Since I learned this new( to me) method of Quilt As You Go ( or QAYG for short), this is really the only method I use anymore. It makes quilting bigger quilts on your home machine so much easier! I shared one tutorial last year and thought I would share another one…this one with some video links! I hope that the videos will make it even easier to understand the process!
We are going to make a small table topper ( or wall hanging). You will have the option of making it with or without sashing and I will explain both options. For the purpose of making this easier, I am going to forgo borders on this project, but I will explain a couple of different ways that you can tackle borders on projects you want to use QAYG on at the end of the tutorial.
Let’s get started:
This is the block that you will be making:
We need to make 4 blocks. The blocks are easy and straightforward. You will need to choose 4 different colors and will need 1/2 FQ for the two main fabrics, and just a strip each of the secondary fabrics.
Part 1: Constructing your blocks
For my 4 blocks I used:
- a floral green ( less than 1/2 FQ)
- a wordy white ( less than 1/2 FQ)
- a pink floral (one 21 by 2.5″ strip)
- a green check ( one 21 by 2.5″ strip)
Cut your fabric as follows:
- 16~ 2.5″ by 4.5″ green floral rectangles
- 24~ 2.5″ white wordy squares
- 4~2.5″ pink floral squares
- 4~2.5″ green check squares
Lay your pieces out as shown and sew them into the block. This video shows you the order in which to sew them: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NizpUg5TMz8
I pressed away from the white squares so that my pieces nested nicely.
Do this 3 more times so you end up with 4 blocks that should measure approx. 8.5″ square ( if they don’t, no worries…as long as they are all about the same size as each other 😉 ).
So that is your home work for this week: Make 4 blocks and next week we will quilt them!
Ofcourse, if you would rather make your own blocks, go right ahead! Or if you already have other blocks made, use them. I thought I would give you a new block to make, but you can use whatever you have on hand ( in whatever size).
Until next week!
Part 2: Quilting your blocks.
This is the fun part! Grab your blocks and cut some COTTON batting that is slightly larger than your blocks. Now watch the video and see what to do next: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ys_PoETIroU&t=7s
Easy-peasy, right?! Now make sure to quilt all 4 of your blocks before next Friday, when I will be sharing part 3 of the quilt-along.
Part 3: Putting your blocks together.
Now that you have quilted your blocks, you have 2 choices on how to put them together: You can sew the blocks directly to each other, OR you can use a narrow sashing between them.
In my video I show you both ways. They both look good and they both look different. If you decide to use sashing this is what you need to know:
Cut your sashing as long as your block and 1 inch wide. You will need 2 pieces to go between the 2 sets of blocks. After you sew the 2 sets together, you will join the upper to the bottom part with 1 inch sashing that you cut as long as your combined blocks. Does that sounds terribly confusing? No worries, watch the video and I think it will all become clear. If not, send me an email or ask me on fb and I will explain more.
Part 4: Finishing up.
Today is all about finishing up your quilt! Obviously we have done a very small project that you could have easily done as one quilt, however, now you can apply what you have learned to bigger quilts.
To finish up our project, you are going to cut a piece of backing slightly larger than your quilt top and attached batting( I used a FQ for mine and it’s a little tight, but it will work 😉 ).
Layer your backing, wrong side up, with your quilt and batting right side up. Pin. Now quilt just on some basic lines ( depending on the batting you used, you can quilt up to 10 inches apart!). I usually quilt in the ditch just simply going from top to bottom. Then turn your quilt 90 degrees and repeat in the other direction. You really do NOT need to do a lot of quilting here…just enough to hold the layers together.
After quilting, make your binding in your preferred way, attach, and voila, you are done with your project! Now wasn’t that easy??
These are some little tidbits that I have learned along the way that you might find useful:
- Try and “chunk” your small blocks into bigger sections ( good if you will not be sashing between your blocks).
- If you are following a pattern, try and think ahead of how you can construct your blocks so that QAYG makes sense.
- Most quilt patterns that use sashing will look perfectly fine with a 1 inch sashing instead so you can use the method that we talked about.
- Borders are a bit tricky. You have to do those separately and if they are skinny they tend to “wobble” as you quilt them. I have had some luck with making my borders wider ( at least 5 inches), quilting them, and then attaching them to the quilt. You DO want to make these a bit longer than the actual quilt measures because they do shrink as you quilt them! But you would go ahead and do them the same way as the blocks: Layer your fabric on top of your batting, quilt as desired, then trim to the right size, and attach to your quilt, either directly or with a 1 inch sashing. I have made my quilts with cornerstones between the borders ( which I quilted separately and then attached to the borders), but you could also just “butt” the borders onto each other. Another option would be to leave off the borders all together. I am not a fan of borders so that is usually my choice.
If there is anything not clear, please don’t hesitate to ask me. I am by no means an expert but I have been making my quilts in this manner for a few years now and I think it makes it so much easier to quilt big quilts on your home machine! You can contact me via email ( link is at the top of the page) or via the fb group.