Wednesday, November 4, 2015

QAYG or a Glass of Moscato-That is the question?

Oh, Moda Modern Building Blocks how I love thee.  I told myself when I started you, you would be a slow project that I would take my time constructing.  I wanted to savor each moment of cutting your fabrics and piecing you like a fine wine.  But right now you are driving me NUTS!!  Maybe I've had too much wine and I'm drunk?? (note:  no wine has been abused during the writing about or creating of this quilt...yet)

I finished making the final 18" block for section A the other night, so I have officially found myself at a cross roads on how to proceed:
  1. Piece all these cute blocks together and start on section B
  2. Do nothing and start on section B
  3. Begin quilting each individual block and turn this into a quilt as you go
  4. Do absolutely nothing and open a bottle of Moscato
 I've been toying with the idea of turning this into a QAYG using the binding strip method for months now.  I have even searched the internet high and low to see if this has been done but have turned up nothing.  The finished size of this quilt is around 84" X 96" and I'm not sure I want to wrestle tackle quilting this beast on my domestic machine.  I 100% could do it, but the QAYG method would allow me to give each block the attention I feel it deserves without screaming, throwing things and getting very pissed off frustrated.  

So to prolong making this decision, I decided to play around with quilting designs on the blocks.  Maybe if I could visually see where I'm going I will find it easier to make a decision.  

The idea for the quilting in the orange fabric came form Kathleen at Kathleen Quilts.  She calls them Kathleen's Magic Shapes.

At this point I decided to hang a white flag in defeat.  Although, now I have some pretty cool ideas on how I would quilt this, I'm still not sure if QAYG is the way I want to go.  I'm pretty sure I still want a glass of Moscato, though.  So for now it's back into the plastic box for these blocks.  I may go ahead and start piecing blocks for the next group or maybe catch up on some other projects that are calling my name.  But, yup, definitely having the Moscato.


Ioleen said...

Hi Tish, here is a site for you to check out, if you have not already. Marianne is a member of the Edmonton modern quilt guild and a friend of mine. She does amazing QAYG quilts. Chech her out at The Quilting Edge. You will find tutorials for joining blocks using strips and see some amazing quilts.

Cheryl said...

I am glad you got your wine :) I would continue making blocks, you can always decide how to join and quilt them later, that way you are still making progress but not feeling stressed into making a quick decision.

Sandra Walker said...

I'll toast your gorgeous ideas as well as inspiration from the lovely Kathleen with a glass of Shiraz, or Cabarnet Sauvignon over here. Oh, I can relate to the exasperation with wrestling a beast of that size through a domestic...mind you QAYG makes me want to throw things too...unless you have a better way than hand-stitching the one binding side down, which is what I did, not a fan. I love seeing what you come up with on your plexiglass! The blocks just suddenly SING! no they YODEL! Lady-oh-look-at-MEE!!

Stitchin At Home said...

I would suggest you start with number 4 and then maybe follow that with number 1. Of course a few number 4's might be required before even thinking about any of the other numbers.

Leanne Parsons said...

All of those quilting ideas look amazing!

Libby in TN said...

Since I haven't seen what the finished project should look like, I may be totally off base. But it seems that QAYG might be awkward when working with different sized blocks. Love your quilting inspirations, tho.

Alycia~Quiltygirl said...

Oh what a laugh - Open the Moscato lol ! I like all those blocks, and love your Quilting ideas... I'll be waiting with wine glass to see what you decide to do!

Debbie At The Quilt Journal said...

I agree open the Moscato!! sometimes a glass helps your ideas flow ( that's my story and I'm sticking to it lol) All your quilting designs look amazing- keep piecing until your ready to commit- then just go for it!

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