Thursday, June 4, 2015

A Super Quick QAYG!

About a year or so after I learned how to quilt, I started looking online for different ways/options to do things such as binding, basting,etc.  As a new quilter, binding was my least favorite part of quilting.  I dreaded it!  There had to be an easier way of binding than how I'd been taught! 

One of the first sites I came across was Quilting In The Rain. It was love at first sight! Jera's instructional and pattern tutorials are simple and quick. I found her binding tutorials very refreshing.  I stalked her blog many a night and always left inspired.  I've made several of her patterns over the last few years; the latest being one from her book Quilt As-You-Go Made Modern which I won an autographed copy of on an Instagram giveaway!

I needed something that would go together super quick for an upcoming baby shower and chose the Queen Anne Steps pattern. 

It worked perfectly for the 3 fabrics I'd chosen to match the decor in the baby's room and it's a good size; 48 1/2" x 60 1/2".  

It's definitely a pattern one could complete in about 8 hours or so...depending on how fancy you get w/your quilting however,  I did it in about 4 shorter sessions. 

I thought it would be a good opportunity to practice FMQ, however it proved to be difficult for me because I matched my thread to the fabric and couldn't really see what the heck I was doing! Since I did match the thread to the fabric, I sewed all the pink strips first, then the blue and lastly the orange. I did practice FMQ on all the pink strips and quickly switched to simple wavy and straight lines for the next 2 colors. 

I used the leftover strips to make a matching pillow.

In case you didn't notice, I finally made a blog signature! I used this tutorial I found on Val's Quilting Studio  Tutorials page.  Afterward I started looking around on how to make a custom header and came across this tutorial using Pic Monkey.  I've been playing around w/it all week...but my blog header is still a work in progress! Hopefully soon I will get it and my blog looking exactly how I want it. But for now, what you see, is what you get! =)

A Thread for Life
You will keep in perfect peace
those whose minds are steadfast,
because they trust in you.
Trust in the Lord forever,
for the Lord, the Lord himself, 
is the Rock eternal. Isaiah 26:3-4

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Until next time, Happy Quilting and God Bless!


  1. I really like your quilt and pillow and thank you for all the links.
    Congratulations on winner the book. It looks wonderful.
    Happy quilting.
    Connie :)

  2. your picture and description make me want to know you!! I start to plan the quilting as I go when I start a quilt. Have to, as the combo of small home machine plus bad back demand it.
    LeeAnna at not afraid of color

  3. Zenia you are a font of great information. The baby quilt and matching pillow turned out so fun! I ran into the same problem when i used perfectly matching thread for FMQ.
    Hooray for you, making a signature!

  4. This is beautfiful! I have a copy of the book too and I agree with you. SSo inspirational and clear. You your free motion quilting is well done!!

  5. Your blog is looking good! I've been having trouble keeping up on my blog reading lately and this is the first time I've seen your new look. That is a sweet baby quilt. I bet they loved it!


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