I have always wanted to try a “Quilt As You Go” method. Looking on the net I found one that I thought might work for me.
Instead of quilting one block at a time I wanted to quilt large sections together then connect those sections. By quilting in smaller sections I am also able to pin baste the sections (or sandwich the sections) on my craft table instead of on my floor.
After each section is quilted I squared them up and got my strips ready to piece the sections together. I tried cutting the back piece one inch like the video stated. My first sections I had to take it all apart. My walking foot is large and hard to get 1/4 inch seam, so I ended up cutting my back strips to 1 1/4 inch wide. This worked out perfect. I also had to add a piece of the border fabric to the end of my top strips. My borders were pieced as part of the blocks instead of a separate border that you would add on later.
Adding a piece of the border fabric to end of top strips.
View from the front of quilt with connecting strips!
View from the back with connecting strip!
Three middle sections sewn together. The striped fabric is where the sections meet.
After doing the top and bottom sections then they were all put together.
*** Make sure all your sections are squared up and measuring all the same size.
It takes a lot of pins and it took longer than I thought but it did work out in the end!
Straight line quilting!
Finished quilt is 88×102
View from the back.
You are using more fabric because each section needs a little extra batting and backing around the edges due to pinning each section separately before quilting.
All and all I am happy I tried it!
My cat loved it before I was done piecing it as you can see!
On to the next project!
Going through my husbands photo’s it is easy for me to picture quilts of landscapes and nature. When he downloaded this photo on his website http://abeautifulsky.artistwebsites.com I fell in love with this macro photo of a Viburnum.
I love the texture of the leaf itself and wanted to get a large piece of fabric with the image on the fabric. I went to http://www.spoonflower.com and downloaded the image onto Organic Cotton Sateen because I love the shine on one side of this fabric. I received it in the mail two days ago and it has been up on my design wall. The colors came out so much more saturated and true to the picture then when I had a photo done on Kona Cotton. This will be my choice of fabric when I choose to have a photo printed onto fabric. The size of the fabric is 36 x 54.
A large piece but bright and beautiful.
I have an idea of what I want to do. To see how it might look I went to my photo shop program and eliminated sections of the leaf, this would be my cutting lines and 1/4 inch seam allowance. I then have to decided if I want to quilt it in sections and connect the sections by hand dyed gauze or other fibers to make it look like little veins or piece it with white sashing to make it look like it is floating from a distance. The second thought would be easier to do. I am always up for a challenge though!
Here is a photo of my idea.
One last thing to figure out is what direction someone would hang this. I think it could hang in any direction.
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I had made a decision not to do anymore word quilts but I seem to keep getting requests for them. After thinking about it I designated the month of July to do a new design of them. Only this month will I be making them! I have been mounting a lot of my smaller quilts on canvas and thought why not put four words on a quilt, mount it on to canvas so that you would be able to rotate them. Which ever way you hang the canvas that is the word for the day, week or month. Using my Shiva Paint Sticks I stenciled on four words that I felt would work well together. Gratitude, Serenity, Joy and Love. I am working on a wellness set also.
Stencils and shiva paint sticks
One thing I had to think about was a design that was not directional. When you rotate the canvas it would not matter. These are the first three.
On my wall is a large size inspirational word quilt I am working on. Instead of Shiva Paint sticks I am using Pebeo Setacolor Fabric Paints. I just put enough paint on the stencil brush and then dabbed at the stencil with it. It gives the words a more painted look that I like a lot. It took me a while to get 21 words done. A few mistakes along the way but thats OK. I then decided to just put together different size blocks and strips to form a 14 1/2 inch unfinished block. I need 9 blocks to make the quilt. I have 5 done!
Here are a few of the blocks done. I think it looks like a modern design.
My hope is to have this one and a couple of other quilts mounted on canvas done this month. Don’t forget celebrating Christmas in July on Etsy.
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