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Quilt As You Go (with Tutorials!)

Piece and quilt your project at the same time! It's easy with the quilt-as-you-go method.

What is Quilt As You Go (QAYG)

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. This is a fun and fast way to sew your projects from small projects like table runners to full-size quilts. Generally, it is completed using strips of fabric sewn onto a foundation, but you can experiment to see what other ideas you can come up with!

 

How to Quilt As You Go

Layer the backing fabric on your work surface with the right side down. Place a piece of quilt batting approximately the same size on top. If desired, use quilt-basting spray to secure the layers together. Cut a strip of fabric any width you choose or start with a pieced block unit. With the right side up, place the strip of fabric or block unit in the middle of the layered pieces. With the right side down, place a second fabric strip or block unit atop the first piece, aligning one set of edges. Sew together using a 1/4" seam allowance along the aligned edges through all layers. Finger-press the top unit open. Continue adding assorted fabric strips or block units in this manner until the quilt is the size you'd like; press. Trim the excess fabric, batting, and backing the size you'd like, then add binding to finish.

 

Want to Know More?

See a video of this process here.

Get free patterns and see step-by-step photos here.