Quilt As You Go #8 – How to Quilt Monster Teeth (video)

QAYG - video for teeth pattern from Shiny Happy World

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It’s #8 in the Quilt As You Go series. In this video I show you how to quilt Monster Teeth – another fun and easy pattern.

You can make flat, plant-eating teeth or sharp, meat-eating teeth – and they can run vertically or horizontally. Take a look at these sample blocks. You can click on any of them to see them bigger for more detail – a must on the ones with the mottled batik backgrounds.

Now that you’ve seen some samples – here’s the video showing how.

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See? Easy peasy. 🙂

As always – you can do this quilting before you do your applique – no matter what applique method you’re using. Fusible? Freezer paper? Needle-turn? It’s all good!

Handy dandy links. . .

Happy quilting!

Best,
Wendi
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Video – Quilt As You Go #7 – Blades

Quilt As You Go - Blades pattern - video from Shiny Happy World

Ready for video #7 in the Quilt As You Go tutorial series? This is one of many to show ideas for different quilting patterns and how I do them – removing the piece from the machine as few times as possible (which leaves me fewer thread tails to clean up).

This one is a pattern I call Blades. I think it looks like blades of grass – especially on the green background fabric you see in the image. 🙂

Blades is a good pattern for working around an existing applique image, and you can vary the look of it by using squared-off ends instead of pointy ones.

Here are a couple of blocks with Blades quilting. Click on any of them for a larger image so you can see more detail.

Now that you’ve seen some samples, here’s the video showing how.

See how easy? And see how nice this one is for working around existing applique images?

Find all the Quilt As You Go videos here.

Happy quilting!

Best,
Wendi
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Video – Quilt As You Go #6 – How to Echo Quilt

QAYG echo quilting - a video tutorial from Shiny Happy World

Ready for video #6 in the Quilt As You Go tutorial series? This is one of many to show ideas for different quilting patterns and how I do them – removing the piece from the machine as few times as possible (which leaves me fewer thread tails to clean up).

This one is all about echo quilting.

Echo quilting is really fun and easy – just be sure you’re outlining a relatively simple shape. It also works great for pieced geometric quilts.

I like to vary the amount of space between my echo lines, but if you want perfectly even spacing, using the edge of your presser foot as a guide works great.

Here are a couple of blocks with echo quilting. Click on any of them for a larger image so you can see more detail.

Now that you’ve seen some samples, are you ready for the video?

See how easy?

This kind of quilting really puts the emphasis on your applique because it draws your eye right in to it.

Find all the Quilt As You Go videos here.

Get the Cuddly Cats quilt pattern here.

Happy quilting!

Best,
Wendi
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Video – Quilt As You Go #5 – Wavy Stripes

QAYG - How to Quilt Wavy Stripes - video

Want to learn how to make a quilt with an easy online workshop – totally free?

Sign up for Let’s Make a Quilt here. You’ll learn how to get started, the tools and supplies you’ll need, and how to make a quilt from start to finish using Quilt As You Go and applique with fusible adhesive.

It’s the easiest, most fun way to make an applique quilt. You can do it!

Ready for video #5 in the Quilt As You Go tutorial series? This is one of many to show ideas for different quilting patterns and how I do them – removing the piece from the machine as few times as possible (which leaves me fewer thread tails to clean up).

This one is all about wavy stripes.

I love wavy stripes! They’re super easy to do and they add lots of life and movement to the background of a block. And they can vary a lot! They can be close together or far apart. Vertical or horizontal. They can intersect for a groovy checkerboard effect. They can overlap for a watery effect. Have fun with them!

Here are a few blocks quilted with wavy stripes. Click on any of them for a larger image so you can see more detail.

Now that you’ve seen some samples, are you ready for the video?

See? Doesn’t that look like fun? There’s still lots of anchoring and spinning – but that’s easy when you’re working on an individual block. And by creeping along the edge of the applique to get from stripe to stripe you’re saving a lot of backstitching, thread cutting and restarting – plus cleaning up lots of thread tails on the finished block. Whew!

Of course – it’s even easier if you do the quilting before the applique. Then you don’t have to stitch around anything at all! That’s actually how I do all my quilts, and there’s another video here showing that.

Find all the Quilt As You Go videos here.

Happy quilting!

Best,
Wendi
Applique Wendi (with fabulous hat)

Video – Quilt As You Go #4 – Chevrons

QAYG chevrons - video

Want to learn how to make a quilt with an easy online workshop – totally free?

Sign up for Let’s Make a Quilt here. You’ll learn how to get started, the tools and supplies you’ll need, and how to make a quilt from start to finish using Quilt As You Go and applique with fusible adhesive.

It’s the easiest, most fun way to make an applique quilt. You can do it!

Time for video #4 in the Quilt As You Go tutorial series. This is one of many to show ideas for different quilting patterns and how I do them – removing the piece from the machine as few times as possible (which leaves me fewer thread tails to clean up).

This one is all about chevrons.

I know – not very exciting. But you can do a lot with simple chevrons. Do they run horizontally or vertically? How close together are they? Are they perfectly parallel and neat? Or more jagged and cartoony?

Here are a few blocks that are quilted with simple chevrons. Click on any of them for a larger image so you can see more detail.

One thing you’ll notice in ALL of my quilting is that the lines are never perfectly straight, perfectly parallel, or perfectly evenly spaced. I do that on purpose because I want the quilting to match the hand-drawn quality of the applique blocks. (Plus it’s easy and fun.) If you’re making a quilt that demands more precision – you might want to use a special tool for making your lines perfectly parallel. You can see that in this video.

Ready for the QAYG tutorial?

See? Doesn’t that look like fun? There’s still lots of anchoring and spinning – but that’s easy when you’re working on an individual block. And by creeping along the edge of the applique to get from stripe to stripe you’re saving a lot of backstitching, thread cutting and restarting – plus cleaning up lots of thread tails on the finished block. Whew!

Of course, the easiest way to do it is to quilt the block before you applique. I actually do that almost all the time and I’m very happy with the results. But folks you use a lot of solids for their appliques (especially solids in light colors) may find that the quilting lines show through the appliques sometimes. If you’re unhappy with how this looks, use the slightly-more-fussy-quilt-around-the-applique method shown in this video. 🙂

Find all the Quilt As You Go videos here.

Happy quilting!

Best,
Wendi
Applique Wendi (with fabulous hat)

Video – Quilt As You Go #3 – Finishing Your Quilt

QAYG How to Assemble and Finish Your Quilt - video

I HAD to use the post-washing version of this quilt for the video image. Look at all the crinkle! I would never have done quilting that dense without using the Quilt As You Go method. There would have been too much swearing and back pain. 😛

But with Quilt As You Go, look what I was able to do! The machine quilting on the final version of this quilt – the part where I was quilting the whole quilt, not individual blocks – took exactly 30 minutes. I can do anything for 30 minutes! And quilting the individual blocks was so much fun!

Enough gushing about the general technique. Here’s the video showing how to attach the backing to your quilt. It’s pretty much exactly like layering and basting a regular quilt, only you don’t have to worry about the batting. I tried to answer in this video a lot of questions people had after watching the first QAYG video. Really – it is so, SO easy and fun!

Questions I know you’re going to have. . .

1. The Cat Quilt pattern is available here.

2. The cuddle fleece I used on the back is exactly what I carry in my shop. It’s no longer available, but there’s info here about a good substitute I found. I include yardage info for different sizes in the pattern, and also in this post about choosing fabric for the quilt. You could use other soft and cuddly fabrics too – but I know for sure that this wears really well. I wouldn’t use polar fleece. Even the no-pill stuff will pill eventually and you don’t want the back of a quilt you worked so hard on (and that is sure to be well-loved) to look yucky in a few months or even a year.

You can find all the Quilt As You Go Videos here. And there are many more to come showing a variety of quilting patterns and ideas. 🙂

Happy quilting!

Best,
Wendi
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Quilt As You Go Video #2 – Straight Line Stripes

QAYG straight line stripes - video

Time for video #2 in the Quilt As You Go tutorial series. This is the first one of many to show ideas for different quilting patterns and how I do them – removing the piece from the machine as few times as possible (which leaves me fewer thread tails to clean up).

This one is all about straight line stripes.

Does that sound humdrum and boring? Think again! It’s super easy and there’s a huge range of texture you can get from simple straight lines. Are they close together or far apart? Does the distance between the lines vary in a single block? Do they run on the horizontal? Vertical? Diagonal? Do they make a grid? A grid of squares? Rectangles? Diamonds?

Here are a few blocks that are quilted with simple straight lines. Click on any of them for a larger image so you can see more detail.

One thing you’ll notice in ALL of my quilting is that the lines are never perfectly straight, perfectly parallel, or perfectly evenly spaced. I do that on purpose because I want the quilting to match the hand-drawn quality of the applique blocks. (Plus it’s easy and fun.) If you’re making a quilt that demands more precision – you might want to use a special tool for making your lines perfectly parallel. You can see that in this video.

Ready for the QAYG tutorial?

See? Doesn’t that look like fun? There’s still lots of anchoring and spinning – but that’s easy when you’re working on an individual block. And by creeping along the edge of the applique to get from stripe to stripe you’re saving a lot of backstitching, thread cutting and restarting – plus cleaning up lots of thread tails on the finished block. Whew!

Want an even better secret? You can do all the quilting first and then do the applique on top of it! I didn’t show that here because it doesn’t need its own video – but that’s actually how I do all my quilts.

One warning – if your applique fabric is a light-colored solid, you’ll probably be able to see the quilting lines through it. If that bugs you, do the applique first and then the quilting, like I show in the video.

Find all the Quilt As You Go videos here.

Happy quilting!

Best,
Wendi
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What is Quilt As You Go and How Do You Do It?

What is Quilt As You Go and How Do You Do It? video

Quilt As You Go (QAYG) is a technique that’s been around for a long time – but I’ve never tried it until now. There are a few different techniques floating around the internet – including a really common one that uses bias tape and is VERY fussy and irritating, in my opinion. I’ve been playing around with the method for a couple of months now and this is the way I like to do it. 🙂

The video has more detail, but here it is in a nutshell. . .

The hardest part of machine quilting is any time you change direction. That’s pretty limiting. There are plenty of times when a grid or a series of parallel lines is just perfect for a quilt I’m making, but sometimes I want the background quilting to be a little more fun. This is especially the case with my applique quilts, where what I really want to do is quilt around each face and then do something fun to add texture to the background.

That’s when QAYG is perfect.

You layer a piece of batting with each block and then quilt just that block in the machine. It’s small and easy to spin around in all kinds of fun patterns. Whee!

You join all the blocks together after they’re quilted, and then just do some easy grid quilting in the final big quilt.

So here’s the first video in the series. . .

See how easy that is? There’s still some machine quilting, but it’s the easiest kind. And the rest of it opens up a whole new world of easy peasy zigzags and triangles and wobbly waves.

I know some of you already do all that stuff with free-motion quilting. I tried that once and it was a disaster. I’ll try it again someday when I have the magical Bernina Stitch Regulator – I’ve tried that at a show and it does make it super easy. But in the meantime – this is the method I use.

So think of this as giving you the look of free-motion quilting without having to learn that tricky technique.

Happy quilting!


This is the first lesson in the Let’s Make a Quilt series. Click here to move on to the next lesson – Choosing a Pattern.