Thursday, January 25, 2018

Quilt Revival

2018 has already taken a surprising turn for me. I've recently fallen in love again with quilting. I've never been super thrilled with the aspect of basting and quilting a large blanket. I don't really have the space to baste, and it absolutely kills my bad back having to spend large amounts of time leaned over on the floor. But I've given quilt as you go (QAYG) techniques another try and it's opened up a whole new world for me.

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I finished this small-ish QAYG wonky log cabin. it's based on the very old sewtakeahike tutorial. Now, I don't care for this particular method of QAYG because you still have to baste and quilt the backing on, which kind of defeats the point for me. So instead of making a large bed quilt like I had originally planned, I settled on twelve 16" square blocks and added QAYG borders to make the size a bit larger. The final dimensions pre-washing are 60" wide x 76" long.

I can't remember the last time I finished a quilt. The quilts in my house are definitely showing their age, so I'm happy to donate one of them to our local animal shelter and this one will be a new couch quilt.

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So my goal is still to make a large quilt for our bed. In the winter we use a down comforter, but in the summer I've never managed to make a quilt big enough to cover our bed, so we resort to using two quilts. I decided to give a different type of QAYG a try. I'm doing these 8x16" herringbone blocks. There's no surface quilting on the front, which makes them go super fast, and the piecing doubles as quilting on the back. The backs are all shades of blue. I will make 72 blocks and join them with narrow twin finishing strips. I'm able to do 2 blocks a day in about 45 minutes, so I'm very happy with how this is going so far. I'm also using up tons of my 2.5" strips for this project.

Have I mentioned how much I love scrappy quilts? They are my absolute favorite.

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  1. There are longarm quilters who will baste a quilt for you... if you tire of the QAYG methods. Scrappy quilts are awesome!

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    1. Thanks! I will have to keep that in mind, as I do have some finished quilt tops that I've never made into quilts b/c I was dreading the basting.

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