Monday, August 10, 2015

Opinions Wanted

I set some time aside to work on the Modern Building Blocks quilt I started several weeks ago.  I have been in love with this quit since it was released.  Julie over at Pink Doxies (which a big shout out she just finished her flimsy) inspired me to get cracking on this project.  Between normal weekend duties and watching the musical Quilters maybe more than once (3 times) I made pretty good progress.  I still have one more 12 inch block and an 18 inch block to make and I will have section A finished and ready to piece together.


If you have ever seen this quilt or the pattern, the blocks are all sewed together with no sashing or boarders.  Just beautiful blocks build upon beautiful block.  I have longed to quilt this quilt from the  moment I laid eyes on it.  All those fun geometric shapes and the endless possibilities.  Because the quilt is 84 by 96 when completed I'm thinking it may be more than I want to tackle on my domestic machine as far as quilting.  So the question popped into my head, would this quilt make a good quilt as you go project.  I could:

1) quilt each individual block and attach all the blocks with binding strips (white maybe?)

2) piece each section then quilt it and attach the sections with binding strips (again white?)

My biggest fear is changing the look of the quilt with the binding strips.  Would it change the look too much to have small sashings in the quilt?  Plus I have not make a QAYG quilt using this method before.  


This is what the quilt looks like once it is pieced together.  What is your thoughts on turning this beauty into a quilt-as-you-go project?  Have you ever constructed a quilt using the binding strip method?  I would love to hear your thoughts.  I have plenty of time...only 40 more blocks to go!


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10 comments:

Kelly Quillia said...

I really like the quilt without sashing. There is a craftsy class that uses a split batting method that might work well for this. You would still have the whole top to deal with but not all the batting as you're working on the center. Then you add the batting in as you work to the outside. It is the second Big Quilts Small Machine class by Ann Peterson I believe. She has a few methods you could try. I really need to make this quilt its so pretty!

Beth @ Cooking Up Quilts said...

I agree with Kelly - I like the look of the quilt without the sashing. That doesn't mean it wouldn't work if you wanted to use a QAYG method. I've never done that before, so I'm not sure about it. Hmmm, maybe it's time to call Brian.... LOL!! :)

Stitchin At Home said...

I agree no sashing. I did a queen size quilt on my domestic machine. I did it similar to this, but I didn't use fusible batting.
http://www.candiedfabrics.com/2014/01/15/video-tutorial-quilt-as-go-no-sashing/

Joy said...

I think Kelly Quillia has the answer. I had not heard of the split batting method, but that is definitely what I would do. Sashing will change the look of the quilt.

Brianna said...

I like this pattern. I would leave it as is. My first quilt was a quilt as you go and I discovered I was not a fan of hand-sewing all of those sashing strips down on the back of the quilt. But then, maybe I'd like it better now. I just quilted a 90" x 90" quilt on my domestic machine (Pfaff Expressions) and it went fine. The key was putting an extra fold-up table behind the other one and a little TV table to my left. They carried the added bulk of the quilt and made it easier to maneuver. I spray basted and everything stayed together fine through all of the maneuvering.

Alison said...

If you add sashing, the different sections wouldn't end up the same size so I would shy away from adding sashing.

Maartje Quilt said...

Use your design wall or floor and find out if everybody is right. Than you know for sure.
Your blocks are beautiful. Big quilts are always QAYG for me! Good luck with all those choices.

Jayne said...

It is a striking quilt and I love it just as it is. Sashing is great for some blocks/quilts, but I think this one is best without!

JanineMarie said...

It seems to me that you can do the quilt without sashes but still do QAYG. Just have the binding (sashing?) showing on the back. I think that was the original way I learned how to do it (from Georgia Bonesteel, maybe?) even though I haven't done QAYG for a long time.

Janice Holton said...

Unfortunately, I can't offer an opinion about the QAYG as I am just learning how to do it myself! LOVE this quilt though. It will be gorgeous.

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