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    I am planning to use this technique on my next major quilt as my shoulder objects to my quilting twin and larger on my home machine. I've done it before, but not lately.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ssnare View Post
    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.
    ssnare - i believe that was answered previously. You would use whatever fabric YOU wish for the backing. Just cut it to the size rcommended in the tutorial being used. You apply the backing as you quilt each block individually, and BEFORE attaching blocks 1:1 - you are quilting both the front and back of the quilt as you go.

    most quilters prefer 100% cottons, but i would want to 'match' the materials you are using in the front of your blocks. You can cut your backing blocks all from one fabric, as seen in the picture below;
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    Hope that helps!
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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.
    I never thought about doing this, what a great idea. I have had a few bobbles where I had a seam not lay flat and had a do over, this would solve that!
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    [QUOTE=vickig626;5419843]
    Quote Originally Posted by VickiM View Post
    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.
    This is so gorgeous. I LOVE the backing fabric you used, and how the tshirt layout came out. For the tshirt fronts - did you spray baste them to the batting?
    Thanks!
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    VagabondIndigo and VickiM ... My complements to both of you for the matches being nice and straight and square on your quilts. I haven't done this QAYG technique, have liked the concept, and have been wanting to try it thru this thread ... though I have had hesitations, as store samples in several stores that I've seen done have not fully matched up or been straight and square. What a turn off .... and you've proven, it does not need to be such!
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    I dont know if this has already been posted, but I like this method that doesnt have the fold on top when blocks are joined.

    http://lilysquilts.blogspot.com/2011...ng-blocks.html

    I stumbled upon this today and thought it was a good tute with lots of pictures. I learn best by viewing.

    I've made several QAYG quilts, but have always made the backing larger than the front of the block that creates a front fold

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    Quote Originally Posted by vagabondindigo View Post
    jenniky -

    the wonderdots are my own creation, lol. I dont think its an item you can get seperately. I use the scraps from varioous projects with wonderunder used, aqs tend to have little bits a ieces of unused wonderunder left pover. Trim them down tot he size i want and voila - wonder dots for things like quick basting.
    I recently viewed a disc of quilting made by Nancy Zieman (of "Sewing with Nancy" on PBS) and she used a strip of wonder-under that was about 1/2" wide for basting her quilt. She placed it where she wanted it on the wrong side of her backing piece, pressed it in place with her Clover mini iron, and then tore the paper about a half inch long while keeping pressure on the iron. After applying these "dots" in many places, she peeled off the paper, put her batting over it and pressed it (maybe with a pressing cloth?) using her regular iron. When she was finished doing that all over the backing piece, she did the same "dotting" of the quilt top and peeled off the paper of the Wonder Under and pressed that to the sandwich of batting and backing. It looked quick and efficient.
    Seems like this would be a very good way to use up small pieces of fusible that are left over after cutting out appliques. Also a good option for quilters with breathing issues that keep them from using any basting spray.
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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltE View Post
    VagabondIndigo and VickiM ... My complements to both of you for the matches being nice and straight and square on your quilts. I haven't done this QAYG technique, have liked the concept, and have been wanting to try it thru this thread ... though I have had hesitations, as store samples in several stores that I've seen done have not fully matched up or been straight and square. What a turn off .... and you've proven, it does not need to be such!
    Can I join? The method she has been showing is exactly how I did my flip flop quilt and the one I just finished called my nature QAYG. The third picture is the back of the nature one. These are my nr. 1 and 2 quilts of this type I've done.

    Currently I have 2 more started--one with odd blocks which will be a scrappy quilt--hope it turns out decently as I'm not really impressed by my blocks--I need a killer sashing fabric. The second one I have started but not finished is one where I embroidered some bluebells on 17 - 9" squares and will alternative them with a patterned fabric that is quilted.

    Anway, here are my first two. I'm completely satisfied with both of them. The nature one, I made 1/2" seams instead of 1/4" seams so my sashing ended up being 1" wide instead of 1/2" wide. I like it as well but I also really, really like how the flip flop quilt turned out.

    I did all of the finishing of the strips as hand work. The two I'm doing now, I'm going to try to machine stitch the strips down.
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    Justflyingin, your quilts look terrific. Wow!

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    vhord620 and Justflyingin, your quilts look terrific. Wow!

    I also have a question. Can you use one fabric for the front of the block as sashing and a different fabric for the back of the block for sashing or joining the blocks?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ssnare View Post
    vhord620 and Justflyingin, your quilts look terrific. Wow!

    I also have a question. Can you use one fabric for the front of the block as sashing and a different fabric for the back of the block for sashing or joining the blocks?

    Of course you can ... like most things in quilting, you can do whatever you want!
    I believe JustFlyingIn's 2nd and 3rd pictures are the same quilt, showing you the two sides.
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    I love the quilts being shown here using the QAYG methods!
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    [QUOTE=vagabondindigo;5420729]
    Quote Originally Posted by vickig626 View Post

    This is so gorgeous. I LOVE the backing fabric you used, and how the tshirt layout came out. For the tshirt fronts - did you spray baste them to the batting?
    Thanks to ALL the nice comments on my grandson's tshirt quilt. I got a BIG hug from him when he opened it too so I know he liked it. Since his mom kinda "stole" the shirts out of his closet, I was afraid he would be upset that she had them cut up but he loved it.

    As for spray basting - I think I just pinned it with straight pins. I didn't want to do a lot of quilting which might take away from the shirt names so I marked about 3" in from the edges to create a very wide "echo" type square. Plus, since the shirt itself was stabilized with lightweight fusible interfacing, spraying that side was definitely not necessary. Part of the reasons I took a couple of shortcuts is that I only had about 10 days to complete (I had been very sick the previous 2 months and didn't even go near my sewing room during that time). My step-daughter's co-worker was nice enough to iron on the interfacing to help me out.

    I hope that answered your question.
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    Hey everyone, Great postings. I love all of the wonderful examples of finished "QAYG" All of the projects are unique and beautiful. I was out all day having summer fun with my family. Laid out in the sun and watched my DGS playing on Lake Michigan Beach building sand castles with my DD. It was a very relaxing day with Pizza for lunch. I will work on getting caught up on the posts reading tomorrow and get replies out to any questions that have not been answered. Have a wonderful evening Ladies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltE View Post
    Of course you can ... like most things in quilting, you can do whatever you want!
    I believe JustFlyingIn's 2nd and 3rd pictures are the same quilt, showing you the two sides.
    I've done this several times but you really need to stay organized while cutting and sewing so you don't get yourself mixed up. You can guess how I know this.....:-)
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    justflyin -- very nice. I like how you used alternating colors going across.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jenniky View Post
    Hey everyone, Great postings. I love all of the wonderful examples of finished "QAYG" All of the projects are unique and beautiful. I was out all day having summer fun with my family. Laid out in the sun and watched my DGS playing on Lake Michigan Beach building sand castles with my DD. It was a very relaxing day with Pizza for lunch. I will work on getting caught up on the posts reading tomorrow and get replies out to any questions that have not been answered. Have a wonderful evening Ladies.
    Oh Jenniky ... he's adorable!
    And what a great pic you captured.
    Now you just go and relax ... and enjoy the rest of your day/evening and don't stress about responses!


    I forgot to respond about the different technique questions.
    I'm with the others ... stick with the one technique and explore all the variables, before going onwards to a different type of QAYG.

    It'd become just too confusing, to get too far into other techniques at the same time.
    (I confuse easily, and already am getting confused with the extras that have been posted!!)
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    I hope you'll stay with this technique until finished...then maybe the fun & done. I am interested in any QAYG that I can do TOTALLY by machine...I don't do much handwork.

    Also, thanks to everyone that made the nice comments on my fun & done projects.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pinkiris View Post
    I recently viewed a disc of quilting made by Nancy Zieman (of "Sewing with Nancy" on PBS) and she used a strip of wonder-under that was about 1/2" wide for basting her quilt. She placed it where she wanted it on the wrong side of her backing piece, pressed it in place with her Clover mini iron, and then tore the paper about a half inch long while keeping pressure on the iron. After applying these "dots" in many places, she peeled off the paper, put her batting over it and pressed it (maybe with a pressing cloth?) using her regular iron. When she was finished doing that all over the backing piece, she did the same "dotting" of the quilt top and peeled off the paper of the Wonder Under and pressed that to the sandwich of batting and backing. It looked quick and efficient.
    Seems like this would be a very good way to use up small pieces of fusible that are left over after cutting out appliques. Also a good option for quilters with breathing issues that keep them from using any basting spray.
    WOOT! I did something Nancy does!

    lol, yes, I use a similar method. i dont usually bother to cut them down much, I now just save all the scrap fusibles from various projects for a quick basting. I have never done it with a whole quilt top, nothing larger than 36" square. little dots, or bits, or squares, or whatnot about 3-4 inhes apart - like you would baste with pins. I do the top first, then the backing. My favorite part - it allows me to center a backing really easily if I have a pattern or otherwise want a certain fabric motif in a certain place on the back. I get impatient with shifting pins for something like that, so this works into my quilting ADD perfectly!
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    Quote Originally Posted by vickig626 View Post
    justflyin -- very nice. I like how you used alternating colors going across.
    Thanks. That was out of necessity as I didn't have enough dark pink to do all the strips like I originally wanted. So, I decided to go with yellow also. In the end, I liked it just fine.

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    The VOTES are in.


    It seems it unanimous to stay with the current method. So that is what we will do. We will continue to explore the variations on this method.

    Vhord - Thanks for sharing a QAYG Link with us.
    Ssnare- Love your Quilting, Great Job.
    Pinkiris- Thanks for sharing the info on the Wonder Under Scraps

    Last edited by Jenniky; 08-07-2012 at 05:37 AM.
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    wow it feels like we are all in a great big sewing room together

    this is great !

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    Quote Originally Posted by SunlitenSmiles View Post
    wow it feels like we are all in a great big sewing room together

    this is great !
    That's a very good way to describe this! This method is somewhat intimidating, so Jenniky and the rest of you are making me feel more at ease. Today I plan on quilting my blocks or beginning to do that...
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    Just found this thread, and am excited to get started. I can't find how to bookmark anymore so I subscribed to it and had it e mailed daily. Hope this will work and help me keep up. Thanks for doing this Jenniky.
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    Granna of 5 - Welcome Im glad you have found us. Subscribing and Bookmarking is basically the same. I think that Subscribe is just the new term with the QB's new system.

    We will all look forward to seeing the squares you select for this project. I also want to invite you to share your QAYG experiences with us and participate in the discussions. And Questions are always welcomed.
    Have an awesome day!

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