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Thread: Any ideas on how to make a Rubik's cube quilt?

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    Super Member justflyingin's Avatar
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    I would love to make a quilt with the theme of the Rubik's cube. My son can do "speed cubing" (30 seconds...he doesn't set any records, but can do it fast) and I'd love to make him one.

    Does anyone have any good ideas or have you seen a quilt with this as the theme?

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    I really have no idea, but I am guessing it would be done along the idea of a tumbling blocks quilt

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    Do you have one of the EQ programs? I'm thinking this may be the way to go. Though maybe lots of the dreaded "Y" seams?

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    yep, large tumbling blocks would be great. within the blocks you would have all the colored square on the sides that show. good luck!

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    Yep, I agree with CoriAmD.

    Tumbling blocks is the way to go. And it depends on how detailed you want to get, but I would imagine each side of the block would be broken down into 9 sections.

    You don't have to have the blocks touching, but you could make various permutations of the colors on the cube (solved and unsolved) set against a solid background background.

    And Y-seams are not be dreaded. ;-)

    I'm sure your son will get a big kick out of it.

    Here's a really sloppy quick rendition of a possible block (from EQ), just to give you an idea.

    Even if you just do one BIG block in the center, there is no mistaking what it is, especially to him. I noticed there are now 4x4 and 5x5 cubes...you can make some that size.
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    Thank you so much! Is this in EQ? I'm going to have to learn how to do this!

    Yes, he has a 7x7 even. Takes him about 30-40 min. though, until he practices more on that.

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    Ok, 7x7 = INSANE!

    But, also doable. ;) ;)

    Although it would need more black to separate the 3 sides.
    I think I like a smaller number of tiles better - to me it really looks like the cube. And it wouldn't be to hard.

    It's all 60 degree diamonds - a gazillion ways to make those. And you can either outline each diamond in black or piece the larger diamonds, and then use that black fusible stuff that comes coiled - I'm drawing a blank right now :roll: - that's used in celtic quilts or for the stained glass look- to cover the seams.
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    I feel like, and let me know if I'm seeing this wrong, you should only have 1 y-seam on this. There are 3 faces, so you could make each face on its own. That's just diamonds. Then you attach the 3 faces and pick up the one y-seam in the center, but I think that would be it...?

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    Quote Originally Posted by LucyInTheSky
    I feel like, and let me know if I'm seeing this wrong, you should only have 1 y-seam on this.
    Correct. Each tumbling block has only one Y-seam.

    However, if you're going to be connecting tumbling blocks to each other (or piece it into the background fabric), then the fun begins. ;-)

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    Karen Combs has some Optical Illusion quilts that would look really great. One of her books was :Optical Illusions for Quilters."

    Her gallery is:

    [u blue]http://www.karencombs.com/quilt_gallery_main.htm[/ublue]

    Her optical illusions and Rubic's cube are awesome.

    ali

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