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

Cutting Instructions

From print fabrics:

  1. Using Shape 4, cut eight Quarter Square Triangles (QST)
  2. Using Shape 5, cut four Half Square Triangles (HST)
  3. Using Shape 6, cut one Square on Point

From background fabrics:

  1. Using Shape 1, cut four squares
  2. Using Shape 5, cut sixteen Half Square Triangles (HST)

Sewing Instructions

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

  1. Sew a print HST (Shape 5) to each side of the print square (Shape 6). Press the seams open.
supernova quilt block 1
  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 eight.
supernova quilt block 2
  1. Sew the flying geese units into pairs, with both pointing in the same direction.
  2. Arrange the units and remaining background squares (Shape 1) to create the block layout, and sew into rows. Press seams open.
  3. Sew the rows together. Press seams open.

Outside The Block

The last part of these tutorials for Scrap Buster Blocks includes 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.

grey and white supernova quilt

A regular grid layout reminds me of ripples across a pond, with the flying geese echoing their way across the quilt top.

red and black supernova quilt

Adding in 6″ sashing (cut 6 ½” strips) makes for a very modern quilt. For these blocks, the print HSTs are the same colour as the first round of flying geese.

green and blue supernova quilt block on point

And lastly, when you turn the blocks on point, we get more of an hourglass and economy block thing happening. Amazing how a simple rotation changes the look of the blocks! 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.

We can’t wait to see your blocks and quilts! Feel free to share them with us on Instagram, tagging @blossomheartquilts and @accuquilt_australia, and using the hashtags #BlossomHeartQuilts and #ScrapBusterBlocks.

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