QAYG Log Cabin Nine Patch
Hand dyed and commercial cottons, machine pieced, machine quilted, 50x50"
After the binding was finished, I decided to add more quilting and did a grid over the entire surface...which would have been much faster to do initially, but we live and learn. The uneven grid emphasizes the wonk of the blocks.
This process was great to learn and I kept thinking about my next one-s which is always a sign of having a wonderful time.
I have lots of small pieces of leftover batting, and I'll bet you do too. The other QAYG method that Marianne does is to piece and quilt blocks and then join them with strips on the back and front which leads me to think about using the batting scraps as the jumping off point for doodling around with another new work. I find I need a reason like this to motivate me.
One commenter a couple of days ago asked why I need a reason to make a quilt.
The answer is difficult and complicated to explain, but it has a lot to do with
1. Having a huge number of quilts packed in every nook and cranny of my house, and garage.
2. Making quilts has always been about furthering my career, and now that I am retired, I am still stuck in that same old groove in the brain, even tho I don't need to be.
3. If I can find a reason to make a quilt, like needing new work for a show, then I am enticed. I do kinda need new work for a show next January, which could be a reason to get my butt in gear now...or I could dig out a wheelbarrow full of work I have already made and use that. See what I mean?
So trying out this QAYG method has made me feel I have a reason to make new work. And it doesn't have to be for a show, or a class or to enter or to sell (tho I might have to, just so it doesn't languish in a closet). It just has to be so I get proficient at the process. And maybe to use up the leftover batting.
My dining table/sewing table is a tad too high and I got tired and sore from sewing all day. I need to consider finding a table where my machine could fit into it if I am to continue quilting this much. Altho I have been doing this for 30 years, there is always room for a change in equipment. I sat on my wheeled sewing chair, with an extra cushion, and that still wasn't enough. Somehow my legs have gotten shorter...
I just had to share my screaming Mimi lily. It is so huge and piiiiink!