Tips, techniques, tutorials, tools, trends…Tuesday seems a good day to focus on the basics of how to quilt, if only for alliterative reasons! This week’s featured Tuesday Tutorial is Jera Brandvig‘s modern spin on the quilt-as-you-go technique. Jera’s throw pillow project Berries & Cream is featured in the February/March 2015 issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts, now on newsstands, and it’s a super fast and fun way to play with fabric. Let’s take a look!
As you can see in the photo, not only are the strips quilted as you go on the seam lines (old-school style), there is also quilting on the strips themselves to add more texture and interest, and that extra quilting is also done as you go. Note that the piecing is rather free-form, using varying widths of strips cut to size as you put the pillow top together.
The magazine pillow pattern includes all the step-by-step photos you’ll need for Jera’s technique. It’s also covered in her new book, Quilt As-You-Go Made Modern (C&T Publishing/Stash Books, 2014).
CONTEST HAS ENDED…THANKS TO ALL WHO ENTERED. Winners are Charlotte Villiers of Mexico, Missouri; Sandy Feldman of Tampa, Florida, and Vivian Farrar of Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada. Congratulations! -Kathy-
So, let’s do a giveaway! Leave a comment below about your experience with the quilt-as-you-go technique (even if it’s just “I never tried it!”), and you’ll be entered in a random drawing for 1 of 3 copies of Jera’s book. Contest ends at midnight January 11, 2015, and is open to all US and Canadian residents (excluding Quebec).
And grab your copy of the February/March issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts to try this technique and the pillow pattern. Not a subscriber? You can order an instant digital or print copy online now! Enjoy.