Tuesday, March 5, 2013

More Carnaby QAYG : :

This is where I'm at this morning with my Carnaby St. QAYG project! The brightness of this fun quilt is off the charts for sure!!

Carnaby QAYG

Today I have lots to do, mostly crown orders, so it isn't likely that I'll be making anymore progress. But before I move onto those things, since so many of you asked for me to share a little of the process on this one, I wanted to do that quickly!

I explained within the comments here and on fb yesterday, that the center is made up of several Carnaby St and PE solids that I cut using my Dresden ruler, pieced together, and then appliqued to the Emerald solid fabric. Next, I added the floral fabric to the top and bottom of my center piece, after I had quilted two long pieces of it to some batting scraps with simple long straight-line stitches.

After measuring the long side of my center piece, which was about 30", I made up three improv style blocks, each measuring 10.5" quilted, to go on both sides. I took this photo after dark last night, just before I added those quilted, improv pieces to the sides, so it's not the best! But I wanted you to see these pieces laid out, before I sewed them together.

just before adding the Improv blocks

I used my same QAYG method for this, sewed those blocks together, and added them to the sides of my center! Easy!!

after adding the Improv Blocks

My quilting is very free, improv, and fun! I think the orange Aurifil thread and random, straight-line quilting goes really well the style I have in mind for this quilt.

Psychedelic QAYG with orange Aurifil

I'm always amazed to see how an image taken one day...

Carnaby Street and Pure Element Solids

Can be transformed into something like this, the next!

Carnaby Vibrations Center & Improv QAYG

I can't wait to find more time for this quilt! And, I hope I explained just how simple it has all come together so far! If you have any questions, just leave them in the comments for me and I'll be sure to get back to you!!  
Maureen

34 comments:

Jean(ie) said...

I like the washi tape hanger...LOL! I love this so far! I love that the color is off the charts!!!! That's what makes it so fun. Something to look at in every corner!

Carol Swift said...

I love the bright colors! Your quilting really adds character to it.

Melissa Corry said...

Wow, I would say you got some mojo back. It is stunning!! What a fun improv quilt!! Have fun with your crowns and wishing you a dash of quilting time :)

Maureen Cracknell Handmade said...

I'm not sure if you can tell, but the tape was already coming loose and the quilt was falling forward on the right side in these pics. :)

I'm glad you think this is fun, too, Jeanie!! Thank you!

Gayle Bouters said...

Really liking it!

Cynthia Taylor said...

Love it Moe!!

Debbie said...

I've said this before, but I really like your style. I just love the creativity. It's unique and a style all your own. I have a question that I've asked a few different quilters, do you wash your fabric before you use them?

Roberta Cogan said...

So colorful and fun! Love this!

Maureen Cracknell Handmade said...

These, I did not wash. I wash when I'm combining linen and quilting cottons, if I'm sewing garments, etc...

I hear mixed opinions on that myself, but have found that most of my favorite sewists/quilters do not!

How about you??

Maureen Cracknell Handmade said...

Thank you, by the way!! :) That really means a lot!

kristin said...

Looks awesome! I love that you mixed so many crazy prints in there but my eye still has direction. Can't wait to see more!

Svetlana said...

how totally fun, love how colorful it is.

Christina said...

So cool and fun!

Jan Manley said...

Very vibrant!! I need to check out this QAYG thing - haven't tried it yet!

Debbie said...

If I'm using quality fabric, no I do not wash. This is going totally against what my mother has taught me. She washes everything!! She gave me a funny look when I told her I didn't wash the fabric on a quilt that I just started. She's been quilting for over 50 years!

Ralitza said...

It is beautiful! Love the bold simplicity in it.

The Slow Quilter said...

It came out wonderful, love all the colors and the movement of the quilt. Great job.

Maureen Cracknell Handmade said...

Thank you!! It's going to keep growing -- I'm hoping it finishes as a large throw size!!

Brie said...

Amazing! A work of art!

Anonymous said...

You definitely make this method of qayg look easy. I plan to check out your tutorial and will be adding this to my list of things that I would really like to try out. Thank you!

Jessica Pyykkonen said...

So fun! I just love the colors.

baukje said...

I LOVE,LOVE the colors.

Annette said...

I am loving this one Maureen!

Katy Cameron said...

I can't wait til you have more time for it too :oD

LiseyLu said...

Would you post a photo of the back side?

Susan Peck Knueven said...

Absolutely beautiful, Maureen! Going to use your QAYG process when we get home from this trip~~love the idea of doing the intricate quilting on the top 2 layers and then simple outlines on all 3 layers. Definitely will post a photo when I get it done!

Galatina said...

Absolutely gorgeous. You have such a talent.

Elsa said...

Really wonderful start on this quilt ~ love how it's coming together and all the bright colorful fabrics you're using!

Sondra Borrie said...

This is such an interesting design, wonderful colors, a really happy Spring quilt, for sure. Amazing as always! Love it, Maureen!

Siobhán said...

Sooooooooo beautiful! I love your bench, too, with the pillow. Total eye candy!

Shirley said...

I love your wall hanging. It is so fresh and moving.

Maureen Cracknell Handmade said...

Thank you, Shirley! I actually just started this project and plan to turn it into a large throw size quilt! For pretty picture taking sake I hung it on the walls, but it will definitely grow into a usable quilt!! :)

Heidi Staples said...

This is looking so gorgeous, Maureen! I love what you did with these prints -- so clever!

**nicke... said...

you are to talented maureen. you have such an eye for color and design! it amazes me that you improv all of this! perfect!