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.
- Assorted prints and background fabrics
- AccuQuilt GO! Big, GO! Cutter or GO! Baby Cutter Fabric Starter Set
- 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
- AQ55137 GO! Cutting Mat 6 x 6
From print fabrics:
- Using Shape 4, cut eight Quarter Square Triangles (QST)
From background fabrics:
- Using Shape 1, cut five squares
- Using Shape 5, cut sixteen Half Square Triangles (HST)
NOTE:All seams are ¼“, (6mm). Press the seams open unless otherwise specified
- 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.
- Pair the flying geese and sew them together. Press. Make four.
- Arrange the units and remaining background squares (Shape 1) to create the block layout, and sew into rows. Press seams open.
- 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.
The standard grid layout option creates a bold look that really shows off the triangles. In this layout, all the blocks are pieced the same, and then every second block is rotated so that the neighbouring pairs of flying geese alternate in colour.
This pattern also works well for creating a rainbow quilt! By focusing on the diagonal lines of quilt blocks and flying geese, you can have fun coming up with rainbow quilt ideas.
And lastly, when you turn the blocks on point, it creates a lot of movement across the quilt, looking even more like sail boats on ocean waves!