Sunday, 31 January 2016

Trapezium quilt

Another finished project. My Trapezium quilt.

Things I am pleased with are:

1. it's my first attempt at quilt as you go and it went fairly smoothly. I liked that each square was a manageable size (15 inches which I cut down to 12.5 inches). It was also easy to sew the squares together despite the bulk. And of course the quilting itself was much easier.

2. I love the scrappy trapeziums and the straight line quilting. I quilted a quarter inch apart in matching Isacord thread.

3. I also love the quilted trapeziums. They are done an eigth of an inch apart in the Isacord thread. I'm going to use this on another quilt as you go project or if I feel more confident with manipulating the whole quilt through the machine I might try that way.

Not so pleasing:
1. I'm not sure I like the way the wadding and top lies. It looks better when the quilt is lying flat but hanging up it looks bunched.

2. I really dislike the back. With this QAYG method the backing is added at the end and as there were few places to quilt apart from in the ditch the backing is loose. That displeases me a lot.

Next time I would:

  • make the square I'm working with less than 15 inches as it was a little wasteful
  • quilt the backing at the same time as the front and work out a way to join them 

However all in all it is a good quilt and it was a great experience. It took me 27 hours and 30 minutes.


  1. It looks very impressive to me. And I know what you mean with the problem of the backing on QAYG. I do like the ease of quilting a smaller piece but it does give a disappointing back, if you find a good way around it then give a shout! I've only ever seen it achieved with sashing around the blocks and I'm not a big fan of that.

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    2. I'm the same about sashing. I don't like the way it looks on most of the quilts I do. For my next QAYG attempt I think I'll quilt top and backing at the same time leaving a half inch gap at the edges. Then join the pieces right sides together, trim the wadding so it lies flat, then hand sew the backing closed. Ann Peterson shows this technique in her Craftsy class.