Monday, 22 November 2010

Quilt as you go

I've been sorting out my (many) Linus boxes this week, and I came across a set of blocks which were already quilted and just needed to be sewn together. They are all in bright colours and it seemed a shame not to put them together, so I decided to have my first try at quilt as you go! Firstly I auditioned sashing colours. Nothing seemed quite right, so I decided to sew them together - wadding and all - and then use a strip at the back to hide the raw edges.

Here are four of the blocks - very gutsy, as you'll surely agree!

I cut a strip about 1" wide, the length of the blocks, and placed it right side down on the edge of the blocks I was going to join together.

I sewed straight through the blocks and fabric strip.
Then I folded the strip over, turned in the edge, pinned and slip-stitched it. (It would have been even easier if I'd ironed the strip under down the free edge, but hindsight is a wonderful thing!). Since the blocks have been quilted right to the edge, it wasn't possible to trim the wadding, so the seams are a little bulky. Never mind, it'll just add to the snuggle factor!

Here are the two blocks from the front. Looking good. Now I'm off to watch the tv and sew the strips on the back!


loulee said...

Quilt as you go is a great method, if only I remembered to use it!

Barb said...

I've never tried this, but it looks great -
Love your scrappy squares

Cheri said...

Been wanting to try a QAYG and here you are inspiring me! Think I'll do this with some crumb blocks I have made up. Thanks! BTW thanks for the comments on my blog. I wasn't really so fast, just had a head start with my strips already cut and handy.

black bear cabin said...

i always wondered how the quilt as you go method still seems a bit confusing to me though...but as long as you know what youre doing, its all good :) I have a giant strip quilt im working on too, but im planning on tying it, as i think it will be too thick to quilt. I love the strip quilts, i think they are quite colorful and fun!

Sew Create It - Jane said...

Glad to see you are getting those together...looks fab!

Shasta said...

These are looking great. I haven't tried that method, but it certainly does look like I should add that to my repertoire.

paqui said...

your blog is fantastic !!!
Kiss from Spain !!!