Wednesday, August 16, 2017

QAYG with Island Batik

Quilt As You Go(QAYG), for me, is difficult because I am a longarmer and I like fancy stitching! Our Island Batik Ambassador challenge for August is to make something using the QAYG method. After much thought of what I wanted to make, I decided to use my longarm for the whole process, except the binding.  I knew I had a pattern from many many years ago before I began longarming, so after a little rooting around digging through my patterns I found one from Gudrun Erla of GE Designs specifically for QAYG.

First I loaded my backing and batting on my frame.  The pattern says to make registration marks on the batting, which I did.  Ok, I am off to put on my first few pieces.
Looking good don't cha think?

Hey I am kinda liking this-well it is Island Batik after all so of course it's fun!!

Well shoot, I was having so much fun that I didn't realize I had a big boo boo!  Grrrr I had to pretend I was a frog and rip it, rip it, rip it.  See the top arrow-the light pieces are correct.  Now look at the bottom arrow-all the bottom light pieces are way to short-I grabbed the wrong size for them and never noticed till I had this all sewn on :(

 All better and moved on in the right direction.  At this point I put on the small inner gold borders.

And here is how it ended up.  After doing all the QAYG properly, I wanted a bit more quilting to show on top. 

Such wonderful fall colors, I just love their dotted Batiks.

Thank you Island Batik for the gorgeous fabrics we get to play with and thanks for the challenge to push us beyond our normal!!

Here are all of the Island Batik Ambassadors, lots of inspiration to get by checking out their projects each month. 

Turid from Den Syende Himmel
Stephanie from Quilt’n Party
Pamela from Pamela Quilts
Anna from Ark Angel Creations
Kathy from Kathy’s Kwilts and More
Jessica from Desert Bloom Quilting
Connie from Freemotion by the River
Kate from Seams Like a Dream
Sharon from Yellow Cat Quilt Designs
Tina from Quilting Affection Designs
Jennifer from The Inquiring Quilter
Barb from Bejeweled Quilts
Sally from Sally’s Quilting Corner
Jeanette from Inch Worm Fabrics
Connie from Kauffman Designs
Joan from Moosestash Quilting
Bernadine from Needle and Foot
Bea from Beaquilter
Cheryl from Cheryl Lynch Quilts
Maryellen from Mary Mack’s Blog
Joyce from Hearts Creations
Marlene from Kissed Quilts
Karen from The Quilt Rambler
Marian from Seams to be Sew
Laura from Slice of Pi Quilts
Linda from Inspired Layers
Vicki from Vicki’s Crafts and Quilting  (You are here)
Nancy from Masterpiece Quilting
Carol from FunThreads Designs
Terri from Meanderings Along Lizard Creek
Alison from Little Bunny Quilts
Suzy from Adventurous Applique and Quilting
Jean-Sophie from Sophie Junction
Janet from Whispers of Yore

Linky parties I am joining: Midweek MakersLet's Bee Social


  1. I'm not a huge QAYG fan either, but you did a great job. I love the dotted batiks, too, especially the black border fabric. Will this go in your bin for your craft sales?

  2. I love that you did QAYG on your longarm!

  3. Oh! Oh! OH!!! How cool is that...I sew want to do this, Vicki!! I am going to look to see if I can find that pattern & make one on my longarm, just like you did. (Sans the frogging, I hope).
    Great color choices, too. Just a lovely, interesting project. Can't wait to try it...thanks sew much for sharing!

  4. Ooo! This is a very elegant looking table runner!

  5. Great color choices, Vicki! The runner is lovely. I have done that same mishap -- sewing away happily and then noticing a mistake. Grr. Glad you remedied it (fairly) easily. That black dot batik is gorgeous.

  6. Cool process! Thanks for sharing that idea. Your runner is lovely!

  7. I like how this one turned out! Those are some beautiful fabrics! Just curious to know if you thought making your table runner this way was faster, or would you rather piece it the traditional way and then quilt it?

  8. From one longarmer to another, I LOVE that you did this on the longarm!!!!

  9. I love runners, this one is really pretty. Great for fall.

  10. This is a beautiful runner. I enjoyed reading about your process even though I am not a longarmer.

  11. So pretty! It never occurred to me what might go wrong on a QAYG project. Much more complicated to rip it out when it's three layers already :( But you recovered very well and ended up with a lovely piece!

  12. I'm impressed you did this on your longarm, mistakes or no. That's something I haven't tried yet. Thank you for sharing this on Midweek Makers, and I'll tuck the idea away for a future project.

  13. Well who knew you could DO this on a longarm?? It's like Susan says, a need to try later project! I'm glad you added the little bit extra quilting ;-)

  14. this is fantastic, mine is pitiful compared to this ;)

  15. Hi Vicki,
    I love the colors in this runner! I'm not a huge fan of QAYG but you may just inspire me to give it another chance. ~smile~ Roseanne

  16. I've never done QAYG, I do love your runner, wonderful fabrics and Janice is right, it looks very elegant, and expensive.

  17. I started a QAYG project, years ago, but, you were supposed to cut it, leaving the backing fabric longer. I screwed up on a couple of blocks (accidentally cutting the backing fabric, too) and gave up on it. It's still sitting in the basement somewhere)

  18. Impressive. I love how it turned out. Do you think you will do it again?


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