Wednesday, April 24, 2013

FREE PROJECT : Quilt as You Go

Hello! It's Hump Day. And there is nothing better to get you through Wednesday than a free quilting project! 

I wanted to take the opportunity to show you a technique on how to attach blocks that have already been individually quilted.

Here's what you'll need:
  • Ten (10) 9¼" x 9¼" quilted blocks
  • One (1) 1¼" x WOF strip of choice of fabric (in this case I used Pure Elements White Linen)
  • Four (4) 1¼" x 19½" strip of same fabric chosen
  • For Binding: Three (3) 1½" x WOF strips of fabric chosen (for further instructions on Binding, go here)

The first thing, if you have not already done so, is to trim the excess batting that you have after quilting and to square your blocks so that they measure, in this case, 9¼" x 9¼".

Once they are ready to be sewn, display them on the wall to see what arrangement you like best.

Now you can start to construct the rows individually. It is important that you sew them WRONG side to WRONG side with a ¼" seam allowance. Yes, you read correctly! That is the first part of the trick here!

Press seams open after sewing. You will have at least three layers to press, so press carefully.

Now attach the two rows together, WRONG side to WRONG side again. If you you find that the intersections are too bulky and it's creating difficulty with your machine. You can CAREFULLY trim down the batting around those areas with the scissors.

Press the seam open.

Grab all the 1¼" x WOF strips and fold in. Press ¼" on each of the long sides of the each strip.

In this tutorial, what I'm going to show you is a different way to do sashing in "applique" style in order to cover unfinished seams and also bring more design and visual interest to your piece. As far as color for the thread, you can choose to use matching color thread for the top fabric.

First, attach the longer strip right on and center it with the seam that attaches the two rows. Pin as needed and top-stitch 1/16" away from the edge of the strip of both sides. Press.

Once you finish that strip, you can proceed to sew on the strips that go on top of the "vertical" seams, following the same process as the horizontal strip.

After you have finished pressing, use a rotary cutter and ruler to trim the excess sashing.

Now you are ready to bind it! If you have a preferred way of binding your quilt, go for it. In this case, I used the same technique I usually do on my Free Quilt Patterns.

Pretty simple, huh? This is an easy way to make a modern and colorful quilt. The decorative stitches add a nice and different touch to a solid fabric.

Happy Wednesday!


  1. this is GORGEOUS! I can't wait to try it since my newer machine has so many fancy stitches like this. LOVE the color block

  2. Thanks for the tutorial - I was wondering how to join "pre-quilted" blocks!

  3. I`ve never tried this.It`s on my to do list,sure I`ll give it a try.Thanks for the fabulous tutorial!!

  4. Great tutorial. The first quilt I learned was quilt-as-you go, but involved a lot of hand-sewing. I like this better! Perfect to practice my quilting and try out the decorative stitches too.

  5. Thank you so much for your comments. I'm glad you like it! Stay tuned as I'll be posting more fun tutorials like this :) Much love <3

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  9. very clever! I'm currently making a QAYG quilt as part of a BOM, so I'll have to revisit this later.