Monday, September 1, 2014

QAYG - Part 2 - The Continuing Experiment

Hi everyone:

Happy Labour Day to all my Canadian readers. I hope you're still enjoying some summer-like weather and having a great day off!

I've been continuing my experiment with the QAYG techniques. My latest method is to piece the top to the batting only and add the backing and quilting after the top is done. While this is similar to the traditional method of piecing, it has one advantage: you don't have to pin the quilt top before you quilt it. Yay! I dislike pinning and usually use spray basting to construct my quilt sandwich. Hopefully this method would save me from spraying and pinning - and having to be outside or wear that respirator when I do it!

In this QAYG project, I am using a jelly roll to make a table runner: it's really just strip piecing. This is quite fast and I don't have to think too much about picking out fabric as it is already coordinated for me. I have adjusted the jelly rolls strips to add variety and will tell you about this in a future blogpost. 
I did start to do some straight line quilting in this project, but stopped and decided that I would do all over quilting when I have completely finished the top.

It's interesting how QAYG sucks up the batting and backing of the project (if you have the backing on at this stage). While I don't usually notice the quilting doing this on my regular projects, I really noticed it here, so having batting and  backing that is larger than the top is crucial with this method. I haven't yet squared (or rectangles in this case) up the top yet, but I can see that I've used up more of the batting than I had expected. Hopefully I won't have to trim the top down too much... just enough to even out all the edges.
Here are the advantages - and disadvantages - that I noticed when piecing the top and batting together and doing the quilting later:


  • Can do an overall quilt motif after the piecing is done, as in traditional piecing.
  • Could do a pillowcase binding method, rather than the traditional hand binding, potentially saving some time in that part of the project.
  • Using the pillowcase binding method makes it easy to add hanging tabs that are already stitched into your project when you add the backing.

  • Quilting is not done until after you've finished piecing, so this is more like constructing a traditional quilt top.
Have you tried QAYG? Let me know your thoughts on this process in the comments below.

Next week I'll tell you how I used a jelly roll to do the QAYG table runner and what adjustments I made while using it.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Telecast Thursday Brings a New Playlist

Hi everyone:

It's Thursday again and you know what that means: Telecast Thursday and it's the last one for August 2014! 

This week I have some exciting news: a new series on my Youtube channel. You'll find a new playlist called "Vintage Sewing Machines" and today you'll be able to view the first video in this playlist.
I have several vintage Singer sewing machines and I thought it was about time that I shared their loveliness with my subscribers (that's you!). 
E.B., my first Featherweight acquisition

If you haven't already subscribed to my Youtube channel, be sure to do so to receive automatic notifications when new videos are posted. 
In this first video, you'll find out how I acquired my first vintage machine - or as my husband refers to it "how another obsession started". You can view the video below and find it on my Youtube channel

I have several playlists on my Youtube channel, so be sure to check them out.

Are you obsessed with vintage sewing machines as I am? Let me know about your vintage treasures in the comment below.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Quilt as You Go - Part 1

Hi everyone:

Before I went on vacation this summer, I was working on some Quilt As You Go (QAYG) projects. I was inspired to try this technique after enrolling in the Quilt As You Go Patchwork Bags class at Craftsy. While I didn't intend to make the bag – yet – I was intrigued by this technique and wanted to experiment with it a bit so I tried it a few different ways.

In the Craftsy class Tara Rebman is piecing her top and doing all the additional quilting at the same time. She is using a log cabin design and straight line quilting, so I thought I'd go through my scraps and try it Tara's way – top, batting and backing. Here are some photos of my process:

The straight line quilting gives a nice texture to the project and I liked the modern look.

It does take a bit of time though as you piece the top and then do the quilting right away. If your fabric piece is wide, you may have to quilt more than one straight line. Of course doing the quilting now saves you having to do it after the piecing is done. 

The piecing and quilting shows through on the back of the quilt and can be a bit messy (lots of starts and stops and some quilting lines overlapped and some didn't, so lots of thread).

Quilting is all done when you've finished piecing. 
Straight line quilting gives a nice texture to the project.

Extra thread on back of quilt may not be desirable. 
Have to bind the quilt when done (as opposed to doing a pillowcase binding method for smaller projects).

As I was working on the QAYG technique, I also wanted to experiment with piecing the top to the batting only and doing an overall quilting design later when I added the backing. Hopefully this would save me from having to pin the top before I quilted it - I hate pinning! I also thought I'd try doing a strip QAYG project for a table runner, rather than using a log cabin construction. I hoped that this method would keep the back of the quilt cleaner – you'd only see the quilting as in traditional methods. 

Next time I'll show you how this other method worked for me. 

Have you tried QAYG? Let me know your thoughts on this process in the comments below.