Thursday, May 30, 2013

Quilting As I Go : :

Yesterday I had planned to share some lucky finds I thrifted over this past weekend, but right away I got so into working on my ABC quilt, I couldn't pull myself away! My crazy goal is to have it finished Friday night, to be gifted on Saturday, and I actually think I'm going to make it!!

QAYG ABC Blocks

All thirty blocks are pieced, quilted, and trimmed to 10.5" squares!

ready for applique

I'm really glad I spent most of yesterday sewing, only stopping to take care of Penelope and to take & share some photos of our last full school-day as a threesome...

pretty lily

penny cuteness

Here the kids are this morning, humoring me just before they headed out the door for their last day, a half day, of school!

last day of school!

This school year certainly flew by, faster than any year in my life! So much has happened and so many things have changed. It was nice to take a moment this morning to look back at that first day photo, and compare. Wow!!

2012 - 2013 school year

And now, I have just a few short hours to get going on this quilt before our Summer vacation officially starts! I'm using HeatnBond Feather Lite for the first time and so far I'm loving it! I can definitelty feel a difference once the pieces are pressed to my quilt blocks, you can't even tell!

feather lite for applique

There's so much to be excited about today, wish me luck!!    Maureen 

And, thanks for all the sweet comments on my latest "stitched sketch" project! I can't wait to share more!!

38 comments:

  1. Well I know I'll love this quilt since it has Little Apples! I hope you have a wonderful summer spending it with your kids!

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  2. What did you use for the backing on the your quilt blocks? Looks nice!

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    1. Thanks Leslie! The quilt back will be a collage of fabrics, made up of the large pieces I have leftover from my blocks! :)

      The blocks are already quilted to a cotton batting, using the quilt as you go tutorial I shared here -- http://maureencracknellhandmade.blogspot.com/2012/10/a-quilt-as-you-go-tutorial.html

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  3. Today I am going to try quilting on my home machine. Wish me luck. I have been practicing

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  4. Your puppy might be the cutest puppy I have ever seen!! =D

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  5. Love your vision. I have the 12,000 and love your technique of quilt as you go. Could you one day do a tutorial for us facebook and Janome owners taking us step by step as to how you cut, measure, trim and join?

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    1. Hi Ginger! Thank you!! For this quilt I'm using the quilt as you go tutorial I shared here -- http://maureencracknellhandmade.blogspot.com/2012/10/a-quilt-as-you-go-tutorial.html

      Have you seen it? - Maureen

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  6. Good luck! I especially love seeing QAYG projects, so post as many pics as you can stand! :)

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  7. Relative newbie to quilting...I'm only on my 8th... How will you put these blocks together if they are already quilted/backed? Rag quilt? I love the idea of quilting one block at a time!

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    1. My blocks aren't back yet, I add the back in one large piece. You can see here for my qayg tutorial, where you will also find a link at the bottom for how I finished the quilt. Thanks!!

      http://maureencracknellhandmade.blogspot.com/2012/10/a-quilt-as-you-go-tutorial.html

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    2. Thank you...can't WAIT to try this!

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  8. When you use the quilt along method, do you plan your blocks (cut out all your pieces before hand), or do you just cut and sew and you go, piecing them together randomly?
    I'm going to be doing a scrap quilt, and I'm using 20+ fabrics, and I am worried that if I cut as I go I might leave some colors out or not spread the prints evenly.... :/

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  9. Nothing like a little self imposed PRESSURE.. LOL Can't wait to see the finished project.

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  10. Nothing like a precisely stacked pile of trimmed blocks! Good luck. :-)

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  11. Great looking blocks! Waiting for pix of the alphabet adhered to the square. I recently bought 10 yds. of Heat 'N Bond Feather Lite. Glad you have this tested out. How are you going to join these squares together? Will you be doing a tutorial?

    Janet

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    1. This entire project will be a tutorial I share sometime next month, featuring the Feather Lite. I wrote my post so quick today, I meant to write that I am loving the feather lite in comparicson to the HeatnBond Lite that I typically use for applique. There is no feel to the hand that a product was used once my letters were appliqued. I'm excited!!

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  12. Sorry, Maureen. Just saw your link to the joining tutorial. Still want to see your finished product.

    Janet

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    1. You can see where I share my steps for finishing a QAYG quilt here -- http://maureencracknellhandmade.blogspot.com/2013/02/an-improv-lillybelle-quilt-quilt-as-you.html

      Thanks Janet!! :)

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  13. Looks like another great quilt you are making. I can't wait to see the finished product. You have such a great blog, love all your posts!
    Your kids (and pets) are so darn cute. I bet they are excited that school is out now...wahoo!

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  14. Your kiddies sure look happy! I love to compare the beginning of the school year to the end of the school year photos.

    Can't wait to see pics of your finished quilt. I would LOVE to have your sewing machine too.

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  16. Your kids are adorable,love your pics.Have a wonderful summer vacation!!

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  17. Go Maureen, go! Penelope's looking a tad worried in that photo, maybe she's already anticipating the noise and activity about to descend ;o)

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  18. My current quilt I was going to quilt as I go and then I chickened out but now I wish I did quilt as you go. I love the fabric combo you used, I have some of that fabric in my stash. Next time I will do it.

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  20. Hi Maureen,
    I so want to give this a try! I read through your tutorial and I had one quick question. Do you have to lower your feed dogs or cover them? Do you have any problems with the batting and the feed dogs? Hope I didn't miss this in the tutorial. I really want to give this a try since big quilts are so daunting to try to machine quilt!
    Thanks Jan
    BTW the children have really grown this year, and Penny looks like she is growing too.:)

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  21. I can't wait to see the quilt, however your kids are adorable, oh, and so is the puppy and kitty, I can't imagine that the quilt is no less than adorable too! Thanks for sharing! Oh, the heat and bond, I can't wait to try it myself.

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  23. Woot Woot! I knew you could finish it in time! Your SIL is going to love this keepsake quilt! I hope ya'll have a great time at the shower on Sat.

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  24. Looking forward to seeing the finished project and watching the tutorial!

    Your' kids are gorgeous, and I know "HAPPY" when I see it! Good job, Momma!

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  25. Good luck with the quilt finish! My bet is on you!

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  26. I can't wait to see these done! I think I'll have to try it with the quilt I'm making for our bed. I just cannot imagine quilting something so huge just yet! :)
    Your kids are beautiful, Maureen! Hope you find a great new groove for the summer, back with the extra company. xx

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  28. I can't wait to see the finished quilt. I know it is awesome! Great idea to take pics of first and last day of school. Kids grow and change so fast.

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