December 30, 2014

More Quilt As You Go Blocks

I hope everyone had/is having a great holiday season. For those like my self that celebrate Christmas, I hope it was a nice time with family.

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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  1. Such attractive fabric and color choices, Laney. All your blocks are delightful. Do you plan to put them together? I've never used QAYG. (A neighbor did years ago and took 20+ years to finish. That was enough to scare me off.)

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  3. Hi Laney -- I just added your blog into the GYB party lineup -- and I noticed that you had offered to help as a volunteer --- could you please send me an email so that I will have your email address. I will then get back with you right before the party with your section of blogs to check. Thanks so much for the offer of help~

    ps -- my email address is on the sidebar of my blog

  4. Nice looking blocks! I have been wondering about the supreme slider. So, seems like its going to be helpful??
    Happy New Year!!

  5. Your blocks are super cute and you're going to love that Supreme Slider as soon as you get a bigger quilt under your needle! Just be sure to rinse off the lint fuzzies and air dry as needed... Otherwise lint buildup underneath can cause it to come loose when you're stitching, shift under the quilt, and before you know it you've sewn right into your slider! :-) Happy New Year and Happy Stitching!

  6. Those are sure some sweet quilty gifts. Lucky girl! Your QAYG blocks are looking lovely. Looking forward to seeing what is to come in 2015! Happy New Year!


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