Quilt as you go projects are just the same quilt that you would make by any other method, but each quilt block is sewn individually on to the wadding and backing fabric and then quilted. When the quilt as you go blocks are all complete, they are joined together to make the quilt.
The benefits of quilt as you go
The benefits are that you are working with small sections of fabric all the time so you can carry them around with you to work on when in the trian or anywhere away from home. Quilting is obviously a lot easier on a small block – whether machine or hand quilting.
Joining the top layer blocks with quilt as you go
Begin by making quilt blocks with wadding extending about 1″ from the block all the way round and the backing extending 2″. A word of warning – when quilting make sure that your quilting stops a good 1″ from the edge of the block.
Take two of the quilt blocks and fold back the wadding and backing on each one to expose the quilt block itself. Place them with right sides together and using a 1/4″ seam sew them together.
Joining the wadding and backing with quilt as you go
Place the two blocks right side down so that you can work on the backing and wadding. Fold the backing away and pin the two sections of wadding together. Trim the wadding just above the pins so that the two pieces lie flat against each other when you remove the pins. This part can be tricky – do take care not to catch the backing fabric with the scissors.
Hand stitch the two edges of wadding together using a large zigzag stitch. You need to put yur needle in about 1/4″ away from the wadding edge or the thread will just pull away through the wadding. This is to stop them moving around and creating a bump when you sew the backing fabrics together.
Lay the backing fabrics flat over the wadding. Trim them so that they only overlap by about 1″. Turn under a 1/4″ seam on the top layer and pin in place. Sew the hem. This can be done by machine or hand, but I have machine sewn it. As you can see, the seam shows up on the front of the blocks, but if I had been using patterned fabric the stitching would have been lost in the pattern.
When you have finished sewing all the blocks together using quilt as you go, bind as for any quilt. Details of quilt binding can be found here.