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.
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? :)
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.
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.
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!