Thursday, July 28, 2011

Mitered Stripes

Mitered Stripes
hand dyed and commercial cottons, machine pieced and machine quilted (QAYG) 60x60"

My intention with this quilt was to make the connector strips integrate with the design. Easy enough with each block but then connecting the 4 blocks to the next four blocks required piecing the connector strip fabrics.
I think it works pretty well. Nothing shouts "I am a connector strip".

I am considering adding borders, and definitely binding, but just not today. The quilting was so incredibly easy that I can't imagine what this would have meant if I had learned this technique 30 years ago when I first started quilting. Quilt as you go existed then but the hand work involved was like way unenticing. This new method requires no hand work at all.

Earlier today Beth from TN asked if larger quilted areas could be joined instead of block by block. You bet! See the x's and +'s on this quilt that are the connector strips. Big sections were quilted and joined this way. click to enlarge

And then a commenter asked about the new stripes from, without leaving me an email address. Luckily I saved the list. Here it is.

I really really like the Vallarta Stripes. Alexander Henry.
Friday I will be leaving early for Cleveland TN to visit my friend Mary, see her studio and meet her friend Margo. A girl's day out!

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  1. really stunning, and the connections all meld perfectly into the quilt!
    this has really inspired me to try this QAYG technique...i have a King size project that i want to do for a special friend and i really want to quilt it myself.
    great work and have fun at your girly weekend :)

  2. I love it, thinking about doing this technique also. I also love seeing the pics of your puppies everyday

  3. Gorgeous. And I am absolutely going to use this quilt as you go method for my next queen sized quilt!

  4. I love stripes and I love your quilt! It's wonderful!

  5. Your quilt has to be my favorite quilt this year so far... Simply brilliant. I will have to learn the technique.

  6. A wonderful quilt. The technique def beats traditional Quilt as you go.

  7. Looking wonderful....have a great girls day out.

  8. I do my QAYG differently, but I like for my connector strips to integrate into the whole also.

  9. I loved this quilt so much I went crazy buying stripes last week. Thanks for the inspiration. My blog post tomorrow mentions this quilt and I have linked to your page. I hope that's okay.

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