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.

Step 1: Make A Plan

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!)
<p>I am assuming that once you have all your blocks put together that you can add a border before binding too!?</p>
<p>You might want to check out www.quiltingonthegrid.com for a way to make beautiful quilts with just a sewing machine! I have done so because my wife developed this technique and got a U.S. patent on it this year.</p>
Warren I don't know how open you are to tips that will improve your conversion rates on your web page (conversion rate = how many &quot;browsers&quot; become buyers). There is too much text on your page, people need simple info, presented in small chunks, with space around it, with click through links that provide more info and an option to purchase. A good web designer and marketer is worth the money and will repay in sales. Look for a good web page, and check for the designers name - google for contact details. Best wishes.
<p>Very simple and straight forward instructions - the best I've seen so far. And you are not limited to just the size of your single block, you can sew 4 or more blocks together first and then measure the batting and backing to fit. Or you could first sew one row of blocks together and then quilt them as you go so you have only 4 or 5 seams in the back to deal with. I hope I made myself clear. </p>
<p>Yes, Yvonne - thank you! :-) I think that would be even easier! :-) </p>
<p>I don't understand the second paragraph of step 7.</p>
<p>Couldn't you sew from the front along the seam, with a zigzag stich or other design to sew the back closed? I think It could work if it was incorporated in the overall design from the start. what do you think?</p>
You can, absolutely. I've just always been awful at lining up that sort of thing well enough... For me it would take a lot longer!
<p>This is fabulous! I'm off to the fabric store right now for batting to get my 2 pieced- but-not-sewn-or-quilted UFOs done! Thanks so much</p>
<p>I am making my 1st quilt and your instructions with photos! :) and the tips about the seam allowances were so very helpful! Thank you!</p>
<p>Thank you for this!!!! I am super excited now, to try this!</p>
<p>I love how your quilting is part of the visual appeal as well as the piecing</p>
<p>Wonderful tutorial, thank you for posting it!</p>
wow this is amazing i have been struggling with the bulk of things for so long now your a lifesaver
This is wonderful and I agree with the others, this is the best instructions I could find. <br> <br>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??
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.
Everyone is so sweet, I'm glad that my instructable helped! <br> <br>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.
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
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.
I also watched several You tubes and looked at sites and this by far the best!
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.
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. <br>
How can I print these directions. I have tried to download to PDF file and still won't let me. <br>
Yikes! Hand sewing? Is there an option for machine sewing it?
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.
Decorative, I mean. Haha

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