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    Senior Member wantanaquilt's Avatar
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    Georgia Bonesteel

    Anyone on this board make quilts the Georgia Bonesteel way? I did yrs. ago made a twin for one of my sons bed and like that way to, out of practice right now. Why I am asking is thinking about doing quilts her way at least few baby quilts. I wanted to invest in the HQ Sweet Sixteen quilting machine but I really don't want to get into a 4 yr. payment plan. So was thinking Georgias way would be easy to quilt on any machine since your blocks may not be anywere from 12 or 18 inches and could be handle easily on a regular machine or by hand then put the blocks together. Just curious as how do some of you like to quilt that way? Anyway I might get a better sewing machine. I have a Brother SQ-9000 and do not like it. I had a Janome memory craft 8000 for 20 yrs. never had any problem with it and it finally it gave up, so ended up buying this brother which is so light and moves when sewing, my Janome was a heavy duty and I like it. I just don't care for light weight machines, plus when u start sewing I have to take hold of the sewing cotton so it won't jam. I just can't afford another Janome for couple thousand right now. So was thinking of doing the lap quilting, just wondering if many do her way. I had couple books on her when she first started but must left them in GA. We r going back in couple yrs. Tk. U for any ideas.
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    Have not tried her method yet, so will be watching this thread. A friend gifted me "Lap Quilting with Georgia Bonesteel" published in 1982 & I put it aside bc I was working on a Turning Twenty at the time. Am so glad you reminded me about her! Thanks

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    do a search for "quilt as you go" or QAUG. Georgia's method is just one of many techniques where you work on a smaller area of the quilt. Makes it much easier to quilt on your domestic machine.
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    I have made many QAYG quilts. I don't have a large machine and QAYG is an easy way to quilt your own quilts. There are a couple of great tutorials on this board about QAYG.
    Marie

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    I've made seven queen size quilts using the Georgia Bonesteel way. It worked really well to quilt a block at a time and then sew them all together.

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    I used to use Georgia's method many years ago but arthritis hit. Now I am glad I have my HQ!

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    Do the QAYG quilts drape? Or do the seams make it weird? Do you know what I mean? I've been wanting to try it but haven't seen one in person...
    A bed without a Quilt is like a Sky without Stars..Sew On!

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    Just a mention on your sewing machine, try putting that rubberized shelf fabric underneath you sewing machine. It may help anchor your sewing machine. I have a Bernina, and got a sew steady table I had so much squeeking, and moving until I put a piece of this shelf liner underneath the sewing machine.
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    I think I am going to dust off some her quilt books i have

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    Oh, you bring back warm memories. I used to watch her on TV and fell in love with her and her methods. I was right in the middle of raising kids so never used her methods. I will have to get her books out again. She made it sound so easy.

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    pauline ineson has used a quilt as you go technique which involves no hand sewing at all. She uses it in her prize winning traditional quilt which can be seen along with another quilt of hers on youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XW-ox6_0ws0 She does describe it briefly but not sure whether you'll be able to visualise what she means because she doesn't actually demonstrate it. I have a friend who's making both the quilts and has explained it to me, and it sounds quite straightforward.

    The backing is cut larger than the front block, and the wadding is cut the same size as the front. Then you place the right sides of the backing together, sew them together and then bring the excess over the front of the front and machine stitch it down. I haven't tried it but hope that makees sense.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RkayD View Post
    Do the QAYG quilts drape? Or do the seams make it weird? Do you know what I mean? I've been wanting to try it but haven't seen one in person...
    I don't see a difference. my avatar, which is a generous full size, drapes well. I used the georgia method.
    I did these throws using the method where you have a 'sashing' on both the front and back. They also drape well. If you scroll down, there's a picture of the back of one. If you use sashing to match the backing, it is not noticeable.
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/picture...s-t103513.html
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    I have used Georgia's technique but found that the QAYG method I like the best was where you break the quilt into
    3 panels - you make the middle panel complete with backing and batting, quilt as desired, then take one of the outer panels, sew the front and back to the middle panel WITHOUT the batting, then butt the outer batting panel to the middle batting, whip stitch it together and simply fold over your front and back, then quilt. This allows you to quilt on a machine with a small harp, it eliminates handsewing, and it does not require sashing which some other methods need. The only drawback is that your back will be seamed. I found it easier than Georgia's technique.

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    where did you find the pattern for the 3 panels style?

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    Made over 350, stopped counting a few yrs ago. Have hand quilted all but 3-4 that i swapped services for. Ill put maybe two rows tog, and quilt that, then the next two and sew them tog. Sometimes, it looks lumpy at first, but after its layed out for a few days, it looks great.

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