A fellow quilter and blogger, Quilting in the Rain, that I follow on Instagram had proposed a Quilt-Along (QAL) using the Quilt-As-You-Go (QAYG) method. I had been wanting to try this method for quite some time but I was at a loss for which quilt block to use.
This is what I came up with…
I used a traditional Log Cabin block pattern and pretty much my entire royal blue stash to come up with this quilt (shopping trip in my future to replenish my blues!)
The QAL was to run 4 weeks, making 5 QAYG blocks each week. Well, I don’t have restraint of any kind! I made all 20 blocks in one sitting! The blocks go together so quickly that I just kept going! It was a rather methodical, meditative evening and I caught up on a couple of movies on Netflix I had been wanting to watch.
I played around with a couple of layouts, asking my son and his friend to leave their Xbox game to give me their opinions. We all voted on this layout.
Because the quilting is done as you are piecing the block together, it cuts the time in half to finish a quilt. I think from cutting the fabric to binding the quilt it took a total of 8 hours. I took breaks in there too!
The sashing that holds the blocks together is reclaimed sheeting from the thrift store but it matches the lighter blue in the Anna Maria Horner print used for the backing perfectly! I often worry about mixing fabrics like that (cotton with blends) but so far, I’ve been pretty lucky. I guess our quilting ancestors didn’t worry about this, they used what they had and were happy for it.
I’m not totally pleased with the size of the quilt, 52″x65″. In retrospect, I should have made several more blocks to make it a larger throw size. As it is, it is a generous lap quilt. I will eventually make a much larger quilt for this recipient to use on their bed but because Christmas is only 7.5 weeks away, this will do.
A very big thank you to Jera of Quilting in the Rain for giving me the kick in the pants to try this method and if you are interested in the QAYG method, she has a great book called Quilt As You Go Made Modern available on Amazon.
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Till next time…