Scrappy Plus Quilt Block

Scrap Buster Blocks is a series of scrap quilt block tutorials that are designed to bust through your scraps with the AccuQuilt GO! QUBE Mix & Match block sets. Grab your scrap buckets/tubs/drawers, and let’s make some scrappy quilt blocks!

The great thing about the GO! QUBE Mix & Match sets is that while I’m using the 8” Block set for my quilt blocks, you could just as easily use any size QUBE that you have as the shape numbers are all the same! You will just need to adjust the size of your fabric cuts accordingly.

It’s also important to note that these blocks are made at 150% the Qube size. That means that the finished quilt block will be 150% bigger than the size of the Qube set:

  • 6” Qube – 9” (finished) blocks
  • 8” Qube – 12” (finished) blocks
  • 9” Qube – 13.5” (finished) blocks
  • 10” Qube – 15” (finished) blocks
  • 12” Qube – 18” (finished) blocks

Materials:

  1. Assorted prints and background fabrics
  2. AccuQuilt GO! Big, GO! Cutter or GO! Baby Cutter Fabric Starter Set
  3. AQ55776 GO! QUBE Mix & Match – 8” Block set:
    • Shape 1 Square – 4” Finished
    • Shape 2 Square – 2” Finished
    • Shape 8 Rectangle – 2” x 4” Finished

Cutting Instructions:

From print fabrics:

  1. Using Shape 2, cut twelve squares

From background fabrics:

  1. Using Shape 1, cut four squares
  2. Using Shape 8, cut four rectangles

Sewing Instructions:

NOTE: All seams are ¼”, (6mm). Press the seams open unless otherwise specified

  1. Pair the print squares (Shape 2) and sew together. Press. Make six pairs.
  2. Pair two units from step 1 and sew them together to create a four-patch. Press.
  3. Pair the remaining units from Step 1 sew them to a background rectangle (Shape 8). Press.
  4. Arrange the units and remaining background squares (Shape 1) to create the block layout, and sew into rows. Press seams open.
  5. Sew the rows together. Press seams open.

Outside The Block:

The last part of these tutorials for Scrap Buster Blocks will include some various quilt layout options to inspire you to think outside the box (or block!) of how you can use these blocks to create fun quilts.

blue and orange scrappy plus quilt by alyce blyth of blossom heart quilts

There is of course the standard grid layout option. You could mix it up and make it bigger more quickly by alternating pieced blocks with large background squares that are the same size as the blocks.

scrappy christmas quilt using plus and irish chain blocks by alyce blyth of blossom heart quilts

Or really mix it up and alternate the Scrappy Plus blocks with Scrappy Irish Chain quilt blocks! The Scrappy Irish Chain quilt block uses the same sizes of squares, so it’s a great option to mix and match for an effective finished quilt with the Scrappy Plus quilt block (or any Scrap Buster Block!).

black and white scrappy plus quilt on point by alyce blyth of blossom heart quilts

And lastly, how about turning the blocks on point? Now the pluses are chunky Xs! You can use the GO! Setting Triangles to help accurately cut the corner and edge triangles, although do remember that this pattern is for blocks that are 150% of the Qube size, so for these 12″ blocks made from the 8″ Qube, you will need the 12″ Setting Triangles die.

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