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.
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.
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.
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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