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    ATTACHING THE UNITS Part II

    Now we are ready to attach the first unit to the second. Lay the blocks right sides together. At this point just the top layer of the sashing is going to get sewn to the second quilted block using a quarter inch seam. The back piece of folded sashing should be finger pressed out of the way. Make sure all your edges line up.

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    I actually found that putting a few pins holding the heavier quilted blocks together helped once I took it to the machine. The weight of the quilted squares pulled a bit because I currently do not have my Machine sitting down into a sewing surface.

    EEK!!! I didnt take pictures of sewing the seam. Oh well.. Sew a 1/4" quarter inch seam.


    Now open the two attach blocks flat with the top side facing up. Lightly press with iron. Now turn the two attached units over and press down the folded back sashing over the raw edges and seams.

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    Your quilt blocks should be just butting up to each other. If there is a lil overlapping or bunching you can trim a bit to make sure the squares lay flat AND nicely butted up to each other, otherwise you could end up with a lump under your sashing.


    OPTIONS: There are two ways to finish the back folding flap. You can hand sew it using a Blind Stitch like you would use on the binding of your quilt or you can machine sew.

    It was easier for me to Hand blind stitch the fold closed.
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    I am going to share with you my attempt at machine stitching the flap closed. I found that the best way for me to gauge where my seam would end up on the front was to pin from the back to front and check where my seam was going to lay in front. Several frogging incidents later I had an acceptable seam showing front and back. (If I continue to practice, I am positive I will get better at the machine seam option.) The straighter your back seam the better results on the front side. Pictured below I almost had a perfect SID when I turned it over to show the front side.

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    Because the sashing is so narrow the batting is fine being held together by two seams. When doing variations of this technique we will discuss other possible applications to your batting to help when you are using a wider sashing.

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    This is my second row I have completed. The next tutorial post will be on attaching rows. LOL
    Have an awesome day!

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    From an earlier Post.....

    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.


    In retrospect I chose to trim down the other blocks of my BOM because trimming an extra 1/4" round all of the blocks did not take away from the pattern of the blocks. I didnt remake the block because If I had with it being my BOM I felt I was losing some nostalgia of doing one block a month with my friends on the QB . In other circumstances though I think it would be a better choice to remake the block instead of trimming down all the other blocks.
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    Awesome tute Jenniky! You're making it all very understandable for sure!
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    Thanks Ronda always good to have feedback to know if Im getting the instructions across well.
    Have an awesome day!

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    I vote for variations to the method we are doing. Since I am new at this, I do not want to get too confused.
    Quote Originally Posted by Jenniky View Post
    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.

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    I too vote ta stay w/the variations of this block. Don't git me wrong I also want ta see the other method, I just want ta follow this method first before we switch gears. I'm lookin' forward ta followin' all the way through.
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    I also think we should stay with the current method and its variations, then go on to other methods.
    "You have enough quilts made when your soul is filled, your creativity satisfied and your fingers just won't work anymore."

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    Tip: if you are using a vintage machine, use painter's tape instead of any other kind of tape. And remove the painter's tape when you are done. Any tape, left on long enough, will damage the finish on a vintage machine.
    If your machine is white plastic, don't worry about it.
    Stephanie in Mena

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    Quote Originally Posted by k9dancer View Post
    Tip: if you are using a vintage machine, use painter's tape instead of any other kind of tape. And remove the painter's tape when you are done. Any tape, left on long enough, will damage the finish on a vintage machine.
    If your machine is white plastic, don't worry about it.
    Great Tip K9dancer Making a notation to add that to my final Tutorial.
    Have an awesome day!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jenniky View Post
    OOPS!! I missed typing in a step. After the spray basting and before you start quilting your design. Pin the 4 corners of the block and run a basting stitch of less thana 1/4 inch around the edges of the block. Now you are ready to quilt your square. With stippling and meandering I try to start in the corner of the block and move out from there. My aim is to fill in the block with the design and quilt off the opposite corner if possible.
    Do you do the basting by hand or can I use the machine? I really am not a fan of handwork.
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    I did my basting by machine. I used the longest stitch my machine would allow. Then after I quilted my blocks and cut off the excess batting and backing, the block was already stitched around. That was a surprise, but I did not have to do that step.

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    [QUOTE=VickiM;5418218]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's my grandson's graduation t-shirt quilt using the method we're currently going through. Once you get the hang of it, it's actually very easy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Patricia Faye View Post
    My vote is to stay with the current method and then explore the variations of the Block by Block QAYG method.
    I agree....stay on your current plan.
    Life's More Fun with a Doxie !!
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    Vickig... very nice. I really like the backing of your quilt also.

    Linda

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    **TIP** On sewing down the back sashing.

    Since the front sashing becomes 1/2" wide, if you adjust your needle (if your machine can do that) to just inside that 1/2" mark, your stitching will be inside the sashing. I'm still perfecting this myself and still wander off some time but, hey, as my quilt instructor always taught me....."Can you live with it?" If not, redo.

    On a separate note, did I miss the post where you state what widths to cut the sashing strips? I cut mine 1" and 1-5/8".
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    Quote Originally Posted by SewExtremeSeams View Post
    Vickig... very nice. I really like the backing of your quilt also.
    Thanks !! I figured when he gets bored with one side, he can flip it over. His mom helped me pick out the sashing and backing colors.

    Since 2 of the center blocks were 14", I didn't realize this until I had already started cutting the squares 12-1/2" (duh !!). So I had to figure out how to work around them. That's how the center came to be. Took 2 days to figure it out.

    Now, the 4 corners ended up as basic quilt blocks because she couldn't steal any more shirts from him and I needed it to be balanced (kinda anal that way).

    I was actually pleased with how it turned out, using all those colored shirts and getting them balanced was fun to figure out.

    I've been doing this method for 2-3 years now but have decided I want to learn more methods. I've already picked up a few tips so this is going to be so much fun !!!
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    Vickig626 - Yes you can machine baste.
    Have an awesome day!

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    Quote Originally Posted by vickig626 View Post
    **TIP** On sewing down the back sashing.

    Since the front sashing becomes 1/2" wide, if you adjust your needle (if your machine can do that) to just inside that 1/2" mark, your stitching will be inside the sashing. I'm still perfecting this myself and still wander off some time but, hey, as my quilt instructor always taught me....."Can you live with it?" If not, redo.

    On a separate note, did I miss the post where you state what widths to cut the sashing strips? I cut mine 1" and 1-5/8".
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/blogs/p...ps-b10137.html

    For the current method I am doing the strips are suppose to be 1" inch width by the length of your block and the Back side Sashine is 1-3/4" width by the length of your block. If you click on the blog link in my signature you can easily find the posts for each segment of the current tutorial.
    Last edited by Jenniky; 08-05-2012 at 01:38 PM.
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    This is a great thread , so happy I found it !

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    Quote Originally Posted by raedar63 View Post
    This is a great thread , so happy I found it !
    Welcome Raedar63; I hope you will join in our discussions and please share your QAYG projects with us as well. Questions are always welcomed.
    Have an awesome day!

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    Well, here are my pictures so far. I will try to explain how I quilted each block. I am new to this, so please don't judge my efforts.

    The first block, the pink and green block, I did what I think is a meandor in the center and a leaf design on the white part. I do not know if you can tell much by looking at the back.

    Block 2, pink star, I did stitch in the ditch and a diamond in the center.

    The backs of my blocks do not want to upload. I will take some more pictures and finish uploading in a few minutes.
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    Block 3, yellow star with blue flowers, I did it all meandering.

    Block 4, yellow star with yellow and burnt orange flowers, I echoed around the star and did a square in the center.

    Block 5, pinkish red star with pink flowers on biege background, I did what I call a repeat of echoing around the star.

    Block 6, mauve star with blue center, I tried to make a vine pattern.
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    vickig626, that is a nice looking tee shirt quilt.

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    vickig - Your T-Shirt Quilt is awesome! I think it is one of the best ones I have seen!

    ssnare - You did a great job on your quilting of your blocks. I have not mastered meandering yet! I usually just stitch in the ditch or follow around designs.
    "You have enough quilts made when your soul is filled, your creativity satisfied and your fingers just won't work anymore."

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    Vicki - Such a nice T-shirt quilt. I now feel that I can tackle one. Thanks.
    ssnare - Your blocks are gonna make a beautiful quilt. I love the picts.
    Bev
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