Thursday, September 19, 2013

A New QAYG : :

AMH Patchwork

In my last post I shared that I had a new quilt-as-you-go idea that came to me while making my Rock 'n Romance QAYG string quilt blocks using batting as my foundation. These blocks square up to 10" x 18", which works great for the diamond pattern I'm creating for this quilt pattern! 

R & R Quilt Blocks
R 'n R Peek!
But I had asked myself, "what if I just keep going to make extra long quilt-as-you-go string quilt blocks?" That could make one gorgeous herringbone, chevron-y style quilt. And, fast! Well, that image was definitely worth pursuing! 

So beginning this past weekend and here & there throughout these past couple of days I've been cutting a 2.5" strip or two from each fabric in my Anna Maria Horner stash. 

AMH Strings

So far I have just two, very long string qayg strips sewn together. It's colorful, scrappy, and fun! I love it!!

AMH Herringbone QAYG Quilt
What do you think?     Maureen

72 comments:

  1. Hi, I'm new to quilting. What exactly do you mean by using the batting as the foundation? How do you do that? Thanks

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    1. I'm definitely planning a tutorial for this method (quilt) soon, so stay tuned! Foundation piecing is used to stabilize pieces of fabric. Most of time the foundation is paper, muslin, or some type of interfacing, but for this I'm using batting, so I can do quilting-as-you-go and stabilize my fabric strings all at the same time! :)

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  2. Very nice. Great scrappy quilt.

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  3. I'm in love!! I can't wait to see your tutorial and the finished product! :)

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    1. Thank you! I'm almost finished, so be sure to stop back to see this week!

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  4. I love it! It's going to be so bright and cheerful!

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  5. This is awesome! Can't wait to see the finished product :)

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  6. Love it! I hope to make something similar one day!

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  7. Now this is gorgeous. I love it...

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  8. That's very pretty - I need a new table runner and I think this is the idea I am going to run with! (uh yeah, I'll wait for your tutorial though ;)

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  9. I'd like a tutorial for how you join the blocks together when you use this method - doesn't it create a lot of bulk in the seams? Gorgeous blocks with all the AMH fabrics :-)

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  10. Beautiful! Love the scrappy, Indie feel!

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    1. Thank you! Yes, I think this, more than any other, is my most favorite style! It will go great with the vibe of our home so I think this one will have to be a keeper! ;)

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  11. Such RICH colours . Love it. I want to sink into it!

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  12. WOW - LOVE the colours!! What a great way to get rid of scraps. Can't wait to see the finished product! :-)

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  13. This is gorgeous - I can't wait to see it come to completion. love the saturated and rich colors.

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  15. Those are two gorgeous, vibrant strips! I'm going to have to dig back through your blog and see how you attach them and turn them into a quilt.

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  16. I love this idea of quilt as you go...I will have to give it a try sometime. Also, these fabrics are so beautiful. Anna Marie Horner, eh? I'll make a note of that!

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  17. You won me over on this idea a long time ago. Now I just need to get to work! :)

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  18. I labored over a string quilt very similar to this one- wish I had learned about the QAYG technique back then! Your quilt is going to be absolutely beautiful! I'm stoked and think I may have another go...just gotta save up some more scraps!

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  19. Are all the strips 2 and 1/2? I thought I read they were varied or is it my mistake. I might be thinking of the other one you did.

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    1. For the Rock 'N Romance quilt from the other day (2nd & 3rd pic above) I used strips of fabric measuring anywhere from 1" to 2.5." For this one I cut ONLY 2.5" strips. The width doesn't matter, it's really up to you how thin you want your strips to be for this style of quilt.

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  20. Maureen, you're amazing! How do you come up with so many great ideas??? :)

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  21. I love this! Fabulous idea. Looking forward to seeing the finished quilt, and maybe a tutorial πŸ˜‰

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    1. Thank you!! I'm working on sharing a tutorial this week. I'm almost finished with this quilt already thanks to the speediness of quilting-as-I-go! :)

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  22. The quilt is going to be stunning when finished. Are you also using a backing fabric under the batting? Looking forward to your tutorial.

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  23. Each quilt you make is better than the last one...how do you do it????

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    1. Wow, thank you RoRo!! After the response I received over my Butterfly quilt (which I still can't believe) I thought that I'd never be able to top that one, so your comment means a lot to me. I'm just so grateful to have this space to keep sharing my work. I'm really growing as a quilter this year and the encouragement I receive here has been such a wonderful motivator! :)

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  24. Looks fab, I have made a couple of bags using a similar design, I followed a pattern called Right Turn bag, which Anna Maria Horner wrote for Janome. I hadn't thought of using it for a quilt design though.

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  25. I can tell this is going to be one of those 'just makes you happy to look at it' kind of quilts!

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  26. I can tell this is going to be one of those 'just makes you happy to look at it' kind of quilts!

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  27. Love this idea. And your fabric mix is beautiful!

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    1. Thank you! All of the fabrics I'm using are designed by Anna Maria Horner. I love how all of her collections work so well together!

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  28. That was definitely worth pursuing indeed!

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  29. Love it! Post a tutorial pretty please!

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  30. It finally happened. It clicked! I "get" QAYG now. :O)

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    1. LuAnn, I still don't get it! Maybe I'll be next? I'm wondering (as is a previous commenter) about bulky seams.... how do they join up??!!

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    2. Yay, LuAnn!! That make me so happy!

      Jennyroo, I just emailed you with links to my tutorials and some other info on my personal experience with QAYG quilts. I promise you, I would not keep making qayg quilts if I didn't love them!! :)

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  31. Love making string quilts...now going to try the QAYG method! Thanks for sharing and for inspiration!

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    1. Thank you, Holley! Be sure to let me know and share a pic or two with me if you do give it a go! ;)

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  32. I love it! makes me smile just to look at them.
    jan@sewandsowfarm

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  33. I've been trying to figure out a way to use my dad's ties in a quilt; this would be perfect!

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  34. You're definitely onto something here Maureen - it's gorgeous :)

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  35. So fun! Looking forward to seeing the final result!

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  36. I have made four string quilts but this one totally rocks with the dark colors! Love it!

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    2. You can't go wrong with Anna Maria fabrics!! This quilt will be my very own cozy, personal library of AMH fabrics, using every collection of hers except Bohemian only because I wasn't yet sewing when that one was available. :)

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  37. Beautiful! I didn't necessarily like this style of quilt until I saw yours; now I can't wait to make one. You are so inspiring Maureen. Thank you.

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  38. This has inspired me to make a string quilt using a strip from every fabric in my stash. (Then I can buy more cuz technically I have used them all!) I think i would try to make it rainbow. I love how yours is turning out =)

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    1. I love the way you think, Stacey! I actually thought of making another rainbow version myself today as I was making another long strip. I would love to do that using my Art Gallery Fabric stash.

      I only have one strip left to go with my AMH strings and then I'm done! :)

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  39. I follow you here and on Facebook! Love Happy Go Lucky!!

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  40. I would love some Happy Go Lucky! Love your strippy piecing!

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  41. Oh this is just so beautiful! Great idea!

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  42. What a brilliant idea, using batting as your foundation. I just finished a string quilt where I used a lightweight batiste but now I need to bat and back it. Your version would certainly be simpler and I would say that you don't need much quilting on the top, maybe just some straight line quilting. Can't wait to see the tutorial.

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  43. I can not wait to start this quilt!!! I'm so excited to learn the QAYG method.

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