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Friday, November 18, 2011

Quilting, Quilting, Quilting

Last weekend my mom and I took a quilting class for this quilt pattern:

The class was wonderful, I would definitely recommend it! It was taught by the designers of the pattern, Joanne Sundahl and Linda Pohlenz. At the start of the class they did a little "trunk show" and showed us a whole variety of quilts using variations of the technique...the possibilities are endless!

This particular quilt is created using the "quilt as you go" method. It's made up of blocks that are pieced and quilted at the same time, so when you get to the end there is no need for any long arm quilting. Once all of the blocks have been created they are assembled with "hinges". I really love this technique because I can complete the quilt entirely on my own without any difficulty...no need to send it out for quilting or to maneuver a huge bulky quilt through my machine.

This week I've been working on assembling blocks for the quilt. I'm not done yet, but I will post some photos once the project is completed. I've found this method of quilting to be very relaxing and enjoyable. Do you have any experience with "quilting as you go"? If so, did you enjoy it?

*Update: Check out this post for photos of the finished quilt.


  1. I love it! Beautiful colors and dynamic design.

  2. yeah.
    I am TOTALLY loveloveloveing the colors.
    It looks really relaxing..

    I think I will add this to my list of the 100's of DIY's I would like to try!!



  3. I have a big UFO that is QAYG.  The method uses strips to sew the pieces together - but my machines have a difficult time making it through the 6-7 layers of fabric (front, back, filling, 2 for the top strip that's seam is ironed under, 2 for the back strip).  I have a Juki DDL-8700 (commercial) and I have to pull out cheap brother machine from Costco to do it (with a walking foot).  So, no, I didn't enjoy it.   
    I did another QAYG by adding long strips of top to a lap size bottom and filling and still did the final quilting through my machines.  That one was more successful but there were still some problems.  
    Next month I'm taking a long arm class to rent them at a LQS that's about 60 minutes away from my house.  
    Pretty quilt, thanks for sharing!

  4. These colors are amazing. Do you use sashing to put the blocks together?

  5. Did you ever explain the putting together part? Gerry Johnson. Lakewood Washington. A beginner

  6. Hi Gerry,

    The pattern that I mention in this post (Four Square With Flair) has really great instructions for joining the blocks together with strips, so I would definitely recommend it. I don't have a tutorial on my blog for the strip joining method, but here is a link to another site that has a picture tutorial of how it is done: http://welshquilter.blogspot.com/2008/02/quilt-as-you-go.html I hope you give the method a try, it is really fun!


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