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 for...um...a 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 http://www.thequiltingedge.com/ (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.