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Trying Quilt As You Go Method on “Ocean Summer Leaves”

 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.

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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.

Adding a piece of the border fabric to end of top strips.

Showing the connecting top strips!

View from the front of quilt with connecting strips!

View from the back with connecting strip!

View from the back with connecting strip!

Three middle sections sewn together.  The striped fabric is where the sections meet.

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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!

Straight line quilting!

Finished quilt is 88x102

Finished quilt is 88×102

View from the back.

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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!

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On to the next project!

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Quiltsy Team Quilt #2

After finishing up the first quilt for our Team Quiltsy Project, I had some 6 1/2 inch blocks left over to start on the next.

I laid out some of the 4 1/2 inch and 6 1/2 inch left over blocks on my design board to see what design I could come up with.

First I took the left over 4 1/2 inch blocks and cut them down to 3 inches.

cut down to 3 inch square

cut down to 3 inch square

Take a 4 1/2 inch square of fabric. Cut in half and add on opposite sides from each other.

 Two ~ Four 1/2 inch square cut in half

Two ~ Four 1/2 inch square cut in half

Sew on large triangles on to each side.

Sew on large triangles on to each side.

Cut off excess white fabric. Then add two more triangle halves on to opposite sides.

cut off excess white fabric

cut off excess white fabric

Square the block up to 5 1/2 inches.

Square up block

Square up block

I then tried out different designs to decide what I might like.

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESI didn’t like this. The 6 1/2 inch block seem to over power the small four patch.

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This was cutting up the large 6 inch block to make sashing and setting on the diagonal.

After receiving a lot of blocks in the mail one day I changed my design again. This time I took the 6 1/2 inch block and cut a strip from both sides measuring 1.25 inches (to be used for sashing) and cut the center to a 3 inch square. The two other pieces I could make another 3 inch square!

So out of one 6 1/2 inch square ~ Two 3 inch squares and Two 1 1/4 inch strips of sashing! ( I like the smaller sashing size to go with the smaller four patch)

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Once I figured this out I started piecing as I received blocks in the mail. Once the deadline for blocks being mailed was met, June 7th and the last of the mail was picked up I got to work. I used some of the 4 1/2 inch blocks and just cut those down to 4 inches and added white around the edges to make 5 1/2 inch unfinished squares.

I again used some left over 6 1/2 inch blocks for the border.

Here is the ending design. I still have to make a lot of sashing from my stash but I like the way this looks.

Final Dessign!

Final Design!

Once this is finished it will be a  baby quilt size. I used every block sent to me. Nothing was left excepts some small scraps when I cut the blocks back to a smaller size.

Don’t forget when this quilt is done it will be available for purchase in our Quiltsy Team Store ~ https://www.etsy.com/people/QuiltsyTeam

 

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