Thursday, February 9, 2017

A Start--8 Month QAYG

Batik fabrics for the front
Since I finished "Winter Ice," I started a new project. (Starting new projects was number three on my yearly goal list!) This project runs for eight months, so it is sort of like a Block of the Month (BOM) project.

Only, it is a Quilt As You Go (QAYG) project that uses rulers for the quilting designs. QAYG is a method of quilting the blocks and then joining them together. The quilting process is easier because the quilter isn't dealing with cramming large layered sections through the harp of a domestic sewing machine!

I was disappointed with my efforts at using the set of artistic rulers on "Winter Ice." Before I threw in the towel on quilting with rulers, I decided I would take this class because perhaps, my problem was with my tools and how I used them!

Cotton fabrics for the back
I selected fabrics from my stash for the front  fabrics--the pink and green fabrics in the photo are batiks that have been on the shelf for many years!

I was making great progress shopping my stash for fabrics for the back. However, I was short of the green to cut all of the pieces so I 'had' to make a run to the local shop and pick up that purple! Ah. . .the sacrifices we make for our art! :) I purchased two yards because I will have a use for the leftovers in another project.

Fabric requirements for this project were six yards for the front and six yards for the back. Yes, some of the batiks and the yellow cotton fabric will be left at the end of the project. It is probable that these scraps will find their way in other projects later! But, the great news is that my initial outlay for the project was $14! This is a time when having stash fabrics was just the ticket!

Layered and ready for stitching
(I operate on the principal that anything in the stash longer than a year is "free!")

I prewashed all the fabrics and then ironed them. I prewash because I don't want a fabric bleeding into another! Batiks, especially dark and light ones seem to bleed the most! Just the other day I prewashed cream batiks, the amount of yellow and brown dye that was left behind in the sink was eye opening. I still am surprised when a light batik bleeds colors not in evidence on the fabric! Yes, bleeding still has happened; but, to a lesser degree than had I not prewashed!

I also pieced the batting from previous projects. I do this at the end of a project. Then when I want to make a bag, a placemat, I have ready to use batting. Using those batting scraps, is upcycling at its best! I've already purchased the batting so I might as well get the most use out of it!!

Grid design
I included a photo of all the parts layered and ready for the quilting directions. It was not fun to complete this part. Now that it is done, it will just be a matter of selecting the appropriate stack and quilting. For that part, I'm grateful. No searching for fabric and wondering if it will be okay and no cutting. I like that the decisions are made and now the project is all about the play!

This was the first block of four blocks  to quilt using a grid design.  The rulers are smaller than what I used to quilt "Winter Ice." They are easier for me to hold. The stable tape worked better as a grip to the block than the velcro strip that was on the other rulers. I liked the results of quilting this first block!

I did do a lot of turning the block as I found I had a more challenging time to move backward and side to side. I suppose with practice, I would improve.

Twist and turn design
The directions were to cut the fabrics larger than the actual block size. Trimming will happen once all the blocks are completed.

I used a 40wt purple polyester thread on the batik and a 50wt purple cotton thread on the cotton. I'll use this same thread for the entire project.

The second block of the four used the straight line ruler in a different way. I like the design and it was  fun to do.  I liked the spacer gauge that came with the set.  If I had had this gauge, I think some of my quilting on "Winter Ice," would have been better.

Curved design one
The third block used the curved edge of the ruler.  I was supposed to leave an open space between the curves; but, I was having too much fun to stop!

Curved design two
The fourth block used a different design with the curved ruler.  These blocks will finish to six inches. In a few weeks, I will get to work on the 16 inch blocks! I'm sharing the back so you get an idea of how the thread looks on the cotton fabrics.

I'm on track! It feels good and I will try to stay the course!


Janice Smith said...

I love, love, love the colors in the top photo! Is this an online class project? It sure looks like fun.

Unknown said...

Love the quilting on this.

Unknown said...

This looks like a lot of fun! What rulers are you using? Is this an online class?

Nicole Knott said...

like the twist and curve and the curved design 1... looks like you're having fun!! x said...

ahhh, Thank you for loving the colors! Fabric choice is always the most challenging part of the quilt process for me. The class is held at the local quilt shop, Quilting Delights. The instructor provides access to online videos to help us with completing our assignments so I would say it is a mixture of in class and online class! said...

The rulers made the quilting work so much more fun! Thanks! said...

It was! Westalee rulers. It is a mix of in class and online videos. I missed the first in class session; but, look forward to attending the next session! said...

It was fun and those two designs were my favorites too! Do you suppose we could be related? :) Thanks for visiting!

Luann Fischer said...

Your ruler work is looking better all the time. You're making great progress. And, of course, I too love all the colors you've chosen. I'm looking forward to seeing more of your progress.

Monica said...

This looks like some challenging quilting. Is the main idea with the rulers that you don't have to mark as much, so it's faster? At the end of 8 months you will be a pro! said...

Thanks, Luann. Time will tell; but, between the smaller size ruler and the spacing tool, my results improved dramatically after the first block! The colors are cheery which is good for how I've been feeling. said...

Yes, Monica. The idea is to use a dot instead of a line which would be faster. Also, trying to quilt a straight line without a ruler is tough! I'm thinking after eight months, I'll know if rulers and a domestic machine are going to be working tools for me!