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    OMGosh! I just had a lightbulb moment! I'm makin' a denim rag quilt for my nephew's graduation quilt! It is a kinda QAYQ. It is so heavy that I have decided that I have ta finish my nieces graduation quilt before I work on the denim one. Your idea for usein' the pins is so wonderful. Thanks!!!!
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    QuiltE- <Sighs> It's a long way to Christmas and my new sewing machine. But I can wait.

    Dublb - Pictures of your QAYG Denim rag quilt in progress... share share.. nudge nudge....
    Have an awesome day!

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    Oh but Jenniky ... you have lots of time to research and find the machine of your dreams!! And then you can give Santa your decision, along with where the best deal is!!1
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    Alright Jenniky, here goes. I found some blocks that I can practice this method on and if it works, great! If not, I won't feel horrible.

    I have quilted my first two blocks and have put together my first two blocks. Unlike you, I will stitch my seams by machine, cause I know if I do it by hand, it's likely not to happen. So what I did before sewing my back folded strip down over the seams, was to use my handy dandy little glue stick on the back piece just to help it stay down a bit and then I stitched in the ditch on the front and the back came out nicely. By the way, don't shoot me, but I also used my handy dandy glue stick to baste my batting and block in preparation for quilting. I do a lot of applique, and my glue stick is a favorite tool of mine and I thought it might work and walla! Worked like a charm.

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    okay! count me in! i have lurked thru all 23 pages one after another and read every word. now that my eyes are crossed i need to do this! how GREAT! you have done a beautiful job with this whole project. i think i need to find some blocks now.........off to dig and thank you again!
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    TIP ALERT :::: Read for on for great info. for Machine Stitching QAYG idea.



    Quote Originally Posted by rwquilts View Post
    Alright Jenniky, here goes. I found some blocks that I can practice this method on and if it works, great! If not, I won't feel horrible.

    I have quilted my first two blocks and have put together my first two blocks. Unlike you, I will stitch my seams by machine, cause I know if I do it by hand, it's likely not to happen. So what I did before sewing my back folded strip down over the seams, was to use my handy dandy little glue stick on the back piece just to help it stay down a bit and then I stitched in the ditch on the front and the back came out nicely. By the way, don't shoot me, but I also used my handy dandy glue stick to baste my batting and block in preparation for quilting. I do a lot of applique, and my glue stick is a favorite tool of mine and I thought it might work and walla! Worked like a charm.


    Ronda I was wondering about them glue sticks. I have not tried using one yet. Will have to run right out and buy one and give it a go. What a wonderful idea. So how do you like the process so far?? Your blocks look terrific btw.
    Have an awesome day!

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    Quote Originally Posted by terri bb View Post
    okay! count me in! i have lurked thru all 23 pages one after another and read every word. now that my eyes are crossed i need to do this! how GREAT! you have done a beautiful job with this whole project. i think i need to find some blocks now.........off to dig and thank you again!
    Wow lots of reading, rest your eyes a bit then we will all look forward to seeing the squares you select for this project. I also want to invite you to share your QAYG experiences with us and participate in the discussions. And Questions are always welcomed. Welcome Aboard Terri
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    Quote Originally Posted by rwquilts View Post
    Alright Jenniky, here goes. I found some blocks that I can practice this method on and if it works, great! If not, I won't feel horrible.

    I have quilted my first two blocks and have put together my first two blocks. Unlike you, I will stitch my seams by machine, cause I know if I do it by hand, it's likely not to happen. So what I did before sewing my back folded strip down over the seams, was to use my handy dandy little glue stick on the back piece just to help it stay down a bit and then I stitched in the ditch on the front and the back came out nicely. By the way, don't shoot me, but I also used my handy dandy glue stick to baste my batting and block in preparation for quilting. I do a lot of applique, and my glue stick is a favorite tool of mine and I thought it might work and walla! Worked like a charm.

    I discovered a fabric glue pen a while back (not sure who makes it, its pink, the glue when wet is blue) and fgell in love with it. When I didnt have it at hand one day I grapped a glue stick from my papercrafting stash and tried it.

    Now I use it ALL the time! awesome little tool for quilting! i felt like a fraud, glad to see someone else does it too, lol
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    Great Discussion Topic : Everyone please relate your experiences with Glue Sticks.


    Quote Originally Posted by vagabondindigo View Post
    I discovered a fabric glue pen a while back (not sure who makes it, its pink, the glue when wet is blue) and fgell in love with it. When I didnt have it at hand one day I grapped a glue stick from my papercrafting stash and tried it.

    Now I use it ALL the time! awesome little tool for quilting! i felt like a fraud, glad to see someone else does it too, lol

    So you are using a regular "Elmers Glue STick" or other brand? I thought the glue sticks were specially made for the quilting. Im sure if it's possible to use the cheaper Glue Stick with the same results.. that would be a great find also??? Has anyone else used a regular glue stick for basting. How did it work for you. Would love to hear quilting experiences with glue sticks. It would be very helpful if you can also tell us what brand of glue stick you have had success with or otherwise.
    Have an awesome day!

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    I love glue!!!! The "washable school glues" are made out o' starch & wash out. They are made this way ta protect kids clothes & 'cause kindergarteners will eat the glue. I use the glue sticks for thick things I liquid glue for bias edges. I always heat set my glue. I made 2 o' my Pony Club blocks w/out glue & those 2 are wonky. All o' the rest o' my PC blocks will be made w glue!!!
    PS I always wash my quilt when I'm through. Part o' the reason is ta git the glue out.
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    Wow this is wonderful Info.. Dublb thanks for sharing your great results.

    Have glue stick... looking around to try it on something.
    Have an awesome day!

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    I also use it on applique'.
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    Yes, I use Elmer's School Glue or Playschool School Glue. Both liquid and stick type. If you have not seen these videos from Sharon Schambers using this glue to attach bindings it is a must to see. I have used this method for about 2 years now for all my bindings.

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    I've also used Elmer's and would recommend the finer tips that you can get so the glue is spread in a fine line. If you want a faster setting glue that you don't have to iron for a quick set, Roxanne makes a womderful one. A little bit goes a long way and will hold a long time without any ill effects if you don't get back to it right away.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rwquilts View Post
    Alright Jenniky, here goes. I found some blocks that I can practice this method on and if it works, great! If not, I won't feel horrible.

    I have quilted my first two blocks and have put together my first two blocks. Unlike you, I will stitch my seams by machine, cause I know if I do it by hand, it's likely not to happen. So what I did before sewing my back folded strip down over the seams, was to use my handy dandy little glue stick on the back piece just to help it stay down a bit and then I stitched in the ditch on the front and the back came out nicely. By the way, don't shoot me, but I also used my handy dandy glue stick to baste my batting and block in preparation for quilting. I do a lot of applique, and my glue stick is a favorite tool of mine and I thought it might work and walla! Worked like a charm.

    So, Ronda, you glued down the back folded strip. Then did you press it to dry the glue? You then say that you stitched in the ditch on the front. Did that stitching come out as close to the edge of the back strip as it looks in your second picture? If so, I'd say that it's totally acceptable. I've tried that on other things and wasn't so happy with how far it ended up from the edge of the back strip. I had a flap instead of a nicely sewed edge. Guess it depends on the width of the strips. Were yours like Jenniky suggested--1" on front and 1 3/4" on the back?
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    **TIP** When adding the sashing pieces, attach to the same side piece of block or row each time so that on the backside, the stitching (and flap) will be on the same side. If I can figure out how to post a pic I will try to make this more clear (if anyone doesn't understand what I'm trying to say).

    This will also be clear if you plan the attaching step so that your new block or row is always to the right of your foot (not the bulky part of the quilt). This will become apparent as you add more and more rows.
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    Quote Originally Posted by vickig626 View Post
    **TIP** When adding the sashing pieces, attach to the same side piece of block or row each time so that on the backside, the stitching (and flap) will be on the same side. If I can figure out how to post a pic I will try to make this more clear (if anyone doesn't understand what I'm trying to say).

    This will also be clear if you plan the attaching step so that your new block or row is always to the right of your foot (not the bulky part of the quilt). This will become apparent as you add more and more rows.
    Good tip! Thanks!
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    I've found (for myself at least) is the walking foot works the best for keeping the intersections aligned and for keeping my 1/4" perfect. I align the left side of my walking foot (Babylock) along the sashing stitching line, then adjust my needle to 1/4" from the right side.

    Jenniky - the extra pinning of the blocks is a great idea. I'll have to try that when I start working on my next project. Hope to have something to post soon.
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    Ronda I was wondering about them glue sticks. I have not tried using one yet. Will have to run right out and buy one and give it a go. What a wonderful idea. So how do you like the process so far?? Your blocks look terrific btw.

    You might want to buy it by the large packs (I buy the 24-pack)...I never use pins for my binding, also use it for fun & done instead of pins for the sashings...I use glue sticks whenever I can instead of pins. You can bet I'll use it for your method too, if I can...just hate pins! Can't use it for piecing, though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pinkiris View Post
    So, Ronda, you glued down the back folded strip. Then did you press it to dry the glue? You then say that you stitched in the ditch on the front. Did that stitching come out as close to the edge of the back strip as it looks in your second picture? If so, I'd say that it's totally acceptable. I've tried that on other things and wasn't so happy with how far it ended up from the edge of the back strip. I had a flap instead of a nicely sewed edge. Guess it depends on the width of the strips. Were yours like Jenniky suggested--1" on front and 1 3/4" on the back?

    Yes. I followed Jenniky's tutorial completely and just added the glue part before pressing the back down and before stitching in the ditch on the front. If you wanted it even closer to the edge,you could cut the wide strip a tiny bit skinier, but I'm okay with it as it is. I have done another block and it's getting easier as I go. I have all my blocks quilted now and will continue to put them together tomorrow.

    To answer your earlier question Jenniky, yes, I'm finding that I am starting to enjoy this process...(shhhh...don't tell anyone...).


    I'm happy to see that others have also been using glue...I just use the cheapest stick I can find, and liquid at times as well. I never cake it on, but just dab here and there. Right now I have Elmer's. I find that the school glue that goes on purple and then turns clear? It dries out too fast for me to really use it, so I have a bunch of it that's just setting there wasting away.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VickiM View Post
    Ronda I was wondering about them glue sticks. I have not tried using one yet. Will have to run right out and buy one and give it a go. What a wonderful idea. So how do you like the process so far?? Your blocks look terrific btw.

    You might want to buy it by the large packs (I buy the 24-pack)...I never use pins for my binding, also use it for fun & done instead of pins for the sashings...I use glue sticks whenever I can instead of pins. You can bet I'll use it for your method too, if I can...just hate pins! Can't use it for piecing, though.
    Don't laugh now, but when I'm making half square triangles? I've started to use glue to hold my small squares onto my larger squares before stitching the triangles, but then that's a different thread...so won't get too much off track here. Thanks for the tip on buying in bulk!
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    Just wanted to let you know I am here and following along. I just got my sandwiches made and I will quilt them and catch up with you guys in a day or so. I picked a Halloween quilt that I had started and will show pix in a day or so.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jenniky View Post
    Great Discussion Topic : Everyone please relate your experiences with Glue Sticks.





    So you are using a regular "Elmers Glue STick" or other brand? I thought the glue sticks were specially made for the quilting. Im sure if it's possible to use the cheaper Glue Stick with the same results.. that would be a great find also??? Has anyone else used a regular glue stick for basting. How did it work for you. Would love to hear quilting experiences with glue sticks. It would be very helpful if you can also tell us what brand of glue stick you have had success with or otherwise.
    I use Elmers Craft Bond almost exclusively because thats also what I use for papercrafting. And as someone else said, a little goes a LONG way. LOne of the things I like abut this stick is the clue is purple, not clear, and very strong. So, just a smear here and there, and I am set.

    I also use it a LOT for cheating with applique. If I have small bits and bobs in a complicated or really small piece - I use whatever stablizer I can draw on (woven stablizer up to xerox paper) and draw or print my applique shapes on it. Cut them to exact size, and dab/glue them to the back of my fabrics. Then I cut the fabric down to whatever edge size I think i need, and fold and glue those edges to the back of the applique, leaving the stablizing pattern piece in place. THEN i glue the ready applique piece to my fabric base, and sew it down in whatever fashion I wish. Gives me very crisp applique pieces and saves me a LOT of time and frustration.

    If I use a wash away stablizer, it will slowly wash away over time, leaving just the cotton.

    I do something similar with fabric glue to baste, or stablize, a hem or seam I am sewing. It has helped tremendously with giving me crisper edges and lines in maching sewing.

    I find the keys are - a little goes a long way - and dont be afraid of using it, most craft glues (even the perminant ones) dry clear so its hard to see a 'mistake' if you make one!
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    [QUOTE=charlottemarie;5427743]Just wanted to let you know I am here and following along. I just got my sandwiches made and I will quilt them and catch up with you guys in a day or so. I picked a Halloween quilt that I had started and will show pix in a day or so.[/QUOTE
    ]

    Charlottemarie - Im so glad you are here, Good to hear you have your sandwiches made. (Peanut butter and Jelly or are they Ham and Swiss??) Just kidding, lol, I'm om a bit of a spunky mood this morning. We will all look forward to seeing your quilted sandwich squares. I also want to invite you to share your QAYG experiences with us and participate in the discussions. And Questions are always welcomed.

    Everyone - So the best kept quilting secret is glue basting. I agree, Sharon Schamber's Quilt Binding Video Tutorials with Elmer's Glue is a must see for anyone who has not seen it. http://quiltinggallery.com/2008/05/1...s-school-glue/ Thank you JeanieG for sharing this link with us.

    Ladies I can not tell you how excited and how much I appreciate all the information shared on the Glue Basting. As I said before I'm very excited to try it and will definitely be using Sharon Schamber's technique (link above) for binding my first QAYG quilt.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rwquilts View Post

    Right now I have Elmer's. I find that the school glue that goes on purple and then turns clear? It dries out too fast for me to really use it, so I have a bunch of it that's just setting there wasting away.

    If you put your extra glue sticks in a ziploc bag and keep it in the fridge, you'll find it can last longer till you need it.


    Ronda, are you heat setting the glue stick with your iron?

    Hoping that this afternoon I can get four of my Sunbonnet Sue blocks cut to size and sandwiched so I can quilt them. Life seems to keep getting in my path between me and my cutting table.
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