Saturday, March 12, 2011

One Day Wonder

  I've been eagerly following a new to me blog called The Quilting Edge and the beautiful quilts Marianne makes using the quilt as you go method. She is working up a tutorial on her methods and provided a preview today.  The minute I saw it I knew I had to try it.
Starting with some leftover blocks and strips from previous projects and a crib size batting (45x60) I began to sew the center blocks to the batting (with backing fabric in place too) and then quilt them. As I added more strips, I then quilted them too. I wasn't thinking much about design, just using up what I had in my scrap box. Of course most of the scraps had similar colors so that helped.
All it needs now is binding and it is ready crib?
There are no babies on the horizon, but it was fun to make anyway.

Update 3/14/11: I just now read the tutorials on making the QAYG quilt on (see the sidebar tutorials) and realize I did NOTHING the same way as she did, with the exception of putting the blocks on the batting and backing and quilting them. I didn't join anything, but used the full size batting just as my 'block' size. Duh! I found it quite easy to work with a 45x60" block, ha! So maybe I could make four this size and then join them for a 90x120" size bed quilt using her joining blocks directions. Or not... I mean I could but I know I won't.

Speaking of horizons, the sun came out finally today, after days and days of rain. The pond is full to overflowing and the fish are really happy to have all new water. It is so clear, one can see all the way to the bottom. I wish it would stay this clear all year.


  1. Hi Melody,

    Love your work, and your dawg. I follow your activities every day. The pond picture is beautiful, you "have" to go over to Pam Holland's blog.

    Life is imitating art, or is the other way around? Anyway, you will get it as soon as you see her newest quilt. Keep blogging and making all of your friends happy.

    Have a great day! Kathy

  2. What a pity that there's no baby in sight. This is such a fresh and joyful quilt, but at the same time totally different from the most ones out there in the blogosphere.

    I love Marianne's sense of colour as much as I love yours. And again, each one is completely distinct.

    Have a nice day!

  3. Anonymous7:39 AM

    Donate your baby quilt to Hatch's House in Chattanooga. It is a pediatric cancer support center and they take baby quilts. They would love your quilts.

  4. I just found that blog too. What a great idea to use orphan blocks. Some baby is going to love your quilt.

  5. Anonymous8:47 AM

    The link you provided for the quilting edge doesn't work by the way.

  6. Hi Melody,
    I too tried the link you provided for the Quilting Edge and found it didn't work for me either.

  7. It is a lot of fun. You could see if your local quilting store would run a raffle to win it and the proceeds could go to some charity - that is, if you want to find a home for it.

    Thanks for our inspiration!

  8. Love your quilt!!! I can't believe how fast you can make quilts!!

    This is the link and go to the tutorials page:

  9. Melanie,
    I bookmarked the quilting edge as soon as I followed your first link to it, and I've passed it on to a couple of other people too. Thanks so much for sharing that.
    (Now I'm heading back to the studio to follow her directions for joining blocks together. Maybe I'll have a finished quilt too by the end of the day!).

  10. It would be a great wall hanging in your pink room. Doesn't have to be for a baby per say. Chumly would love it! You need that size on the couch sometimes for your feet....

  11. Thanks for the looks great!!!

  12. Here is the link:

  13. Wow -- What a spectacular photo of the fish. That turquoise and orange is just the shot of color I need. (Still gray and raining in Washington.)

  14. Your little quilt is beautiful. I love the organic nature of its's kind of like spring poking up amoung the old leaves and dirt from last fall...fresh and bright.

  15. Kristen5:46 PM

    How many fish did you start with? It is amazing to see how many there are now in the pond!

  16. Pretty effective piece of writing, thanks for the post.


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