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Comment by Riana Noyes yesterday
Liz, you just described my first ever quilting project and how l was first taught at a night class held at a highshcool classroom in 1978. My MIL had signed up and invited her son's wife who had to back out at last minute. She then asked me ( my hubby her stepson), as it was paid for. I had to sweet talk hubby into looking after our 4 yr old and 18 mo old " all by himself" for the 1 night a week. I had never even seen a quilt until that first lesson! We built " hand frames" from flat wood window trim and " C" clamps with handles pointing " up" . This was what we pinned our overcut squares to with advice to leave 1/2" unquilted around block's final perimeter. First we pencilled a design and hand quilted it on plain fabric ( l chose white). The next lesson was hand applique as we were given choice of several easy shapes. I chose tulips. Mine were yellow tulips with green folliage on a pale orange background. It wasn't until lessons 3, 4, 5 that we learned hand piecing with templates. Final lesson # 6 was the joining of rows and blocks...just like Liz said. No sashing. I had that quilt for 25 yr until our grown son took it out west.My life changed forever in those 6 fatefull weeks. Thankyou for the memories Liz and Mary. My MIL passed at age 95 3 weeks ago. I loved her joyful take on life. She arrangedca ball room dancing cruise to celebrate her ( 3rd) husband's 101 birthday in 2015. He was sedately waltzing with her until the age of 103, he passed at 104. We always felt it was Daphene's youthful spirit that kept him going so long.
Comment by Mary Moore yesterday

I remember having them put sashing on left side and bottom of block, then sandwich and quilt to 1/2 inch of edges. Then they put those blocks together as you describe.  Then at the end they had a top and right side sashing to quilt and attach. 

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on Monday

Mary, did you keep your notes from the QAYG class?  Did you have students put their blocks right sides together and sew a 1/4"seam and press, then trim the batting so it buts and then turn 1 side of the backing 1/4" under and pin on top of the other backing and hand sew the seam?  This is what I remember from a Sampler class at Algonquin College in 1980.  It meant that when we hand quilted each individual block we had to leave 1/4" free all the way around the block.

Comment by Mary Moore on Sunday

I taught a QAYG back in the 70's and it was great for keeping new quilters stay interested.  Though one of the students called 30 years later to have me explain what to do on the back again.

Comment by Barbara Hughes on Sunday

Liz and Mama Duck. Thank you. It is spray basted and it has pins in it also. 

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on Sunday

Barbara, The quilting is beautiful on your Log Cabin.  Is the quilt spray basted!  I didn't see any pins.

We're watching a comedy on Netflix called "Dead To Me".  It had caught my eye as being nominated for some Emmys this week so I thought it must be good.  Anyone watch this?  We're on Season 2 and it is a refreshing break after the 7th Season of "The Hundred".  Hubby and I were clueless after every episode.

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on Sunday

Yes, Melanie, if you want to avoid any hand stitching Riana's way is better.  I hosted a workshop on QAYG quilt for QOV at my condo a few years ago and the instructor folded a larger seam on the 1 1/2" strip and glued it down and then machine quilted in the ditch on the front to machine sew it down.  I tried this on a quilt but I didn't catch all of the seam in the back when I machine quilted on the front so I had to go back and hand sew where I did not catch all of the seam.  I found this messy!  There are quite a few QAYG methods developed since the old days in the early 80's when Georgia Bonespeel was the QAYG beginners' quilting guru.  So, Melanie, you might want to try a few.

Comment by Riana Noyes on Sunday

Barbara , the quilting at cener is lovely! This will be a fulfilling project to work on :-))

Melanie, besides Liz's hand stitching method, there is a machine stitch version called " fun& done" Look up tutorials online. Basics are: • cut backing/ batting 1.75" bigger all around than top block.• quilt leaving outer 3/8" unquilted, ▪ fold backing out of way, and withblock top facing down, trim even with block,• after enough for row are made, join by sewing backings together just off the edge of blocks•double fold the backing to front like a binding, and machine sew down.• Repeat process for rows.

Comment by Barbara Hughes on Saturday

I will have to try that Melanie. It makes a lot of sense. Unless you want to overlap the quilting.

Comment by Barbara Hughes on Saturday

Needs quilting. It has a little in the middle but still needs finishing.

Comment by Barbara Hughes on Saturday

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on Saturday

Hi Melanie, I love to QAYG!  I sew the block.  Cut the backing and batting an inch bigger than the block all around.  I used spray adhesive to put together each block with batting and backing and when I ran out I just put them together and used straight pins.  I did straight -line machine quilting and then free motion quilting.  I also sewed 1/16 " around the inside of the square and then I trimmed them.  I cut 1" sashing for the top and 1 1/2" sashing for the back.  I laid the block right side up on the right side of the 1 1/2" sashing and then I put the right side of the 1" sashing next to the right side of the block and I sew a skimpy 1/4" seam with the walking foot.  I iron the 1" sashing up toward the seam and lay the next block right sides together with the 1" sashing and sew.  I iron the top sashing and then iron the 1 1/2" sashing toward the seam and iron over a 1/4" seam on the other side of the 1 1/2" sashing.  I fold over the 1 1/2" sashing over the raw seam and pin and sew closed by hand.  I sew by hand when I am tired or watching T.V.  If you need pictures let me know. 

Comment by Melanie Keith on Saturday

Mary, that Hawaii quilt is beautiful!  I have no finishing suggestions, but love everyone's ideas.  

For the group in general - I was thinking of a QAYG for my next PHD and wanted to know if any of you do this.  Do you quilt each block and join with sashing and then quilt the sashing and then add borders and quilt the borders?  I also saw a couple different methods - one used a solid backing and another used pieces as you added blocks. I thought perhaps this would be easier to try hand quilting.  Comments please and thank you!

Comment by Barbara Hughes on Friday

I guess my 5 minutes are up. I'm going to work on the red log cabin, I'll take a pick so you can see what it is I have to do.

Mary, your quilt is super spondogical !! That means the quilting is amazing!!  8)

Comment by Riana Noyes on Friday

Kris, why not take a piece of clear plastic, and trace what you did on those previous blocks. You can then sort thru your ruler collection and match them up. Or...have fun, and completely wing it!

Comment by Gail Brown on Friday

Mary, your quilt is beautiful and the hand stitching is just wonderful.  

Comment by Kris Howell on Friday

Riana - I have figured out 4 of the blocks, need 3 more.  Kellee put my CD with the directions up 'somewhere safe' and now can't remember where it is, so I still don't have it  I sort of know what I want to do with the other three, but I really do need the CD as I can't remember how to mark it for quilting.  

Mary - that quilt is looking great!  Kudos to you for such fantastic hand quilting.  

Comment by Riana Noyes on Thursday

Nice quilting, Mary you've got a lovely hand quilting stitch, and you certainly didn't skimp on the amount done in each block. This project is really coming out lovely ♡♡♡

Comment by Riana Noyes on Thursday

Mary, if your backing looks nice with front fabrics, you could roll that to front and hand stitch ( or do with decorative stitch by machine. Also a possibility is my favorite go to for colorful quilts, the " make a long strip of scrap" method, where you take random lengths of scraps of some fabrics used in quilt, normal binding width by anything from 6" to 12" long and join with 45° seam ( to cut down on bulk). If you have black fabric, that may work with those bright blocks as well. Your knife edge idea will certainly work, but my experience is that it tends not to lay flat unless blocked, and needs reblocking after each washing.

Comment by Mary Moore on Thursday

lost part of the last message. I don't have enough of the twelve outside fabrics to make separate binding. What I am going to do is blind hem the two edges together.  Am thinking of first quilting just the inner background and the design, do the hem, then finish the quilting.

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