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    Super Member rosemaynes's Avatar
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    Hello everyone,
    Here is my story and I hope someone out there can help me. A very nice man called me today and asked if I could finish his wife's quilt. She died 3 years ago and when he was going through a closet he found this quilt that his wife had started. Their daughter is getting married in a month or so and he would love to give it to her as a wedding gift. Here's the problem, the blocks are 12 inch blocks that she had already hand quilted around them and so there is batting and backing to each block. Now what??? How do I put these together? Can I add sashing? The quilting and piecing is very nice and she has done a great job... but I don't know how to put it together with the back already attached. Please help me make this dream come true. Rose
    I have added a picture and you can see on the left her hand stitching in red and you can see the batting and backing to each block.
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    This sounds like a quilt as you go project. If you search on QAYG or "quilt as you go" you should be able to find instructions for assembling the quilt. I've not done one yet, so I can't tell you how!

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    Maybe you could send pictures so we could check it out before we answer.

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    There is a great QAYG tutorial on the board:
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-36303-1.htm

    There are lots of instructions if you google it, and I think I've seen a few YouTube videos also.

    I'll look around a little more..........

    Happy quilting! It's a great project to take on.

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    it is a pretty easy technique once you see it and figure it out, check the tutorials or check out the cotton theory technique. if you check it out and still have questions or any problems just ask we will be able to help and you can pm me too if you need more help. I am sewing all weekend (YEA! I'M SO HAPPY) so if you just don't get it from the info you find let me know and i will try to do a tutorial, but i think there are already a couple. It is not difficult, and they turn out very well, it will make a beautiful wedding gift for her daughter.... and a little reassurance...the hard part is done the rest will go together fairly quickly. :)

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    Thank you all. Now I totally get it. :) I do not know the method I will pick yet. I will run it past Steven as to how big he wanted this to be for his daughter. Thank you all again, I don't know what I would do with out you all.
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    Good luck, sounds like a great project.

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    I have no doubt you will do a great job..

    (Listen closely, she may whisper something to you.. I know my MIL watches me and nudges me when my quilting is heading in the wrong direction... )

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    Quote Originally Posted by luvTooQuilt
    I have no doubt you will do a great job..

    (Listen closely, she may whisper something to you.. I know my MIL watches me and nudges me when my quilting is heading in the wrong direction... )
    That is so true. I think I have been listening and now I feel that I know what she had in mind when she started her quilt. That is what I told her husband and he liked it. Thank you so much.

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    Check out the Betty Cotton Theory using batting and strips sewn together to join quilted squares.

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    That one is interesting as well. Thank you.

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    Georgia Bonesteel has been doing this on TV a long time and calls it "lap quilting." Here's her web site: http://www.georgiabonesteel.com/

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    What a wonderful story and you are so privileged to be a part of it. Please post a picture of the finished quilt. I'm sure you will do a wonderful job and I can't wait to see it!

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    love the blocks and can't wait to see the finished quilt, be sure to post a photo

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    Quote Originally Posted by rosemaynes
    Hello everyone,
    Here is my story and I hope someone out there can help me. A very nice man called me today and asked if I could finish his wife's quilt. She died 3 years ago and when he was going through a closet he found this quilt that his wife had started. Their daughter is getting married in a month or so and he would love to give it to her as a wedding gift. Here's the problem, the blocks are 12 inch blocks that she had already hand quilted around them and so there is batting and backing to each block. Now what??? How do I put these together? Can I add sashing? The quilting and piecing is very nice and she has done a great job... but I don't know how to put it together with the back already attached. Please help me make this dream come true. Rose
    I have added a picture and you can see on the left her hand stitching in red and you can see the batting and backing to each block.
    I also was going to suggest that uyou use the QAYG method. Since you already have the blocks and she has quilted them, essentially the quilt was done by the mother, and you are only going to put the blocks together. What a nice wedding gift for the daughter, knowing that the quilt was done by her mother. It is so nice of you to finish the quilt for them. Blessings to you for being there to do this my quilter friend. God always knows the right time to have someone come into the life of another. I hope you will post a picture of the quilt when it is finished.

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    If you set them together on point with the same size plain blocks inbetween it should be big enough for a quilt. I would machine quilt the plain blocks and then do all of them QAYG. By machine quilting the plain blocks it will really set off the hand quilting that her mother did. Don't get too fancy with your machine quilting, keep it plain and simple.

    attatch then together the same way Ditter showed in her string quilt tutorial.

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    I hope we get to see a picture when you are finished! Good luck!

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    I can't add anything to all the good help you've already gotten here. Just wanted to say that I'm sure this family will appreciate what your doing. I hope it turns out great!

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    I think I saw a tutorial about doing this at Missouri Star Company Tutorials. Just do a search for that. They have a gazillion tutorials. You may want to look at some of the others also.

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    Just had to say I LOVE your pic in your profile box.

    Quote Originally Posted by Twilliebee
    There is a great QAYG tutorial on the board:
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-36303-1.htm

    There are lots of instructions if you google it, and I think I've seen a few YouTube videos also.

    I'll look around a little more..........

    Happy quilting! It's a great project to take on.

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    Thank you all so much. I have looked at sooo many tutorials and I now feel like I know what this quilter had in mind when she started this project. I will share pictures when I get the quilt done. That will be in about 3 weeks. That is when it is due for the wedding. Thank you all again so much. I could not have taken this on with out all of you.

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    What an incredible gift to give a bride! Finishing someone elses project is the best tribute I can imagine. Can hardly wait to see your loving gift.

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    What a great opportunity! I a a new quilter, but I want to learn the quilt as you go methods. I hope you have gotten thr information that you need!

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    just wanted to say how nice it is to see everybody willing to help.

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