Quilt as you go refers to the method of piecing together a 12” block, adding the batting and backing and completing the quilting before moving on to another block.
This method is a very convenient way of completing a quilt today. Our homes to day do not always have the space to accommodate a large quilting frame.
Give this method a try. You will be amazed at how easy and fast it can be to complete a family heirloom.
"Quilt as You Go" Requirements:
Each block could be a different pattern, as in a true sampler, or a different colour combination, as in a scrap quilt. Try machine embroidery. Maybe Spring flowers as a theme. You are only limited by your imagination.
TIP: It is recommended that the backing fabric be of a small print. The seams are easy to “hide” in a busy print . Another plus for printed backing fabric is when turned over you have another quilt.
Once you have quilted each block your are now ready to begin joining your blocks.
"Quilt as You Go" Method:
To make your life easier, start joining in pairs. Next, join the pairs, making a “strip” of 4 and so on.
Example: If your quilt is made up of 12 blocks, 4 blocks x three blocks. You will have three strips of four blocks joined.
Now the tricky bit.
Lay one side of the backing flat onto the batting. Begin with the same side on each block. This helps to keep your seams straight.
Turn under a small hem on the other side of the backing. Use the “in the ditch” line of quilting to measure and to keep your line straight. Pin and hand stitch.
If you have more than three strips to join, use the same method we used to join the blocks together. In other words, plan to have the least amount of bulk on your lap when completing the hand sewing. Leave the joining of the middle strips till last so you only have the entire quilt on your lap once to complete your hand stitching.
Now the best part of all.
Your heirloom quilt is completed.
TIP: Embroider a label with the name of the quilter and the date completed.
Hilary and Graham