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Thread: Quilt in a day? Yes!

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    Quilt in a day? You bet! I'm making bus quilts now for a boy's choir who travels some distances to jigs, and often has to be there early to practice (with an orchestra or other groups) and needs "down" time to rest up for the evening performance. I use the same system for "charity" quilts because they are so quick (not counting piecing to get the right size across-pieces, if necessary).

    #1 - have double-sided sticky batting on hand aprox 42-44" wide and cut it to be 55-60" long;

    #2 - dry-iron and attach fabric, pieced or whole (according to what you have on hand)-- this will be the backing;

    #3 cut fabric 6 to 12" wide across a piece of fabric, selvage to selvage (you end up with the same size as the width of the batting);

    #3 - sew the first piece at the top edge, dry-iron it down;

    #4 - put the next piece on top of the first, right sides together and sew the second piece to the first, and dry-iron it down;

    #5 - continue step #4 until you reach the bottom of the batting;

    #6 - If the width of the piece is more than 4" (6" for sure) then you will want to do a few quilting stitches from top to bottom;

    #7 - put a narrow boarder on, machine sewing with a semi-wide design stitch so it catches all edges in without stressing out;

    # HINTS - You may be happier if you at least estimate how wide you want each piece to be so the last piece is about the same as the others;

    But realize that different width of cross-wise pieces will also add interest (and use up some pieces you may have in your stash at the same time).

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    neet im going to have to try this sounds like fun.

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    Thanks, great idea!

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    What a great quilt as you go quilt, thank you for sharing :D:D:D

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    Have you tried it without the the "double-sided sticky batting"? It should be the same. you may have to just pin the corners on the back on but you should be able to do that with any batting you have on hand.

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    Do you have a picture of a completed quilt using this formula?

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    Thank you

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ripped on Scotch
    Have you tried it without the the "double-sided sticky batting"? It should be the same. you may have to just pin the corners on the back on but you should be able to do that with any batting you have on hand.
    Of course you can use any batting, but pinning it down on both sides takes time... the two sided sticky is down and dirty and quick!

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    i just used this method to teach a 10 year old how to make a doll quilt today she was thrilled she had never sewn befor and realy enjoiyed it.

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    My 80 year old aunt told me that's the way my grandmother used to make quilts, without the sticky batting, of course. Ive done it and it really is quick and efficient.

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    Sorry, but I can't quite envision this quilt -- do you have a photo you can post so I can understand your directions better? Thanks!

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    Reading the instructions.. you mention a narrow border, but how do you have batting behind it? ?Maybe stop and start sewing 2 ins from the edge? Good idea for small items.

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    sounds really interesting

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    I'm a visual person, so can you post a pic of your quilt? Sounds like a great way to put out quilts in a hurry. Love the idea!!

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    I'm visual too. *L* I can't wait to see your pic and make one.

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    I would like to see a picture of this too. Was wondering about the borders too -- batting behind them?

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    This is one I'll have to try. I think a bus quilt is such a great idea for those folks who spend anytime on a bus going to and from places. I wish I had seen this before my son went off to camp. I certainly would have made him one. There's always next year!

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    I would like to see a picture also. Have great granddaughter starting in nursery school and could use a nap pad.

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    thanks for posting this! I have some baby quilts to make. I wanted to use this quilt-as-you-go method but wanted to make sure I kept it smooth. I never thought of sticky batting. There is my answer!

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    Wow! I really do need to see this to understand. Where do you get sticky batting?

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    Picture please.

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    Not only a picture....how about some pics about the various steps involved? I am also a visual person.
    Can't wait to see how to do a simple quilt:)

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    Thanks for sharing! This just might be the ticket for making some quick quilts for the grandchildren for Christmas!

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    Quote Originally Posted by libthekwltr
    Sorry, but I can't quite envision this quilt -- do you have a photo you can post so I can understand your directions better? Thanks!
    www.quiltingboard.com/t-60764-1.htm

    If I was reading the instructions correctly - you make a "foundation" (backing and batting) and then assemble the top strip by strip - almost the same way you do when making a string quilt (see above tute link). Wasn't this technique called" "Flip and Sew"? First strip is placed right side up, then each additional piece is place right sides together over the previous strip, sewn down, and the newest stirip is then flipped over on to the foundation, etc. until the end.

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    http://www.diaryofaquilter.com/2010/...-tutorial.html

    Here is another link to a visual tutorial, except this technique (like making a string quilt block) has you starting in the middle and going out to both ends (one side at a time). I would imagine that the two-sided sticky batting in this quilt in a day tutorial might eliminate the need to start in the middle, as each strip is held firm by the sticky-stuff on the batting. Sure does sound like a great way to make a quick quilt - gonna have to try this one!

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