Friday, December 29, 2006

The stupid, hateful, awful quilt-as-you-go quilt

For hundreds, perhaps thousands, of years women (and a few men) have made quilts.

They have sewn the quilt top and then put together the "quilt sandwich" and quilted it.

There is a very good reason for doing that.

Quilt-as-you-go is a stupid, stupid idea and whoever put it in my book without explaining that it was a pain in the a$$, and without giving the tips that one needs to make the blocks come out square AND THE SAME SIZE, should be drawn and quartered.

I now have half a dozen blocks, none of which are quite the same size or shape. I think I have finally come up with a technique, or a series of techniques that will help, but what do I do with all these mix-matched blocks?

Here's a piece of advice. If you want to do a quilt-as-you-go project...make a crazy quilt in blocks. Just sew on pieces of fabric and square them up when they are done.

I wonder what a crazy quilt with that had 6 log cabin blocks in it would look like?


It a LOG CABIN, for crying out loud. The only thing that is easier is a 9-patch.

The other quilt that I have in-progress is a double wedding ring, one of the technically most difficult quilts there is. It is coming out beautifully. It lies perfectly flat. The seams are perfect. Not a pucker or tuck anywhere. (Trust me, that's impressive). I would happily show it to any professional quilter with pride.

My log cabin quilt though looks like a beginner's quilt.


Update: I did finally figure it out. Go here if you are interested in how. This post has photos of finished blocks.


  1. what about making a pillow out the of the 6 blocks or treating them as fabric and making a teddy bear out of it? of course that depends on how big the blocks are.

  2. Can you show us pictures?


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