Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Loving the QAYG : :

Gramercy QAYG

Yesterday's snow day allowed plenty of time for me to work on my new Diamond Strings in Gramercy quilt as you go. After a few undisturbed afternoon hours at the machine and a few more after the kids were asleep, this morning I'm en route to having turned these beautiful bundles of Leah Duncan's Gramery collection and AGF's Pure Element solids into a newly finished quilt top in record time!

Gramercy & PE's

Gramercy QAYG

I've mentioned before how fast my Herringbone QAYG pattern is to make. I'm confident I could whip one up from start to finish in a week's sewing time no problem. Well, after seeing how quickly this version made up of 10" x 18" qayg blocks came together, I believe this style is just as quick of a make, if not more so!

Gramercy QAYG blocks

This morning I'm still uncertain of which solid to use for my final top row of blocks? I just know I want something light and bright!

Pure Elements

Art Gallery Fabrics' Pure Element in Caviar was an easy choice for my bottom row. I love the intensity of the strong black solid and how it anchors the base of this quilt to the ground. I can't wait to see it photographed against all the shiny, white snow!

Gramcery with PE Caviar

You can find the Gramercy collection available at Pink Castle Fabrics, Fat Quarter Shop, Stash Fabrics, Llama Fabrics, The Intrepid Thread, and Bobbie Lou's Fabric Factory!

♡ Maureen   

32 comments:

  1. I will absolutely have to try this one next! I'm in the process of Herringbone #2! I love how quickly these come together and they look amazing!

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    1. Thank you Lisa! Feel free to share a photo of the Herringbone QAYG quilts you've made on my Facebook page, I'd love to see!! https://www.facebook.com/maureencracknellhandmade

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  2. This is a beautiful quilt. This might be the project that I need to get me away from my computer.

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    1. If you do all the cutting before you began, this is one that you can do while watching a movie. One of the many reasons I love it!!

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  3. Hi!!!! It is wonderful!!!!! So bright and cheerful!!!!!

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  4. Oh wow it's going to look wonderful against the white snow! I'm a bit tired of snow at this point, there's between 3-4' out there and while it's lovely my back is killing me. I've used your herringbone QAYG method on a pillow before and it was a great quickie project and I love those kinds of projects :)

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  5. Maureen, do you sew all the cut strips together in one large piece and then cut blocks out of that? Then sew the blocks together?

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    1. For this quilt I cut 24, 11"x19" -ish pieces of 100% cotton batting. I was able to use up all of my batting scraps, such a bonus! I then sewed on my strips of fabric on the diagonal using the same technique as I share in my Herringbone QAYG pattern that I link to above. I trimmed up my blocks to 10"x18" and sewed them together using the same instructions that I share here -- http://maureencracknellhandmade.blogspot.com/2012/10/a-quilt-as-you-go-tutorial.html

      Hope that helps!

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  6. Another of your quilts that make me want to start putting one together! Love the way the colors are flowing and can hardly wait to see the finished quilt. You do beautiful photography, so I know it will be worth waiting for.

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  7. You have a wonder eye for color. Love you quilt!

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  8. This is really lovely. I love QAYG as an option for larger quilts.

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  9. Beautiful! Can't wait to see what you're using for binding.

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  10. Love this quilt! Its coming out beautifully! Aren't the AGF solids the BEST? I just love how soft they are. I really love all their fabrics. Your line is of course beautiful also!! Can't go wrong with AGF!

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  11. Gorgeous! What a great stash buster too.

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  12. Love this quilt and the method. Can you share the name of the solids you show in the photo. I have a bundle of Gramercy and need to get some coordinating solids. Thanks!

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    1. In order from top to bottom - Patina Green, Sweet Mint, Tender Green, Fresh Water, Blueberry Zest, Canary, Empire Yellow, Peach Sherbet, Apricot Crepe, Creme de la Creme, Mocchiatto, Mink, Moonstone, and Caviar. These were pulled from my stash, but PE's Nocturnal, Quartz Pink, Ocean Waves, Mandarin, Icy Mint, and Spruce will all work perfectly with Gramercy, as well!

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  13. This is wonderful! I love your combinations! I want to start on one with Wild and Free!

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  14. Thank you so much for sharing this! I also just read your tutorial on your blog. It was so helpful! Now, I think I am ready to give this method a try!!

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  15. I am loving these Art Gallery fabrics! Such lovely colour tones. Your quilt looks fantastic (as always!)

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