zodiac QAYG part 1

It’s been too hot here to do much crafting but I have finally started work on finishing my zodiac blocks, in very short sessions.

I did actually get blocks all quilted back in April but then they were left in a pile as I couldn’t decide what fabric to use for my QAYG strips.  After 2 months of walking past the pile of blocks and fabric, I decided I just had to stop second guessing myself, and to get on with it!  I’ve kept things very plain, which is quite unusual for me!  I didn’t want the front to be too busy, because I spent an awful lot of hours cross stitching those zodiac designs, on 20 count aida, so I’d like them to really stand out.

I’ve used a milky chocolate brown on the front . . . it’s what I used for backing fabric, and I’m even using it for my 1″ strips on the back too!

So, when I say plain – it really is going to be plain on the back!  Anyway . . . with 12 blocks to this quilt, I assembled first into pairs.  And then I assembled pairs into panels of 6.

All I need is a couple more sewing sessions to join both panels, and then to add binding.  Stay tuned!


25 thoughts on “zodiac QAYG part 1

    • yes I was originally going to add some busy prints to the blocks, but Avis talked me out of it. I’m glad she did ^^ And while I was hesitant with my choice of brown for the QAYG strips, I think it works with the browns in the cross stitched centres.

  1. It already looks so good, it’s going to be a wonderful quilt! I still remember when you were stitching the zodiac blocks, they will really be the stars of the show

  2. It’s looking really good! I really like your choice of the milk-chocolate brown sashing, it complements the rest of the block designs perfectly. Can’t wait to see the finished thing!

    • very soon, I promise ^^
      btw wanted to say thank you for your suggestion of 1.75″ strips for the ones that are folded in half – I used 2″ strips on previous QAYG projects, but the 1.75″ is perfect!

      • You’re welcome! I used to use the 2″ because that was the accepted size, but it’s just too big and flappy, isn’t it? I’d be tempted to go even smaller if I was going to sew all the doubled strips down by hand, for a really flat finish, but most of the time I don’t have the time or energy for such perfection!

      • I agree, the 1.75″ was perfect for machine stiching down, and to make it look more balanced, I stitched right on the edge all along the other side too.

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