Monday, 19 December 2016

QAYG Needs List Symposium 2017

Quilt as you go

Tutor Shirley Mooney

Do you have difficulty manipulating a large quilt on your sewing machine?  Or are you concerned you may damage applique, embroidery or embellishments on your quilt when quilting?
Quilt as you go is a technique which enables you to work on smaller areas by piecing and quilting blocks at the same time.  Blocks are then joined using thin sashing strips both on the front and the back of your quilt.
In this one day class you will create three or four blocks and join them together using this technique. From here you can then build your quilt to whatever size you wish.
The quilt sampler for this class is made using 2 ½”scraps and can be built up to whatever size quilt you wish. We will discuss the various ways blocks can be assembled using this technique in class.


This needs list below covers the requirements for the class, not the whole quilt.


Fabric requirements

Please pre-cut fabrics as per instructions before class to save time.  
Background colour and sashing strips.
These can be the same colour. Whatever colour you use for your background, it should make your feature colours stand out (pop). You will need to bring to class 6  2 ½” full fabric width strips of background fabric which will be sub cut using class templates. I recommend full width as opposed to fat quarter lengths which create a lot of waste.
Suggested quantity for larger quilt 1.5 to 2 meters. This will vary depending on the size of your quilt. If in doubt – buy more.
Block colours
Please bring fabrics for four blocks.
For each block colour you will need four shades from dark to light.
For each block cut one dark fabric into an 8” x 4 ½” rectangle which will be cut into a smaller diamond using class template.
Cut the other three colour shades for each block into 2 ½” strips using the full fabric width (112cm) or cut 2 of each if using fat quarters. These will be sub cut using class templates.
Backing Fabric
This technique uses more backing fabric than the standard quilt. If you intend to make a large quilt, then I suggest you purchase at least 4 metres. You can also use different fabrics on the back for each block. This is another way of using scraps from your stash.
Cut 2 12” full width fabric strips (across the bolt 112cm) if using one backing fabric
Cut 4 20” x 12” pieces for each block if using different fabrics. You may wish to match these fabrics with those of your colour blocks.
Back Sashes
You can use either the same fabric as your chosen backing fabric or a contrasting fabric.
Cut 2 1 ½” full length strips or 4 if using a fat quarter.
Cut 2 12” full width strips or cut 20” x 12” pieces if using scrap batting.  Any batting will do though students using Dacron in my classes have had difficulty as it is very slippery to use.


Sewing requirements

·         Sewing machine with walking foot attached.

·         Power cord and foot control for your sewing machine.

·         2 pre-wound bobbins with thread matching that will work with your backing and background fabrics.
·         Rotary cutter (fresh blade please) and medium size cutting board.
·         60deg triangle ruler (optional – only bring if you have one)
·         Long ruler
·         Quilting pins
·         Scissors
·         Fabric marker. This will be used to mark your batting.  If using white or light background fabric you may wish to a marker that disappears.
·         Quilting gloves (optional)
·         1” x 6 “ruler that has ¼” lines marked. (Optional – only bring if you have one)
·         Masking tape.  Used for making ¼” line on your machine and assists with keeping templates from slipping.
Block templates provided in this class are for you to keep.  Some accurate sewing is required to ensure your blocks are sewn straight and sized correctly. 
Please visit my blog to view other quilts made using this technique.  On display are other students’ quilt blocks. Viewing these may help you with your fabric selections.
Typ “quilt as you go” in the search field top left of my blog page to view posts.


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