Wednesday, August 17, 2016

beginning Blue

Know what I did in a royal "pregnancy brain" moment?  I requested a backing for Twirly Top quilt from a sponsor, and while it was processing created a backing from my stash.  By the time I got the shipping confirmation email for the backing, I had already finished quilting!  It all happened within a few days.  Yep, there are no excuses for that...

Sometimes sponsors gift me fabric I request for very specific projects.  When they know I will be using the fabric promptly and linking to their website, it's a mutually beneficial trade. 

Unless I don't use the fabric? 

Yeah, that hasn't happened before.  No matter.  I can do better than apologize.  I'll start a new quilt!  And this time I'll use the backing Connecting Threads sent my way.  Pinky promise.

beginning Blue

My backing is "provincial blue" and could readily coordinate with lots of fabrics, but I've decided to work again with true blues:  bold cobalt, stormy skies, baby blue and cornflower.  I'm steering clear of aqua blues and fabrics with much in the way of other colors.  I've pulled solids and all my squares and chunk scraps that suit.

beginning Blue

Maybe because the palette is so classic, I landed on this traditional design.  My big 13" solid squares are cut in various shades of solid blue.  The checkerboard patchwork squares are cut 3". This quickly devovured all my true blue scraps and has started eating into my yardage... because I'm going big!  The backing is 104" wide and there's plenty for a twin or full sized quilt.  With the backing already ready, it just seems a bed quilt is in order.

beginning Blue

Not too far along I found myself yawning.  Traditional can be charming, but not terribly exciting.  To spice things up I've decided to make this one quilt-as-you-go.  I'm quilting the solid squares in different straight line textures, simple quilting through the block and one layer of batting (no backing yet).  Working on these small little canvases makes quilting a breeze!

beginning Blue

When I've finished piecing and quilting all the many, many blocks I need for this large quilt, I'll do a tutorial on how to finish a quilt-as-you-go number.  I frequently receive questions about that, so this is a perfect opportunity to clear the air.

Alright, there's more blue awaiting me.  Back soon!

21 comments:

  1. Very pretty--love QAYGo myself..great idea hugs, Julierose

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  2. My, that's quite a way to make two quilts 😊. I'm eagerly waiting for your QAYG tutorial. I haven't tried it before and would like to give it a try.

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  3. I Love this! The different sized blocks look great!
    I will be awaiting your QAYGo tutorial, I really need to try it!
    I follow you on Bloglovin and I am wondering if it would be possible for you to follow me back? I am trying to build followers and hoped my fellow sewests might be willing to help me.
    https://AmyscrapSpot.blogspot.com

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  4. I'm interested as well in your finishing tutorial. I haven't made a quilt as you go but am really excited to try your method. Thanks!

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  5. That's funny, Rachel, but you are "making good" and getting all those scraps corralled is a real bonus. I look forward to seeing your tutorial. I've tried a couple of different QAYG methods and haven't been sold on the results so far. What I really DO like is working with those little canvases as it really does make life much easier.

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  6. Great story, Rachel, and a great way to fix it! I love all those beautiful blues. I'm looking forward to your QAYG finishing tutorial...I've made small QAYG projects, but never something that involved joined quilted blocks together.

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  7. It will be great! Your post is so timely. I was just pawing through my stash of scraps looking for a border fabric for a scrappy autograph quilt and was thinking that I really need to do something with it all. Your project is very motivating.

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  8. Yeah, you don't need a pregnancy brain to do stuff like that when you are ...... a gramma hahaha (old-er)
    I like this quilt and I do not know anything about quilt as you go, so I am looking forward to learning what you are doing in that construction approach.
    I love this quilt so far. I have so many things I want to do and make.... I really need to start a list. I am working on several things at the same time now, and I love doing that too.
    Happy Wednesday eve

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  9. Looking forward to the QAYG tutorial - especially because you're not quilting 3 layers at the moment. I think that technique could be perfect for one of my WIPs :-)

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  10. I think the QAYG on each block will give this very traditional quilt some added oomph! I have yet to try QAYG, it's been on my list far too long! Pregnanacy brain...it's been a long time since I've had babies, I've forgotten!

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  11. Dear Rachel, I will be glad to see the tutorial. This quilt in process looks very nice and I really would like to know the process of finishing. Thank you, Jolana

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  12. Could happen to me too and I don't have pregnancy brain;-) Love all the blues in this quilt it gives the quilt a male vibe.

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  13. I love the simple quilting lines and patchwork pattern that you have chosen for this one and with the true blues, classic :)

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  14. I am looking forward to seeing how you do quilt as you go and add the back later. I love your blue color palette.

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  15. Hi Rachel,love the colours and looking forward to the tutorial. Some late feedback to your query on blogging -I have tried to afford myself 20 min sewing a day for me in a busy life. I read your blog plus about 6 others (time constraints -x 4 kids , working our side the home .....) which is often my 20 min fix for the day .I read the blogs for inspiration, patterns, ideas and for the tutorials, I have learned most of what I know from tutorials, the blogs and tutorials got me quilting when my kids were babe's and too difficult to commit to signed up class living in the country in Ireland.I have never commeted as unwittingly didn't consider the benefit to the blogger, seems selfish now as I write but unintentional, in addition over the 6 years of my quilting journey I have seen some negative commentary, my motto is unless you have someting good to say its better keep it to yourself.I don't do FB , IG as demotivated to get involved for reasons I won't get into in print which can be misinterpreted.
    I also like the story of the quilt not just the pictures. On that note I worked for years in NICU and as a midwife & mother who has faced quite a bit I have a small insight into how you might be feeling - from the language of your blog you are doing an amazing job in coming to terms with and facing all that has happened for you & you family. I wish you all the best for a healthy and happy family future.

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    1. It's great to hear from you! Thanks for sharing all your thoughts and how you fit your hobby into your life. I would love to reply via email, but you are a "no reply commenter" so Google has not shared your email address with me =) I am so intrigued that you've both worked in NICU and as a midwife. Such different worlds (at least in the U.S.)! Such different assumptions! Having lived for some time in the midwife culture and then arriving in the NICU/special needs culture has been the biggest culture shock of my life. I'm still on a journey to sort out connections, conversations and conclusions between the two.

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  16. Your timing couldn't be better. I have been wanting to do a QAYG project and look forward to reading your tutorial. Have a great weekend Rachel and no worries about your pregnancy brain moments. It's all part of the process. Hope all is well. :-)

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  17. Your timing couldn't be better. I have been wanting to do a QAYG project and look forward to reading your tutorial. Have a great weekend Rachel and no worries about your pregnancy brain moments. It's all part of the process. Hope all is well. :-)

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  18. Love the blues! Looking forward to your tutorial on "Quilt as you go"

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  19. As I was reading this post, I was thinking, "I need to ask in the comments about how she sews the pre-quilted squares together and adds the back." So hooray that you're already planning the tutorial! You may not find this quilt particularly interesting because it's monochromatic, but I think it's gorgeous. I love the different quilting patterns on the solid blues.

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    1. Heh. This is treen - I didn't realize my husband was logged in to Google instead of me.

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