Monday, April 1, 2013

A Little Help, Please : :

Hi again! Well, I've already finished up a few more orders today and now it's time for me to finish up my newest tutorial for Janome, as part of their Independent Design Team. I started this project way back here, and had planned to turn these qayg log cabin blocks into a fun, quilted tote bag, but suddenly I'm feeling the urge to keep going until this becomes a throw-size quilt?

All in black, greys, & whites...

qayg black + white tote wip

With stitched typography...

stitched typography

And, applique...

qayg adding applique

What would you like to see, a new quilted tote bag or a new qayg quilt? I'd love your help in deciding!! A HUGE thanks in advance for the help!  Maureen 

81 comments:


  1. I'm mesmerized by QAYG quilts - keep going! :)

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  2. A quilt! I've been thinking of making one and would love to see how you make yours.

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    1. Hi Susie! Thanks for chiming in! Here's a link to my first qayg quilt tutorial -- http://maureencracknellhandmade.blogspot.com/2012/10/a-quilt-as-you-go-tutorial.html

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  3. Oh please keep going, would love a quilt tutorial. This is great!!

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  4. I don't know! but I like what I see so far...I think QAYG!

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  5. I'd love to see a tutorial for a quilted tote bag :D

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  6. Do you always need another bag or should I say you can always make one. Make a quilt if thats where the mood takes you!

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  7. You are SO creative, Maureen! Honestly, I love the spin you put on everything you make. I'd love to see either one, so go where the wind takes you!

    I haven't had a chance to play with it yet, but I'm loving the stack of felt you sent me a little while back. Great scraps too! :)

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  8. As much as I like to see new tote bags, I am very curious as what you add to this quilt!

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  9. i would love to make a quilt for our bed, but the only way i'm tackling a king-sized quilt would be to do qayg. i am really liking the bits you just showed us...

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  10. QAYG!!!! I love your made fabric with the words!!!!

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  11. I love the stitched typography!!! Absolutely stunning!! And I am all about throw quilts :)

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  12. Oh, I don't know. I would love to see a new quilt! You can use more of that stitched typography! Wow, it's so beautiful! AMAZING.

    I know it's selfish, but I've been making a few bags lately, so if I were to live vicariously through you, I'd say go for a quilt!! :-)

    Have you ever made a weekender? I think they look lovely. I haven't tried one myself (yet), but you could probably use your quilted panels for one of those (if you haven't chosen a pattern for a bag yet).

    Either route, I'm sure it will be wonderful.

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    1. I love seeing Weekender photos!! I would love to make one eventually, when I get a chance to make something just for me!! Adding this stitched typography to a bag like that would be awesome!

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  13. That's tough. One can never have too many totes. But you make such lovely quilts. I think I'd go for the quilt. Good luck deciding.

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    1. I know it, which is why I decided to get some feedback! I'm going with the quilt and I''m excited!! Thanks!

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  14. Both!! Quilt and matching tote bag!!

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    1. I agree!! I'm going to go for the quilt today, but I'm going to have to make the bag eventually, as well. It would make the perfect library tote with all the stitched text!

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  15. I am loving this! I think it would make a stunning quilt!

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  16. Regardless of what you decide on it's going to be gorgeous.
    That being said, these are too amazing to just stop with a tote... go for the quilt!!

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  17. I'm sure that where ever your hearts desire leads you, we will like either one!

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  18. If it were me, I'd go for the quilt. White is a bad color for tote bags in my world - the first time I used it, if I didn't spill anything on it, it would still get dirt on it and the lovely crisp white would just look dingy.

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  19. I think those fabrics would make a fantastic quilt! I say keep going!

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  20. I would love to see it into a tote or purse bag.

    I am a Janome owner.

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  21. I think it would be a really interesting quilt... But it would make a nice bag too. I think my vote is for a quilt.

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  22. I would love to see a quilt but why don't you start another block there fore you have one started for your tote, I love how you stitched the words I to am a Janome owner and love this feature.

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  23. A Quilt...that's just too good not to cuddle up with:)

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  25. I was going to vote for the quilt as well. Glad to see you have already decided. Waiting to see the finished product. :)

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  26. A quilt as you go quilt.... because I want to make one too.

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  27. Go for the quilt maureen!!!the fabric is too beautiful not to.

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  28. A quilt, for sure. I'm always unsure about how the qayg blocks will come together, and appreciate every opportunity to see it happen. Love, love, love the embroidered text. That is the first thing I've seen that makes me a bit tempted to think about breaking out my machine's stitches.

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  29. Go with your heart... I'd love to see this as a bigger quilt too! Love it so far!

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  30. I would like to see a quilt please. LOVE that it is black and white and that typing is super cool.

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  31. A tote bag please ;-)

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  32. Quilt, quilt! She says, making you work harder, sorry! Loving the stitched text, I've never even thought of using the letters in my stitch library for something like that, genius!

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  33. I love the typography! I have that ability on my machine but never thought to use it in that way. I love your idea for a library tote...I may have to borrow it :) Did you do the letters with the batting and backing or did you do it on the fabric alone? If so did you use any stabilizer?

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    1. Hi Chelsie! That's what's so great about doing this as a quilt-as-you-go, the batting is enough of a stabilizer, so you just layer the fabric you want to add the stitching to onto the batting and go! It's too perfect not to use this as a tote eventually, but I'm going to try for a quilt this time! :)

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  34. I like the qayg lap quilt idea. The typography is great. I've done some stitched text but never this much.

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  35. The quilt idea is FAB- especially with your black and white choices - everyone is so afraid to use black in quilts but I LOVE it!

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  36. I too think you should go for a quilt because this would have such wide appeal that a lot of them would get made.

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  37. A quilt for me too - it is already so exciting to see your various different blocks that I want to see more!

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  38. New QAYG quilt ...although I'm sure your tote is lovely too :)

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  39. Oh my goodness Maureen! This is awesome!!! I love black and white. (I'm just finishing my little girls spring collection and it is all black and white!)

    No matter what you make out of it it is going to be awesome.
    -liZ
    ps---That stitched typography looks terrific.

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  40. OOhhh.... I really like this, I think it would look great no matter what you do with it, but I think it would look super duper extra cool great as a quilt ;) !!

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  41. It's just gorgeous so far! I'd go for a tote!

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  42. I think it would make a great quilt, but I would make just one coloured block and put it in, it'll look like a giant newspaper!!

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  43. Had not seen the "qayg" abbreviation before, so had to click on the link. Now I get it! Now, I love me some quilts, but due to the design I also think this would make a lovely quilted book bag, KWIM? :O)

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  44. What you will do will be beautiful, but i prefer a new qayg quilt!!!

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  45. I would love to see another QAYG! I loved the first one! I completed my first quilt with that tutorial!

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  46. I think this would make a really interesting QUILT !!!! x

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  48. Please keep going...I love what I see, you have me totally hooked. Your work is amazing and so creative! I always look forward to seeing a new post from you :)

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  49. Oh, pretty please, a quilt. You have just done such an outstanding block already. Love, love the fabrics.

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  50. I would love to see another quilt :)

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  51. Another gorgeous quilt please!!!

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  52. Another gorgeous quilt please!!!

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  53. There's no right answer -- but I'm leaning towards QUILT.

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  54. It would be perfect as a QAYG project, it's so lovely that I'd love to see it as a throw quilt.

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  55. Definitely would love to see the QAYG. Of course, why can't you do both? QAYG turning the finished blocks into as tote? :) I'm not much help, am I? LOL

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  56. Wow, I love it!! I think a tote would be nice, but a quilt would be fantastic also- decisions! You are so talented - thank you for sharing!

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  57. I'd love to see a QAYG quilt. I think I'm going to attempt my first one soon, so I'm trying to find all the useful info I can.

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  60. how about a pillow? I love the stitch typography. I think that's something I never get the chance and time to play with my Bernina. It would be so fun and maybe a bit of fun images to go with it.. :) xc

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  62. I prefer a tote please!and thanks for asking and sharing! Greetings from Germany

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  63. I prefer a tote please!and thanks for asking and sharing! Greetings from Germany

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  64. I love your quilts. They are amazing! More quilts please and a tote would also be welcome.

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  65. I hope you share your qayg technique. The last one I tried didn't turn out so well.

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