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Thread: Orphaned Blocks QAYG Challenge

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    Super Member Jenniky's Avatar
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    Orphaned Blocks QAYG Challenge

    I invite anyone interested in learning the "Quilt As You Go" = QAYG techniques to join us here in this thread. What Im hoping we accomplish is to explore different QAYG techniques and to discuss variations on those techniques making several quilts using Orphaned Blocks. You can also use any block pattern if you do not have orphaned blocks. 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.

    I will be posting step by step pictures and point out what I had difficulty with or what I like about the results or what I didn't like about the results and I encourage everyone else to do the same. I suppose we could call it a learn as we go tutorial. If you would like to join in and are using a different QAYG technique then Im currently working on. I will encourage you to also post pictures in a step by step manner. {If you are willing} Once I have completed one technique I will post a complete tutorial link in my Signature where anyone can refer back to without searching through the numerous posts on the thread.

    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.


    I personally plan on doing my best to explain and through pictures and step by step explanations of the problems I personally experience share the process of learning and helping others as we explore each technique. I will link and refer to various tutorials, list books, or online classes. All copyright laws must be adhered to and I invite the attention and input of experienced QAYG quilters to also share their insights.


    Open your creative options by adding the QAYG techniques to your list of accomplishments.

    *** This Challenge has been approved by Patrice***
    Have an awesome day!

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    I'm in!!! ... if I ever get off my tush and actually get something done (maybe when the weather cools down enough to go into my sewing room!!)
    Liz / Calgary

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    You've got my attention ... and interest!!
    I know I can never learn enough.

    So count me in as being along for this ride!!!




    Hi CowTown Liz .......... looks like we Canucks outnumber the others!
    And we already know that Jenniky is a wannabe Canuck!!!!!!!!!
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    I'm going to apologize in advance for my technical writing. It has become a natural style of writing for me as I organized the thoughts I want to share when explaining processes. Blame it on my military background. I will try my best to tone it down as I become more comfortable in my writing as the thread moves along.

    I hope that I will have many who will join me in this adventure in quilting. I will do my best to answer or find an answer to any questions of the QAYG techniques I post in this thread. After I finish each quilt I will post a tutorial of all my Pictures and Notes in the Tutorial Section for anyone to refer back to. Im hoping that works well for everyone. If not, I will try to adjust to the needs of the thread.

    The first quilt Im going to share. I made using DP9 squares (Disappearing Nine Patch) Here is a picture of my finished squares ready for quilting.

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    Have an awesome day!

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltE View Post
    You've got my attention ... and interest!!
    I know I can never learn enough.

    So count me in as being along for this ride!!!








    Hi CowTown Liz .......... looks like we Canucks outnumber the others!
    And we already know that Jenniky is a wannabe Canuck!!!!!!!!!

    Oh definitely a wannabe Canuck ... I was cheering for CANADA and the USA while watching the Olympics. Welcome Liz and QuiltE.

    I am going to be using QAYG on the My Patriotic Town Quilt and also on The Monster Quilt and the BOM quilt.. So I will be sharing my links all over the place as I go along. Plus I won't be cluttering up the other threads.
    Have an awesome day!

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    I'm willing to learn the QAYG method.
    Lynn

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    Thank you so much for doing this!!!!!
    Linda
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jenniky View Post
    Oh definitely a wannabe Canuck ... I was cheering for CANADA and the USA while watching the Olympics. Welcome Liz and QuiltE.
    Oh drats ... there goes the numbers!
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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltE View Post
    Oh drats ... there goes the numbers!
    I can change my location from Ohio to Ontario if it will make you feel better. I spent a lot of time in WaWa growing up. Beautiful area!
    Linda
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    So I have six fairy blocks and six butterfly blocks. I wanted my finished showing block to be 12.5 so my blocks are 13 X 13. I did not square up my blocks until after they were quilted. When I am ready to square up my block I will square them to 13 x 13.

    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.

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    For this project I am using a low loft 100% polyester batting. I cut my batting squares 14 x 14. For my backing I am using various tan to brown fats I purchased during a .99 cent sale at JoAnns. Don't worry folks I also support my local LQS and purchase fabric from them also. Actually most of the primary fabrics come from the LQS. I use the same 14 X 14 template to cut out my back how ever I am a little more generous as I cut around the template. The excess from the fat will go into my box to be cut up into premade squares for future scrappy projects.

    I cut all twelve of my batting squares at the same time and then set them aside.

    With all my twelve top squares pinned to the design board in their proper order (or you can lay them out on a bed or floor) I started cutting out my backing squares. I then pinned them on top of the top blocks in the order I wanted the back of my quilt to look. If you are using all the same color backing squares you do not need to do this step. Just cut all your backing squares and set them aside as you did with the batting.

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    Have an awesome day!

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