Trying something new

/ Sunday, 6 June 2010 /
QAYG blocks
I've been intrigued with the notion of Quilt As You Go, and on a whim, I decided I would give it a try.  I read over the posts at Sew Take a Hike and followed those in general principles, although I wanted to make blocks with a larger scale.
Quilt as you go block
I made seven blocks over the course of the weekend.
QAYG blocks on the line
You start with a square of batting and basically cover the front with pieces, stitching each one down with rows of straight line stitching, before you sew the next one.  These blocks are roughly log cabinish in construction.  The jury is still out on what I think of this approach.  It will probably come down to how onerous it is to put the back on it.  We shall see.
Quilt as you go block

17 comments:

{ Stephanie } on: 6 June 2010 at 16:43 said...

Lesly, I am curious to follow along with you and see what you think. I don't have a long arm and would love to find a quilting technique that will make things easier. I thought the back went on the beginning, so you can see I don't know much about it. I love your blocks! Please post the results, I am curious to see how it goes! Stephanie

{ wishes, true and kind } on: 6 June 2010 at 16:45 said...

I love the colors/fabrics! I had planned on participating in that quiltalong, but had so many other things going that I never got started. I'm curious how it all comes together, too.

{ Jennifer } on: 6 June 2010 at 16:45 said...

i like these colors! that purple makes it.

{ BaileyGirl5 } on: 6 June 2010 at 17:25 said...

I'm very intrigued by this method also. I started this quilt a long but only got as far as cutting out my batting squares. That was my third project going and I found out that two is my limit. I plan on working on some soon though so I'm looking forward to hearing about your experience.

Your squares are looking great so I'm sure this will be an awesome quilt.

{ Lady Docker } on: 6 June 2010 at 17:47 said...

I'm intrigued to know just how you get on. My quilting is the process that still needs lots of practice and I only have my ordinary domestic sewing machine so have a fight with anything larger than a lap quilt. This would be an easier way to go about it so looking foward to your results.

{ Claudia } on: 6 June 2010 at 17:58 said...

This looks very intriging. My sister made a table runner recently with a similar technique but she sewed the back on at the same time andthen sewed thin sashing strips over the seam lines.

{ Thelma } on: 6 June 2010 at 19:24 said...

I've made a sew as you go table runner that worked out nicely. I started a quilt as you go quilt, made around 8 blocks and decided it wasn't for me. My take on it was that in the end, sure you would have a quilted top, but one that was pretty plain....your blocks are pretty, and your quilting unique enough to maybe make your effort a little more interesting than mine.

{ Sarah Craig } on: 6 June 2010 at 20:45 said...

Your blocks are beautiful! I'm interested in trying this technique, but I think I will use it for a pillowtop - I like my quilt backs to be a little more interesting than this technique allows you to make them. But I think it will make great pillows!

{ Angie } on: 6 June 2010 at 21:06 said...

Beautiful blocks....now do you sew them together? This technique is on my list of things to try. Great job - they look great!

{ Suzanna } on: 6 June 2010 at 22:58 said...

I can't believe you worked on this quilt-as-you-go project this weekend. It was on my "seriously consider" list but got bumped for something else.

My understanding is that sewtakeahike is tacking the blocks to the backing at the corners and middle of each block because this makes it easier (and tidier) to sew the blocks together.

Another cool, funky project, Lesly.

{ patchworkpalace } on: 7 June 2010 at 02:45 said...

What great blocks....I really like the colour combo.

{ Ethne } on: 7 June 2010 at 03:09 said...

What lovely blocks - great colours - I did QAYG on my black and white challenge quilt last year but just did it as 2 halfs - worked a treat

{ elle } on: 7 June 2010 at 20:55 said...

Great colour combination and nicely funky blocks. I, too, wanna see how it all turns out!

{ Deborah } on: 8 June 2010 at 14:38 said...

These are gorgeous!

Anonymous on: 9 June 2010 at 18:42 said...

Hello Pickle
The blocks look great! I belong to a sewing group that makes lots of quilts for charity each year and we use this technique all the time.
Only we always put the back on at the same time. Saves time and the whole quilt is done at once. Then you only need to join the blocks with sashing. There are lots of tutorials on the webs but here are the general directions.
Lay the back fabric wrong side up, then the batting, then pin the block fabric to the batting in a "stitch and flip" way.
Working this small also keeps your quilting neat. You could do this as a stitch in the ditch and then go back and do a meander or some other pattern for variety.
If you wanted to you could join all your blocks and then put the backing on in a "Bag out" method.
Hope this helps
Lushess
Sydney, Australia

{ Diane } on: 11 June 2010 at 21:11 said...

Love, love, love these fabrics you put together! They are beautiful!

{ Jennifer } on: 19 June 2010 at 23:22 said...

more posts please

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