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Thread: Quilt as You Go

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    I have attached a block from the Rose of Sharon quilt that is a 14" square. I still need to applique the pieces down but I am going to make 4 of them exactly like this one and would like to quilt them each separately and then join them after they are quilted. (I figure if I start FMG'ing on a smaller project I might have better luck) I guess it would be a quilt as you go.

    My problem is I don't know how to do this. How much seam allowance do I need to leave on the fabric and the batting? I have the Rose of Sharon DVD that explains how Sharon does it but she uses a sashing and I don't want to in this case.

    Can you recommend a book or DVD that would help me with this?

    I hope I am making sense and I know that a lot of you wonderful quilteres will be able to point me in the right direction.

    Thanks in advance for your help

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    Beautiful block!!!

    You probably want a to see Kimberly's tutorial (and K3n's). See the links below.

    Reposting the repost. ;-)
    I've culled this information from some of my prior QAYG posts on other threads.
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    This first group deals with the QAYG method of joining quilted blocks into a finished quilt top:

    There are many similar methods to the version demonstrated by Kimberly in her tutorial (link below). Most of have slight variations dealing with the sashing, and/or the way the blocks are attached to each other.
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-115627-1.htm


    The variation I use most often is based on the book "Awash with Color" by Judy Turner.
    http://www.amazon.com/Awash-Color-Wa.../dp/1561483737

    In it, you actually attach the top and back sashing to the block at the same time, zig-zag the blocks together, and then you sew down the other side of the sashings (either by hand or machine). I prefer to do it by hand, but it can easily be done by machine.

    Nothing, and I mean nothing, is ever going to pull this thing apart. I think I like it the best because the first few QAYG quilts I made were for babies. One I know of was still going strong 6 years later, even after weekly washings and nap times at nursery and kindergarden.

    I think this method is the most versatile because you can attach ANYTHING together, regardless of the shape.

    Here's a recap of some of the various QAYG tutorials on this board.
    THere are many, I haven't read them all, but these struck me as very well written and presented.

    The Fun and Done - where you bring the backing to the front as a border/binding for each block, tutorial by DebWatkins.
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-52698-1.htm

    QAYG with sashing:
    Kimberly's tutorial (also noted above)
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-115627-1.htm

    Similar to Kimberly's but another variation of dealing with the sashing - with NO hand sewing.
    Tutorial by k3n.
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-36303-1.htm

    If you're looking for some books, the best are:
    Judy Turner - Awash with Color (mentioned above)
    http://www.amazon.com/Awash-Color-Wa.../dp/1561483737
    It's also a great book if you want to learn about value. I highly recommend it.

    The other is Reversible Quilts by Sharon Pederson.
    http://www.amazon.com/Reversible-Qui...9785498&sr=1-1

    All the above methods have to do with joining blocks that are already quilted. My advise is to read them ALL, go to youtube and watch videos - just search on QAYG.
    Then pick a method, or pieces of different ones, that will work for you. It's a fabulous technique to know.

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    The other "branch"of QAYG mentioned upthread deals with reducing the bulk when quilting an already pieced quilt top.

    There were a couple of books:
    "Divide and Conquer" by Nancy Smith and Linda Milligan was one of the first.
    http://www.amazon.com/Divide-Conquer...5932117&sr=8-1

    Marti Michel came out with one later (that pretty much said the same thing as D&C).
    http://www.amazon.com/Machine-Quilti...5932164&sr=8-3

    I don't have a list of favorite sites or videos or tutorials as it's not a method I use (that's why LongArmers exist ) but it is another helpful and useful technique to know.
    You can find youtube videos on this method as well.

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    Is there a way to do QAYG that does not require sashing on both top and bottom? ie. - that would require it only on one or the other?

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    I don't use sashing, my method is a variation of Marti Michelle's.

    I join the front pieces with 1/4 inch seams just like always. The backing I cut 1 inch wider all the way around, then I fold over and iron so that I have a nice edge. Then I sew the backing together either with a whip stitch or with a topstitch - over the next block. There is 1/4 overlap on the back but I know the quilt stays together.

    It isn't sashing, doesn't affect the front at all, and is hardly noticeable on the back. Sometimes I machine stitch the back, sometimes I whip stitch. It depends on how busy the front is when I quilted it.

    The busy prints on the front don't show the extra stitches.

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    Beautiful!

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    MTS

    Thanks for all the wonderful information. I knew someone would be able to help

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