- Paperback: 144 pages
- Publisher: C&T Publishing / Stash Books (October 1, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1617454729
- ISBN-13: 978-1617454721
- Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 0.4 x 10.1 inches
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Quilt As-You-Go Made Vintage: 51 Blocks, 9 Projects, 3 Joining Methods Paperback – October 1, 2017
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Finding Color Inspiration
Sometimes you find a great pattern but have no fabrics in mind quite yet. Walking into a quilt shop or searching for fabrics online can feel quite overwhelming at this point. My advice is to start with something that gives you color inspiration and work from there. It could be something as simple as a mood (soft, delicate, bright, or bold?), a theme (nautical, traditional, floral, baby boy or girl?), or a physical item.
Treat Joining Strips like Sashing
Once you have your fabric selected, joining strips are another fun way to add variety to your projects. While joining strips are primarily a way to join your quilted blocks together, visually they perform the same purpose as sashing strips, which are placed between blocks to help frame them or make them stand out.
Nest the Seams
When seam allowances fall in opposite directions, you can nest the seams as you arrange them to be sewn together. Nesting means to place the seam allowances right up against each other, allowing your intersections to be perfectly aligned.
This is a follow-up book to the popular Quilt-As-You-Go Made Modern, also by Jera. It features 51 blocks, nine projects, and three joining methods; including her very own technique that makes your quilt reversible by quilting each block individually on a backing and using joining strips on the front and back of the assembled quilt. Whilst the first book focussed on improvisational techniques in a modern style, this one is about using vintage fabrics in classic block designs. There are useful sections on tools and supplies, working with batting, and choosing your fabrics. Each project is laid out in an easy to follow fashion that is packed with photos and diagrams. Overall, a well considered books that is a delight to look through with a warm, encouraging tone of voice. (Popular Patchwork, January 2018)
About the Author
Jera Brandvig worked in the biotech industry before becoming a best-selling quilting author and fabric designer. Jera lives in a cozy home in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle with her loving husband and two beautiful boys.
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Jera Brandvig used 2 joining methods in her earlier book Quilt As-You-Go Made Modern (2014). Essentially, pieced blocks are quilted onto the batting without the backing piece. Later, the entire pieced and joined and quilted blocks plus batting are secured to the backing with secondary quilting lines. For those of us without a longarm, that means there will be bulk. And tucks, and curses, and possibly yet another UFO.
Joining Method 3 of Quilt As-You-Go Made Vintage, however, is indubitably the traditional QAYG method. Each block gets quilted on its own as a 3-layered sandwich. Machine quilters without a longarm no longer have to pine and whine. Beginners will find it easier to acquire free-motion quilting skills since only 1 12-inch block is manipulated at a time.
~ ~ ~ So What Are The 3 Joining Methods?
Method 1 joins blocks to blocks with no sashing strips; the pieced blocks each get quilted to a batting. Then they are all joined together and quilted onto the backing. Method 2 joins blocks and rows using a ½” finished strip which looks like a narrow sashing. This can get a big messy since longer and longer strips have to be used (and sometimes assembled from shorter strips) as the piecing of blocks and rows progresses. Then, as with Method 1, it all gets quilted again onto the backing.
Really, only Method 3 is the new one here. All 3 parts of the 12”x12” quilt sandwich block get quilted. It’s easier in many ways, but still requires the joining strips used in Method 2 on BOTH front and back.
~ ~ ~ Any special tools?
Brandvig does suggest a 60 mm rotary cutter for slicing through stacks of batting. Clover wonder clips are ideal for keeping the layers together. Binder clips also will work. A 14”x14” fully revolving cutting mat is also suggested, but not required. She also says a walking foot is optional, but I have never ever been able to quilt through all 3 layers without one. Some new machines do allow even-feeding without a walking foot, but not mine.
And everyone, IMO, should have a 6”x24” ruler, as it allows cutting strips without having to fold the fabric too many times. Brandvig also offers her opinion on her favorite thread, which is a pleasant surprise I won’t spoil unless asked. ;) Add some curved safety pins and needle-punched batting … And you are ready to choose your 1st project out of the 9 projects. Or design your own using the 51 blocks provided.
~ ~ ~ 51 Blocks & 9 Projects?
Quilt As-You-Go Made Vintage is the most value-laden creativity-producing book of the year by my vote.
Not just 9, but 14 quilted projects are included. Some of those are pillow, miniature, or table runner versions of larger quilts. Some are mere gallery shots, but with sufficient information for you to work out on your own.
Each of the 12”x12” 51 blocks are a wealth of designs and techniques with vintage appeal. Abundant tips and suggestions broaden the possibilities far beyond what the book’s title promises. These block patterns are just begging to be added to your block library.
I found this book so much easier to understand than other QAYG books. If you have avoided free-motion quilting or are still a bit timid, Quilt As-You-Go Made Vintage is ideal for you. And if you are fully experienced, you will have pure fun coming up with your own designs.
My first quilt was a queen size rag quilt. It was so large and cumbersome that I almost gave up. Then, I learned about Jera’s first book and I was sold on QAYG. It helped me learn on a much smaller scale, and now I have more confidence to put what I have learned into traditional quilting.
This book helped with that process too - because it focuses on more traditional piecing.
Thank you!! Your books were written for me!!