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    Quilt as you go

    Has anyone used this method? Does it work when sashing is involved? How would you rate this method?

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    I have done this a few times. There are a number of methods, I usually use strips on both front and back. Leah Day has a video on this method. Did it once with sashing. Used the sashing as my strips and cut a narrow strip of batting to lay in the channel made by the sashing. That's a little tricky. You could do the sashing as if a block and use the same fabric for the strips on either side of the sashing. You could even use a contrast fabric for the strips to make it look as if the sashing were pieced.

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    I have made many quilts using the QAYG method. For large quilts, it is much easier than trying to squeeze the quilt through the DSM harp. This is basically the method I use: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ji8BLS2rNHA

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    The first time I did it was a quilt as you go. It turned out great. There are some nice you tube vidoes
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    QAYG is a blanket term that covers many different methods. It's self explanatory: you quilt the quilt as you go rather than waiting until the entire top is put together and manhandling the entire top, batt and backing either by hand or machine. You can quilt single blocks, groups of blocks or sections of the quilt. Many folks quilt the main body of the quilt top, quilt the borders separately and attach.
    Some of the techniques use sashing, others don't. Some have you piece the entire top, then add the batting & backing in sections. If you don't like one technique, then try another.
    There are lots of you tube videos out there and some good books.
    Marti Michell's "Machine Quilting in Sections" is a really great resource. She covers many techniques:
    http://www.amazon.com/Marti-Michell-...=marti+michell

    Sharon Pederson's book "Reversible Quilts" covers a single technique, but lots of inspiration:
    http://www.amazon.com/Reversible-Qui...ersible+quilts
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    Great method. Yes you do use sashing.normal on top and one on base sew both to one block through am layers. Now I attach next block with top sashing. The backing sashing I fold over and hand stitch down. Some in my group us the sewing machine for this hand sewing stage, personally don't like seeing the row of machine stitching on either back or front.
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    I love doing QAYG! For me the sashing was a little difficult. It just takes time. I usually do a 2 or 3 foot constructed section of the quilt that includes the sashing, then assemble the whole thing.
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    My first ever quilt class (1977) was a sampler quilt, with sashing, each block quilted by hand on a square frame, then machine seamed fronts and hand hemmed back seams. Many years later, I took a QAYG class where we pieced directly onto the batting and backing in long strips, then sashed between them. So, as many have said above, it depends on the pattern you plan.
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    I just don't like trying to attach the quilted blocks together. I know a few of the quilters in our church group make very lovely quilts from this method.
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    i like to make placemats using that method!!
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    I have made several QAYG and will be making a lot more. I will be using lots of scraps and scrap W&W for donation quilts.
    This is like I do mine.
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    I will definitely try the QAYG method that Candied Quilts demonstrates. That one is without sashing. I have Marti Michells book & have tried some of them which are good too.

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    Many times, using many different techniques, different styles of quilts. It's a great way to get a quilt all finished in small increments.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WandaVA View Post
    I have made many quilts using the QAYG method. For large quilts, it is much easier than trying to squeeze the quilt through the DSM harp. This is basically the method I use: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ji8BLS2rNHA
    I like the looks of this one.

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    I believe that Dunster provided a tutorial on this process some time ago, pretty sure if you do a search for it on the board it will come up. Good luck with your project.
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    The method I used was quite straightforward. I quilted each block and attached it with sashing front and back.

    I'm wanting to try doing it in larger sections as well.

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    I'm working on a king sized quilt for my oldest son now. How easy is quilt as you go on that size??

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    I have made quite a lot like this. It is easy.
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    Quilt as you go

    I love QAYG for large quilts such as king or queen. The main thing to remember while you are quilting is to leave enough space on the outer edges of your squares so you will have enough seam allowance to join the squares. I don't use sashes. I sew the fronts together and then I hand finish the backing.
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    Think out of the block. I have quilted as I go many times and have never been disappointed in do so. Some of my prettiest designs have come from them. Sashing is no problem; don't do as you make the blocks, but after all blocks are finished. This way you'll be able to see the "picture" more clearly. If you have to fill in any places before sashing best to do it this way - that's my suggestion. Like I said in the beginning, "Think out of the block" - be your own quilter, not copying someone else's design. Enjoy. God gave you the talent to quilt - use it. In fact, the Holy Spirit has designed the quilts I make. He is more talented than us all put together. God bless, and may this Christmas be filled with the Fruits of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23).

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    Al of the quilts I make are done by this method, those methods already mentioned are all good, you do not have to use sashing. Most any design can be adapted to this method. It is more about how you join the blocks, and manage the batting to avoid ridges. Has anyone tried the method by Kenny Kreations, they say it requires no hand stitching. I have the most success hand stitching the backing so I am curious'
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    I found it quite easy to do QAYG with sashing front and back.

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    I found it to be bulky to do the sewing on I did not like it

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    It is my preferred way to quilt if I don't send it to a LA. I must be doing it right because no one at guild can tell it is a QAYG quilt. They keep asking me to do a workshop and I say buy the older Georgia Bonesteel books or watch Craftsy. That's where I learned. I'm not going to show another instructor's techniques. They see this as being snotty.
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