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TBT: QAYG Crazy Quilt

I’m joining A Quarter Inch from the Edge to share new pics of an old quilt for Throwback Thursday. Of course the first one that came to mind was the very first quilt I ever finished (FINISHED is the key word – I made a few quilt tops before this one, but I had no idea how to quilt and finish them up!), a QAYG Crazy quilt.

I worked on this quilt in the spring of 2012, when life looked a little like this:

:: living in San Francisco for almost a year,
:: just started a new job,
:: feeling a lot better after surgery,
:: finally starting to enjoy exploring our new city, AND
:: learning to quilt!

I didn’t know anyone “in real life” who also quilted, so I read a lot of quilt blogs and watched a lot of Youtube videos… and I still do! Crazy Shortcut Quilts, by Marguerita McManus and Sarah Raffuse, was one of the first quilting books I ever bought. Since I was new to quilting, the QAYG method was a great way to actually produce a finished quilt – and it’s still one of my favorite methods of quilting! I made 15 “crazy quilt” blocks, then added 2 solid blocks and three orphan blocks leftover from a Circle Play quilting class I’d taken a couple years before for a 4 x 5 layout. It was a hodge podge in many different ways… and definitely lived up to the “crazy” in crazy quilt!

I went all out with the decorative stitches, using every single one my sewing machine had to offer… for better or worse. And don’t forget the rainbow thread! These days I probably wouldn’t choose the pink and green color scheme, and the decorative stitching hasn’t held up that well (I had a lot of problems with tension and skipped stitches) but I still love my very first quilt.

And now for the throwback part! Here are a few pics from the original blog post in 2012:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Amateur Librarian // QAYG Crazy Quilt

 

 

The Amateur Librarian // QAYG Crazy Quilt

 

 

 

And today:

The Amateur Librarian // QAYG Crazy Quilt

 

The Amateur Librarian // QAYG Crazy Quilt

 

The Amateur Librarian // QAYG Crazy Quilt

 

The Amateur Librarian // QAYG Crazy Quilt

 

The Amateur Librarian // QAYG Crazy Quilt

 

The Amateur Librarian // QAYG Crazy Quilt

 

The Amateur Librarian // QAYG Crazy Quilt

 

The Amateur Librarian // QAYG Crazy Quilt

Happy Throwback Thursday! I’m linking up to A Quarter Inch from the Edge.

Throwback Thursday

 

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7 thoughts on “TBT: QAYG Crazy Quilt

  1. Awww Katie! I love that you used every stitch available!! Learning to quilt with someone is hard enough, but learning to quilt by yourself…you should be proud! I’ve never done QAYG, I’ll have to talk to you about this!!

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  2. What fun that you used all the stitches on your machine! Doing a QAYG quilt for a first quilt is amazing! And I’m really impressed that you had design elements on both sides of the quilt. I’m seeing a theme today on our first quilts that we all struggled with tension issues and skipped stitches, but it seems we all stuck with it without a moment of hesitation. The power of quilting!

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  3. So brave to take on quilting in the midst of all that new-ness! And to have taught yourself! I still haven’t used a tenth of the decorative stitches on my machine… maybe I should take a page from your book and do them all on one quilt! Thanks for linking up with Throwback Thursday!

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  4. I think your first quilt looks awesome. I made a ton of quilt tops before I ever was brave enough to try to quilt one. And I think I’ve only successfully used 3 decorative stitches on my machine.

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