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.