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Thread: Quilt as You Go

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    Junior Member sharkee's Avatar
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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.
    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.

    The variation I use most often is based on the book "Awash with Color" by Judy Turner.

    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.

    QAYG with sashing:
    Kimberly's tutorial (also noted above)

    Similar to Kimberly's but another variation of dealing with the sashing - with NO hand sewing.
    Tutorial by k3n.

    If you're looking for some books, the best are:
    Judy Turner - Awash with Color (mentioned above)
    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.

    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.


    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.

    Marti Michel came out with one later (that pretty much said the same thing as D&C).

    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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    Junior Member sharkee's Avatar
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    Thanks for all the wonderful information. I knew someone would be able to help

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