Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Quilt as I go?

I am enjoying the quilting stage using my sewing machine. I am starting to feel comfortable with the idea of doing something more than either straight lines or stippling on an actual quilt. But big quilts are hard to maneuver and my accuracy suffers as a result. Doing careful, slower, detailed quilting seems overwhelming to me when looking at a bed size quilt.

Lately I have been thinking about the "quilt as you go" process. In Lily's Quilts QAL we will be quilting these blocks in separate 30" squares using this method.
Lily's Quilts QAL
Besides my love of this block, I think the QAYG part is what attracted me the most. This week we are adding the outside borders, my blocks now have their pieced centres in place and are ready for that step. I am keen to to get to the point where we start the quilting.

As I continue to ponder the question of how to finish the Blogger's Block-a-palooza blocks, I came across this post by Mary Ann at Rocknquilts where she set out in pictures a technique of QAYG for traditional blocks, quilting basically in the ditch. The small QAYG pieces would make this a realistic possibility for me to be able to do. Here are the blocks again, any thoughts on this idea are most welcome.
Bloggers Block-a-Palooza All 16 blocks

I am linking this to WIP Wednesday, I always enjoy the work of the inspired quilters there, go and take a look.
WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced