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    Quote Originally Posted by vickig626 View Post
    This is a quilt I just finished for my SIL. I used a new technique for the main section then the traditional one (what we're learning now) to attach the borders.

    I don't want to be limited to only quilt patterns that can use the connecting strips so want to learn other variations which I'm sure Jenniky will cover as time goes by.

    This technique is a bit harder to work with because you're working with larger chunks of sandwiches but is still do-able.

    I'm only posting this now to show that you can use different techniques to complete the quilt. Besides, I'm quite proud of this quilt since it's 95% made from scraps and not cut-down fabrics. The only fabric I had to buy was the border.
    VERY PRETTY, Vicki!

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    Vicki...love your quilts! Hopefully I will be able to post my finished center in a couple days & how I achieved it (hopefully it will turn out correctly).

    And Jenniky...you are doing a supurb job!!!

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    Vicki G. Those blocks are absolutely beautiful!
    Jennicky I'm posting a picture for you to approve before I go to the other parts (rows)

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    Better? I can't wait to put my Boom7 blocks together after this is done!
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    Beautiful QAYG Christmas blocks Vicki. Charlottemarie, that looks great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jenniky View Post
    .*** Question: Would the Wonder Under Scrap use Idea be considered a glue product?????
    I have use wonder under and various fusibles for years, and in regards to if they gunk up needles etc - I DO consider them a glue product. One of my favorite parts aobut using scraps of wonder under - I deliberately place the wonder under in spots I am fairly sure I will not sew, or will only touch glancingly. that way - no gunk build up. Despite a love for fusing, I actually stay away from them if I will be doing heavy quilting in that spot. Which is where fabric glue has saved me. I found refils and the fabric glue pen I was talking about in the fons and porter quilting gadgets area of Joanns this week. that glue goes on thin and doesnt seem to gunk things. for commisioned items or show items I tend to stick with that glue more than any other, because i totally trust what it will do in the long run. I am getting to that point with the elmers craft glue, but i do find it can gunk things up if i am not careful and get blobs in spots. i would think that is true of any glue though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by charlottemarie View Post
    Vicki G. Those blocks are absolutely beautiful!
    Jennicky I'm posting a picture for you to approve before I go to the other parts (rows)

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    Better? I can't wait to put my Boom7 blocks together after this is done!
    Great job Charlottemarie on squaring up your blocks. Looking great. I see you added another fun pumpkin. May I say WOW, can't wait to see your finished center. If something seems unclear or awkward when you are attaching your rows, please ask. We have several experienced QAYG quilters following this thread and we are ready to help.
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    Vickig626 - Your Christmas quilt colors and fabrics are awesome. I can see why you are so proud of your Combination QAYG Scrappy. It looks so precise. When I get to this technique I'm sure I will be leaning on you for advice. You have shared many beautiful pieces of QAYG examples with us and I want to thank you for the time you took to take pictures and share with us. Seeing what can be achieved helps to inspire me and Im sure others to move ourselves towards jumping in and trying for ourselves. IMHO

    VickiM - Thanks, I'm looking forward to seeing your center.

    Vagabondindigo - Thanks for answering my question. I'm taking note of your suggestions on when and where to use the wonder under. I was thinking it would be also considered a glue product, however I wanted to confirm. I completely agree with what you said on the glue products as well. I am grateful for awesome input and opinions such as you and the other experienced quilters have shared with this thread.
    Have an awesome day!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SewExtremeSeams View Post
    Interesting results Jenniky. I really like your samples with using the pins. Though I haven't started on my blocks yet, I will have to go with one of the glue methods or spray basting as my arthritic hands will not handle pinning with the curved pins or straight sewing pins. My hands ache for quite a few days afterwards when just working on small quilts with pins. I am very thankful for 505 spray and am hoping I will be happy with little dots of liquid glue for basting. I have tried stick glue but it isn't my favorite.

    Beautiful QAYG Christmas blocks Vicki.

    I'm so happy with all the results and learning so many different techniques to achieve the same end. I want to thank you and everyone that has actively responded with posts in the thread making it possible for me and others to learn from each other. Thanks Again
    Have an awesome day!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jenniky View Post
    Thanks JeanieG for you encouragement.

    I was pondering the glue basting. I had a thought about something I commented on and then also Vickig626 replied in way of comment. I have been shopping for a high end machine. Trying to decide which, what and so forth I like the best in the various models. With this thinking in mind. Will I feel confident enough using glue products around a two thousand plus dollar high end machine. Off the top of my head Im screaming no....but I would not hold that as a truth down the line as I become more comfortable and adept at using glue products with care and a bit more precision. (NO GUNKING)

    It has become so automatic for me to Spray Adhesive or Now Glue with Liquid or STick Baste before I am quilting. Im forgetting that I also have other options. So I decided it was only fair that since I have showed these glue basting techniques to also Share some Quilting using Pins to baste (hold) the fabric in place prior to quilting. *** This is the time for all you ladies who don't care for glues and adhesive sprays to give your positive input on methods not involving Glue Products.*** Question: Would the Wonder Under Scrap use Idea be considered a glue product?????


    I started Pinning my sandwiched quilt block at #1 in the middle, Then I moved to #2 and pin around in the secondary area. Finally I placed pins in the four outer corners and then in the middle of all outer edges.

    Once I had completed these pinning steps. I ran a stitch around the edges of my quilt sandwich as we have done with all the other methods.

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    I left the pins in and started my quilting in the corner of the middle square. I removed the pins as I worked my way out.

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    Here is the front and back of my completed sandwiched and squared quilt square.

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    RESULTS: It actually took me less time from start to finish. Quilting this square.

    Discussion: How do you think the different methods I have shared compare in my finished squares. I'm going to wait and see what you ladies have to say before; before I reveal my findings. Im excited to hear your thoughts, comments and experienced insight.
    Jenniky - I don't think there's much difference in any of your testing results but maybe it's just my old eyes LOL
    My guess is whatever works best is the best one for the quilter.

    But I have a separate comment about the glue -- I do use Sewline glue sticks for installing zippers and no gumming up of the machine or needle. But being a little pricier, I would use these on glue basting the quilt squares only because of the expense. I do use regular glue sticks occasionally without any problems but not on a regular basis. I do notice the needle gums up a little but I replace that needle as soon as I'm done with whatever I'm sewing.

    I have a Babylock Esante and it's a little over 4 years old. It's a workhorse and very reliable. I'm hoping to add the Symphony next year and dedicate my Esante to strictly an embroidery machine. I wouldn't trade it for the world but there's some nice new features on the Symphony that my older Esante doesn't have.

    Hope I've cleared up any worries about glue sticks and the computerized machines. But, liquid glue, I can't speak to that.
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    SewExtremeSeams -- Thank you for your kind words. I totally forgot about these blocks so looking forward to getting this one completed and maybe be a Christmas gift.
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    Quote Originally Posted by vagabondindigo View Post
    I have use wonder under and various fusibles for years, and in regards to if they gunk up needles etc - I DO consider them a glue product. One of my favorite parts aobut using scraps of wonder under - I deliberately place the wonder under in spots I am fairly sure I will not sew, or will only touch glancingly. that way - no gunk build up. Despite a love for fusing, I actually stay away from them if I will be doing heavy quilting in that spot. Which is where fabric glue has saved me. I found refils and the fabric glue pen I was talking about in the fons and porter quilting gadgets area of Joanns this week. that glue goes on thin and doesnt seem to gunk things. for commisioned items or show items I tend to stick with that glue more than any other, because i totally trust what it will do in the long run. I am getting to that point with the elmers craft glue, but i do find it can gunk things up if i am not careful and get blobs in spots. i would think that is true of any glue though.
    I have a question on the wonder under - if you use it is strategic spots, do you run into the problem of possible puckers since the fabric doesn't move around it? I saw Nancy Ziemen demo this and wondered the same thing so have been afraid to try it.

    I also have tried Fons & Porter's glue stick but I think it is very similar to Sewline's which I really like. I buy it in bulk when I run across a good price.
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    Wow - Thank you everyone for such nice comments!!! I can't take credit for the fabrics in the Christmas blocks since these were a BOM at a LQS. It was crazy because she offered it in 3 or 4 color ways and I was tempted to do all but only did 2. My crazy quilting buddy did all of them except the 30s and still not sure she's done with them LOL But it was a fun BOM.

    On my SIL's quilt, it's similar to a stitch and flip method but on a larger scale. I'm sure Jenniky will get to this down the road. This was my first attempt at this technique and wasn't very happy with the bulk where it was combined. But after seeing Kaye Wood's 6 hour quilt, I will use my serger next time before I add the next piece. But we're getting ahead of ourselves....sorry Jenniky. Just getting excited to see so many learning QAYG and all the tips I'm picking up here.
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    [QUOTE=vickig626;5434320]This is a quilt I just finished for my SIL. I used a new technique for the main section then the traditional one (what we're learning now) to attach the borders.


    I like this method, the front doesnt look like a QAYG, from looking at the back of the quilt I'm guessing it is put together in sections....is that right? Hope we cover this method.

    Thanks Jen for this great tute.

    Viv

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    I have used the liquid glue method (Sharon Schamber's) for binding on many quilts. I have not noticed any problem with my BabyLock gumming up at all. Perhaps it is because it takes a while to get around the quilt and get the binding glued on and ironed. The ironing sets the glue and you don't need any pins at all to hold it in place. This is for those who worry about getting glue in their machines. I think if the glue is set, you would not have to worry about it. Just my opinion.
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    Quote Originally Posted by vickig626 View Post
    I have a question on the wonder under - if you use it is strategic spots, do you run into the problem of possible puckers since the fabric doesn't move around it? I saw Nancy Ziemen demo this and wondered the same thing so have been afraid to try it.

    I also have tried Fons & Porter's glue stick but I think it is very similar to Sewline's which I really like. I buy it in bulk when I run across a good price.
    The original glue pen I got was sewline. Where do you get the refills in bulk? I tend to wait for sales ont he fons and porter items, as they seem to have taken over my local shops. As you may know, thats few and far between.

    Do the wonder under dots allow sewing movement - like any fusible if its a heavy duty one they dont move, but light weight ones allow a bit of movement. I find, like any basting and quilting, the 2 keys seem to be - when you baste make sure its all as flat as it gets, and when quilting use the right pressure foot, usually my walker. If freehand, use the freehand foot. If I follow those rules I have very little issue with shifting or puckering.

    And, since nothing in life is perfect - with the wonder under dots, if you keep them smaller than an inch, (i tend to go for about 1/2 to 3/4 an inch max) then you can do a quick reposition as needed, even under the machine.
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    And, since nothing in life is perfect - with the wonder under dots, if you keep them smaller than an inch, (i tend to go for about 1/2 to 3/4 an inch max) then you can do a quick reposition as needed, even under the machine.

    I wonder if they have a hole punch in 1/2" or 3/4" size. Maybe we should look into that!!!
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    OK I pulled out a group o' squares that I had practiced FMQ on last year. I've got 15 o' these I they would go tagether well as a lap quilt. Some o' 'em are quit bad, so I started frog stitchin' on my way ta Brady th'sweekend. I think I gotta rip out 4 or 5 o' 'em. I'll be watchin' ya'll & decide which method is best by the time I finish my frog stitchin'.
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    So here are my quilted blocks. I tried the Elmer's School Glue, a fabric glue stick & a basting spray. I like the Elmer's Glue best. I haven't decided what I'm using for the sashing, so will have to look to see what I have that matches. Did some free motion, but mostly played around. Some are better than others. I like using the walking foot. I'm improving & iike this method QAYG. Have lots more blocks to add to these too.
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    Ok everyone...I spent the day working on putting my center together...got as far as getting all the blocks put together in rows & 2 rows put together. So here goes on hoping to make it alittle easier for others to put together & getting good results.

    But, first, I have used the gluesticks for a few years; have never had any problems with my machines or needles. Janome 9000, Viking Designer I, Janome 6600P, & have occassionally used when using my Babylock Evolution serger.

    Ok, back to today. to Jenniky's hint about pining the 2 sandwiches together before taking to the machine--kept everything tidy & squared! Pinned the front, then the back & sewed the 1/4" (all in 1 step) for the whole quilt. Then I pressed front up, turned to the back (left that down & everything matched nicely & layed really flat) Here I quickly hand basted the back together (see pic #1), then pressed the back sashing up & glue stick to keep down (no pins), then SITD from the front (I used invisible thread on top, matching thread to sashing color in back & lengthen my stitch to 3.5 to make up for all the thickness.)...turned out perfect! (pic #2) So happy I took the couple extra steps (basting & glue stick); went quickly & was very accurate! Same for putting the rows together. No pins used when sewing the back sashing down--SITD from the front was perfect for the back. And NO frogging at all!! I was very surprised--stayed very relaxed during it all & am enjoying the process! I'm sure it was because I patiently followed all the steps I had taken to ensure I stayed accurate--no hurrying or short-cutting. Hope everyone else has as easy a time as I did. I must say it's alot easier than I first thought it would be! Also, I love the accufeed & ditch accufeed foot on my 6600!

    I am taking a day off from sewing tomorrow...you know, life...will get back to it on Tues. to finish & will post pics then. Keep going everyone, you can do it!

    BTW, I think I forgot to say in my first posting, that only 1 of these blocks is my orphan block (the sewing machine)...the other 5 are blocks I rescued from an estate sale a couple years ago...I often rescue other quilters orphaned pieces I occassionally run into...I just picked out the orphan I had that matched best for the coloring the others had. Also, the backing fabric is from a different estate sale, as is the batting (don't know the kind of batting; flat like W&N, but white & looks to have some polyester in it but didn't melt when I pressed), & the cream on white for other 6 blocks & sashings is from my stash. No outside shopping or expense on this quilt!
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    It looks great VickiM. You did a terrific job!
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    Quote Originally Posted by JeanieG View Post
    And, since nothing in life is perfect - with the wonder under dots, if you keep them smaller than an inch, (i tend to go for about 1/2 to 3/4 an inch max) then you can do a quick reposition as needed, even under the machine.

    I wonder if they have a hole punch in 1/2" or 3/4" size. Maybe we should look into that!!!
    Yup, there is both on the market in paper crafting items, made by various companies
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    "My guess is whatever works best is the best one for the quilter." Vicki626g - I agree

    "I'm hoping to add the Symphony next year and dedicate my Esante to strictly an embroidery machine. I wouldn't trade it for the world but there's some nice new features on the Symphony that my older Esante doesn't have." I definitely have my eye on the Symphony, its sitting at the top of my list.

    "Hope I've cleared up any worries about glue sticks and the computerized machines. But, liquid glue, I can't speak to that." Everything you said regarding the glue and the computerized machine makes great sense, thanks.
    Have an awesome day!

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    Ladies, Looks like from the postings there were a lot of busy machines this weekend. Lots of great discussion an sharing (SEW IMPORTANT)

    Dulub- When ever I hear talk of spending a lot of time pulling stitches on several squares it makes me think of my personal progress in having more patience and enjoying the "Journey of Quilting"

    I can remember the days when I would get so mad and frustrated when I had to spend anytime removing stitches (frogging). Now it just seems like part of the process and I find I'm actually very calm and nonchalant as I remove the erred stitches. What does that mean??? LOL Somewhere along the line I stopped being in a hurry to get things done and I'm just enjoying the process.

    VickiM - Awesome job in sharing your row attaching steps with us. What great results I'm going to try the hand basting today as I put the rows of "MY PINK NIGHTMARE" together. I am also going to try out using the invisible thread in my top thread feed. Thank you again.
    Have an awesome day!

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    VickiM...great job. Everything turned out so neat.

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    [QUOTE=vhord620;5435373]
    Quote Originally Posted by vickig626 View Post
    This is a quilt I just finished for my SIL. I used a new technique for the main section then the traditional one (what we're learning now) to attach the borders.


    I like this method, the front doesnt look like a QAYG, from looking at the back of the quilt I'm guessing it is put together in sections....is that right? Hope we cover this method.

    Thanks Jen for this great tute.

    Viv
    Yes, this is a QAYG technique which I'm sure Jenniky will go over in future weeks.
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