Star Stamp 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% of 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

These instructions are written a little differently to normal so that you can use whatever scraps you might have, regardless of the size of the piece of fabric – if it covers the die you need, even if it’s just one small square or half-square triangle, you’re good to go. This is why the cutting instructions tell you how many you need from each die in total.

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 4 Quarter Square Triangle – 4” Finished
    • Shape 5 Half Square Triangle – 2” Finished
    • Shape 8 Rectangle – 2” x 4” Finished
  4. AQ55137 GO! Cutting Mat 6″ x 6″

Cutting Instructions:

From print fabrics:

  1. Using Shape 2, cut four small Squares
  2. Using Shape 4, cut four Quarter Square Triangles (QST)
  3. Using Shape 8, cut four Rectangles

From background fabrics:

  1. Using Shape 1, cut one large Square
  2. Using Shape 2, cut four small Squares
  3. Using Shape 5, cut eight Half Square Triangles (HST)
  4. Using Shape 8, cut four Rectangles

Sewing Instructions:

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

  1. Sew one background HST (Shape 5) to a print QST (Shape 4). Press. Sew another background HST (Shape 5) to the remaining edge to create a flying geese unit. Press. Make four.
Star Stamp 1
  1. rectangle (Shape 8) to the bottom of each flying geese unit. Press. Make four.
  2. Pair the four print small Squares (Shape 2) with the four background small Squares (Shape 2) and sew them together. Press seams toward the print.
  3. Sew each pair of Squares to a background rectangle (Shape 8). Press.
Star Stamp 2
  1. Arrange the units and remaining background squares (Shape 1) to create the block layout, and sew them into rows. Press seams open.
  2. 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.

Star Stamp quilt

There is of course the standard grid layout option. The print rectangles automatically create an interesting secondary design, and a simple colour palette really highlights the shapes of the blocks.

Rainbow Star Stamp quilt

But by mixing up the colours, you could certainly go super scrappy and create a fabulous rainbow quilt. Look at that beautiful wash of colour across the quilt!

Black and white Star Stamp on point quilt

Turning the blocks on point creates another interesting look with the stars and the rectangles – another classic tiled floor look!

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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One response to “Star Stamp Quilt Block

  1. Ronda Muench says:

    Great pattern and use of scraps! Thank you.

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