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Quilt-As-You-Go Quilt

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Quilting is something that I absolutely enjoy.  I’m a beginner yet, so it’s constantly challenging and fun and creative all at once. The one problem I have, however, with every quilt I make, is the fact that it is awful hard to machine quilt on just your regular, run of the mill sewing machine. It’s a giant workout, constantly pushing, pulling, and trying to keep track of a big rolled up hunk of quilt shoved into a regular sized sewing machine. As much as I would do just about anything for one of those giant, crazy awesome long-armed sewing machines specifically meant for quilting, I’m not really thinking that is going to happen any time soon. (I mean, really, what’s with these kids needing to eat all of the time? They are totally killing my sewing machine dreams!)

So as I was searching for a better solution to my quilting dilemma, I came across the idea of quilting as you go. The basic idea is to quilt all of your layers together, as you are piecing your quilt, so that you are working with smaller, more manageable pieces. There are many different ways you can do this, but the basic idea is all pretty much the same: you stack your pieced block, with batting and backing cut to the same size, sandwich them together and quilt them first, and then actually join blocks together.

 
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Step 1: Make A Plan

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The first step is to make a plan. Decide on the size and design that you would like your finished project to be, and figure out the yardage you would need for that size. This would go pretty similarly to your regular quilt project, the only difference would be is that your backing will all be pieced, so it won’t be necessary to have straight yardage for your backing. (That means you can use scraps!! Woohoo!)
cherie_watson9 months ago
wow this is amazing i have been struggling with the bulk of things for so long now your a lifesaver
maysienz10 months ago
This is wonderful and I agree with the others, this is the best instructions I could find.

You say that you should have made something with a half inch seam and not a 1/4. I can't really see how the block can be made with the outside a 1/2 unless it is just a one fabric edging. (I am doing peaches and cream which has two different halves to the block) I think I would make the backing blocks with a inch seam allowance incase things go slightly askew. This could be cut back before sewing together. Am I right??
abbyholverson (author)  maysienz10 months ago
Actually, now that I'm looking at my pictures, I think I did 1/4 on the backing squares as well. It was a huge pain in the butt.
abbyholverson (author)  maysienz10 months ago
Everyone is so sweet, I'm glad that my instructable helped!

I think (it's been a while since I wrote this, so trying to remember) the problem I ran into was that my seam allowance around my blocks was only 1/4 for my top, and between getting everything lined up it was just too little, made things a giant pain. I'd definitely err on the side of having more seam allowance than necessary and trim once you've got the blocks together.
scox181 year ago
I'm getting ready to make a bed quilt for ME. I'm definitely going to follow your pattern of assembly! I just finished a sofa sized quilt for my hubby, and I could NOT get a handle on the bulky mass, or move it around to free motion quilt it. The center block looks like pinched scribbles cause I couldn't get it to move around. The rest is just straight line stitching. I can't wait to really have some quilting fun! Thanks
Majornav1 year ago
Very nice. This will be a great way to do project quilts for school and scouts. Everyone can do their own piece and quilting then trim and tie it all together.
Hulamoon1 year ago
I also watched several You tubes and looked at sites and this by far the best!
jjo31 year ago
Thank you so much! I have viewed probably 20 tutes on YouTube, and 5 others on various websites...even bought a book on QAYG, and YOU NAILED IT! Thank you Thank You THANK YOU! My first quilt project was a full size totally machine quilted scrap strip quilt blanket for the daughter. My next one will be a rainbow disappearing 9 patch for ME, using your method. You do BOMB.
Jacquemena1 year ago
I just love this idea but could not get these directions to print. I have tried to download to PDF file and still won't let me.
rosiekay1 year ago
How can I print these directions. I have tried to download to PDF file and still won't let me.
AmySews1 year ago
Yikes! Hand sewing? Is there an option for machine sewing it?
abbyholverson (author)  AmySews1 year ago
You don't *have* to hand stitch it necessarily. If you line everything up right and use a nice deceptive stitch, you could very easily do this on machine. I just like hand sewing a lot, and have an extreme hatred of trying to line things like that up! I also was going for the invisibility that you get with hand sewing.
abbyholverson (author)  abbyholverson1 year ago
Decorative, I mean. Haha
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