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Thread: Orphaned Blocks QAYG Challenge

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pinkiris View Post
    Jenniky,
    Am I seeing that you are using your walking foot to follow the quilting lines on your borders?
    Yes, I have better regulated stitches with my walking foot on this design. I don't make any sharp turns unless Im at a pivot point. I am always in motion before I start a curve this way I get a smooth curve with regulated stitches. I chose my walking foot because I used Purple on White and I knew any mistakes were going to be glaring and not blend in with the fabric. My first thought was to do white on white but then I decided I wanted to add some color to the border frames. I am continuing to practice with my FMQ foot on practice sandwiches and I hope one day to be more confident with the it.
    Have an awesome day!

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    Quote Originally Posted by vickig626 View Post
    Jenniky - great tute on the borders. The trial I run into when getting the borders ready to quilt is lining up the top piece "straight". If it's not straight, I end up with my top being wavy and end up trimming more of my top piece than I would like in order to have a nice, straight border strip. I hope this makes sense.

    I'm hoping to work on my project next week. I have some small projects to get finished first (makes money for me so it's important).
    Im wondering if maybe I didn't experience what you are describing because I rolled my fabric onto the batting aligning and smoothing as I rolled it down the column of batting. I sprayed the batting instead of the fabric after I tried laying out the first border unit awkwardly in folds. Also making my backing piece and batting wider than the top piece helped.
    Have an awesome day!

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    Vickig626 would like to share a tutorial she made for a small table runner that is a small project and is very similar to the method I just shared. She asks that it be used for personal use only and not copied for any other use. Thank you Vicki Once you click on her website than click on the upper tab that says tutorials. You will find the PDF -for the table runner document you can download for your personal use there. http://www.vickig.com

    This is a small project for those of you who would like to try QAYG but do not have the time to commit to any larger projects at this time. ENJOY!!!
    Have an awesome day!

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    I received a PM giving feedback regarding a question I had asked on personal experiences with using the brand Sulky 2000 spray basting adhesive.

    I want to continue to thank everyone for your feedback and input on this thread. I want to share my response to the PM here on the thread because I think it is food for thought on the overall picture of using SPRAY BASTING ADHESIVES and other products. I personally have been wondering with the different result everyone seems to have with the different manufacturers if a possible combination of things are happening to influence the results.

    Such as the shelf life of the glue, If it is shaken up enough prior to spraying, How close the can is held to the fabric and how heavy it is sprayed on. Climate/Temperature of the room you are spraying in. ??? I don't have the answers, however I do think all of these factors can impact the result of using any of the adhesive spray products.

    I would encourage that if it is the first time you are using any product spray adhesives or otherwise to actually test them on smaller test pieces of fabrics as usually is suggested or mini projects to become accustom to the product before using it on a large project where frustration seems to become ex potential when things go wrong. Personally, I use to start right in on my projects not wanting to take the extra time to test first. My experiences over time have revealed that I actually save myself a lot of grief, frustration, and disappointment by taking the extra steps to ensure that I am using the product (whatever it is) correctly or in some cases I am actually using a inferior or aged product that is no longer good to use.

    Also if I use a product once with negative results; I try to use the product again varying from whatever you did the first time. I think of it as, someone out there has had lots of positive results or the product would not be on the market. What are they doing different to achieve those positive results?

    I often get in a haste; in the excitement of seeing my projects evolve (especially when I'm doing something completely new) that I overlook the learning process of using new techniques or products correctly so lately I have slowed down to take the extra steps and when I do have a negative experience I try to give the product the benefit of the doubt and give it another test with different variables.

    I hope you are enjoying and learning a lot in the thread I am hosting because I am and that was my intention.
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    Jenniky I think we all are learnin' alot!!! Thanks so much for this.
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    JenniKy...I got all my borders on successfully! I 'm so happy! I don't have the binding on so I haven't taken a picture yet but I couldn't wait to tell you again how much I appreciate your taking on this challenge. THANK YOU!!!!!

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    dublb - Thanks, and It is good to know we are all meeting the challenge.
    gardnergal970 - Great job on getting the borders on. I look forward to seeing your quilt when you have the binding complete. I'm experimenting with my binding so its taking me a bit longer to finish up. Im going to try and make a big push today to finish, hopefully I will not have too many distractions.
    Have an awesome day!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jenniky View Post
    Vickig626 would like to share a tutorial she made for a small table runner that is a small project and is very similar to the method I just shared. She asks that it be used for personal use only and not copied for any other use. Thank you Vicki Once you click on her website than click on the upper tab that says tutorials. You will find the PDF -for the table runner document you can download for your personal use there. http://www.vickig.com

    This is a small project for those of you who would like to try QAYG but do not have the time to commit to any larger projects at this time. ENJOY!!!
    Enjoy this free tutorial ladies !! But I want to mention one thing -- I cut my back sashing 1/8" smaller than Jenniky's instructions. I would suggest you stay with the 1-3/4" wide strip until you are comfortable working with this small strip. Once I learned this technique, I was able to reduce that width and create a tighter seam. I hope this makes sense.
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    I spent part of the weekend - at my office! - it's got A/C which my house does not. I brought in lots of fabric for cutting (backings and new blocks) and a roll of batting to cut for sandwiches. Now if only my house would cool down enough to get some sewing done (unplugged my machine during a lightning storm in mid-May and still haven't plugged it back in!) {ack!}
    Liz / Calgary

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    Jenniky, I found my copy of the book you recommended ~The Quilter's Ultimate Visual Guide~ this morning and started getting reacquainted with it. It is amazing that names I now recognize wrote sections of that book. Not cool that I hadn't looked at it in a long time... cool that it will now have a prominate place in my quilting library!

    DH is making me a sewing table today. Wow! Sew, temporarily my current sewing table is disassemble so he can use it as a pattern. Sew wonderful to have a handy woodworking DH! Hope to be up and sewing on this QAYG project within this week.

    Linda

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    Jenniky,
    Your tutes are so fantastic! I was so excited to work along with you, but life decided to gang up on me the last 3 weeks! I only got as far as cutting my batting before I got too busy. Hopefully, after this week I will be able to go back through your tutes and get caught up. The pics everyone is showing are amazing! Hope to be able to post mine in a couple of weeks. If life calms down and leaves me alone for a while!
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    I got to work on my maple leaves a bit today. I now have 5 blocks quilted and the edge stitching in, plus I have squared them up. Only 7 to go and I can start the joining sashing step. The quilting is far from perfect, but I am looking at this as a learning experience. I am so happy that I found this tute.
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    I'm just checking in with you guys. I am here and staying on top with reading the posts. Got a lot of blocks put together in the sandwich but I am working on my Boom8 groups so will be back with you soon. I also am working on a customers queen size blue jean quilt. Just tying it and getting ready to try some handquilting, but if that doesn't work out the tying will be nice and all I will have to do is bind it. Will be back with my blocks as soon as I can!
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    Jenniky, your quilt is looking great! How exciting to get it done and be sooo pretty? I have to swap out blocks and finish up a baby quilt and then I will be back at my QAYG project doing borders! Thanks for your hard work.
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    It's great to here from all of you checking in with your busy lives. Im still working on my binding experiment.. LOL (It's top secret) .


    Have an awesome day!

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    Finished mine...YEA! Love it!!! I think this will be the way I put together my grandson's graduation T-shirt quilt...but because it will be an oversized queen I am going to use fleece for the backs of the squares, no batting (it will be too heavy), cotton for the sashing front & back. I hope it works, I only have till May to get it done. Here's the front & back of this one. I played with the outer border...wanted to have arrows on the corners, but forgot about the sashing. It still came out ok...from now on it will be just cornerstones! I wanted to bring some of the back to the front. Had to piece the binding...not enough left of anything to make it solid, but I like it. I used varigated thread for the quilting on the white squares & the areas in the outer border. Leaving for Wisconsin for a week for hubby's 50th school reunion, so will catch up when I get back. Thank you, again, Jenniky!
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    Oh Vicki, It's lovely! Great job!
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    Vicki That is beautiful. Woot Job well done.
    Have an awesome day!

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    Vicki--I agree you did a great job. I can see the "arrows" even with a little sashing split. You'll have to let us know how the fleece works for backing.

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    It's beautiful Vicki. Thank you for sharing. I will also be interested to know about how the fleece works for you with QAYG.

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    VickiM, you did a wonderful job on the quilt. Cute blocks & you lined up the sashing perfectly!
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    Vicki, your quilt turned out beautiful! Thanks for sharing!
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    Im still trudging along on the binding. I have to say this is my best binding work ever. Im slower on my hand stitching though trying to be very neat and consistent with my stitches. What is it they say... "Slow and Steady wins the race."
    Have an awesome day!

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    VickiM - wonderful quilt and great job putting it together.
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    I'm finished... I have to say WOW... I'm feeling really great about this quilt.

    It was a wonderful learning experience from beginning to end. My corners are still not show quality according to Sharon Schamber's tutorials. But I have to say they are better than any corners I have made before. The stitching all around on my binding is excellent. I don't know that I could have really done any better. I think its my best hand stitching work ever.

    The bottom border panel looks a lil droopy, I believe this was caused because I used a different basting technique (hand basting vs. spray adhesive) then the other borders.

    Things I would do different. I need to pay better attention to how close my quilting design comes to the edge. The binding ended up covering some of the quilting. Also I think I would like to cut my borders 2 inches wider vs. the 1 inch extra that I allowed. Next time I believe I will be able to do a better job and aligning my sashing strips at the cross sections. I'm happy with them though for my first try. I will always use my 1/4" foot now for attaching the sashing. I had it in my head that because of the thickness of all the layers I had to use the walking foot. I know now this is not true.

    The greatest new skill Im taking away from this project is the ladder stitch. I had never heard of it before I watched Sharon Schamber's video's. I am so very pleased with the neatly hidden stitches all around the binding of my project.

    The experiment I did with the binding was using multiple fabrics. I saw a tutorial on You Tube some time ago and I couldnt find it but did what I could from memory. Here are the steps I took.

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