Before I jump into “Quilt As You Go”, I’d like to make a few comments about last week’s post. I’ve had a number of you ask me about the pattern for the Bricks and Mortar quilt I was working on at the quilt retreat. I’ve decided to share that in an upcoming post 🙂.
I’ve also been asked about the retreat itself. I belong to Patched Lives Quilt Guild and we meet on the second Wednesday of the month at 6:30, in Brandybrook School. This school is just west of Waukesha on Hwy 18. We are currently accepting new members and would love to have you join us as a guest at our next guild meeting. We hold two retreats a year and all members are welcome. To read our newsletter and find out more please go to: https://plqgnewsletter.wordpress.com
And now for “Framed Blocks – Quilt as You Go”
I wanted to try a new “quilt as you go” technique for a my latest lecture and the stitched circle blocks from the post I wrote two weeks ago were the perfect ones to experiment with.
I began by pulling four 10″ squares from a “Layer Cake” I had lying around (a Layer Cake is a pre-cut stack of 10″ squares). I trimmed my circle blocks to 8 1/2″ square, and cut four 9″ squares of thin quilt batting.
I then layered the blocks and quilted them, using the circle making hack from my previous post with a straight stitch and matching thread between the circles of decorative stitching (click here to view that post).
Next I stitched around the square, 1/8″ from the edge.
Once all the blocks are quilted and edge-stitched they can be sewn together by placing the blocks back to back, making sure the edge-stitching lines up, and sewing on top of that stitching through both blocks.
When the blocks are opened flat, right side up, the seam allowances will be sticking straight up. Fold each, one at a time, raw edge in to the edge of it’s block (as at the bottom below the purple butterfly pin), and then over again against the block (as above the blue butterfly pin). Pin in place.
Press both “frames” flat against the blocks:
Then stitch them in place by hand, machine top-stitch, or with a machine decorative stitch as below.
Repeat this to make rows of blocks, and then use the same technique to put the rows together.
Once all the blocks are connected, the outer edge can be finished in the same manner.
You may have noticed that I haven’t stitched the frames in place in the “finished” piece above. That’s because the blocks yelled “NO”! I always say that I let my quilts tell me what’s working and what isn’t. When I wanted to put this step-by-step demo together for my lecture I grabbed the backing/frame squares of fabric I had on hand. I thought they would look ok, but the quilt disagreed, and shouted that the pink/purple fabrics weren’t right at all. True confession – I ended up using Photoshop™ to create the above “quilt”, but it will never be completed this way “in the cloth”, since the blocks told me I needed to find fabric that makes them happy! Stay tuned.
Has this ever happened to you? Have you learned to listen to your quilts before making bad choices and having to rip? Any photos or stories you’d like to share 😄?
Nevertheless, this really is a great way to put blocks together quilt-as-you-go, and I hope you have the opportunity to give it a try.