Quilt As You Go has intrigued me for a while. I'd found a tutorial at Little Island Quilting that i bookmarked as a resource; her measurements for the strips are what I used. I also found another tutorial at The Quilting Edge and while i found her instructions very easy to understand, the measurements didn't work for me.
I played around a bit with a few different quilting styles on each block, some were better than others...but......Here it is, done and I like how it turned out.
The back, better shows the quilting styles.
"A" quilted on a Hummingbird block....for Abigail
"M" quilted, shown on the back....for Mark
The measurements for the strips (which look like sashing, but are in fact what hold the blocks together) are: for the front 1 ¾" wide, folded in half, and for the back 1" wide.
The front sashing and the back sashing are sewn and the back is pressed out.
I had to go to my Juki to sew this seam because the feet on the Janome were too wide, and kept pushing the batted layer away which made for a few 'unsewing' seams.
Back to the Janome to top stitch the front.
I really enjoyed this process, and am currently working on a queen sized Dresden Plate Quilt, in the QAYG method.
It was a request.... my niece wanted a "bubble quilt" for her next
baby. I'd never heard of it, so I researched it, hm..... interesting
technique... ok, I could learn something new right??
This is how it began. Making little pillows, stuffing them and sewing them together.
And they look like this.
Of course my helper was right there reassuring me, that it was looking good.
Sewing the backing on, folding the backing around to make a "binding" was incredibly tough on the shoulders and arms.
But alas, it was done.
I used a light blue fleece (with teddy bears) for the backing and utilized the "tieing" method to hold it place, knowing full well that it would be impossible to try any other method. I used some of my Mother's embroidery floss to do the tieing. so Little Henry has a Bubble quilt with his Great Grandma's embroidery floss in it. I'm sure She's smiling!!
Torture might be a bit of a strong word, but this project wasn't really a fun one, and by the time i was done i NEEDED to do something quick easy & fun, so i put together this receiving blanket to go along with the bubble quilt....... ahhhhhhhh.
I went to a fantastic quilt show in the fall, and it was like an early Christmas shopping (for me) trip.
yes, a few bags of bits and pieces, but many already ready cut (2.25" squares - I think that may have been a mistake) and 6" squares & strips, to large scraps the size of a fat quarter, to a 7 meter piece of fabric.
I've started a Postage Stamp quilt a few times, and many times it's been put away... i had an idea for using up some of the blocks but surrounding them with solid colours.. I like how it turned out. Still to be sandwiched and quilted. (the quality of the photo isn't too clear, hope you get the idea though)
DH has requested a postage stamp quilt... and in earnest, i am working on & gathering 8" blocks of 1" squares - it might be a while...
I was given a huge bag of flannel fabric remnants from a Grandma who'd made pajamas for her grand-kids. This was a perfect opportunity to try a Rag Quilt. I cut 4" pieces... and almost made it for a twin sized quilt, but ended up having to use other flannels from my stash to make the size.
~ here's the front ~
I'm not sure I'd want to make another; I was discouraged by the amount of lint that came out of the quilt.... after several washes it is still shedding. Maybe the fabric had a low thread count.... Still, I can say....... I've made a Rag Quilt.
Over the past year or so I've been remiss in posting, but not for having not been busy in my quilting room. Here's one of the projects I've worked on. I love the look of scrappy quilts; this ones no exception.
Half Square Triangles; I've seen several tutorials, and several tools to buy to make them, but I found an old quilt book I'd bought in the early 90's. It had instructions how to make HST and it's my preferred method.
Lay your two fabrics right sides together and press.
Draw a grid of squares 1" larger than you want the finished HST to be.
Mine were finishing at 4" HST, so the squares were drawn at 5"
Draw diagonal lines (as shown)
These are going to be the cutting lines.
Pin between the cutting lines
Each square will make 2 HST's.
Sew 1/4" on either side of the diagonal cutting lines
Cut along all the cutting lines; the squares and then the diagonal lines.
Open and press to the darker side, and trim to the 4 1/2" square, which once sewn into the project becomes a finished 4" HST.
PATCHWORKING is a passion of mine; my favourite kind is scrappy patchworking and making useable quilts.
Spending time in my sewing room is what I hope to do more of.
There's always new things to learn....