Sunday, August 30, 2015

"Quilt As You Go" Block Tutorial - Updated.

I've had some requests for the details of how to make the QAYG blocks so I thought I'd post an update of the information.
 These quilts are very easy for me to put together and cost very little as they all use up scraps of fabric as well as batting scraps. You don't even need to join the batting strips before you stitch them down as long as they are pinned well, as stitching the narrow strips of fabric over them will secure them very well.
 I cut a background fabric to 11" and place batting on it so that it covers the fabric. I overlap the batting slightly if I'm using strips. Then I place a long strip of fabric diagonally across the middle of the block and pin it in place. I use strips which vary in size from
3/4" in width up to 2.5" or 3 " in width. I use narrower strips of fabric if there are a lot of thin strips of batting being used so they will all be well secured by the stitching.
   Then I sew a strip each side of the first strip and sew them down and then press them open, continuing until
the entire block is covered. I trim the blocks to 10.5" before joining them.
 If anyone would like to donate even a few QAYG blocks then I'm happy to join them together into a
quilt. The only rules are that I don't use the same string more than once in each block. I also try to make unisex blocks which are suitable for either gender and separate blocks suitable for females. I try to limit the florals, pinks and pastel colours to just those for females but I've also heard back that most of the males aren't too worried about whether or not it is too girly if there are just a few of those elements in each block.  
   There's no need to join the blocks together just send any blocks you can get made and I'll do the rest.
For the teens I have also started to make blocks which trim back to 12.5 inches when finished as I need to make less joins with those blocks, so I'm happy with any size as I can always make more to go with them.
My address is 35 Trevaskis Rd
Kialla East
Vic 3631
Many thanks for any you care to donate. I was trying to cut back on making donation quilts and focus on my own but the ongoing need is too great to be ignored. My DH was getting sick of living in a quilt factory but when he saw and heard how much the recipients appreciated them, he realized that I need to continue with the donated quilt project.
Much love and hugs to you all for your support,
Love, Jan Mac

Friday, August 28, 2015

Blessing Others.

This afternoon I delivered six more QAYG quilts and two cushions to the organization which works with homeless teens. They were thrilled with them and the counselor told me she had given a quilt each to two girls who had just moved into supported accommodation. She said the girls were so happy with their lovely quilts that they were a bit overwhelmed and in tears. The counselor wanted me to know how much it meant to them.
   They also love the crocheted blankets to brighten up the group's rec room and the cushions will also make their surroundings more like home. The manager said that they had been trying to think of ways to make the teens feel at home and the donations were just what they needed.
  It's always good to hear that using up scraps of fabric and batting can bring warmth and comfort to others. I came home and made 8 more QAYG blocks as I've promised more quilts will be coming so they can have some on hand for emergencies.
Hugs, Jan Mac

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Only Two.

 I've been busy with family commitments so have had a few days break from quilting. Today there was time to quilt and bind two more donated tops. The first one was set as a square top so I took one row of blocks off the side and added them to the length so the quilt would suit an adult male.
    The second quilt was also made in adult colors but in a child's size so I took the borders off, then took a row of blocks off each side and added them to the length. Then I added an extra border in green and then added an extra square of fabric to each border so that the borders would fit. Adding dark green and gold corner blocks tied in with the quilt colors.
      It takes a little time to alter some of these tops but I think it's worth it if the quilt is a more appropriate size as I find square tops just aren't practical in the sizes which are donated. I have also been busy piecing backings and making bindings so hope to have a few more finishes to share soon.
Hugs, Jan Mac

Friday, August 21, 2015

Three Quilts and a Cushion.

 The last two days have been productive and I have made two quilt backings and quilted the two donated tops. I also added borders to the first one to make it a better size for an adult male. These first two quilts will be donated through AQA to Peter Mac hospital.
    The next quilt was made from 12 inch QAYG blocks. I had a third of them and made the rest to fit them. This is the tenth quilt for the group which helps homeless teens. I also make cushions from all the small scraps of batting which are too small for the QAYG blocks and this cushion is one which will brighten the Rec room for the teens. I have another cushion insert filled and just need to make another cover.
    Now it's time to take a break from the sewing machine and do some hand stitching of my hexie project.
 Hugs, Jan Mac

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

It's Almost Spring.

 Time for another QAYG quilt for homeless teens and I only have one more to make before I can deliver them. They needed 10 and I have 9 finished. I've been making more QAYG blocks as well as the pile is almost depleted.
   It's been a cold winter by our standards and it was a severe frost and minus 3 C this morning.  We're still lighting our log fire so today we had to cut some more wood. It's good exercise but thankfully this should be the last cut for this winter. We don't like to stockpile too much as it can become a good hiding place for snakes in summer.
     You can see we've had quite a wet winter and our water tanks are almost full and we are surrounded by green grass. Now it's time to put my feet up and stitch some hexies if I can stay awake.
Hugs, Jan Mac

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Tuesday's Two.

 Yesterday I was finally well enough to travel to Melbourne to see our youngest DD and her fiancé. I was lucky as it was also the Sit and Sew meeting for my Melbourne quilt group so I called in to drop off 8 quilts for donation as well as picking up more tops to finish. I was also looking for some green fabric to use as binding for this first quilt. Greens are hard to match as there are so many variations. In the end I didn't find one so settled on a darker coral pink. So I bound that one when we returned home this afternoon.
   I also quilted this cute girl's top donated to AQA. I happened to find a good match for the binding from some I had one hand, and I had just enough to finish it. Very happy with another finish. I'm hoping to quilt a few more tops in the next few days and also make time to finish some of my appliquéd blocks.
Hugs, Jan Mac

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Time For Two.

 I wasn't planning on quilting today as I am trying to find fabric for backings and bindings to match some tops. While I was working on piecing backings I thought I may as well quilt another couple of donated tops. They have both been made by members of AQA, my Melbourne quilting group. We've had a backlog of tops accumulating so it's been very rewarding to get some of them finished so they can bring some warmth and comfort to people in need.
   The first one is a hand appliquéd cot sized quilt and the next one is suitable for an adolescent. I'm sure they will be loved and appreciated.
I really should be finishing off some more of my UFOs but it's also good to clear the stack of tops and there is always tomorrow.
Hugs, Jan Mac