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    I am very interested in learning this way to get things done.

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    Hello I'm in thanks for showing us.. Sorry not a canuck

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    Jen, I found your thread! Have this bookmarked and will be following along to see if you can make a believer out of me in the QAYG method!
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    Gardenrgal, Quilting Nurse, Ctiption, Ronda(rwquilts) welcome in I'm glad you all found your way here.


    Was a long trip today into Danville, IL to pick up my quilt from the LAQ. She did and awesome job and I can hardly wait to start sewing the binding on. Im going to get a few things done then I will sit down and post Steps for making the quilting sandwiches and discuss quilting them and squaring them up to prepare to join the first units.

    Would love to see everyone's orphaned blocks..... or should we call them adopted blocks now that they have found a home in this new project.
    Have an awesome day!

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltE View Post

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    ... Yea!! Another Canuck to the fold! there's different techniques for QAYG and I'm sure that you can find one that would work for Franky! Perhaps quilt Franky as one giant block, then add the other blocks as sections to it?

    LovelyL ... Of course, we'd love to have you as an Honourary Canuck! Besides O is for Ontario + Ohio and too, Ohio is just across the Lake from us! And you have the Wawa background!!
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    Jen, I'm going to join in so I can learn the QAYG techniques. I have lots of paper pieced blocks (in different sizes) from block swaps that I want to put into a quilt & I have the State Star blocks to put together. I think I'll practice on the swaps first then after I feel comfortable will work on the State Stars.

    Here are some of the blocks. I think I have enough to select from and enough in the same sizes to practice on.

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    Jen, thank you for taking the time to put this tutorial together.
    Patricia Faye

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    Sandwiching the the squares is the term that means temporarily securing the top square, batting, and backing by basting. There are several ways to baste your blocks.

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    Here is a picture of several squares I have sandwiched and ready for quilting. I used a spray baste.

    Spray bastes should be used in a well ventilated area. If you are in a small enclosed sewing room you might consider spraying your fabrics outside or in the garage. Do not use spray bastes around small children for they may inadvertently inhale the spray adhesive. I sew in a very large living area with several ceiling fans going and the windows opened. So you will see my pictures are taken inside.

    I spread out a large piece of fabric I have set aside for just this purpose. You can use and old sheet also. When I am done with all my spray basting I can then wash and dry the fabric or sheet and put it away for the next use. The over spray washes out easily.

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    Hold the can 8 to 10 inches from the fabric and spray lightly. You do not want a heavy spray this could cause problems and gunk up you needle and machine when you are ready to sew. After you spray the fabric touch it to make sure that is is slightly tacky.

    From this point you can do several different steps in different ways.

    This is how I did it. I then carefully centered my top square onto the batting adhesive side down. Make sure not to over stretch the fabric on the batting, this could cause puckering or bunching later. Smooth the fabric over the batting gently. If the batting goes down wonky or has a crease you can simply and carefully pull the fabric back off the batting and re position it as you need to achieve a smooth centered top piece on your batting. I then apply a warm iron to heat set the adhesive.
    Be gentle and lite with the iron. Pick up and set the iron down on the fabric instead of using a back and forth motion. Then I spray the backing in the same manner as the front and apply in the same manner. I now have a quilt square sandwich ready to machine or hand quilt.

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    Would anyone else like to chime in and share with us the other methods of sandwiching or basting the three layers together????

    I will stop here for tonight and tomorrow will share another step that can be very helpful after sandwiching and before quilting... Can anyone guess what that will be???

    Have a wonderful evening Ladies... Oh and In the spirit of the olympics and an inspiration to start in. Im giving a honorary virtual gold, silver, and bronze medals to the first three who post their orphaned blocks sandwiched and ready for the next step. I wonder will it be USA or Canucks or one of our other international friends.
    Have an awesome day!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Patricia Faye View Post
    Jen, I'm going to join in so I can learn the QAYG techniques. I have lots of paper pieced blocks (in different sizes) from block swaps that I want to put into a quilt & I have the State Star blocks to put together. I think I'll practice on the swaps first then after I feel comfortable will work on the State Stars.

    Here are some of the blocks. I think I have enough to select from and enough in the same sizes to practice on.

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    Jen, thank you for taking the time to put this tutorial together.
    Patricia perfect have you decided on which ones at what size you are going to start with. The apples look great for a starter.
    Have an awesome day!

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    Quote Originally Posted by lovelyl View Post
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    awwwwwwwwwwww sweeeeeeeeeeet!!!!!!!!!!
    How nice of you, LovelyL!





    Jenniky ... I do the spray basting, but have never pressed with the iron after spraying. Is this something that the brand you are using recommends? Or the Jenniky special technique?
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    I've only used the iron ta git my sandwich smooth & w/out wrinkles, when usein' spray bastin'. Thanks for this info.
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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltE View Post
    awwwwwwwwwwww sweeeeeeeeeeet!!!!!!!!!!
    How nice of you, LovelyL!





    Jenniky ... I do the spray basting, but have never pressed with the iron after spraying. Is this something that the brand you are using recommends? Or the Jenniky special technique?
    Nope not my technique it is a technique that is suggested in various different tutorials and books I have studied. Though it is not stated in the tutorials why you are doing this step. It is my understanding that it quickly sets (drys) the adhesive this helps to prevent residual adhesive transferring to your needle and machine parts and secures your three layers firmly for quilting. No specific brand is every stated. So Im assuming this works with all brands of adhesive to securely dry the adhesive before running it through your machine. If anyone has a different view or understanding please share. Good discussion question QuiltE. Thanks
    Have an awesome day!

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    I have that same blue can of spray basting ... gunked up my needle so bad, the machine timed out - now I know why!! (call me "heavy handed")
    Liz / Calgary

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    Jenniky ... I hope you don't mind. I think some of these types of questions are as important to the end results.

    Seeing CowTownLiz's comment ... is that June Tailor spray, Jenniky?

    CowTownLiz ... I had one can of June Tailor once and did not like the gunk as it sprayed on, the looks of it, or the spray. Seemed to get good coverage I had to be heavy handed, and then there was just too much goop that came out. And too the needle problems you mentioned. Went back to the 505 ... and haven't had the problem again.
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    Patricia Faye, I recognize most of your PP blocks!
    Jenniky, I've seen basting done from corner to corner with a really long running stitch that's pulled out later as well. I've actually done that before, but then this QAYG isn't sure it's liking me, so I'm willing to try different things. I will pick up a can of basting spray...and NOT June Taylor. 505...haven't heard of it, but will look for it.
    Ronda





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    NICE! this is very timely, I am working on using QAYG for a few things.
    Here is a link to the blog where you can see one ongoing project (368 blocks project) and a recently completed project using QAYG, a wallhanging.

    http://indigoatworkandplay.blogspot.com/

    I am also thinking about locating a UFO project I started a couple of years ago, where I didnt know ANYTHING about QAYG and kind of got lost. This would be a great thread to share that with!

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    Patricia, I love your orphans, can I adopt some? LOL Jen, I am in, and I'll catch up to you guys by Sunday.
    Life is Good!

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    Think I'll join...will watch awhile first, between vacations. This should be interesting...thanks for doing this. The QAYG method I usually use is the Fun & Done method...but I've also adapted it for different blocks I've had. Will have to check out my orphan blocks so they can be adopted!

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    I personally use pins for a quick basting. One of my favorite things abut QAYG is that I can get to the quilting part really fast, so the pins dont stay long at all. I also tend to quilt each block or section as I make them, rather than making a bunch and doing them at the same time.


    If its a larger piece for basting I will use 'dots' of wonder under on both sides of the batting. Just along the edge, so I dont get too much shifting as I go. place the dots and set with a very hot iron. They are small enough (max 1 inch diameter) to place anywhere and not cause bulk or stiffness, and small enough that they dont create a perminant bond, so there is room to adjust as needed.

    For small projects, like 4 inch blocks, I dont usually baste at all, just quilt away then cut it down to the size I need.

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    Liz92B - I totally understand about being heavy handed. I tend to be that way also. Sew . I take extra time to focus on accomplishing the opposite by being light handed. This has helped me to un-train my heavy handed ways. This also holds true for me and the iron. I still sometimes have a tendency to start off pressing hard with the iron and using a back and forth motion on my squares in the same manner I used to try to iron all the wrinkles and put in military creases on my uniform while I was in the Navy.

    So I have to take the extra mental moment to work on retraining my movements on picking up and setting the iron down in a light pressing motion so I don't disfigure the fabric I'm working with.

    QuiltE - Yes the spray basting can pictured is June Tailors'. Not a spray I recommend personaly but need to finish off the can before I buy a different brand to try. Im planning on trying the 505 Spray next because I have heard some good things about it.

    Ronda - The long running stitch is also a good method of basting.
    The only thing I would change is to not run it along the borders. I will cover what I have learned about this more later on.

    Charlottemarie - Welcome Aboard I look forward to seeing your project.

    VickiM - Im checking into the Fun & Done Method
    to see if it is like any of the methods I have encountered. Look forward to seeing a picture of your adopted blocks.

    Vagabondindigo - Welcome Aboard Looking forward to you sharing your QAYG UFO with us. I had trouble viewing your completed quilt link. Thanks you for sharing all the great info and experience you have had with basting. Im going to check into those "Wonder Dots" I have never heard of them.


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    Have an awesome day!

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    I'm in too.
    I was planning to try QAYG for my next project so this is perfect for me!
    Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by chatonne40 View Post
    I'm in too.
    I was planning to try QAYG for my next project so this is perfect for me!
    Thanks
    Welcome Chatonne another Canuck to join the group QuiltE will be most pleased.
    Have an awesome day!

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    I have a can of 505 that I use with appliqué on my embroidery machine, works like a charm - will have to try it with quilt basting!! Wal-Mart has it cheap: http://www.walmart.com/ip/J.T.-Tradi...unces/12461363
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    I think I will use these blocks for my challenge. They are leftovers from a couple of swaps and all are 6 1/2" unfinished blocks so I can practice on smaller sizes to see if I like doing this.

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    Please include me! I have several blocks that I would like to make table runners with plus many orphan blocks that are just sitting waiting to be put into a quilt. I will have to learn how to put pictures here. This will be a complete learning experience for me. I am really looking forward to finally finishing some quilts using this method.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Patricia Faye View Post
    Jen, I'm going to join in so I can learn the QAYG techniques. I have lots of paper pieced blocks (in different sizes) from block swaps that I want to put into a quilt & I have the State Star blocks to put together. I think I'll practice on the swaps first then after I feel comfortable will work on the State Stars.

    Here are some of the blocks. I think I have enough to select from and enough in the same sizes to practice on.

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    Jen, thank you for taking the time to put this tutorial together.
    Hey, Patricia, I see my blue watering can in the top group! Cool.

    Jen, I am interested in following your tutorial. Maybe I will get out my Sunbonnet Sues and finish that for my granddaughter! I will have to play catch up though.

    Thanks for posting it.
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