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    as I understand it, this is quilting the blocks individually prior to sewing them together. I would like to find out more about this. Is there a good book someone can recommend ? Any info appreciated. Thanks.

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    It can be a single block or a section of blocks. I don't know of a book, but you might try the website for Fons and Porter and see if they have a tutorial on it. There's another site that does tutorials called Brightcove. I've done one quilt that way, but I did sections of 4 blocks that made a big pinwheel. When I joined those sections, I joined them using the backing fabric and sewed right a long the raw edge of the blocks. Then I folded the backing fabric open and hand stitched down to form a sashing between the sections on the front. It turned out pretty cute, it was a baby quilt and not very big. I saw a program where they had done a queensize in quilt as you go and worked it in long strips. It looked good too.

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    Georgia Bonesteel is the expert on this. She calls it "Lap Quilting" - your library probably has a few of her books.

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    This is how I did all my quilts till i got my longarm. I can't use a frame or hoop they get in my way I like to get up close and personal with my quilting LOL. it takes alot of smoothing to keep wrinkles out but is nice when finished.
    I belong to a very small quilt group and all lap quilt except one who does the hoop

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    here's one i've been looking for locally - may have to break down and pay shipping on it

    http://www.frommarti.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Store_Code=FMM&Product_Code=8025&Category_Code=B_Other_Books

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    thanks, cathe - never would have known to search under 'lap quilting'. just requested it from my library! saved me $25!

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    Georgia Bonsteel has a site on line that will show instructions on how to Quilt as You Go" I have made 2 Queen size quilts that way, all quilted by hand. I myself find is easier to attach 2 or 3 rows together and quilt them. Also I have found it easier to attach the borders at the same time. That I learned after doing the first queen. Right now I am working on a Yellow Brick Road queen, divided in fourth including top and bottom border and side border. I do not have a frame, so I stitch either at the table or on my lap. Hope this will help you out.

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    HI Myrt:
    I have done one quilt in this way,it was from a book by Marti Mitchell
    it is called Weekend Log Cabin quilts ,for people who don'thave time to quilt.I think there is a series of Three books by her I have two of them.
    As I said I did do the Log Cabin one with great success. Hope this helps
    Wilma. PS if you just type in Marti Mitchell I'm sure you will find something

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    I just bought "Maching quilting in Sections" by Marti Mitchell. I haven't tried it yet but have a top I want to do. I also have a book about reversible quilting that is along the same line you quilt a row and join with bindind between each row. I made a lap quilt like that and it was easy.
    The machine quilting book I ordered from Nancy's Notions when they had
    free shipping and it was $19.98.

    Beverly

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    Sounds alot like the Betty Cotton method, Several years back I got to see a live Demo of her process. I kept getting confused on her terminology of intersections, crossroads, and etc. So I went off on my own and now I travel the interstates, and I'm very happy with my destination.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BDor
    I just bought "Maching quilting in Sections" by Marti Mitchell. I haven't tried it yet but have a top I want to do. I also have a book about reversible quilting that is along the same line you quilt a row and join with bindind between each row. I made a lap quilt like that and it was easy.
    The machine quilting book I ordered from Nancy's Notions when they had
    free shipping and it was $19.98.

    Beverly
    I have done both the Cotton method (and agree with whoever said it left the finished product pretty stiff) and have done several following Mitchell's method. You can do a fairly large quilt pretty easily with Mitchell's method. I have to admit I still prefer to let someone else do my quilting! :)

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    I took a class on the Cotton method and did not like it at all. Way to stiff--made 1 placemat and that was all.

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    Thank you for the many tips & leads which I will check out. Also I plan a trip to the library to check out whether they have some of the reference books. Thanks again.

    Myrt

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    Hi I was just into a site called How to Learn Lap Quilting .com It gives printable instructions that seem to be pretty good .You might want to have a look .Good Luck Wilma

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    hi yes nancy notions has a book about quilting as you go somebody cotton i forget her but you can fine it in her notions nellie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cathe
    Georgia Bonesteel is the expert on this. She calls it "Lap Quilting" - your library probably has a few of her books.
    I had done a lot of baby quilts before I heard about the lap quilting class I went to first, but that was about all. The lap quilting class opened up a whole new world to me. At the time, I was a school teacher, preacher's wife and mother to five. I was a foster mother to countless others and very active in the community, so the only way quilting could work for me was to have it "portable." Lap quilting was perfectly suited to my needs. I could do a few "tops" and put them in my purse to add the batting and backing while I sat with someone in a doctor's office, attended a NEA meeting or whatever.

    If you have never tried it, one thing to keep in mind is to have extra backing seam allowance (just a little bit beyond the regular size of the top block), so you can easily turn under seams after the blocks are sewn together. That last step is sometimes a tough one, but the quilts look just as pretty as whole ones.

    GramMER

    P.S. If this scrolls across the screen, I am sorry. I tried to figure out why it was so large for me, but nothing looks different in the set-up.

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    Myrna I have a book on Quilting as you go...it's titled "Machine Quilting in Sections" by Marti Michell it was about 20$ online...it really helps and looks to be somewhat easy.....check it out!
    Sherri

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    :wink: The quilt as you go is good for just about everyone. Such a good idea!!!

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    This is the best explanation I have found for quilt as you go... this makes a double sided quilt.

    http://www.quiltingworks.com/cabin-fever/projects/quiltasyougo3.htm

    I am attaching pictures of a runner that I did during my "Three Sisters Quilting Week" (This being an annual tradition for my sisters and I that we started in 2007 :D )

    I love the results... so finished and pretty. Plus when it's done... IT'S DONE!!!

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    Your runner is so pretty and an inspiration--one of my "goals" this year is to get seasonal runners and wall quilts done. I like yours very much.

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