Are you an AccuQuilt user? Can you recognize what shapes are in a quilt block?
I was looking at patterns and quilt blocks on Pinterest today and noticed the block above. The different pieces of the block looked familiar and peaked my interest. I had to run into my sewing room to see if I could duplicate this block.
A few months back, I wrote a blog post called “Do You See The Pattern.” Today’s blog post goes along with that one and you can click the link to read more if you missed my post.
One of the things I’ve found very helpful in making quilt blocks is recognizing the pattern and shapes that make up a block. Being an AccuQuilt user makes this knowledge even more useful. Especially with the Qube sets. I own the complete set of 8″ Qubes which consists of the 8″ Mix & Match Set, the 8″ Companion Corners Set and the 8″ Companion Set Angles.
So let’s talk about the shapes in this block. . .
One of the easiest parts of the block to see is the 4-square in the middle.
This is shape #1 in the Mix & Match set. The next shape I see is # 14 and it is found in the Angles Set Companion.
Now the last shape, which is the cream colored area of this block, looked at first like it could be the “kite” shape that is found in the angles set. I did cut this shape out and try it in the block and soon realized that it would not work. As I reexamined this block I realized that I was not taking into consideration that the block was on point. If I kept it on point I would either have to come up with a paper piecing piece or make a template to duplicate the size and shape. I didn’t want either option so I turned the block off point.
This made figuring out an alternative much easier. In fact, seeing what I needed to do was became quite clear.
What I needed was to use a purple (shape #14) and a white (shape #14) and add a corner square which is shape # 2.
I am very happy with my final results and if I wanted to put my blocks on point to duplicate the way the original block sits, that is possible by adding setting triangles after sewing my rows together.
I used left over scraps to create my two blocks (above) and I think that this block would make a very cute baby quilt. I also like the scrappy four square middle but I would keep the triangle (shape #14) closest to the 4-square (purple material ) all the same as well as the background (white material) all the same.
So, next time you run across a quilt block you like, see if you can identify the shapes and break the block down into its individual pieces. This is a very useful process if you like to create your own blocks and patterns. Until nest time . . .
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