Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Quilt as you go |quilt-along| part TWO - Kick Off!!

Quilt as you go quilt-along part TWO: { using Penny’s template :) } For my quilt, I’ll be making a king-size! Yes, I am clearly grabbing my big girl panties!! haha… instead of going to the standard sizes for quilts (which is a very reasonable thing to do!) I grabbed a quilt that is currently on my bed and measured it (knowing the size was perfect)… it ended up being… 96 X 102”. I also like to keep thing simple in the land of “Heather”, so I’m keeping each block size a clean 14.5” square. If my math’s correct… I should end up with a 98 X 112” quilt… basically perfect after washing ;) For this quilt size, you will need: • Plenty of scraps! I’ll be building my entire quilt in saturated color with Heather Ross prints as my focal print… sky’s the limit on choice!! Design away! • {56} 14.5 inch squares of cotton batting (I am using warm and natural cotton batting). This quilt will end up 7 blocks wide and 8 blocks long. If you would like to make your quilt smaller or larger, do your math to figure out how many blocks you will need. • Enough batting to build your blocks, block backing (I’m using inexpensive muslin!), quilt backing and binding material for the size quilt you are making. • size 80/12 top stitching needle • wool yarn for tying (optional) First, grab your scrap and build yourself one fabulous wonky log cabin!... don’t know how… just follow this tutorial (easy peasy!) and cut it down to 15” Next, cut your batting & block backing squares 15”. Sandwich them together and add a few pins to hold your quilt block while quilting it (I use straight pins myself). I'll be trimming them to a perfect 14.5 inches later. Then, pick a quilting technique and rock it! Now, please don’t freak out! I am not an expert either… I’ll be attempting this right along with ya! And yes, I’ll be needing encouragement to not chicken out on harder quilting techniques too (I’m only human! haha)… I’ll be starting a post on the flickr group to tickle your fancy with lots of fabulous quilting designs and tutorials to help you with plenty of ideas of design options!! Please hop over there and add as many as you’d like… this is community collaboration between us! ;) And don’t forget to post your photos into the group too!! Ps… I’ll probably be building quite a few at a time too, so I’m not always changing the feet on my sewing machine! Lastly, trim your finished quilted block down to your preferred size (for me this is 14.5 inches). Then gaze into your fabulous block, pet it, maybe do a little jig of happiness together, kiss it, you know… whatever (I’m not judging!) hehe… and move on to your next! I’ll be checking in frequently with my blocks and quilting choices… and you know I’ll keep it real about how they turned out too! My goal is to complete 5 blocks a week for the next 3 months! On Christmas morning… I fully expect to awake under this masterpiece! Which should give me plenty of time to piece my quilted blocks together, back my quilt, quickly (stitch in the ditch) to join the two layers, and bind my new baby! If you want to read more on the finishing portion of this project… hop over to Penny’s blog to her great tutorial! NOW… to the Scrappy { Strip } Swap! I have set up a new Flickr group for the sole purpose of feeding this round’s group members even more fabric options for your quilts!! If you are participating in this quilt-a-long… please feel free to ask to join this group and I will accept your membership. This swap will be based on the weight of the fabric being sent and designer fabrics are a must! No exceptions. See ya there!! Okay… I’m off!! Here’s my first few blocks… ( here's my first block sandwiched together with some simple straight pins )

( then i chose to straightline quilt it with a twist in the corner )

( my next block had a bit of an ocean theme to it, so i quilted it in waves )

( here's my design wall with them building...! )

i can't wait to hear your plans and see your inspiration!! i'll be posting more soon, since i haven't made my quota for the week! ( wink, wink ) XO, Heather

35 comments:

  1. Really nice! I love the quilting on the second block!

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  2. I want to make a quilt so badly since I haven't yet done one... and because you made it sound so easy... I think I might dive in. The whole part about waking up on Christmas morning covered in it really helped too ;)

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  3. Fantastic blocks Heather! Great inspiration to start this quilt along! Hmmm, Might have to use Heather Ross prints too!

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  4. Your blocks look great. I can't wait to get started! My first quilt along....yay!!! :)

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  5. I've been wanting to try this method for a while! I'm looking foward to trying something new and doing some stash busting while I'm at it!

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  6. WISHING I could join in but just can't right now. :( looks fabulous!!

    happy to follow along!

    :)S

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  7. oh, heck yeah!!!!!
    i am so in on the fabric swap, too.
    xxx

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  8. Too scared to start it myself... having problems with basic quilting right now haha. BUT loving the tutorial and the quilt along and will def. use it for inspiration and later ideas :) LOVE the wave idea on the second one by the way... super cute.

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  9. I love your first blocks! I think maybe I'll try some too? I shouldn't commit to a big project (King sized really!), since I'm already in two swaps right now. Maybe I'll do a pillow or two.

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  10. I have been busy cutting strips from my stash all weekend so I can do this (saw your post last week about this coming up). Sadly my machine is acting up and I have to take it in but if they can fix and let me bring it home I am going to join in for sure. Will you be making suggestions for the quilting technique each week? Love your first blocks.

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  11. Love this! I so want to do this, but I know that right now I'm already under water and can't take it on. Yet. I'm going to observe with plans to do it soon, once the water recedes!

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  12. These look great Heather! I love the new addition of other quilting methods. Maybe after I finish up all my swap stuff this will give me the incentive I need to get going again on my Round 1 blocks! I'm pretty sure I will never finish a quilt along quilt within the time frame given - but better late than never!

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  13. Do the poor people have to use designer fabrics in their blocks??!! LOL!!

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  14. Oh you are going to think I am crazy but I had a dream last night and in it I decided to quilt along with you and use Heather Ross for the centres - I made 2 pillows using the sewtakeahike tutorial and fell in love with the Ross centres - one was for our Urban Home Goods swap.

    I think this quilt is going to be amazing. Going to work on block 1 today.

    Thanks so much for all your hard work and energy putting this all together

    L xo

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  15. Wow. Thanks for sharing the quilt as you go technique. Nice fabrics, too.

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  16. oooh, fun! can't wait to start these. hopefully tonight.....:)

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  17. oooo Heather, this is gonna be good!

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  18. Love LOve lOve. Cant wait to get going. Love your blocks too, so colorful.

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  19. What gorgeous blocks! I would love to join - let me think if I can just squeeze it in - so many irons:)

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  20. What an amazing start, brilliant colors!

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  22. Hi Heather,

    I love how your quilt is going and I went to Sewtakeahike's blog to get an idea about what you are doing. I can't believe you quilt each block and leave the batting exposed till the end. It's a great idea because you can do stacks more quilting on a smaller block. I've been hand quilting on my wonky blocks and it takes forever so now I have an new idea to get into. Thanks for your post.

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  23. Is the muslin back a new addition from your previous qayg posts?; I am a beginner and have been studying your posts, but didn't see anything about the muslin until now.

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  24. i'm excited to join the fun - my first quilt and my first quilt-along! thanks for the inspiration!

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  25. So you quilt each one individually? How do you connect them later?

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  26. I got an invite and I'm so in. I'm thinking red aqua and white....so I won't exactly be using scraps but I really want to play with these colors and this quilting style. I even got a friend who doesn't sew to give it a try. There is a sew in at my house tomorrow! Spreading quilting magic!LOL!

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  27. Heather, could please post a picture of the back of the blocks? They look terrific. Thanks!

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  28. good to read and get some ideas of how to begin with my lovely pile pf fabrics.

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  29. Looking great! This is my new goal to learn this technique, so I am so pleased about your postings! My mind is struggling to figure out the joining of the blocks part! Will be folowing your postings!

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  30. I keep coming back to this post.....okay, I am in! But I won't be able to start for a bit as I have a couple "must finish" quilts in progress....will make smaller than a king size so hopefully I will catch up later! I have a bunch of the Japanese fairytale prints that I didn't know what to do with- they will make great center pieces here. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  31. Greetings from another Heather! :) I found your blog through crazy mom quilts and I love this idea of quilting as you go! I'll definitely be following your technique. It sounds like it could be great for people that don't have sewing machines with super powers for quilting. I look forward to seeing new things from you! :D

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  32. Is it too late to join in??? Just found this (and you) and would love to play along (and use up some of the massive box of scraps in me stash):) I've been quilting since I was 7, but have never tried this method, can't wait to try it out!

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  33. RIght about now I'm wishing that I used this method for the quilt I am presently working on. It is going to be a FULL size but quite the handful to quilt on my home machine. What other choice do I have at this point though but to trudge onward.
    Read the tutorial at SewTakeAHike. Wondering how you plan to join and back your quilt - I can't find the info in your posts. I like that you are using a muslin and doing FMQ on each block. Wondering how it will all get put together and held together though.
    Thanks!

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  34. Just found you and your darling blog. I am curious how will join the blocks. I have seen a technique to do this in the past but can't find it now.

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