Spread Love & Joy with AccuQuilt

This month’s Island Batik challenge said, “Our partners from AccuQuilt are asking you to create a throw quilt as a gift of comfort! This can include anything from baby to memory quilts, but should be inspired by spreading love through quilting. The challenge for you is to use the 8” or 12” finished BOB dies from your Ambassador box, the GO! Qube 8″ Mix & Match Block and create a whole new pattern by combining the two!”

I received the Maple Leaf die in my January box this year and the Go! Qube 8″ dies in the January 2019 box. Sew … what to do?

EQ to the rescue …

My original intent was to make a Canadian Quilt of Valour! So, obviously red maple leaves would be perfect.

The top left was too busy. The top right had too much black. The bottom left had the blocks too close. So, I decided on the bottom right. Maple leafs with double pinwheels (without the 2nd colour), separated by a sashing and cornerstones.

I used the Accuquilt dies to cut all of the pieces for the blocks. So very quick. And very accurate!!! Each block went together with ease.

I made all the blocks …

The maple leaves were all made with Island Batik’s “Wavy dots – Cherry BE” and white solid. The double pinwheels were made with all sorts of scraps with Custard as the background.

It looked OK on EQ, but in real life … Not so much. I really, really disliked the two together! The white with red maple leaves were crisp and fresh looking and the double pinwheel blocks, although pretty, were just not a good match.

SEW … I changed directions. I really liked the blocks together, but not the fabrics.

I made 17 more double pinwheels using only the solid white and fabrics from the “Mystery” collection. Oh yes!!! I was MUCH happier!!! Much much happier!!!

Of course, I forgot to take pictures of me cutting all of the pieces for the maple leaves and the double pinwheels, but I did take one of cutting the binding! The width of fabric fits perfect on the 2 1/2″ die. I placed 2 pieces of WOF on the die (total of 4 layers) and in less than 20 seconds, I had 6 perfectly cut binding strips. SEW easy, SEW quick, and perfect strips! (I pulled up the middle strips so that you could see them on the die.)

Here’s a picture of the finished quilt. All ready to go to the guild’s Quilt of Valour coordinator.

And here’s a closeup of the quilting …

Quilt Stats:

  • 57″ x 72″
  • Island Batik fabrics: Solid white, solid grey, assorted fabrics from the mystery collection and for the cornerstones and binding, I used “Pinecone Dark Teal” from the Napa Valley collection.
  • Hobbs 80/20 batting
  • Aurifil Thread # 2000 (Light Stand) for piecing, # 2600 (Dove) for quilting
  • Schmetz Needles

But wait … there’s more …

What to do with all the double pinwheel blocks with the custard background? I made some super scrappy maple leaf blocks and made a 2nd quilt. This is going to a young couple that just got married.

This one is quilted in a similar manner, but different!

Quilt Stats

Disclosure:

The fabrics, thread, batting and needles were generously supplied by the following companies:

One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

Happy Quilting! 
Gail 

33 thoughts on “Spread Love & Joy with AccuQuilt

  1. Gail you definitely spread love and joy with not one, but two quilts from the same fun design. I love the QOV quilt and think the newlyweds will definitely enjoy cuddling under that quilt. They might not need to wait for winter if you have similar weather to us! 😉

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  3. Oh Gail, I can totally see why you were frustrated. Love the changes you made.
    It is so important to share the journey of creating something. Most of the time folks do not know the work that goes into creating one project, with all the missteps and mishaps and wrong turns. It is always so much more than what meets the eye. Kudos on a fabulous finish and I so appreciate your sharing all the details.

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  4. Oooh… I’m going backwards on your blog so I see you did use the Bob. I agree 100% with you that the background colors needed to be the same. And clever, gal, you made a second quilt. I have to admit that I love to use my Bobs and other Accuquilt dies. I’m alway amazed how fast I can cut some blocks. Lightening fast! Your quilts look wonderful.

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  5. GAIL! Both of these are fabulous. I am really drawn to the first version. Those sashing strips and cornerstones just highlight the blocks so wonderfully. GREAT job! {{{Hugs}}} ~smile~ Roseanne

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  6. Beautiful, Gail!!!! I love them both! The colors with the red & white of the maple leaves adds a nice but not overwhelming contrast. And I love the scrappy leaves! So impressed that you made 2 quilts!

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  7. The AccuQuilt may cut things out quick but you must be fast on the sewing machine too. Very nicely done. Both recipients will be so happy!

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