finished border
  • 12” Qube – 6” finished border

The length will depend on your quilt top.


  1. AccuQuilt GO! Big or GO! Fabric Cutter
  2. Shape 5 from any GO! Mix & Match Qube
  3. Shape 9 from any GO! Mix & Match Qube

Cutting Instructions:

  1. Cut (2) Shape 5 – Half Square Triangle (HST) per unit.
  2. Cut (2) Shape 9 – Chisel per unit*

*NOTE: – the chisel is a directional die, so be aware of the orientation you are after.

Pressing Instructions:

Pressing seams to one side or open is another discussion within itself, although the two general thoughts are:

Open Seams allow for a smoother flatter quilt top, which doesn’t allow fabric colour to appear through your quilt top.

Side Seam Pressing is faster, and the seam is usually pressed towards the darkest colour. It makes it easier when you want to ‘nest’ seams in place, giving a clean seam intersection./p>

My suggestion – try both and see what works for you! There are no Quilt Police here.

Sewing Instructions:

All seams are ¼” unless otherwise specified.

  1. Sew two HST to the chisel to create a rectangle as shown below. Press
  2. Repeat for second HST and chisel. Press
  3. Sew the two rectangle units together to create the block below. Press

chisel border picture 1

Finished Options:

Adding different colours, in different sequences can totally change the look and appearance of the design. Below is the original two-colour design, which in itself is stylish, although you can see, adding more colours can change the appearance. Scrappy happy also works well, although, adding a base colour can add stability to the border

Original Designchisel border picture 2Alternating Blockschisel blocks picture 3chisel block picture 4chisel block picture5chisel blockpicture 6chisel borderpicture 7

This is just a few ideas, on how to use this simple block.

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Congratulations on finishing your project!

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