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Machine Minute: Quilt As You Go

Quilt as you go is a fun technique that allows you to get the whole project finished at one time--the piecing and quilting are done together so that when you've completed the top, all you have left to do is bind the project.

Hi, I'm Jennifer, here with another Machine Minute brought to
you by Baby Lock and the Crescendo machine. Quilt-as-you-go is
a fun technique that allows you to complete a quilt
(all the parts of it--the piecing, the quilting, everything except
the binding) as you add pieces. I'm going to share
this technique with you today. It's an easy way to
finish a project in a jiffy. No matter what you're
making--it can be a throw size, a table runner, a
place mat (I'm working on a little holiday decoration), the
first thing you want to start with is your backing
fabric right side down. On top on that, layer your
batting. Then, I'm going to be working with strips. And
in quilt-as-you-go, you do want to work with pieces that
aren't too big because you want to keep in mind
how far apart your quilting lines are. So, you wouldn't
want to work with a 10"- or 12"-wide strip, because
you'd have too much open space between your stitching lines
and you'd have to go back and quilt that later.
So keeping your strips narrow enough that once you add
your seam lines your quilting is done is key. Then,
I'm going to take my first strip; I lay it
down right side up on top of the batting and
the backing. I start in the middle of my project
and I'm going to be working out toward both edges
as I go. My second strip goes right side down
atop that first strip. Now I've got my ends extending
a little bit beyond the batting and that's where I
want it to be. I'm going to be using a
walking foot for this project. It's a great time to
use a walking foot if you have one on your
machine, because it helps keep all the layers smooth without
any puckers as you're stitching. So I'm going to start
right at the edge of my batting. I've got my
pieces lined up. And if it was important for you
to keep things straight (on my project it's just sort
of a free-form piecing), but if it was important you
could mark some lines where you kept things lined up.
And then I'm just going to start stitching right down
that seam where I want to join those two pieces.
The walking foot helps keep the top fabric and the
bottom fabric moving along at the same rate. So my
first two pieces are in place. And at this stage,
I'm just going to open them up and finger-press that
seam. Then I'm ready to add the next piece. I'll
put it right sides together with the second piece I
added, and I'll sew that in place. I'll get to
the other end and cut my thread again. And then
again, I'll open up that piece and finger-press the seam.
Now at this point, I might turn my piece around
and start going in the opposite direction, as well. And
I'll add another piece to this side with, again, right
sides together. I'll keep building out to the edges. But
what's happening as I stitch along here is not only
am I'm seaming my pieces together on the top, but
I'm also quilting along as I go on the back.
So by the time I make it to each outside
edge, the project is finished except for the binding. Quilt-as-you-go:
sometimes it's called fun and done. Find a pattern that
you'd like to experiment with, and see if you don't
enjoy your project more when start to finish, you're quilting
as you go.


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