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    Jenniky ... While I was doing pics, and then getting them ready in a post .... and watching the Olympics, you've put up another good post. Very intuitive on your part about some of what I was thinking/meaning but did not type. Also, some good discussion points.

    Yes, heritage quilts need special attention to ensure they last. I tend to think that my quilts will not be such, being that I don't have the family to enjoy and appreciate them. That being said, I still strive to do the best I can do and know how to do at the time ... just because!!! More important, I don't want to see them fall apart with the first wash!! So yes, perhaps I overdo what is necessary, but that's just me! Err on the side of caution.

    Oh my, what I have learned and how my abilities have changed and developed thru time. I think my biggest improvements have come since being part of the QB community ... I have learned SO much, thanks to so many who share so willingly on the boards.

    I like the discussions we have and credit to you Jenniky for trying to encourage these within this thread. Yes, you caught me ... there is no "one" right way for anything ... and no "no-no's" exist! Sometimes it's a good reason for us to say "why"? or why not? I see it as gathering information ... and then do what makes sense for myself.

    Often times, it's like a patchwork quilt of ideas that I've picked up in bits and pieces and then changed to what works for me!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jenniky View Post
    QUILTE - Once again darling..I have to say you are AWESOME!!!!

    Thank you so much for taking the time this morning to go around your lovely house and share samples of quilting with us.

    Again... I have to say I would HIGHLY recommend buying this book as a resource to look up unknown terms you might see posted and to use as a technical resource for all of your quilting questions. It really is very comprehensive and very easy to understand.
    You're most welcome!!

    Another place for quilting terms and acronyms is the following thread ...
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/main-f1...s-t178507.html
    Certainly not as complete or detailed as the book that Jenniky has recommended.

    (BTW ... I plan to replace that thread with a new and improved one, so if anyone has further terms or acronyms to add, please post them to that thread and I will merge with the master list before posting.)
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    JenniKy...responding to the quilt blocks being different sizes...I've seen quilts planned with different size blocks. Here would be a perfect place for a strip of flying geese, simple four patch, or even a little block of appliqué if that's your thing. You would have to plan so that the entire strip of blocks would be the width of the quilt but it would be 12 1/2 inches tall all the way across. The beauty and fun of the quilting craft!

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    My question still has not been answered. What type of material are you to use for the backing?

    In answer to your question, Jennky about my blocks. The background of my blocks is a green with butterflies and yes the picture of my blocks is on a blue bedspread. I have finished quilting my blocks and I will show pictures soon.

    Thank you Quilte for the pictures of the different types of quilting. I looked on line and did not get much information.


    Regarding the question about the block already quilted and would you use it in a quilt and cut it down or how would you solve the problem. I might make some smaller blocks to fill in so the other blocks would come out the same size as the larger block. Or cut the larger block down and stitch around the edge after it is cut. A third way would be to add borders to the smaller blocks so they were the same size as the bigger block.
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    Is a flange just a piece of fabric added to a portion of another color of material to accent something?

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    Also, since all of my blocks are quilted, it is my understanding from reading the posts, I am now to cut off the batting and backing so that my blocks measure 9". Is this right?

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    Jenniky - I know that I'm not doin' my QAYG right now. I do have an idea about your hypothetical question. If I had different sized blocks that it wouldn't change the pattern ta cut 'em down (& they are already quilted) I would
    1. Decide where I wanted 'em cut down, kinda like fussy cuttin', & draw that onto the block,
    2. Then before I cut it out,I would sew a 1/8" inside that line, ta stabilize it,
    3. Then I would cut it out.
    This would seam would be inside the seam allowance & would help ta keep the quilted lines from unraveling.
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    I really want to learn QAYG. Thanks for sharing your information.
    so many quilts to make, so little time.

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    What type of material are you to use for the backing?
    by Ssnare

    Next, you did not explain what to use for the backing material. My question still has not been answered.
    by Ssnare

    Ssnare you are absolutely correct. I did everything but answer your question.

    What I thought you were asking would of been covered by my answer.

    ***The third (back) layer of your sandwich is your backing. When your quilt is finished that third or back piece of the sandwich will be the back of your quilt.***

    What you really really were asking was what type of material. DUH, Slaps Forehead First: to answer your question at this point I have used 100% cotton, and very thin flannels. For backings on my quilts. I have only tried 100% cotton on on the QAYG projects I am making. However I do plan to try one using flannel in the future.

    Im thinking that how I became confused on your question was when you asked me if it was all right to use a thin material. I thought I had told you in that post what I was using. I regret the confusion.
    Have an awesome day!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ssnare View Post
    Also, since all of my blocks are quilted, it is my understanding from reading the posts, I am now to cut off the batting and backing so that my blocks measure 9". Is this right?
    That is correct, then you will want to sew less than 1/4 of an inch all the way around your block. I was going to mention this as the first step before we started to attach our sashing strips. So I will wait to say more on that.
    Have an awesome day!

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    Quote Originally Posted by nannyrick.com View Post
    I really want to learn QAYG. Thanks for sharing your information.
    Welcome Nannyrick... I invite you to ask questions, Participate in the discussion and If possible make a project and share with us.
    Have an awesome day!

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    I listened to the youtube video from Bayside Quilting

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NCcfgYQ5YMI

    It appeals to me for some quilts, so thanks Ronda. It seems there are alot of methods available which is what really makes quilting interesting.

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    DISCUSSION QUESTION in POST #121


    In reply to the Discussion Question in Post #121

    Regarding the question about the block already quilted and would you use it in a quilt and cut it down or how would you solve the problem. I might make some smaller blocks to fill in so the other blocks would come out the same size as the larger block. Or cut the larger block down and stitch around the edge after it is cut. A third way would be to add borders to the smaller blocks so they were the same size as the bigger block.
    By Ssnare

    Thank you Ssnare for sharing your input with us. Good solution to the problem.


    Jenniky...responding to the quilt blocks being different sizes...I've seen quilts planned with different size blocks. Here would be a perfect place for a strip of flying geese, simple four patch, or even a little block of applique If that's your thing. You would have to plan so that the entire strip of blocks would be the width of the quilt but it would be 12 1/2 inches tall all the way across. The beauty and fun of the quilting.
    by Gardenergal

    Thank you Gardenergal for sharing your input with us. Also a Good solution to the problem.

    I do have an idea about your hypothetical question. If I had different sized blocks that it wouldn't change the pattern ta cut 'em down (& they are already quilted) I would.

    1. Decide where I wanted 'em cut down, kinda like fussy cuttin', & draw that onto the block,

    2. Then before I cut it out, I would sew a 1/8" inside the line ta stabilize it,

    3. Then I would cut it out.

    This would seam would be inside the seam allowance & would help ta keep the quilted lines from unraveling.
    by Dublb

    Thank you Dublb for sharing your input with us. Also a Good solution to the problem.

    I would only emphasize the point that Dublb made regarding if you are planning to cut down the size of your block. She has listed excellent steps to ensure the integrity of the quilted block.

    After each of our blocks are quilted and trimmed it is highly recommended to go around the edges of each block with less than a quarter inch seam.

    I will blog this post to make it easier to find the replys. I encourage others to continue to give their input or questions regarding this hypothetical example problem.

    Great Sharing Ladies. Thanks
    Have an awesome day!

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    BEFORE YOU IRON ON THAT SPRAY BASTING:

    1) Be sure you are NOT using a polyester batting. It could melt!!!
    2) Use a very light spray.

    I use spray basting all the time, have for years. I have never one ironed it on. I also use cotton batting 99.9% of the time. In addition, I am a big proponent of hand basting. At least safety pin it.

    I did a log cabin QAYG one time. I sewed each log by hand to the batting and batting. I did press each seam as I went (it was cotton batting).
    Stephanie in Mena

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    And when I pressed each seam, it was one of those mini irons: shaped like a curling iron, tip shaped like a small arrowhead, made by Clover.
    Stephanie in Mena

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    Quote Originally Posted by k9dancer View Post
    BEFORE YOU IRON ON THAT SPRAY BASTING:

    1) Be sure you are NOT using a polyester batting. It could melt!!!
    2) Use a very light spray.

    I use spray basting all the time, have for years. I have never one ironed it on. I also use cotton batting 99.9% of the time. In addition, I am a big proponent of hand basting. At least safety pin it.

    I did a log cabin QAYG one time. I sewed each log by hand to the batting and batting. I did press each seam as I went (it was cotton batting).
    Great Input K9dancer Thank you.

    On this first project I am using a low loft polyester batting on my QAYG and I am using a low heat iron on the fabric I am basting to it. So far I have never had any problems with melting. Also I never put the iron directly on the batting. I only let the iron come in contact with the 100% cotton fabric I am basting to the batting.

    In a future QAYG technique quilt that I will be sharing the process of, I will be hand basting the squares, and also will pin baste some of the projects. So we can have an a discussion on various ways of basting.

    I highly encourage sharing what works best for you continually as we explore QAYG techniques.

    Thankyou again K9dancer. Umm! my Yorkshire wants to have the next dance... He is a real fun dancer himself.
    Have an awesome day!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jenniky View Post
    Great Input K9dancer Thank you.

    On this first project I am using a low loft polyester batting on my QAYG and I am using a low heat iron on the fabric I am basting to it. So far I have never had any problems with melting. Also I never put the iron directly on the batting. I only let the iron come in contact with the 100% cotton fabric I am basting to the batting.
    .........................................

    Thankyou again K9dancer. Umm! my Yorkshire wants to have the next dance... He is a real fun dancer himself.
    Hi Jen,
    I wanted to emphasize the facts you stated above, as that is SO important. I, for one, set my iron on high and it stays there for the duration, which could be really bad if I used poly batting. And with cotton batting, you must be prepared for shrinkage when pressing.

    I'll clear a space on my dance card for your Yorkie.
    Stephanie in Mena

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    Will you share some pictures with us of the quilts you have made using this technique???

    Has anyone else used this technique and if so would you share pictures of your quilt with us??

    Here are some pics of tablerunners & a quilt I did with the fun & done method. The scrap strip runners are the fun & done with the rulers. The blocks are 8 1/2". The runner & quilt are BOM I did with the fun & done technique, but they are 12 1/2" unfinished blocks...so I cut my batting the 12 1/2" & my backings are 14 1/2". I marked 1" all around the backing pieces, centered the top & batting (spray basted) & quilted away. Then put all together the way the fun & done is put together. The 1st runner is all the same fabric for the backing, the 2nd runner is 2 different fabrics (like this look for the front), the 3rd runner is the fabric same as the outer border (this one is the one I experiemented with adding an inner border), and the quilt has flannel for the backings & so carries over to the front. Very easy once you get the hang of it. So, fun & done can be used with rulers or without. It can be done the original way or with finished blocks. I also experimented with putting extra borders on the outsides & adding an inner border strip. Does this help you any, Jen?
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    Oh Vicki, how purdy!
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    QAYG Log Cabin pics

    I have a web album that shows some of the pics. You can't see the whole quilt, as I do not have a wall or ladder big/tall enough.

    \https://picasaweb.google.com/1141131...eat=directlink
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    VickiM - Thank you for sharing with us. You have made some very beautiful quilts with the Fun & Done Technique and yes it was very helpful to see some completed quilts with this process.

    K9dancer- Your log cabin quilt is beautiful, A lot of love went into making all those squares. Thank you for sharing it with us.

    So Ladies shall we explore the Fun & Done technique when we finish with the current method? My thoughts were to stay with the current method and next explore the variations of the Block by Block QAYG method we are currently discussing. If there is more interest in moving on to the Fun & Done method we can do that and then revisit the Block by Block QAYG Variations later. Post your vote and I will keep tally as we continue our current project discussions.
    Have an awesome day!

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    My vote is to stay with the current method and then explore the variations of the Block by Block QAYG method.
    Patricia Faye

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    Vicki, thanks for posting pics for the fun and done method.

    Jenniky, yes, that video is the one I was talking about and I, like you didn't really like it because of the poor sound quality and it is somewhat fuzzy, but I also went to others and was able to grasp the basics regarding it I think. If a person is working with traditional blocks, such as 12 1/2" unfinished, you do have to cut the backings and batting pieces in those sizes, which changes the size of the quilt, but I rather liked being able to cut just one piece of batting and one backing per quilt square? I will eagerly follow whatever you are doing and watch, but probably will just try the fun and done for now because I don't want a lot of extra steps to a finished quilt? But I have tons of projects, so no hurries on that for sure! You're doing a fabulous job by the way and this must keep you very busy?
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    Quote Originally Posted by rwquilts View Post
    Vicki, thanks for posting pics for the fun and done method.

    Jenniky, yes, that video is the one I was talking about and I, like you didn't really like it because of the poor sound quality and it is somewhat fuzzy, but I also went to others and was able to grasp the basics regarding it I think. If a person is working with traditional blocks, such as 12 1/2" unfinished, you do have to cut the backings and batting pieces in those sizes, which changes the size of the quilt, but I rather liked being able to cut just one piece of batting and one backing per quilt square? I will eagerly follow whatever you are doing and watch, but probably will just try the fun and done for now because I don't want a lot of extra steps to a finished quilt? But I have tons of projects, so no hurries on that for sure! You're doing a fabulous job by the way and this must keep you very busy?
    Thank you Ronda and yes this project and thread is keeping me very busy.. and Its a good busy. I really enjoying myself as I hope everyone else is.
    Have an awesome day!

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    Attaching the units

    Going to share a problem with you that I ran into on my first attempt of attaching squares on my other BOM quilt. One of my squares that I quilted the top squared pulled in some because I forgot lengthen my machine stitch for quilting instead I had been doing PP and I was using smaller stitching. So I figured if I went a head an squared up the block to match the other blocks at 12.5 I would be ok. Now I had about a 1/4 of an inch batting showing all the way around a few places a tad bit more in some. " So Im thinking to myself that the sashing will cover up my goof. Well for the most part it did. However there was still some batting that showed through I ended up pulling out my stitches (frogging) and had to rework my square. So I would recommend before you even start attaching your units if you have any batting showing you trim all of your squares down so they are the same size and there is no batting showing and don't forget to sew less than a 1/4" around the edges to help secure your quilted stitches. Just a thought and experience I wanted to share.

    MAKE SURE:
    To help prevent the quilted block from unraveling sew a less than 1/4" inch seam all the way around the block.

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    Now I am ready to attach my Sashing pieces to the first unit block. This partial tutorial I am only going to discuss how to attach the sashing to the first unit. This variation will give you a half an inch of sashing showing between the blocks. In a later variation we will cover step by step how to accommodate wider sashing’s using this technique.

    OPTION: You can sew the sashing strips on in two steps or one. I am going to show you how to sew it in one step.

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    First step take your top sashing piece and lay it right sides together on the top edge of your block side that you will be attaching. Next take your folded 1-3/4” bottom sashing piece and line up the raw edges with the backside edge of the block you are attaching.
    Use pins to hold the strips in place.


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    Now sew down the edge of the block with a ¼’ seam it is really important to be right on with your ¼’ seam.

    **** tips: Does your walker foot have a marked ¼’ seam, if not you can measure it and put a piece of masking tape on your sewing machine to help guide you.


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    Press open the front raw edge sashing piece to prepare for the upcoming steps in a following post.
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    Have an awesome day!

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