Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Attempt at Improv - QAYG

Monday night I had a need, a need for mindless sewing.

Like so many of you, quilting is a stress reliever for me.  Usually my current quilt project will do the trick, but Monday night I received "too many" phone calls from work and NEEDED some mindless sewing.

I had been wanting to try some improv sewing and the quilt as you go (QAYG) method seemed enticing and simple enough.  I did some research (scanned through Pinterest) and found some great tutorials that I had forgotten about. Too many pins, so little time, right?

Stitched in Color offers a great look at doing a Log Cabin QAYG.   With a little more freedom, I attempted a "wonky" Log Cabin. 

Here are my results:
(sorry - low light iPad picture)

Overall, not too bad for my first time.  I was feeling extra adventurous and choose a light gray thread for the top stitching.  I'm not happy with that I ended up a with more darks at the top than the bottom.  However, I was "improv-ing" and was trying not to pay attention to how things were looking.  The other problem was using fusible fleece.  Can you say "OOOPS" and face-palm?  Small pieces + glue on fusible fleece = gunk on the iron.  The iron did not like that at all and I'm having to take a magic eraser to it tomorrow.  Next time, just use cotton batting ok?

So now, what do I do with it?  Make more in different color schemes? Turn it into a bag?  Or leave it with the other WIPs until inspiration comes?

What do you do with your QAYG blocks?

Also, side note, recently reached 10,000 page views on the blog (yes, I realize that some of that was spam).  So a celebration is in order.  More details to come!

Linking up to Freshly Pieced's WIP Wednesday!


  1. LOVE this block! I've tried improv blacks before but they did not turn out as cute as yours!

  2. What a fabulous improv block... love your colour and fabric choices. I find it hard to improv at times - just letting go and creating can be a challenge.

  3. Love this block- I have yet to attempt QAYG or truly much improv. Thanks for the inspiration!

  4. I've never tried QAYG. Can you make it into a quilt? I think the colors are perfect for a teenage girl. If you have enough scraps to make one...

    I can't tell you how many times I've gotten glue on my iron. Now my husband has his own so I don't have to worry about him getting something on his work shirts. The last laugh is on him though because my daughter picked the iron when we bought it for him and it's pink!

  5. This is really cool! I've never tried anything like it.


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