After my recent QAYG post, it was time to put the process to work.
The Stay+ quilt is 5 blocks across and 5 down, so I divided it into uneven halves:
- One ‘corner’ of 2 x 2 at top left, one ‘corner’ of 3 x 2 at top right
- One ‘corner’ of 2 x 3 at bottom left and one ‘corner’ of 3 x 3 at bottom right.
Then I got cracking. I cut a whole bunch (that’s a technical term, if you’re a quilter) of 1 inch strips for the fronts, and 1¾ inch strips for the backs. The back strips were pressed in half lengthways. For the purpose of the first half of this assembly, none of the strips required joining, as I’d cut the strips across the width of the fabric, which was sufficiently long. The fabric is 42 inches wide, and I can get three joining sections out of each width for my 12½ inch blocks, or one long joining strip for the 3×2 or 3×3 sections.
If you’re interested in how it all goes together by this Quilt As You Go process, you can find the detail in my earlier tutorial on the subject, here. Since I wrote it, I’ve reduced the width of strip I cut for the back from 2 inches to 1¾ inch; I’ve got better at doing it, and I don’t need such a generous overlap on the back to ensure I catch it with my stitching on the front.
Here, you see the two top ‘corners’ completed but not yet joined:
Lynn of Tialys is also working away at her slightly larger quilt, which is 5 x 6 blocks in format. She’s working on other things, and is also a bit unwell, so she’s made great progress considering, don’t you think?
I’ll have Stay+ assembled in a couple of days if I can keep up the momentum. Then it’s time for the binding, one of my favourite parts!