Hey Everyone, welcome back to Technique Tuesday on Thursday this week.
Quilt as you go is a very popular method of quilting and implies just that quilt as you go. The quilting is done with the piecing through all three layers of the quilt. When the piecing is done the quilting is also complete.
Most times the quilt is made up of several blocks often using enough for a king size quilt. This method of quilting makes it very easy to make a king size quilt manageable with a domestic machine.
My piece that I have created is just one 16 ½″ block of black and white fabrics. To begin I cut my piece of batting and drew lines at 2 ½″ intervals starting from one corner to another. In the end though I really only needed the corner to corner line to start. I used my Trace ‘n Mark pen to draw the lines on the batting.
Next I cut a backing the same size as the batting.
I had a whole bunch of pre-cut 2 ½″ strips I had bought years ago for another project and well there they sit in the drawer so I figured why not I’ll use them for this. The first strip I lined up with the line that ran from one corner to the opposite on the batting.
The second strip I placed on top of the first.
Using a walking foot or dual feed foot is essential since three layers are under the foot. By using either of these feet the fabric will be fed through evenly and there will be no puckering or shifting. Sew the two pieces of fabric in place with a ¼″ seam.
Strips sewn on either side of the black strip. Press towards the fabric on top.
Continue sewing the strips on. I alternated from side to side just to prevent any shifting of the backing. As well I used black thread for piecing so that it would blend in with the backing.
Once all the strips were on I turned it over and trimmed off all of the excess fabric to square up the piece.
This piece is a stand alone piece so all it needs now is a binding.
If I were making blocks for a quilt then the finishing would be a bit different but I’ll leave that for another post.