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Craftsy Block of the Month 2012 taught by Amy Gibson

In Craftsy's first-ever Block of the Month, Amy Gibson brings you 10 specific quilting techniques - appliqué, string quilting, paper piecing and more.

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Category Quilting
Type Quilt
Style Modern
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What materials did you use? Four cotton prints that read as solids on a dotted white background, all from my stash, yay, except needs to purchase more white for sashing and backing

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What are you most proud of? I quilted each block, then assembled in QAYG with sashing, great tutorials on YouTube.

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What advice would you give someone starting this project? Great opportunity to get creative with fabrics you already have and try quilting techniques you 've never tried before!

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I Love your quilt Diane, it's really fresh and cool but vibrant too. I'm very interested in how you assembled it to this point. Do you think that Quilt as you Go is an easier route for a first quilt than trying to do the whole thing at once? I have to say the whole idea makes me nervous, I'm getting close to that stage on my 1st dive into patchwork and quilting, & I'd appreciate your advice.

05/23/2014 Flag

I think quilting each block by itself, then putting them all together is way easier for me. When I do a full quilt, I always seem to get puckers or waves, they never seem to lie smoothly. When you quilt the smaller sections, there is so much more control when using s regular sewing machine. Do you have a walking foot attachement for your machine? If you watch several of the YouTube videos, on attaching the sections, you should be fine. Let me know if you have any other questions! Happy to help!

05/25/2014 Flag

Thanks for the compliment! That is the exact look I was going for! It would be a great quilt for my beach house, if I had one!!!

05/25/2014 Flag

Well when you get your dream beach house you'll have a quilt all ready to go , until then you'll have to lay on the bed and pretend. I'll certainly check out the Yayg tutorials on You Tube, I have to admit now that it;s come time to assemble the quilt, I've hit a brick wall, and just walked away from it for a bit, I don't want to spoil it, and the sashing is going to be key, with the blocks that have finished too small. Sigh, it'll come to me eventually,( what to do) until then, I'm practising stitching in the ditch on smaller pieces, it's not as easy as I thought it would be.

05/30/2014 Flag

I find it easier to echo stitch around a design than stitching in the ditch. That is how I quilted my blocks for this quilt. If you can zoom in on my picture you will be able to see what I did. If not, I can try posting some close up pics of several blocks. I personally like a rather narrow sashing that blends with the background fabric, then you can modify the width for your "short" blocks. My sashing strips were one inch, with a quarter inch seam on each side the finished sashing strip between the blocks was one half inch. If it had to be a bit wider on some, it would blend in with the background. You can do it!

05/30/2014 Flag

This is a beautiful quilt Diane. Congratulations. May I ask how much of each of the main fabrics you had? I have downloaded this class and was looking at photos to get an idea of what kind of look I wanted. I have been looking at fabric and to be truthful to buy a fat quarter bundle looks to be quite expensive. I really like your more limited colorway. Many thanks

08/10/2014 Flag

Thank you! I really love the way it came out. I'm not really sure how much of the colored fabric I used, I know the navy was just shy of one yard, the others were less than a half yard, I'm sure. I had a small piece of be turquoise with the stars on it, I used it til it was gone then picked another turquoise that was close in color. I thought it looked noticeable one block at a time, but when it was assembled the obvious difference went away. The background white was about two yards, had to buy more for half the sashing and backing. Hope that helps. It is a very forgiving design, making it out of what you might already have should be a fun challenge! Best of wishes with it! I'll be looking for your pictures so please post your project!

08/11/2014 Flag

Thank you Diane! I am thinking ahead with this one! I am currently doing Leah Day's Building Block Quilt Along and I plan to do her course on fmq on this sampler quilt - probably next year.

08/16/2014 Flag