The Traveling Quilts ~ Round Six

Rubik Cube

Last week I finished my latest round of The Traveling Quilts Bee. This iteration, I had Elizabeth of Oh, Fransson’s quilt. No pressure, right? ;)

Elizabeth’s quilt is 80’s themed. She found some really, really bright fabrics to send along with the quilt. I’m talking neon! This is how the quilt looked when I received it.

The Traveling Quilts for Elizabeth - Before

So many people had already added amazing things to the quilt. Check out the Pac Man by Monica! Genius.

I was going back and forth on a few ideas. MTV logo, Cindy Lauper silhouette. In the end, I’m not that good of a sewist for those. :) But I knew I could do a Rubik cube! I did a little searching on Google Images and found a nice Rubik graphic. I opened it up in Photoshop and traced the lines to come up with a bit of a paper piecing template.

I printed the image out and cut it into sections based on each side of the Rubik Cube. Then I cut those sides into strips and paper pieced each strip.

Rubik Cube

Once I had the strips sewn together to form each side, I pieced them together as I would any Y-Seam. That was a little trickier than anything I’ve done, as I not only had to line up the y-seam, but also the seams of the color squares on the Rubik Cube.

Rubik Cube

Elizabeth’s quilt also uses some black and white prints. I dug around in my stash and found this older Seagull print (Alexander Henry I think?). Since this is an 80’s themed quilt, I thought it was a bit clever and reminded me of the band Flock of Seagulls. Hopefully you don’t hate the band Elizabeth!

Rubik Cube

I’ve mailed the quilt on to Ashley and am excited to see what she adds!

The Traveling Quilts for Elizabeth - After

Comments

  1. 5

    Yolanda says

    The Rubix Cube is so 80″s ! I love the block. I think the quilt will turn out beautiful. Keep up the great work.

  2. 21

    roccagal says

    holy cow that is amazing and I really like the cube! Very good addition and at this point it as not an easy decision!~ you did fab work!

  3. 22

    says

    Very clever of you Faith….and so 80s!!! I still have my Rubik’s cube packed away…why? Not sure – but found it in a box at my Mom’s:) Hope to meet you in person at Quilt Con! I’m excited to go!

  4. 27

    Mabel says

    You have a great group. Talented!!!!! And your idea of the Rubik Cube
    Is amazing. Wonderful project. Thank you for sharing.
    Mabel

  5. 29

    Blythe says

    That is the perfect addition! So cute. And, after learning how to paper piece using your tutorials in the Summer Sampler Series, I’m such a fan. Love those crisp lines. What a fun quilt!

  6. 31

    says

    Genius! Super genius. I remember the Rubik’s Cube frenzy and I even made myself a Rubik’s Cube costume to go Hallowe’ening in (turned out great, even if it was a bit tricky to manoeuvre on porches…). I love your take on the theme and, really, who doesn’t like Flock of Seagulls! Really!

  7. 32

    says

    My daughter just came by and was completely blown away by your block – “it actually looks 3D, like it’s popping out”. Just thought I’d share!

  8. 33

    Marcia Herath says

    I like your Rubic’s cube idea. I have a couple of grandchildren who love them and may have to try it.

  9. 36

    says

    Genius!! Absolutely awesome. I love how you worked it out with paper piecing. It looks so cool and it’s perfect with the rest of the blocks.

  10. 37

    says

    That’s pretty much the COOLEST thing ever!!!! I’ve always, always, always wanted to do a collaboration quilt. I wish I had a group of quilting friends who would collaborate with me. Where did you find these people to participate?

    • 38

      says

      Hi Dannielle – I’ve been really lucky to “meet” many of these people online over the last few years, so we just happened to know each other that way. :)

      There is a great group on Flickr for online Quilting Bees. Check out the Discussion Thread “I Want In!” and you can try to get going with a new virtual quilting bee yourself.

      http://www.flickr.com/groups/quiltingbeeblocks/

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