Beyond Basic Borders – Towering Tall 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 sets 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.

Towering Tall block is reminiscent of beautiful trees and shrubbery with the glow of a setting sun. No matter what colour scheme you choose, this block is certainly versatile and stunning.

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 2 from and GO! Mix & Match Qube
  3. Shape 5 from any GO! Mix & Match Qube
  4. Shape 9 from any GO! Mix & Match Qube

Cutting Instructions:

  1. Cut (2) Shape 2 – Square per unit
  2. Cut (1) Shape 5 – Half Square Triangle (HST) per unit.
  3. Cut (1) 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.

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 one HST to one chisel to create rectangle as shown below. Press
  2. Sew the two square units together to create rectangle as shown below. Press
  3. Sew both rectangles together to create block. Press
towering tall border picture 1

Finishing 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 design towering tall border original designAlternating blocks towering tall border alternating blocks 1towering tall border alternating blocks 2Flipping direction of the Chiseltowering tall border change chisel direction 1towering tall border change chisel direction 2Making Scrappy Happy! towering tall border scrappy

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

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One response to “Beyond Basic Borders – Towering Tall Block

  1. Joan McKenzie says:

    Hi Debbie, I love scrolling your Finishing Options, Alternating blocks etc. with your patterns. Makes the easiest blocks look ‘special’. Sew many options. Many thanks✔

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