Lantern Star 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.


  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 5 Half Square Triangle – 2” Finished
    • Shape 6 Square on Point – 2 ¾” Finished
  4. AQ55137 GO! Cutting Mat 6 x 6

Cutting Instructions:

From print fabrics:

  1. Using Shape 5, cut sixteen Half Square Triangles (HST)
  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 6, cut four Squares on Point

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 background square (Shape 6). Press the seams open. Make four.
Lantern Star Quilt Block Picture 1
  1. Repeat with the background HSTs (Shape 5) and the print square (Shape 6).
  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 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.

Lantern Star Picture 2

The standard grid layout option creates a beautiful sea of stars across your quilt, that reminds me again of the Victorian tiled floors like the Triangle Ring block did too.

Lantern Star Picture 3

Adding in sashing and cornerstones helps emphasise that tiled look, where the cornerstones are Shape 2 squares, and cut the sashing at the same width as the squares and as long as the blocks.

Lantern Star Picture 4

And lastly, when you turn the blocks on point, it creates the appearance of even more stars! 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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