11.11.2014

QAYG Quilt Along - End of Week 4

Hello! I'm so sorry I'm a day late in posting this - it's been a crazy, busy week! To recap, Sunday marked the end of Week 4 for my Quilt As-You-Go Quilt Along! If you're on track, then you should have all 20 of your blocks quilted! And you know what that means??? It's time to FINISH your quilt!!! Just like that, your quilt is 80% complete. All you need to do is assemble the blocks, add backing and bind! That is what we will be doing for week 5, which technically started yesterday. ;)

If you're not at 20 blocks yet, do not fret! I'm so happy to have you quilting along and/or following everyone's progress. Please do share your progress with me on Facebook and/or Instagram, and be sure to hashtag #QuiltAsYouGoMadeModern - thank you!!

Goal: Yesterday (Monday, November 10th) marked the start of Week 5 for my QAYG Quilt Along. The goal is to finish your quilt within the next 7 days  (by Sunday, November 16). I will be checking in on social media to see people's progress, and will do a follow up blog post this weekend.
To finish your quilt, be sure to read "Assembling Quilt As-You-Go Blocks" in the techniques chapter of my book. There you will find two different joining methods: block-to-block or joining strips. I will most likely assemble mine via block-to-block method.

Also read the "Finish It!" chapter, along with all my little helpful tid-bits and tips. For example, you can try using quilting flannel for a super soft and cuddly backing that naturally adheres to the batting making it easy to baste. And remember, minimal basting required! (yay!). Using regular quilting cotton for the backing is fine too. 

With the above being said, I will let you get to work! You will find that assembling the blocks comes together super quick.

Once again I wanted to share more awesome people's progress from Instagram, below. Thank you ladies for letting me share your beautiful work! (If I've forgotten to ask your permission to display your photo and you'd like it taken down, just send me a message and let me know).

As we finish our quilts, please be sure to share your finished quilt with me on Facebook or Instagram (hashtag #QuiltAsYouGoMadeModern). For mylast wrap-up post, i'd love to share your quilt!






 One last thing! I am finally selling copies of my book at www.QuiltingintheRain.Etsy.com. Amazon is still temporarily sold out, so if you'd like a copy that's SIGNED by me ;) check out my little shop. And as always, thanks for your support!
https://www.etsy.com/listing/210735988/quilt-as-you-go-made-modern-signed-copy?ref=shop_home_active_1
 Happy Quilting-as-you-Go and good luck on Week 5!

11.03.2014

QAYG Quilt Along - End of Week 3

Today marks the end of Week 3 for my Quilt As-You-Go Quilt Along! By this point, the goal was to have 15 blocks completed (5 blocks/week). If you're not quite there yet, that's okay! I'm thrilled to have you quilting along. If you're on track, that means you only have 5 more blocks to go!!! Only ONE week left until we assemble our (already quilted) quilts! You will LOVE how fast these Quilt As-You-Go quilts come together.

Goal: Today (Monday, November 3rd) marks the start of Week 4 for my QAYG Quilt Along. The goal is to complete an additional 5 blocks within the next 7 days  (by Sunday, November 9). I will be checking in on social media to see people's progress, and will do a follow up blog post this weekend.
How satisfying is this stack of 15 quilted blocks?! That's what's so addicting about QAYG. It's a practical and fast way to quilt. And you don't need a 'fancy' sewing machine to finish a quilt all on your own. Working with smaller blocks is easy, creative and very forgiving. I hope you're all enjoying using this method! It's not your traditional way to quilt, but it works and there's something to be said about being able to make a quilt on your own, from start to finish. Good job everyone!
If you're seeing this for the first time, you can find details about my QAYG Quilt Along from my Introduction and kickoff post to help get you started. You're welcome to jump in at any time as I will keep this quilt along up on my blog. This quilt along is an excellent way for us to quilt together as a community and share our progress and work. It's really been a blast seeing everyone's progress! Check out my Facebook and Instagram for live updates and pictures on people's progress (hashtag #QuiltAsYouGoMadeModern or tag me)!


Below is my book, Quilt As-You-Go Made Modern, available online or your local bookshop/quilt shop. :) It's temporarily out of stock on Amazon, but lots of people are finding it at Connecting Threads on sale! You can also find the e-book version here.
Good luck quilting your last 5 QAYG Quilt Along blocks! You're almost there!!
As always, feel free to leave me a comment at any time!! Happy quilting as-you-go!


10.27.2014

QAYG Quilt Along - End of Week 2

Welcome! Today marks the end of Week 2 for my Quilt As-You-Go Quilt Along! As mentioned in my previous post, the goal for week 2 was to have an additional 5 blocks quilted. If you're on track, congratulations! You should now have at least 10 QAYG blocks total which means your quilt is HALF WAY done! How fun is that?! 

Goal: Today (Monday, October 27th) marks the start of Week 3 for my QAYG Quilt Along. The goal is to complete an additional 5 blocks within the next 7 days  (by Sunday, November 2nd). I will be checking in on social media to see people's progress, and will do a follow up blog post this weekend.
If you're seeing this for the first time, you can find out details about my QAYG Quilt Along from my Introduction and kickoff post to help get you started. Below is my book, available online or your local bookshop/quilt shop. :)

This quilt along is a great way for us to quilt together as a community and share our progress and work. Thank you for being a part of my first quilt along, whether you're actively making the project or following along to see what everyone makes! Check out my Facebook and Instagram for live updates and pictures on people's progress (hashtag #QuiltAsYouGoMadeModern or tag me)!

That being said I'd like to share a few photos I snagged on Instagram of the #QuiltAsYouGoMadeModern Quilt Along! Thank you lovely ladies for letting me share your beautiful work! (If I've forgotten to ask your permission to display your photo and you'd like it taken down, just send me a message and let me know).
It really has been a blast seeing everyone's progress. I can't wait to see these quilts finished! Good luck on Week 3 - happy Quilting as-you go!!

As always, feel free to leave a comment if you have any questions. :)

10.20.2014

QAYG Quilt Along - End of Week 1

Hello! Last night marked the end of Week 1 for my Quilt As-You-Go Quilt Along! As mentioned last week in my QAYG Quilt Along Kickoff post, the goal was to have 5 Quilt As-You-Go (QAYG) blocks completed by yesterday. If you've completed your five blocks, congratulations! You are on track! No worries if you're a little behind as this quilt along acts as a fun guide so we can all quilt together and share our work amongst our everyday, busy schedules. I have to say it's been amazing seeing everyone's progress!

If you're seeing this for the first time (welcome!), you can find out details about my QAYG Quilt Along from my Introduction and kickoff post to help get you started.

Goal: Today (Monday, October 20th) marks the start of Week 2 for my QAYG Quilt Along. The goal is to complete an additional 5 blocks within the next 7 days  (by Sunday, October 26th). I will be checking in on social media to see people's progress, and will do a follow up blog post this weekend.

In my book Quilt As-You-Go Made Modern, I have a section on 'Squaring Up your blocks' in the Quilt As-You-Go Techniques section. There I recommend getting yourself a 14"x14" rotating cutting mat, which you can find at your local craft store or quilt shop, or Amazon. I like to get mine from Joanne Fabrics and use one of their 40-50% off coupons, usually found on their website.

These work great for squaring up your QAYG blocks, but will also come in handy for traditional quilting as well. See for yourself and take a look at my little video I put together (with much help from my hubby!) to see how efficient a rotating cutting mat really is:
video
It will make your quilting life easier, so go treat yourself! It's one of my most used quilting tools. Also, before squaring up your blocks don't forget to read the 'Squaring Up the Blocks' section in the Techniques chapter of my book for more tips on which squaring up technique to use, as well as other options if you don't have a 12.5" square ruler.

That being said, I will keep this post short and sweet. Good luck quilting-as-you-go your next 5 blocks! I will check back next weekend.

In the meantime, check out my Facebook and Instagram for live updates and pictures on people's progress (hashtag #QuiltAsYouGoMadeModern or tag me)! 

Feel free to leave a comment if you have any questions. :)

10.13.2014

QAYG Quilt Along kickoff!

Goal for Week 1: Have 5 quilted blocks completed by this Sunday,  October 19.

Today is the beginning of Week 1 for my first Quilt As-You-Go Quilt Along! Please refer to my Introduction post for details on supplies and how this works. Also, if you have any questions please feel free to leave a comment as I will be checking and answering as often as I can. 

For those of you that are seeing this for the first time - Welcome! Feel free join or follow this quilt along at any time, on my blog, facebook and instagram. (Details in my intro post here).

Please Read! What I hope all of you will get out of this quilt along (other than a finished quilt!), is to show you that by using this QAYG technique, you can make a quilt without following a precise pattern. In fact, your quilt doesn't have to look exactly like my 'Red Square' pattern (unless you want it to). You can make your quilt as abstract or traditional looking as you want - there's so much room to improvise and be creative using this simple technique. This quilt will be ALL YOU, and if you decide to follow the 'Red Square' pattern, you'll soon find that no 2 blocks are the same. This is a really creative,  fun and forgiving technique, so enjoy yourself!

Before you start, please read my post for some tips and what to expect as you get started on your QAYG project.
Fabrics from www.WhimsyQuiltsandFabrics.com
First of all, thank you (to those who voted on facebook and IG) for helping me decide which fabric bundle to use for this quilt along. The majority of votes were for this romantic bundle, which I was actually leaning towards. I think it's the beautiful Autumn colors that won us over.

Now, down to business :) As mentioned in my book Quilt As-You-Go Made Modern, the Red Square' pattern is "...similar to making a Log Cabin Style block (page 18 [for Kindle readers see "QAYG Techniques" chapter]), except you can add strips to any side of the patchwork and in no particular order." 

For this quilt along, I decided to make a more traditional style block as shown on page 18 of the paperback book (or in the techniques chapter). I will be starting with my first piece quilted in the center and adding additional pieces in a clockwise fashion. (Remember: you don't have to make your quilt exactly like this. You can make yours closer to the 'Red Square' pattern, or another log cabin style block. Now that you've read the book and know the technique, you can implement it to make  a log-cabin style block that you want, or that goes best with your fabrics. Isn't it refreshing having a little bit of freedom with a pattern? :)
I also decided to divide my fabrics into lights and darks. Half of my block will be light and the other half dark. My fabric colors are so soft that the light/dark contrast is subtle. As I start making more blocks and eventually lay them out next to one another, I think you'll start seeing the contrast, though subtle it may pop from afar.
For these blocks I cut my fabrics into 3"-3.5" x WOF (width of fabric) strips. I like having varying sizes to make sure I cover up the batting. Then, I put all my strips into a basket and started quilting!
This is how my QAYG setup usually looks like: My basket full of strips, some fabric scissors at hand, and an iron nearby (I have a small table top ironing board). Depending on the size of your strips, you may find that you can just finger press the pieces instead if ironing them each time. You don't need a lot of space to QAYG!
Always remember to use at least a 1/4" seam allowance. You might be tempted to go less so that your fabric strip will cover the edge of a batting square (this will make more sense once you get started). Please refrain from doing that or else your patchwork will unravel after a wash.

After you've quilted your pieces onto the batting square, it will look something similar to this.Yes, it looks a little frumpy. But just wait until we square them up! My next post this weekend will have some squaring-up tips.
One last thing: Please remember to read the Quilting Techniques section (page 24 of the paperback book). There are so many more options to quilt your QAYG blocks other than my "individual quilting" that you see here.

If you are doing individual quilting, I did want to mention that it is OK to zig-zag your stitches where the seam allowance will be (or on the batting) so that you don't have to cut the thread  after each stitch (see image below). This may be helpful if you don't have an automatic thread cutter on your sewing machine.
I hope these tips will help get you started on your projects. If you have any questions along the way, please leave a comment and I will do my best to respond as quickly as I can. :)

Again, the goal is to have 5 blocks quilted by this Sunday, October 19. I will be back with another wrap-up blog post for week 1, with some tips on squaring up your blocks as well. Week 2 will start on Monday the 20th.

Happy quilting as-you-go!
 

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