Quilt As You Go!

I learned a lot from making my first quilt;

  1. No matter how straight you cut your pieces, no matter how precise your 1/4″ seams, your block will always be wonky.
  2. It’s very difficult to sew a straight line on a quit sandwich, even on a lap size quilt.
  3. I don’t like sewing 42″+ straight lines.
  4. I love sashing, especially white sashing, it gives the quilt a clean look.
  5. I love monotones!
  6. Buy more designer fabric, less batiks even though I loved the ones I chose…
  7. I need a square ruler.

I’ve decided that whatever my next project is, I’m going to Quilt As You Go (QAYG) but I’m going to do it a little differently from most of the tutorials I’ve seen. I’m going to sew my block then make a quilt sandwich leaving an inch or more batting all around the block, then quilt the sandwich. I’m also going to sew the blocks together differently from what I’ve read in tutorials but I’ll get to that when I actually start working on it.

I got a great surprise yesterday when I was cleaning up my fabric drawers and found a small stack of fat quarters I’d purchased at the spring creativfestival, some of them I recognized as Amy Butler’s Soul Blossoms collection.

And speaking of forgotten fabric, several years ago I made dog beds, pet carriers and tote bags. One of my absolute favorite fabrics was an Asian inspired home dec. fabric which I made into a tote. The fabric is no longer in production but I have enough left over for several other projects.

I’ve entered a couple of giveaways for the Accuquilt Go! Baby fabric cutter, fingers crossed and good luck to everyone who’s entered. It’s a nifty little tool which makes cutting pieces MUCH easier!!

Accuquilt GO! Baby

 

Update @ 1:20 p.m.: I didn’t win either of the Accuquilt GO! Baby giveaways so I’ll just have to save up my pennies or ask DH to get it for me for my birthday in November.  StitchInTheDitch.com has an awesome starter kit.

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3 thoughts on “Quilt As You Go!

  1. You should give it a try — take the girl’s old baby clothes and make them into a quilt! Start with something easy like a log cabin, which is what I did.

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