Wednesday, 26 November 2008

Quilt as you go

I'd always intended to try quilt-as-you-go sometime, but so far not got round to it. I was recently given some fabric by a friend of my mum's, and in the bag were some hand-made blocks, several of which had already been quilted. There were nine of them, in co-ordinating colours, and it seemed a shame not to use them for a quilt.


Of course, they were all different sizes (ranging from 11" to 12 1/2") and had been backed with quite poor quality calico. First of all, I cut them all to 11 1/2", except for the smallest one (the one in the middle) which I gave a narrow turquoise border to bring it up to size. Then I gave the ones which had been layered up a new backing, and some machine quilting, and layered and machine quilted the ones which needed it. Then I looked up the instructions for quilt-as-you-go. It semed quite straightforward.

And, hey presto, it is straightforward! Navy sashing, and a bit of slip stitching on the back, and I'm ready to join the rows. Not looking forward to using this method for the borders though. I'll let you know how I get on.

6 comments:

Gina said...

I've always meant to have a go at Quilt as you go aswell, but the borders fill me with dread. I'll be interested in how you get on.

Love and hugs Gina xxx

loulee1 said...

I've done quilt as you go broders on my fan quilt, it's just the same as adding rows.

hetty said...

You did a wonderful job of fixing those blocks. I have used the quilt-as-you-go technique and I love it. Adding a border will not be difficult. I look forward to seeing this one finished!

Andrea said...

You'll be fine. I did the whole of my recently finished Carolina Crossroads quilt like this and it went together ok even the borders.

black bear cabin said...

im not sure i can wrap my brain around the quilt as you go technique...but im glad its working for you :)

Anonymous said...

I always said you were a clever clogs.