Quilt As You Go In Sections

Quilt as you go in sections

Quilt as you go in sections

I made a quilt as you go in sections quilt just before Christmas.  I was in a hurry – because obviously I wasn’t organised enough to begin the quilt in October as I should have done.  The quilt design itself was really simple – squares of curtain fabric with a 1/4″ royal blue sashing between them.  The problem was that it was going to be too big to quilt easily on my domestic sewing machine, but I didn’t want to use quilt as you go for individual blocks because of all the hand sewing that would be involved.  I know it’s possible to machine sew the joins between the blocks, but I find that I get neater results if I handsew those seams.




Quilt top sewn in three sections

Quilt top sewn in three sections

Why quilt as you go in sections?

I could have made rows of blocks and then layered and quilted them, but I decided to try going one step beyond that.  I made the blocks up in several rows at a time so that I had three sections.  Each section was small enough to quilt easily and I would only have two long seams between the sections to handsew.

I need to add here that I had also planned a 10″ border, bigger than I normally use.  The individual blocks were cut 12″ squares, giving me 11.1/2″ square blocks.  So my first section was the top border and the first two rows of the quilt.  There are six rows altogether in the quilt.  I made the second section with the two middle rows of the quilt.  The third section consisted of the last two rows plus the bottom sashing.

Extra wadding and backing on the sides

Extra wadding and backing on the sides

Sew the top first

I layered each section with backing fabric and wadding extending out 11″ further than the blocks on each side, but just the normal inch or two above and below the sections.  That way I could add the side borders on later even though the top and bottom borders were already on.  Using normal quilt as you go, I machine sewed the three sections of the quilt together, but on the top only.  I wanted to add the side borders first before I sewed any seams on the wadding and back of quilt.

I sewed the sashing to the side borders

I sewed the sashing to the side borders

Finish the wadding and backing

At this stage I added sashing to the side borders and sewed them to the main section of the quilt.  Now I was ready to turn over and sort out the back of the quilt.

There were two long seams to hand sew in both the wadding and the backing, but that was it!  The quilt was almost complete.  I basted the entire outer edge of the quilt, trimmed the layers and added the binding.  This really was a super speedy way of finishing a large quilt.  I had managed to quilt manageable sized sections of the quilt but hadn’t had to hand sew great lengths of seam.  I would recommend this to anyone planning a large quilt.  I even gained enough time so that I could make a cushion to match the quilt.

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Rose

Quilt as You Go – Quilting Between Blocks

Quilting between blocks

Quilting between blocks

When using the quilt as you go method, quilting between blocks and between rows is something that I’ve always left till the end and then quilted those small sections on the huge, bulky quilt.  What an idiot I am!  I’ve just worked out something that you probably worked out a long time ago.

What is quilt as you go?

I have made a quilt from 20″ blocks using quilt as you go.  Using this technique, you add the wadding and backing fabric to each block and quilt one block at a time.  You have to leave 1″ or 2″ not quilted all round the edge of each block so that you can sew the seams joining the blocks.  You can find out more about this technique here.




Quilting between blocks

As I would with any other quilt, I sew the blocks together across each row first and then sew the rows to each other.  The difference this time is that after I had sewn the blocks together across each row I realised that I could then set about quilting between blocks at this stage rather than waiting till I had completed the quilt.  You still need to leave 1″ or 2″ unquilted at the top and bottom of the seam – this is so that you can sew the seams to join the rows.  However you can quilt over most of that seam, giving you both unformity of quilting design as well as strengthening the seam line – and you’re only working with one row rather than a big quilt.

Quilt between the 1st 2 rows before adding another row

Quilt between the 1st 2 rows before adding another row

Quilting between rows

You can now employ the same method when joining the rows:  join two rows and then quilt along the length of the seam line joining the rows before you add another row.

You need to leave the first and last couple of inches of the rows unquilted if you are planning on adding a border.

You may feel that I am making something out of nothing, but I feel ridiculously pleased with myself for having worked out an easier way of completing the quilting between blocks in a quilt as you go project.  I hope it will help you.

Completed quilt

Completed quilt

This is the completed quilt – a wedding gift for my niece. Her wedding celebrations are the weekend after next.  In case you’re wondering, I’ve used the chain and knot quilt pattern.

Thanks for visiting my blog.

I hope to see you again soon.

Rose

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