Hello! Last night marked the end of Week 1 for my Quilt As-You-Go Quilt Along! As mentioned last week in my QAYG Quilt Along Kickoff post, the goal was to have 5 Quilt As-You-Go (QAYG) blocks completed by yesterday. If you’ve completed your five blocks, congratulations! You are on track! No worries if you’re a little behind as this quilt along acts as a fun guide so we can all quilt together and share our work amongst our everyday, busy schedules. I have to say it’s been amazing seeing everyone’s progress!
Goal: Today (Monday, October 20th) marks the start of Week 2 for my QAYG Quilt Along. The goal is to complete an additional 5 blocks within the next 7 days (by Sunday, October 26th). I will be checking in on social media to see people’s progress, and will do a follow up blog post this weekend.
In my book Quilt As-You-Go Made Modern, I have a section on ‘Squaring Up your blocks’ in the Quilt As-You-Go Techniques section. There I recommend getting yourself a 14″x14″ rotating cutting mat, which you can find at your local craft store or quilt shop, or Amazon. I like to get mine from Joanne Fabrics and use one of their 40-50% off coupons, usually found on their website.
These work great for squaring up your QAYG blocks, but will also come in handy for traditional quilting as well. See for yourself and take a look at my little video I put together (with much help from my hubby!) to see how efficient a rotating cutting mat really is:
It will make your quilting life easier, so go treat yourself! It’s one of my most used quilting tools. Also, before squaring up your blocks don’t forget to read the ‘Squaring Up the Blocks’ section in the Techniques chapter of my book for more tips on which squaring up technique to use, as well as other options if you don’t have a 12.5″ square ruler.
That being said, I will keep this post short and sweet. Good luck quilting-as-you-go your next 5 blocks! I will check back next weekend.
Feel free to leave a comment if you have any questions. 🙂