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    Greetings!!! My tree skirt is thrown over one of my chairs. I am decorating early for Christmas. Oh Darn, I forgot that the spiral lighted tree never got down last yera. So maybe I'm behind. Who cares, not me.

    Jen, I thought t was PP, but looking at it,it wasn't. The top branch is on one piece of cloth. I might take a copy of it and work on a PP pattern though. I loved all the fabrics that this person used. Maybe a project for next year.
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    My QAYG

    have my blocks quilted and beginning to put them together. Look ok I think... I had planned to use sashing between the blocks so now I needed to do something to get the finished size I wanted. I didn't have any more of the purple backing fabric so couldn't make any more of the Parasol Ladies. I played around with different things for several days and came up with the Drunkards Path blocks with just a bit of color from the same fabrics as I did the parasol ladies from. I will add 2 rows at top and bottom and one on the sides. Does this look ok and workable?

    Photos of some of the drunkards path blocks just placed on my design wall. And don't know how I am going to quilt them.
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    DeneK - Looks like your project is coming together real nicely.
    Have an awesome day!

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    QAYG The Unknown Named Method

    QAYG The Unknown Named Method

    So today I tried my first practice piece following the guide lines of QAYG method I have yet to find a name for. So far I have only read it referred to a QAYG method or Method #1.

    I will share the steps up to the point where I ran into trouble because of vague instructions.

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    For my practice project I started with 4 top piece squares that are 6 1/2" ; 4 back piece squares that are 9 1/2" ; 4 batting squares that are 8".

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    I sandwiched and centered the squares together and then chalked my design on the squares. Now one important note here. You do not want to quilt all the way to the edge of your squares as we have previously done. You need one inch completely around your top square that is not quilted. So I measured and chalked a square 1 inch in from the edges of my top square. Then I drew my center design with in the chalked square.

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    Hopefully you can see the quilted design on the back as well as the front. The next step in this process is to trim the batting 1/4" less than your top square all the way around. This is how I completed this step.

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    Fold the back material away from the batting and front material. Trim the batting all around even with the top square.

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    Then fold back the top material and trim of 1/4" from the batting all the way around.

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    Here is a picture of all four squares with the
    batting trimmed 1/4" less than the top squares all the way around.


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    Next step is to sew the front edges together with a 1/4" seam

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    Whip stitch the batting together. This is the last step before this method starts looking like muddy water, very unclear to me.

    Next is to trim the backing - one side needs to be trimmed to lay flat across where the batting meets; the other side lays flat across also with an extra 1/4" seam allowance.

    Then fold and iron the seam allowance. Pin and then stitch the backing piece in place. It can be hand or machine sewn. This is where I ran into trouble.

    One of the tutorials I watched suggested to use a decorative stitch to close the back seam this would add to the design on the front of the quilt piece.

    The decorative stitch looked great; however adding two rows together was going to be impossible because I had not accounted for where I needed to stop and start sewing to enable me to sew the front pieces of the rows together.

    It would of been a huge mess to try and pick out the decorative stitching I used. So I improvised with a design change and managed to attach the two rows in a most unconventional way. So this first trial will become a doll blanket for my dgd to play with.


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    Tomorrow I will make my second attempt at attaching the rows properly. After I restudy some tutorials.

    Have an awesome day!

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    curious to see how you figure this next method out. It seems a bit more work but it will be nice to be able to work with blocks that need to blend together (ie. twister tool patterns). I want to make a quilt using this tool but can't quilt a whole top.

    Attaching the squares kinda makes sense but not sure how the rows go together without interfering with the squares stitch down.
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    Hey Vicki, Good News I had success today with my second attempt. Here are Pics of the front and back. Tomorrow I will write out the steps.. and post.

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    Have an awesome day!

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    I've been watching for a no-sashing QAYG method. It does seem like a lot of extra trimming though. Was there a lot of waste?
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    Hello Foxflower, Actually no there was not a lot of trimming waste. Hopefully this afternoon I will get the chance to post the rest of the steps.
    Have an awesome day!

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    Hi Jenniky . I'll look forward to seeing the rest of the steps!
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    Following the previous steps I showed after trimming the batting 1/4" less than the top square.
    I was ready to attach the blocks to make a row.

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    I suppose there is a lot of trimming in this process but not a lot of trimming waste.
    I am assuming that the reason I would not pre cut my 1/4" in less than my top square
    because there is no way to be certain how much the quilting of the square will effect the
    the batting size. I hope this makes sense.


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    I gauged where to stop and start my join seams based on the batting.
    This was the step I was missing which caused my problem in my first attempt.



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    My thinking is that Im sure there are better more precise tutorials on this
    method that are just not available freely on the internet or I just did not
    happen across them. Also in hindsight I did not think that the out side squares should
    not of had the batting trimmed 1/4" less than the top square. Best bet is to trim the batting
    as you go and only trim the batting 1/4" less on joining sides of the squares.

    This method is do able if your quilt design does not allow for sashing in between the squares.
    I personally could not imagine myself wanting to attempt to make a full size quilt using this method.
    The sectional quilt as you go method in my opinion would be a better option for quilts with no sashing.

    I will demonstrate and attempt to explain the sectional quilt as you go method next. Questions or comments
    on the No Sashing QAYG method as I am calling it are welcomed.
    Have an awesome day!

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    How neat! What an awesome tute!
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    I don't know if I've been sleeping under a rock all these months, but this is the first time I've gone to Quilting Board Challenges and Contests. Tonight it has taken me a couple of hours to read through some of the thread. How interesting all of this is to me!! I'm working on a quilt right now that I wish I had done this method. But live and learn! I'm not very computer savvy, but I suppose there will be a way for me to catch up when I am ready to do a quilt using this method. I have Sue blocks that would work well for this. Congratulations and thank you to Jenniky for undertaking this project. It is much appreciated. And also congrats to all who have participated. The pictures are amazing.
    One step at a time, always forward.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dublb View Post
    How neat! What an awesome tute!

    Thanks Bev
    Have an awesome day!

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    Quote Originally Posted by GailG View Post
    I don't know if I've been sleeping under a rock all these months, but this is the first time I've gone to Quilting Board Challenges and Contests. Tonight it has taken me a couple of hours to read through some of the thread. How interesting all of this is to me!! I'm working on a quilt right now that I wish I had done this method. But live and learn! I'm not very computer savvy, but I suppose there will be a way for me to catch up when I am ready to do a quilt using this method. I have Sue blocks that would work well for this. Congratulations and thank you to Jenniky for undertaking this project. It is much appreciated. And also congrats to all who have participated. The pictures are amazing.

    Welcome to the thread Gale. The QAYG projects are definitely fun to do. When you are ready to start your QAYG project I hope you will share it with us here and if you need any help myself and others can help
    Have an awesome day!

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    I'm having an A/C installed on Thursday next week ... maybe I'll be able to get some sewing done during the summers now (over 80F is not comfortable). Couple of weeks ago, I hauled all my orphan blocks, batting, backing, cutting tools to the office and made 'sandwiches'; a week ago, the spray adhesive was applied ... agh! I wanna sew!!!!!!!!!!
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    Hi Jenniky,

    Enjoyed reading all your great tutorials on QAYG. I've been working on my first
    quilting in sections using the last method you did. I started this around same time
    you were starting your first tutorial and I'm still not done. LOL. Well the top is done
    but I still need to add borders. I found this method very time consuming but it was
    nice not to wrestle a big quilt through the machine. I think this method would work
    well if you split your quilt in two or three sections then all the seams would be parallel.
    I did mine in 9 sections (3 x 3) + borders. What was I thinking? I just hope it doesn't
    come apart after doing all that work. I'll share a tip about trimming batting. Instead
    of trying to trim both battings at the same time, I trimmed one side with a ruler then
    put the other side underneath and marked with a Clover chalk then cut the other side.
    Works really well with Warm and Natural batting. Don't worry about a little gap, batting
    is quite forgiving. Have a good day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Liz92B View Post
    I'm having an A/C installed on Thursday next week ... maybe I'll be able to get some sewing done during the summers now (over 80F is not comfortable). Couple of weeks ago, I hauled all my orphan blocks, batting, backing, cutting tools to the office and made 'sandwiches'; a week ago, the spray adhesive was applied ... agh! I wanna sew!!!!!!!!!!
    The cold weather will soon be upon us
    Have an awesome day!

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    Jenniky - glad you figured it out. Looking forward to trying this method. I just haven't felt like quilting much lately with all these house issues we're having.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jenniky View Post
    Great Discussion everyone.... Hmmm how to figure out which is the scrim side. ????
    Here's a link to the Warm and Natural site where they tell you how to determine which side is the scrim side:
    http://www.warmcompany.com/faq.html
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    Thanks, Judy.

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    Just ran across this QAYG Challenge. I have been in the process of making a string quilt using the QAYG method and wish I had found it sooner as you have many things here that I struggled with. So now I am in the process of reading 60 pages! LOL
    Jenniky you are doing a great job on your tutorials.

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    I have been wanting to try this doing a Log Cabin, thank you for sharing.
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    I said earlier that I'd post a pict o' this when I finished it. It's a kinda QAYG.
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    Great quilt, Dubib.

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    Nice quilts Dublb!
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