Quilt as you go projects are always popular because they are so much more easy to make and I have used several different methods of quilt as you go. However I had never though of quilt as you go with self binding on each quilt block. It goes by the name of fun and done quilting which really describes it well. Thanks for the suggestion, Lisa.
I used the Louisiana quilt block for this project, mainly because it’s dead easy to make so I could focus on the quilt as you go aspect of the quilt.
PS. Since writing this pattern I have been informed that the name ‘fun and done’ actually applies to techniques and tools developed by Prairie Sky Quilting. I’m afraid that I had no idea that this was the case and I certainly had no wish to use another quilter’s ideas – so my sincere apologies to them. You can find some lovely designs and patterns at Prairie Sky Quilting.
For six quilt blocks: twenty four white rectangles 8.1/2″ by 4.1/2″ and twenty four 4.7/8″ squares each of blue and yellow fabric. Six 20″ squares of both wadding and backing fabric.
Making the quilt blocks
Use the 4.7/8″ squares to make half square triangles. Place a blue and a yellow square with right sides togethr and mark a line along the diagonal. Sew a 1/4″ seam either side of the marked line and cut along the line to produce two half square triangles.
The quilt block consists of four quarters the same as each other. For each quarter sew two half square triangle units together to make one big blue triangle and then sew them to a white rectangle with the apex of the triangle pointing towards the white fabric. Sew the quarters together as shown in the photo to complete the Louisiana quilt block. You will need six of these.
Using quilt as you go to sew the blocks together
The quilt blocks are 16.1/2″ square. The principle of quilt as you go is that each block is quilted individually. Layer them with 20″ squares of wadding and backing fabric. Quilt each block (so easy when you don’t have the full weight of quilt to grapple with!). Make sure that the quilting doesn’t go right to the edge of the quilt block.
Cut the wadding to the same size as the quilt block. Leave the backing full size because you need it for the quilt as you go, so fold the spare quilt backing underneath the quilt block. Line your ruler up along the edge of the block and trim the wadding and quilt block edge together along all four edges of each block.
Lay two quilt blocks with the backing fabric together and the patchwork quilt blocks on the outside. Line up the edges of the two backing fabrics and check that the corners of the quilt blocks match up with each other. Sew the two backing fabrics together as close as you can get to the quilt blocks.
When you open them out, the backs of the quilt blocks will be secured as shown on the left. The front of the quilt blocks will have two strips of backing fabric sticking out along the join of the blocks as shown on the right.
I have left the backing strips this length and that gives me a fairly wide sashing between the quilt blocks. You could trim the backing fabric at this stage if you wanted a more narrow sashing strip.
Fold one of the backing fabric strips in half so that the raw edge is at the edge of the quilt block. Fold down again on to the top of the quilt block. Do this to both strips and then hand sew in place. In effect you have two sashing strips now between the blocks. Actually, although I sewed these down by hand I suppose it would be perfectly possible to machine sew this stage of the quilt as you go project.
Sew the quilt blocks together in pairs and then sew one pair of blocks to another pair using exactly the same quilt as you go method. When all three pairs are sewn together there only remains the binding to do.
Binding the quilt as you go fun and done project
Using quilt as you go fun and done makes the binding really quick and easy to sew. Along the straight edges just fold the backing fabric in half and then fold again on to the quilt block edge, pin and sew in place.
The corners could just be sewn with the backing fabric folded across itself, but there would be quite a thickness in the corners then. A neater option is to trim across the corner about 1/4″ from the quilt block corner. Fold that edge 1/4″ down across the corner and then fold the backing down as for the rest of the binding.
I love making quilt as you go projects because the quilting is so much easier and you are not dealing with such weights of fabric until the project is nearly finished. I have seen examples of fun and done quilt as you go with much smaller quilt blocks but I rather feel that there might be too much hand sewing then.
Here’s the video: