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    Preparing you Sashing Strips.

    So at this point my twelve blocks are all quilted and squared up to the exact same size.


    SEW Let's get started.

    For this method with the understanding you are using all 1/4" seams. Your TOP sashing strip will be 1 inch wide and the length will be the same as your block length.

    EXAMPLE: Ssnare is using 9 inch top blocks. Now as long as no wonkiness happened along the way that required her to trim her blocks under the 9 X 9 squares; the width and length of her qulited blocks {top,batting,and backing} is 9 X 9 squared.

    So Ssnare would cut her top sashing strips 1" x 9". The number of strips needed would be determined by the number of quilted units you are attaching within the row. If Ssnare has four units in a row she would need to cut 3 TOP sashing strips for each row.

    The BOTTOM sashing strips will be 1-3/4" x 9 inches. You will need the same number of these bottom sashing strips as the TOPS.

    So let's say we are just working on one row for now. Ssnare should now have in front of her 3 Top strips cut at 1" x 9" and 3 bottom sashing strips cut at 1-3/4" x 9 inches.

    Now we are going to take the bottom sashing strips and fold them over in half and iron them.

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    Can you explain what these terms mean: stippling, meandering, echo, outline, diamond grid, cross-hatching?
    Next, you did not explain what to use for the backing material.

    Here is a picture of my blocks sandwiched together.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ssnare View Post
    Can you explain what these terms mean: stippling, meandering, echo, outline, diamond grid, cross-hatching?
    Next, you did not explain what to use for the backing material.

    Here is a picture of my blocks sandwiched together.

    SSnare ... stippling, meandering, echo, outline, diamond grid, cross-hatching are all different styles of quilting. Another is SITD (Stitch in the Ditch). YOu will be quilting each of your blocks before you proceed with the step that Jenniky just posted and what she has suggested is that on each of the blocks you do a different style of quilting. I think it's a really good idea, so that we have a "sample" of sorts of quilting styles.

    As for the backing material ... I would think that's something only you can decide. Do you want the back of your quilt plain? pattern/print? bright? light? dark? I'm sure the blue you have your blocks laying on in your picture would be fine. It's your quilt, so do what pleases you!
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    I am way behind everyone but at least I can finally post my blocks here. I have to add some borders to all of them as they are not square nor the same size. I have the batting ready to cut as soon as I know the final size of the blocks. I am thinking probably 15". So would I then cut my batting 18" to allow 1.5" on all sides? The strips at the bottom will be borders for the quilt. Name:  my blocks for QAYG and some possible borders.jpg
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    Linda Wedge White

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    Quote Originally Posted by wildyard View Post
    I am way behind everyone but at least I can finally post my blocks here. I have to add some borders to all of them as they are not square nor the same size. I have the batting ready to cut as soon as I know the final size of the blocks. I am thinking probably 15". So would I then cut my batting 18" to allow 1.5" on all sides? The strips at the bottom will be borders for the quilt.
    Just a word of encouragement... [from one Linda to another]... you aren't way behind behind everyone~~or at least you aren't behind me . I have my Sunbonnet Sue squares that I have had for over a year but I may be adding extras to each Sue before I add the batting and then quilt each block. My hope is to work on this at least each week and enjoy the journey of learning something I have wanted to actually do for a long time.

    BTW, your blocks are beautiful!

    Linda

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    No both Linda's, I still have not gotten one of my last year BOM out of the bin to work on yet. Probably won't get to them for a while. I'm behind on my Pony Club blocks, and I have three months of one BOM to get done, and I am behind now by two months on the QB Calendar BOM. We were gone for 5 weeks on a trip and just got home. Once I get all these caught up, I'll start thinking about the QAYG project! Until then, I'm just riding along here and enjoying the learning process.
    "You have enough quilts made when your soul is filled, your creativity satisfied and your fingers just won't work anymore."

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    Quote Originally Posted by JeanieG View Post
    Until then, I'm just riding along here and enjoying the learning process.
    **riding along** with you here, JeanieG
    ... til at least I get "some" caught up! And learning in the meantime.

    I will say, as I've been learning, I've been remembering some hidden UFOs that I'll unearth for this!
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    Good Morning Ladies I am going to take a few minutes and answer the questions posted. Then I will be ready to share some more steps in the QAYG process.

    Here is a Reminder of what exactly the Challenge is.

    The challenge itself is to explore the techniques, the bonus of this challenge is giving purpose to any orphaned or practice blocks we have tucked away.

    What I really want to emphasize on is.

    1. Giving ourselves permission to make something that is not necessarily perfect.
    2. Teaching each other as we learn.
    3. Problem solving as a group.
    4. Discussions on Planning a QAYG project, What type of quilts work better with this process or which technique works best for each type of quilt. I dont have a timeline planned out. It will be an ongoing challenge where anyone who wants to work on a QAYG project can enlist support as they work on their quilt.

    SEW ANYONE that is following this Challenge and or Learning from it or Asking for Help on QAYG techniques or has Questions pertaining to the process or is Giving input of their experiences and knowledge. Is {Drum Roll Please.. } MEETING THE CHALLENGE. {Applause for all and cheering.}

    There is no way behind in this on going challenge. Work at the pace that suits you. Now if you want help in staying on task and getting a QAYG project done. Then just let us know and I know of at least three people who are following this thread who will be more than happy to encourage you along to stay on task. {Applause and cheering for our cheering section.}

    One of the reasons I did not want to present my instructions as a complete tutorial is that we all are at different stages in our learning process. We are all at different levels of internet savvy. I can remember back to my first months on the board and learning about quilting. Sometimes things just didn't click when explained. Then after I asked questions sometimes I did the slap to the head thing. {Emmulates slapping my head and rolling my eyes.} When it would finally click and the answer was right there all the time I was just not reading it right. Sometimes though my questions hadn't been right there and others would chime in and say... "Oh Im glad you asked that because I was thinking the same thing."

    So the only thing I would ask and recommend highly is ... to use "I" statements when you are unclear on something or if you think I have not explained something well enough or left something out. Then just ask for more clarification on the matter.

    The sharing of information related to QAYG is the challenge.{Applause and cheering.}

    SUGGESTION REVIEW: (from thread post #24)

    Another suggestion for this project would be to make six to eight solid 6 x 6 blocks. When you quilt each block uses a different quilt design method. For example stippling, meandering, echo, outline, diamond grid, cross-hatching. This will give you a lovely small wall quilt sampler to hang in your sewing room for future inspiration.

    Time to Share:
    Ladies Im asking for volunteers to post a close up picture of quilts you have already completed that show stippling, meandering, echo, outline, diamond grid, cross-hatching, and stitch in the ditch designs. Tell us what quilting design you are sharing and then the close up picture. If possible would be great to show the front and the back of the quilted design. Thanks.

    Ssnare - When I zoomed in on your pictures of your sandwiches It looked to me your back layer of the sandwich is a white or off-white. Is this correct? Are your sandwiches laying on a blue bedspread for the picture? The third (back) layer of your sandwich is your backing. When your quilt is finished that third or back piece of the sandwich will be the back of your quilt.
    Since you have not started quilting them yet hopefully you can still pull off the third layer of your sandwich and change it if the fabric you used for the third (back) layer of your sandwich is not what you wanted for the final backing of your quilt.

    Technique Review:

    The backing and batting for each block should be at minimal an inch larger all around the block. This is very important. You will most likely run into trouble if you make them smaller or the same size as your top block. A quarter of an inch all the way around your top block will be allocated to the quarter inch seam. So remember; what ever you want the final block size to be you must remember to add in your 1/4" seam. When attaching your blocks to any other block or sashing you always will lose a 1/4" all around so plan for it if you are determined to have your blocks within the quilt a specific size. I hope this is clear for beginners.

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    I hope this shines a bit of clarification.
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    Have an awesome day!

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    Yes in deedy do .... it shone clarification right down from the sky!!!
    You write very clearly, and put things together in a nice orderly fashion.
    (And a scorcher of a day it's going ot be here ... you really don't need to send MORE!!!!!! *kidding*)

    I love this quilt-a-long concept ... the closest we can come to a good ol' fashioned IRL quilting bee!!

    As Jenniky mentioned about some of her earlier virtual quilting experiences, unfortunately sometimes the typed words, just don't come across, the same as IRL. We can each read the same sentence, and take different meanings. And unfortunately, again, because we are not together IRL, we don't get to see those puzzled looks from each other, and then, are not able to catch them with helpful responses.

    Although, I do think that Jenniky is somewhat clairvoyant and will see us.
    So be careful, one and all, she's just like Santa, and is watching us all the time!!!
    YIIIIKES!!

    Can I add some clarification, too?
    In post #118, Jenniky writes ... "The excess is helpful in that you can sew off onto the excess and then back on to your quilt top in a different place / angle / direction without stopping and cutting your machine threads."

    When sewing "off" the block, I wwas taught to not sew beyond the block's edge (just into the seam allowances). As it says, you are not cutting threads ... and it is best to not cut threads later when you trim the block for the further steps. Why you are asking? Cut threads, can create a risk to quilting eventually unravelling. Likewise, when your borders are 6" and you want them narrower after quilting is done, I've always been told that's a no-no!

    I'll add ... this is all about risk.
    You can likely get away with it most of the time. Though for me, I like to adapt good habits and minimize my risks. I tend to use the same quilting techniques whether it's a novelty wall hanging that will never be laundered or a child's quilt that will endure repeated washings. That way I don't have to remember to do it differently, as that's the time I surely will forget!!! I just don't want my quilts to fall apart right after ....... or when laundered ......... or years later!

    Only from loving use and lots of hugging and cuddling do I want my quilts to fall apart!! That's totally permissable!
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    Wow! Already there is a LOT of useful information being given here. I may re-evaluate my blocks and do some bigger ones. I'm still finishing up other projects before I begin with this one, but am following the thread closely.

    Everyone's blocks are so cute! Love your Sunbonnet Sue, SewExtreme!

    Jenniky, have you ever done the "Fun and Done" way? Basically, the backing also becomes the strips between the blocks on top...no extra cutting strips. I just made two and think it might not be horrible? LOL! You know how icky this has all been for me, so I'm trying to learn the easiest method possible? Google Fun and Done and on UTube and watch a video and give us your opinion? By the way, I don't own the rulers which make it easier to position the batting and top block centered perfectly, but did okay without them. I would be really interested to know what you think, since you're doing a different method?

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