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    Have any of you tried the quilt-as-you-go method from the book "Crazy Shortcut Quilts". I am evaluating this book for an English essay about what to look for in a good quilting book. I am working on a quilt as I write my essay I figured out how to include quilting as my homework! So far, I have completed the 12 block tops and will start to do the decorative stitching this week. I would love to hear about your experience with any of the projects in the book.

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    Sorry Angie, I've never seen this book. I'm not much help am I. I just wanted to say, I admire you're idea on a paper on quilting. Is this a textile class you are taking? That's way cool if it is. Or even if it's just on quilting. I'd love to read it someday. You'll have to put it online and then send us the address to view it. Can't wait to see what grade you get on it.
    Sorry about not having seen the book. If I do get ahold of a copy I'll read it and get back to you. Hugs, Jan
    Home, where each lives for the others and all live for God! ><(((((o>

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      hello, yes i have read the book and haved used the technique. The book Crazy Shortcut Quilts teaches cutting crazy blocks in a stack and shuffling and then sandwiching and sashing the quilted blocks together. It was fun and effective but certainly not a shortcut. I would give the book 4 stars as it does explain each step clearly and is well written.

      This is the quilt I made using QAYG technique from the book and youtube video........
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      Two of my favorite things, to encourage and to be encouraged
      hugs, Suzi
      http://suzi.mypremierdesigns.com/
      it's what i do when i'm not here sewing with you

      GOD Bless America

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        Jan- I'll let you know how it goes and maybe you will want to give it a try I get alot of my quilting books from the library or half.com

        Suzi- Cute quilt I am excited about starting the decorative stitches on my blocks tonight! I'm not sure about the colors though... we'll see how it goes
        I'm going to post some pictures before-during-after on my profile page.

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          Originally posted by Angie from Indiana View Post
          Have any of you tried the quilt-as-you-go method from the book "Crazy Shortcut Quilts". I am evaluating this book for an English essay about what to look for in a good quilting book. I am working on a quilt as I write my essay I figured out how to include quilting as my homework! So far, I have completed the 12 block tops and will start to do the decorative stitching this week. I would love to hear about your experience with any of the projects in the book.
          Hi Angie
          I have never seen the book but have seen her videos on you tube. I have one row of a whatever it turns out to be done according to her videos. I am not totally understanding the sashing thing yet but it makes a nice flat quilt that is easy to fold so far.

          How is yours coming along? 12 blocks! wow, almost there
          Last edited by Blondie; October 11, 2010, 06:20 PM. Reason: adding info
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            Blondie- Thanks for the video link I'm sure it will help when I start my sashings. I started my decorative stitching last night with varigated thread so that I wouldn't have to change thread at every seam. Maybe on my next one I will use several colors of thread but I need to finish this one for my essay and then I am giving it to my daughter for Christmas
            Thanks again,
            Angie

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              I found the video interesting, too. Never thought to quilt with the special stitches on my basic Singer. Will have to look for that book. It looks like there is no batting in the sashing, is that how it looks to you?

              Pat

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                it doesn't seem to be batting in the sashing. I think it would make it too thick?
                Sewing mends the soul.
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                Do the math; count your blessings
                Laughing is good exercise. It's like jogging on the inside.

                http://pinterest.com/vintageprims/boards/ Unless we are creating we are not fully alive
                ~ Madeleine L'Engle

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                  The squares butt up next to each other inside the sashing.
                  I am worried about the feel of it also, I am still at the decorative stitching step but am curious if it will feel like one piece or bulky at the sashings.
                  Frantacally quilting when I can between my full time home daycare and this is midterm week too! Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

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                    The quilt will lie flat, and the sashing trick works very well, but be sure to use very small stitch length when joining the blocks together, as the thread is the only thing holding the whole quilt together. Accuracy really counts here too, to get everything lined up and even, make sure you keep consistent seam allowance. I have used another technique called "Cotton Theory", but it is very much the same - and the only hiccup I had was getting all the folded over sashing to line up perfectly to the next one. If you are using large block, you won't have the same degree of a problem since the corners would be few and far between....my blocks were 6", and required a LOT of matching! Good luck!

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                      Good to know... my finished blocks will be 16". And thanks

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                        I must try this sometime.Looks most interesting.Thanks for posting the video here too.
                        Quilting is good therapy.

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                          ok, so my finished blocks are 15 1/2 inches I really need to get a true 1/4" foot! Things are going well I am in the process of putting on the sashings and joining everything together new pictures on my profile page.

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                            Ashlee's quilt back.jpgAshlee's quilt front.jpg
                            Completed Crazy Shortcut Quilt I had problems getting the sashing even but that is due to the fact that I don't have a 1/4" foot. I am making another quilt using the same sashing technique but not the crazy cuts. I am still waiting on my essay grade... Thanks to everyone who helped me by replying

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                              Finally got my grade on the evaluation essay for Crazy Shortcut Quilts... I got 100%! woo hoo! Thanks again to all who helped me by answering my questions

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