Two months ago I began hand quilting some blocks because my dog Truffle was wearing a medical collar and nearly pulled the sewing machine down on himself. Now he is fully recovered and I have just spent a few days in france so the ferry journey gave me plenty of time to continue the hand quilting. I’ve put it all together as a quilt as you go project.
Cutting requirements for the sashing for the quilt as you go project
I began with nine 18.1/2″ square quilt blocks. They all had 2″ spare wadding and backing all the way round and the quilting stopped at least 2″ from the edge. I am going to use 1.1/2″ sashing betwen them so have cut six strips 2″ by 18.1/2″ to go between the block, four strips 2″ by 57″ to join the quilt rows with quilt as you go and two strips 2″ by 59″ to go down each side.
Joining the tops of the blocks with quilt as you go
With right sides together sew one of the 18.1/2″ sashing strips down the side of one of the blocks. Use a 1/4″ seam and take care to only to the top layer of fabric. fold the wadding and backing fabric under so that they don’t get in the way as you sew.
With right sides together, sew the next block to the sashing of the first block. Add another strip of sashing to the right hand edge of the second block and sew the third block to this sashing. You now have a rows of three patchwork quilt blocks joined using quilt as you go by two strips of sashing. At this stage don’t put sashing on the outer edges of the row. Repeat with the remaining six quilt blocks to make three separate rows, each of three quilt blocks.
Join the wadding and backing using quilt as you go
Turn the first row over so that you can join the backing and wadding across the row. Leave the wadding and backing folded back. Finger press the sashing seams or use a seam flattener of some description.
Fold the wadding in from each side over the sashing strip and smooth gently. The two pieces of wadding will overlap.
Trim up the centre of the wadding making sure that you cut through the two overlapping layers of wadding only, not any of the fabric layers. The two edges of the wadding should now just butt up to each other. Sew them together by hand using a wide zigzag stitch.
Unfold the backing fabric so that it lies across the wadding – the right hand fabric in the photo. Then unfold the left hand fabric so that it overlaps the right hand panel. Turn under a 1/4″ seam in the left hand backing fabric and pin in place. Slipstitch along the seam so that the two quilt blocks are now joined at the back as well as at the front.
Joining the rows with quilt as you go
To join the rows together the process is exactly the same but with much longer seams. You will need two strips 57″ long for the sashing between the rows and a further two strips for the top and bottom of the quilt.
Use two sashing strips 59″ long to sew down the sides of the quilt top. Pin the strip to the top, bottom and middle of the quilt top and then pin the rest of the strip. It’s important to do this so that if there has been any fabric stretching you can ease it as you sew the length, rather than ending up with a difference in length between the sashing strip and the quilt top.
Trim the wadding and backing in line with the quilt top and bind the quilt. Full details on quilt binding here.