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    Has anyone tried the quilt as you go technique with good success? Any particular books or patterns that you have tried? Any websites that offer techniques for free?

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    Quilter's Cache has a tutorial and there are several more, I have them copied on my computer, but don't know what website I got them from. Try goggling quilt as you go and I'm sure you'll find more. I like doing them this way versus the whole quilt.

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    I have played around with Cotton Theory™ Quilting by Betty Cotton - There are books on Amazon for about $20. However I did a google search and found these two sites - not as complete and clear as Cotton Theory™ Quilting book but gives you the basics.

    http://creativeribbons.blogspot.com/...as-you-go.html

    http://www.quiltingworks.com/cabin-f...ltasyougo1.htm

    What is neat about the Cotton Theory book is that it gives you a couple of ways to deal with the bulk depending on how the seams come together. Look at your local Library - if they do not have it sometimes they can get it from another library in their system.

    Good luck - it is kind of fun and comes out neat. I did a hot pad to try it out - got it all done except for the edging. :lol:

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    I still like the Lap Quilting books by Georgia Bonesteel. I think most libraries have them. They were written in the 1980's.

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    I'm working on this one right now.
    [IMG]http://i152.photobucket.com/albums/s...9/102_0808.jpg[/IMG]

    I finished this one as a Christmas gift

    [IMG]http://i152.photobucket.com/albums/s...9/100_0496.jpg[/IMG]

    I didn't get my info from a website exactly. I am a member on another forum and someone posted a tute there. It is really simple though. I just make my block like I always would. Then I cut the backing and batter 1-2" larger than the block. I spray baste them and quilt them.

    When You put the blocks together you pin back the batting and backing, and sew just the front blocks toghether. I personally hand whipstitch the backs, but the can also be done by machine.

    Lynette

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    I am actually working on one right now..... It seems to be going pretty easy.

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    I've made a couple of QAYGs after I got a book called 'Quilt As You Go'(!) by Sandra Millet. I think I got it through the Amazon website but secondhand. It's quite old-fashioned but very thorough and clear instructions.

    I made a scappy lapquilt which hides a sofa that the cat scratched up :( this was pieced in rows then hand quilted on a plastic snappy frame (I didn't make the wooden contraption described in the book) - I made it really just to test the technique. The second log cabin I did on the machine making each block directly onto batting and backing then machining the top edges RST and hand stitching the back. this goes really fast and no quilting at all as you are quilting as you piece. Also as you use squares of batting the size of the blocks, you can use up all your offcuts! The LC was about the fastest quilt I made, about an afternoon's work. Now the cat sleeps on it! :D

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    Quote Originally Posted by lyndawn
    I'm working on this one right now.
    [IMG]http://i152.photobucket.com/albums/s...9/102_0808.jpg[/IMG]

    I finished this one as a Christmas gift

    [IMG]http://i152.photobucket.com/albums/s...9/100_0496.jpg[/IMG]

    I didn't get my info from a website exactly. I am a member on another forum and someone posted a tute there. It is really simple though. I just make my block like I always would. Then I cut the backing and batter 1-2" larger than the block. I spray baste them and quilt them.

    When You put the blocks together you pin back the batting and backing, and sew just the front blocks toghether. I personally hand whipstitch the backs, but the can also be done by machine.

    Lynette
    Your quilt is beautiful. I understand your method but I don't quite understand how you can quilt clear to the edge of the block (it appears you did) and still sew the fronts together. Did you do some more quilting after you had your blocks together? I'm confused about this one point.

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    Thank You:)

    It isn't quilted all the way to the edge. I try to quilt at least 1" in so I have room to sew the blocks together. On the pinwheels it was a little tough because I didn't leave quite an inch, but the other has a couple inches extra around the edges that isn't quited.

    Here is a pic of the back of the one I'm doing now.

    [IMG]http://i152.photobucket.com/albums/s...9/102_0815.jpg[/IMG]

    Oh, forgot to mention too that I don't use a hoop or anything to quilt them. Since it's only one block it's really easy to quilt without it.

    Lynette




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    Hope you can see that. It came out a little dark.

    Lynette

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    Quote Originally Posted by lyndawn
    Hope you can see that. It came out a little dark.

    Lynette
    Thanks. It looks really good. I'm working on a disappearing 9 patch this afternoon. I'm going to try doing it that way but I may try a row at a time. I machine quilt so I think I can handle one row. It's just really bulky trying to do the whole quilt on the machine. I'll do a post when it's done to show everyone how it turns out (unless it's really ugly, then I'll keep it to myself, ha ha).

    Thanks for taking the time to post your pictures and for your help!

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    Quote Originally Posted by k3n
    I've made a couple of QAYGs after I got a book called 'Quilt As You Go'(!) by Sandra Millet. I think I got it through the Amazon website but secondhand. It's quite old-fashioned but very thorough and clear instructions.

    I made a scappy lapquilt which hides a sofa that the cat scratched up :( this was pieced in rows then hand quilted on a plastic snappy frame (I didn't make the wooden contraption described in the book) - I made it really just to test the technique. The second log cabin I did on the machine making each block directly onto batting and backing then machining the top edges RST and hand stitching the back. this goes really fast and no quilting at all as you are quilting as you piece. Also as you use squares of batting the size of the blocks, you can use up all your offcuts! The LC was about the fastest quilt I made, about an afternoon's work. Now the cat sleeps on it! :D

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    oh I love them both!! love the pattern you used to put the log cabin one together. They are both beautiful. I haven't seen QAUG put together without sashing around each square on the front side of quilt.
    As soon as I can get it through my thick head I am going to try it :P

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    I've had these 2 sites bookmarked but have never tried it. It looks easy enough to do and I do have plans to try it on a quilt I have in my line up of quilts to make.

    Would love to see it when it's done.

    http://www.secretsof.com/content/624

    http://www.treadleon.net/quiltshop/j...s/joining.html

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    I want to do this with some orphan blocks I have from swaps. It seems pretty simple to me just need a lot more blocks lol.

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    Very nice quilts!! :)

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    Never have tried it but it sounds interesting. May try it some day.

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    http://books.half.ebay.com/

    I went to this bookseller and got a copy of the book for $8 A great place to find books :wink:

    Some sites want $30 for this book You ladies have made me very interested in trying this

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    Can anyone post a picture of the back of the quilt? The fronts look beautiful, but the back is what I'd like to see :D

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    Quote Originally Posted by MaxineB
    Can anyone post a picture of the back of the quilt? The fronts look beautiful, but the back is what I'd like to see :D
    Good point. I want to see it too.

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    Here's the bag of my scrappy QAYG - it was assembled and quilted in rows, stopping half an inch from the edge then these sections were quilted after assembly of the top. I just left the quilting thread trailing. The borders were also quilted independently then added. There's no sashing - no one told me you couldn't do QAYG without sashing so I did it! :D

    K x

    PS This was made two years ago and my handquilting has improved a bit since then, sorry, I know pride's a sin but can't help myself... :oops: !

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    Thanks Kx!! I understand a little better now! Maxine

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    That looks great. Not at all what I thought it would look like. Now I really need to try this.

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    These look like so much fun to do. I'm wanting to try one of these, but am trying to figure out how to not have a sashing on the front. Would you just sew the blocks together normally, then when you stitch the back seam together, could you trim one of the sides of the seams down and fold over the other one? Would that work?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tuesy
    These look like so much fun to do. I'm wanting to try one of these, but am trying to figure out how to not have a sashing on the front. Would you just sew the blocks together normally, then when you stitch the back seam together, could you trim one of the sides of the seams down and fold over the other one? Would that work?
    I sewed the blocks into strips as normal then batted and backed. When I quilted the strip, I stopped and inch short of the edge. Then I joined the strips RST - the top- turned it over, trimmed the batting so it butted up, then folded one edge of the backing over the other and slip stitched down.

    then finished off the quilting!

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