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Quilt As-You-Go Made Modern: Fresh Techniques for Busy Quilters Paperback – October 1, 2014
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Quilting is easier than ever with Jera Brandvig's modern spin on the popular quilt-as-you-go technique. With this method, you will learn how to piece fabric on to small, manageable batting blocks, instead of using precise paper patterns and cutting measurements. Find your creativity as you quilt directly on the blocks (not the whole quilt!), whether in large abstract zigzags or small structured stitches. After the blocks have been joined, all you need to do is add backing fabric and binding, and your work is finished! (Modern Quilts Unlimited, Fall 2014)
Quilt-as-you-go (QAYG) is one of those techniques that every quilter is curious about trying, but can be daunting as the process is so different to the traditional process of making a quilt top and then quilting it. Having recently completed a QAYG quilt in record time, I'm a convert to the process, so finding this book by Jera of Quilting in the Rain was perfect timing.The book introduces the technique very thoroughly, so you can clearly understand the difference between traditional piecing and quilting and QAYG. Then there's a great selection of gorgeous quilts that are sure to appeal to the modern quilter. A must if you've ever thought about trying QAYG and haven't had a clue where to start. (Make Modern Magazine, September 2014)
This method combines patchwork and quilting together as most of the quilting is worked in small areas. The fabric pieces are sewn directly onto cotton punched wadding which is cut 1-1/2" bigger than the finished block. There is no backing at this stage, only two layers are quilted. The quilted blocks are then trimmed to the correct size. After the blocks are joined together a backing fabric is attached, with minimal quilting, before binding the edges. (British Patchwork & Quilting, February 2015)
About the Author
Jera Brandvig approaches quilting as a creative art form and loves to bend the rules. She lives in Seattle, Washington, with her husband, son and two “furry” children. To learn more, visit quiltingintherain.com.
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Very misleading. Wish I had bough fabric instead of this book.
With "Quilt As-You-Go Made Modern", leaving the backing off helps tremendously. Of course you don't necessarily get the same quilted "look" as with traditional techniques, but there has to be some compromises if you want the project to be simpler and faster.
I sewed four 6"x6" quilt pieces together and then placed them on top of a 12"x12" cotton batting square and then quilted them using freestyle machine quilting, rather than sewing the 4 pieces directly onto the batting. This was a personal choice and had more to do with the exact placement of the pieces within the quilt as I was able to chain sew them together and keep better track of them. I used solid colors and didn't want 2 pieces of the same color to end up right by each other.
Then I sewed the 12"x12" quilted pieces together, then the border with batting, and then the backing. Then I safety pinned everything together and quilted the border portion with all 3 layers together and sewed a wavy line down between each square. Yes, this included pushing the entire quilt through my machine, but wavy one direction lines are certainly easier than freestyle quilting. The binding itself probably took about as long as the rest of the quilt did as I hand stitched the back.
So, not including the binding, this quilt was by far the fastest quilt I've ever sewed, and it looks just as nice and I didn't start to resent it as it wasn't around long enough. The friend I gave it to absolutely loves it and asked me about the technique so I dropped the book off at her house a few days later. Hope she starts her own project soon!
This technique can be used for long rectangular pieces as well, not just squares. Diagonal pieces too. I have a diamond quilt top started that's been sitting in a storage bin for far too long that I may have another go at with this technique.
While this wasn't what I hoped (true quilt as you go includes quilting the back before piecing), it has very good instructions, especially in the area of binding including machine binding. I debated, and the excellence of the instruction leads me to give this four stars - just expect a bit more work with this particular technique - unless you want to apply her techniques and attach backing instead of just batting.
Overall I was very inspired to start making a quilt using this method right away...no more struggling with a giant quilt in my little home machine to get it quilted.
This book would be great for anyone who has some quilting experience.