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August 19, 2019
I'm back from last Summer 2019 Vacation. from Quilting Reader's Garden

and almost nothing done with a needle.  What I did do was hand stitch a sleeve to this 2008 quilt. It's my china plate quilt about 45" by 55".  It would have been longer,  but I forgot to put a white strip above each row of dishes.   Didn't notice till the top was all done.  I quilted the letter N in each center of the plates.  This was a quilt as you go project. Now it can hung on a wall. So

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I'm back from last Summer 2019 Vacation. from The Quilting Reader's Garden

and almost nothing done with a needle.  What I did do was hand stitch a sleeve to this 2008 quilt. It's my china plate quilt about 45" by 55".  It would have been longer,  but I forgot to put a white strip above each row of dishes.   Didn't notice till the top was all done.  I quilted the letter N in each center of the plates.  This was a quilt as you go project. Now it can hung on a wall. So

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August 7, 2019
QAYG, Scrap bags from Elaine Adair Pieces

10 days of fun - yep, fabrics arrived on July 27, and today is August 7.  Fun and done!

Front, back, and close up of back squares.  I'll wash it to soften  the sashing strips.  Many of these fabrics came from 2 kids scrap bags ordered from Hawthorne Supply. 
Some of the backing squares were an existing stack of squares, used in random order.  But, holy smoke, they are soooo cute!  I LOVE the variety of sweet little girls.  Wish I had the yardage.

If you wanted more order to the back,  you could lay them all out in the ...

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August 1, 2019
Critter Comforts #3, QAYG from Elaine Adair Pieces

A fast layout - looks almost OK ...better move that turquoise on far left to upper left.  All Day Sew is tomorrow and I plan to sew white sashing strips between the blocks.  I'm not sure about a border yet ... still waiting for the quilt to talk.  Each block is  6 1/2 in. finished.  Most of these strips are from the recent package of scraps I purchased from Hawthorne.  The backing squares are  also a variety of kids prints, chosen in no particular order. 

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July 29, 2019
Having fun with strips, strings, and QAYG from Elaine Adair Pieces

So far, so good!  Many of my recent purchase (scrap bag, previous post) contain pieces large enough for backings so I'll not cut them into strips.  I'm liking the one bright on the diagonal  near the center of each block, and also have a white strip 1 1/2 in. on each diagonal center for continuity.

Here are 4 x 4 blocks, I planned to have 6 x 7 but ... not sure yet.  Each individual block finishes at 6.5 in. 

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July 27, 2019
Kids Scrap Bags from Elaine Adair Pieces

For the second time, I've placed an order for 3 kids scrap bags from Hawthorne Supply, in Red Hook, NY.  My order came today, promptly, and I'm thrilled with the choices.   They are very different from our fabrics in Nebraska.   I plan to make more QAYG kids quilts similar to my previous "Critter Comforts."  There is not even one fabric in the bag that is not going to be perfect. 

 There are horses, foxes, racoons, people, dancers, folky, stars, insects and more! 

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July 11, 2019
Retreat inspiration from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

My retreat sisters worked on a variety of quilts over the weekend. Oh my! What a beautiful array of works in progress. Here are the ones I was able to grab photos of before they were taken down to make room for more. 

Tracey's QAYG with the front on the left and back on the right.

Glenda's fish quilt based on one by Nicholas Ball of Quilts in the Attic blog in his book
  Inspiring Improv: Explore Creative Piecing with Curves, Strips, Slabs and More

These four are to be part of a show at the State Arboretum ...

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January 30, 2019
My Wonderwall from Charm About You

Wonderwall curved quilt by Charm About You featured in Love Patchwork and Quilting

It should come as no surprise that I get very excited about fabric. I've been sharing what I buy, stitch and make here for over seven years. The colours, prints, the way it handles, the endless combinations... fabric brings me joy. 

The opportunity to get to chose and work with fabric is truly something special. I SQUEALED a lot when these beauties I picked arrived from Freespirit. Vibrant, rich, bright, happy colours of Designer Essentials Solids:

Freespirit Designer Essential Solids fabric

top row: Cosmo, Melon, Pomegranate, Gold, Tropical
bottom row: Serpent, Clearwater, Julep, Citrine

And I kept on SQUEALING because this was also in ...

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September 21, 2018
Blogger's quilt festival - Under the Rug from Sew Sunshine

 Blogger's Quilt Festival is going on right now over at Amy's Creative side Hop on over and see all the amazing quilts from the blog-o-sphere.
"Under the Rug"
Scrappy improv QAYG string quilt
52 x 64

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For how I made this scrap quilt you can read more about it HERE 
and click on Amy's Creative side link at the top of this post to see all the lovely entries this year. 

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May 9, 2018
Salvaging a QAYG from From My Carolina Home

My sweet neighbor that just moved to a senior independent living apartment was cleaning out her sewing room in March preparing for her move. She had a box of what she said was “blocks ready to put together”, and asked me if I wanted them to do a charity quilt. I said sure, and took the box home without looking at it. I was busy with other projects until the end of April, and it was then that I opened the box. But what I assumed was just blocks, turned out to be a half finished quilt-as-you-go.  There were five ...

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February 13, 2018
qayg drawstring bag from Sotak Handmade

Yesterday afternoon, completely out of the blue, I decided to dump the contents of my two full to the brim scrap bins and start making quilt as you go blocks. I love this technique as I greatly enjoy turning scraps into lovely new projects, and I also find all that repetitive stitching super relaxing.

This was my first block and I was super pumped and started thinking that maybe I should make enough blocks to make a quilt. Yes, definitely an overly ambitious thinking, especially since my quilting mojo is nowhere to be found these days :(

So, not surprisingly, after ...

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November 30, 2017
New QAYG Experiments from The Free Motion Quilting Project

QAYG is short for quilt-as-you-go, the quilting term we use for connecting quilted blocks together. I've been playing around with machine embroidery this week and decided it was also time to experiment with some new quilt-as-you-go methods.

I'm giving myself permission to play and not worry about turning these into real finished projects. I've played around with these quilt-as-you-go techniques before, but never really gave them a chance.

Either I'm very practical or super lazy because once I found my favorite quilt-as-you-go method, I pretty much stuck with that ever since. But I've gotten a ...

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November 28, 2017
Critter Comforts #2, DONE from Elaine Adair Pieces

QAYG, backing squares were all laid out perfectly perfect, but when I turned the project face up, then the string blocks looked really terrible and chaotic.  I decided the front side with many various strings needed to be more organized than the back, so ... Perhaps next time I won't try to use up so many various stash items on the back.  But I like it, and the fabrics are all attractive, just not well ordered.

 Uh oh -- no fabric on this corner - this calls for creative applique!
 Done - destined for Donation Quilt.  This looks a lot like Critter Comforts ...

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November 24, 2017
QAYG, "Creature Comforts #2" -- waaaaaay toooooo much fun! from Elaine Adair Pieces

This went together quickly and I even had a normal life between sewing times. 

Lesson# 4652:  Backing squares are a variety of suitable stash, all arranged so the BACK looked coordinated and attractive, but when I turned them over, the front was a MESS, waaaay too chaotic, sooooo, I had to rethink that plan, and concentrated on giving the front a bit of order - the back is - uhhhhh ... interesting.  I'll reveal it in a later post.  You can tell the maker (ME) was frugal and using what she had.

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November 19, 2017
"Critter Comforts #2", (another QAYG) from Elaine Adair Pieces

I still had more animal prints, more kids prints, more batting scraps, and more fabrics for backing squares so I'm making another QAYG, this time, a bit more girly, (more pinks).  Finished blocks (trimmed) are 8.5 in.  They are 6 x 8, a good size kids quilt.  Honestly, this has been pure fun!   It only me about 1-2 weeks.  I put one row together with sashing in less than one hour this morning.  I was VERY neat and precise, and the stitches on back fell neatly OFF the sashings, like I wanted.   If you've made this version ...

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November 17, 2017
Winter Friends Christmas Stockings from Needle and Foot

While visiting my son, daughter in law, and grand baby in Vermont last month we talked about the holidays.  This is the first Christmas we will be apart.  My daughter in law is working her second year of her residency as a radiologist.  Apparently the second year residents don’t have the best work schedule.  She is working over Thanksgiving and Christmas both.  So the three of them will be celebrating holidays in between her shifts at the hospital.  Such is the life of a new doctor.

Always ones to look at the bright side, my son and DIL are ...

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July 8, 2017
Another UFO bites the dust! from Oops Lah

I'm on a mission to finish some UFOs this year. One of those is the Blogger's BOM, which were offered for free through the Canton Village Quilt Works blog from September 2011 to August 2012! I made all the blocks but then lost interest in this project until now! Most of the fabrics are Westfalen as are the small printed panels which I bought years ago at the Quilt festival in Tokyo.

 I decided to finish it with the quilt as you go method and first quilted all the blocks individually. There are different ways to QAYG and ...

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December 23, 2016
Looking Up Quilt-as-you-go Pillow from Mommy's Nap Time

A photo posted by Emily Lang (@mommysnaptime) on
The Looking Up pillow was published in issue 31 of Quilt Now magazine.

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September 28, 2015
Finally Off the Design Wall from Color Me Quilty

This quilt has been up on my design wall for months. It feels good to have it down and done.

 Not only is it done, it's all washed and soft. Simon, of course, had to test that out.

 I used Aurifil 50 wt white thread for the whole project - top and bobbin. Quilted beautifully.

 Simon is pointing out one of his favorite blocks. I combined many of Leah Day's fills within some organic shapes surrounded with straight lines.

The front is fun, but so is the back. I just used fleece as the batting and backing, just two ...

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