I’ve been quiet lately, not because I haven’t been sewing, but because I haven’t had much finished to talk about. Here’s a bit of an update.

Tula Pink City Sampler? Yeah. About that. I’ve got about 25 blocks finished but I’ve found the quarter-inch foot on my machine to be just off so I’ve had to unpick at least three blocks because they’ve come out too small. With 1”-square pieces? Less than fun.

And since I’m so good at quilt-alongs, I signed up to do another one–the Broken Herringbone over at Molli Sparkles. So far I’ve made… one block. It’s a wicked awesome block and I’m quite in love with it, but… one block.

Green broken herringbone block

Green broken herringbone block

And then I was home from work because I threw my back out and probably shouldn’t have been sewing, but I was uncomfortable lying down, uncomfortable sitting, and uncomfortable standing, so I figured I may as well be uncomfortably productive.

Craftsy was having a massive sale last week, so I bought three classes that I totally shouldn’t have given my pending unemployment, but I did, so there. One was Jacquie Gering’s Improvisational Piecing,* (affiliate link, see disclaimer below) which holy awesome, people! Am totally going to make a couple of the quilts she features.

The other was Angela Walters’ Dot to Dot Quilting*, and, ahem, it’ll be a while before I get to that one, I think

The last one was Tara Rebman’s Quilt-As-You-Go Patchwork Bags*. Here’s the thing–I had seen the QAYG technique before I’d even heard of Tara Rebman, when I came across this stunner on Flickr, based on this tutorial, but I really wanted the Tinker Tote bag pattern, which is AWESOME, so I ponied up the cash (which, um, even after a discount was kind of a lot of cash for a pattern).

I did watch the whole thing in one go, though I haven’t started on the bag yet. What I did do in my uncomfortable state on Monday was sit in front of the machine for a couple of hours and try out the technique. This is what it looked like as I was sewing:

Quilt As You Go in progress

Quilt As You Go in progress

And this was the final product:

Quilt As You Go Block

Quilt As You Go Block

You guys, I am in flipping LOVE with this block. Every time I walk by it I stop to gaze at it. It’s just a square of happiness! When the Germ saw it he immediately laid claim, so I’ll turn it into a cushion for him.

On my second day of discomfort at home I started on a table runner using the same technique. It’s early days on it yet and I made a really stupid value mistake on it, so I’ll need to find a way to fix it without unstitching three thousand rows of quarter-inch-apart stitches.

Quilt As You Go table runner

Quilt As You Go table runner

I also spent some time playing with free-motion quilting. I’m fine with stippling, but I’m going to need a massive amount of practice for any other shape. Something to look forward to in my impending life of leisure. Speaking of, I was really excited that I only have a week left to be at work, but then I found out that I owe four days of holidays and now I’m going to go sit in a corner somewhere and cry.

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Comments (4)

  1. Reply

    That rainbow block is GORGEOUS and your stitching is just so neat and tidy! The perfect rows just make them that much more beautiful.

  2. Carmit


    Thanks, Sarah! Isn’t it just so… happy?! No trick for those straight lines other than using a 1/4″ foot and following along existing lines. In the Tara Rebman class she shows options for straight-line and free-motion quilting, but I find the neatness of the lines really effective.

    I swear, I want to straight-line stitch everything in my house.

  3. Sophie


    Wowzers what a lovely pattern! And thank you for sharing the tutorial on qayg – it’s really helpful and I’ll use it to give it a go soon 🙂

  4. Carmit


    Thanks! I’m not even sure you could call it a pattern–just randomly sticking scrap on scrap and stitching down. It’s remarkably therapeutic, actually!

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