Saturday, December 21, 2013

Quilt-As-You-Go progress

Lately I’ve been intrigued with the Quilt-As-You-Go (QAYG) technique.  Probably because I treated myself to several new (to me) classes, one of which is Quilt-As-You-Go Patchwork Bags. The instructor, Tara Rebman, gives clear concise directions for every step of construction.  

The first, smaller class project is making a potholder using the stitch-and-flip method.  I chose to use scraps of Christmas fabric.  After each new patch is sewn down, you flip that piece right side up and then quilt it with straight stitching.

After finishing the potholder I prepared scraps of batting and a piece of fabric for the backing that was about 18” x 14”.  Initially I figured my finished piece would be used as a placemat.
I pulled out a bunch of scraps and started stitching.  I chose to quilt the patches using straight stitching about 3/8” apart (using the edge of my walking foot as a guide). 

One thing I noticed is that the stitch-and-flip method is basically log cabin piecing where you start in the middle and build outward rotating and adding each new patch.  Due to the size of my piece, at a certain point the patches became large/long and the scrappy collage look that I favor was not happening so I began piecing the strips before I added them. 

By the time I finished my placemat I was dreaming of other uses for this piece.  If I made a second one then I could make a tote bag.  I put more thought into placement of the patches on the next piece.  This bag will be used for shopping so I did not make a lining for it.

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Quilting!


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