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



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    February 6, 2013

    Your Rubik Cube is fabulous. Great job and the quilt is going to be amazing. Thanks for sharing your progress.

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    February 6, 2013

    that looks like a fun, fun quilt!!!

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    February 6, 2013

    THAT…IS…AWESOME!!!!! (groovy to the max LOL)

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    February 6, 2013

    Amazing! I am just loving all the work you quilting ninjas are doing with these Traveling Quilts! So inspiring 🙂

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    February 6, 2013

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

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    Kerrie P

    February 6, 2013

    That is so cool! I love the brighter than life colors of the 80’s.

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    February 6, 2013

    I really like the black and white, and bright all over color theme!

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    February 6, 2013

    Perfect!! An 80s quilt would be missing something without a Rubik’s Cube 🙂

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    February 6, 2013

    It has been so much fun watching these traveling quilts grow. Your Rubik cube is fantastic. What a great throw pillow that would make!

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    February 6, 2013

    Love it! I have some fabric with PacMan on it…,

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    Flo@butterfly Quilting

    February 6, 2013

    Or maybe Jonathan Livingston Seagull?? mmmm..or maybe that was the ’70’s?? The Rubik’s cube is!!

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    February 6, 2013

    super cute

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    Debbie R.

    February 6, 2013

    Wow! Nice work!!

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    Claire Jain

    February 6, 2013

    That turned out super well. Awesome block!

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    February 6, 2013

    Love the Rubik’s cube! The quilt is absolutely amazing.

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    Maureen Cracknell

    February 6, 2013

    That is so, SO cool!! This quilt is super fun and I agree, that Pac Man is so smart! I would love to see an entire Pac Man quilt!

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    February 6, 2013

    Your skills are truly over-the-top amazing!

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    Jan Barnett

    February 6, 2013

    Wow! I think your Rubik Cube is incredible!

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    Debbie-Esch House Quilts

    February 6, 2013

    Your rubik’s cube is fantastic! And you’re right about the PacMan strip – so fun!

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    Rebecca Grace

    February 6, 2013

    WOW — your Rubik’s cube looks awesome! Very impressive!

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    February 6, 2013

    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!

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    February 6, 2013

    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!

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    Julie Naatz

    February 6, 2013

    Always amazed. Always inspired. Simply blown AWAY!

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    February 6, 2013

    I love your creative process…from idea to final product…really nice!!

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    diane stanley

    February 6, 2013

    So much talent in that group and your block is perfect with all of them. EH will have a gorgeous quilt when its ll finished

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    February 7, 2013

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

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    February 7, 2013

    Looks fantastic! I’ve seen the images of the Rubiks cube floating around but I didn’t realize you made it!

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    February 7, 2013

    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!

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    February 7, 2013

    Cool, love all the 80’s touches, the Rubiks cube is fab!

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    Karen D

    February 7, 2013

    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!

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    Karen D

    February 7, 2013

    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!

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    Marcia Herath

    February 7, 2013

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

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    Pam Pollock

    February 8, 2013

    Fabulous quilt! I remember dressing my kids in those colours! They still haven’t forgiven me!

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    February 8, 2013

    Very cool!

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    February 9, 2013

    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.

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    February 12, 2013

    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?

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      February 12, 2013

      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.

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    February 16, 2013

    Haha, ohmygoodnessgracious this is a great looking thing.

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    Krista - Poppyprint

    February 19, 2013

    Your Rubik’s Cube block is beyond fabulous! Great addition!