Did you receive any quilting/sewing related gifts? I was lucky enough to receive a few items to make quilting and sewing easier.
A Supreme Slider, Machingers Gloves, Clover Wonder Clips and Little Magic Bobbin Genies! I tried out the gloves and the Supreme Slider on one of my QAYG blocks. (See below photo - top right block) And, no, I did not really need them for quilting that block, LOL, but I wanted to try them out. That slider is super slick!! I can really see how it could make FMQ easier. The Machingers gloves are comfortable and really do give you easier control over the fabric. I have not had a chance to try the binder clips or the bobbin washers yet.
I have continued to work on some QAYG blocks. I was inspired to try this method by Maureen's tutorial at Maureen Cracknell Handmade, and Rachel's tutorial at Stitched in Color. Then there is also the recent book Quilt As You Go Made Modern by Jera Brandvig.
I saw these tutorials a few years ago and finally decided I wanted to give it a try. I don't know if I will keep going until I have a bed size quilt, though. I think I would still be happy with a nice throw size, I really just wanted to try the technique.
On the first block I made, (top left) I quilted each piece as I added it. On the bottom two blocks I made the block in the traditional manner, then layered it up with batting and did the quilting all at once. I did a random, squared off spiral starting in the center and quilting outward.
No measuring - just free form - I figured that suited the style of the blocks. I think I prefer creating the block first and then quilting it rather that doing the whole flip and sew, then quilt each piece of the patchwork. Maybe because I feel like I am making progress to get the block itself created first. So far, I don't feel like this is a faster method, but then that is not really the point. It's all just to save you having to quilt the quilt as a whole. I definitely would not attempt this pattern of quilting if I was having to turn the whole quilt every time I needed to change direction!
Have you ever done QAYG? What did you think of the process?
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