A couple of years ago I did a guest appearanc
e at Sew We Quilt.... and did a Quilt As You Go tutorial.... which was based on one of my first quilts.....
It was quite a popular post and I never showed it on my blog... so I thought I would ...
This QAYG is great for a beginner or experienced quilter, and although there is quite a bit of preparation work the final quilt grows so quickly.
This is one of the first quilts I made:
That's a queen size bed. I overestimated the fabric I would need and thus my stash was born..... so for this tutorial I decided to bust the black and white stash....
(this method lends itself well to any stash colours - scrappy, ranges etc - just have fun with it.....)
My big tip to quilting is relaxation and enjoyment.... so get out a
glass mug of your favourite wine coffee ..... you may need a snack.... like chocolate cake..
and then go and raid the fabric stash cupboard.....
You will need:
your stash fabrics - remember you can use scraps - but you want them at 11" - 18" lengths - any width will do - but wider than 1"
your wadding. There is usually some of a suitable size left from cutting the edges of the wadding from other quilts - so you may even be able to use your wadding scraps
your backing fabric
Firstly cut your backing and wadding into squares - I used 11" squares which would be cut back to 10". Cut as many as required to make your desired quilt size.
Prepare your backing and wadding blocks by spray basting the wadding (some people are happy just with ironing and it does work for small projects - I like the firm hold of the spray)
~ carefully lay on the backing ~
~ use a ruler to ensure it is nice and smooth ~
~ wadding and backing happy together ~
~ continue until you have a nice pile of backed wadding ~
... time to refill your
glass mug, and maybe have a snack too - like cream and jam scones .....
~ Find your stash of fabric strips ~
~ I used black on white and white on black with a range of designs ~
~ I used a variety of straight strips and not straight strips.
What do I mean you say???
(hold on - I'll just have another
glass slice sip).
Some pieces I join together and then make a strip... whatever the shape it can be used...... the only rule is the EDGES MUST BE STRAIGHT.
You will need strips longer than the 11" as some will be on the diagonal - they will need to be as long as 17". I leave my strips as long as I can and trim as I use...
Have in your mind the block designs you want to use - these are my basic shapes...
Top Row (from left to right)
~ straight strips on the diagonal ~
~ slanted strips back and forward ~
~ slanted strips on the diagonal back and forward ~
~ Straight strips back and forward~
Bottom Row (from left to right)
~ fan from the corner ~
~ slanted strips on the diagonal ~
~ fan from the centre ~
~ straight strips on the diagonal (Repeat) ~
~ No rules ~
~ except for the STRAIGHT EDGES ~
OK.... so go refill your
glass mug and lets get making blocks
(I'll just have a little snack if you don't mind)
~ Right - ready to sew ~
~ lay your first strip ~
RIGHT SIDE UP
whatever your design the method is the same
sometimes you can start from the centre and others at an edge
~ lay your second strip placing right sides together (RST) ~
~ press ~
~ as I said I make strips as I go ~
(I am using scrap stash)
~ straight edges ~ right sides together... always....
~ keep going ~
~ stop a while if you need a
drink snack ~
~ lay, stitch, press, eat, lay, stitch, press, drink, lay, stitch, press, eat ....etc etc ......~
~ almost there ~
~ block is covered ~
~ now turn over the block and trim to size ~
~ beautiful ~
~ keep going with all your blocks ~
~ until you have a beautiful pile ~
~ scrumptiousness ~
~ now for that cuppa of your favourite refreshment ~
~ there might even be a slice of cake left ~
Join together with your favourite method of sashing
~ this is how I did mine - it makes a sashing of 1/2" between the blocks ~
this is enough to bind the quilt together there is no adding extra wadding and no double wadding edges that are bulky to sew
Firstly lay out your blocks
I label mine so that I know where they fit
I'm a bit anal about wanting stripes to go this way and that and get a fair mix
(in this case of the splashes of red)
Of your sashing you will need strips of 1" and 1 1/2". Press the 1 1/2 inch in half lengthways
Start by cutting enough 10" lengths to join the blocks
with your first block place the 1" strip Right Sides Together to the backing side of the block
then lay the folded 1 1/2" strip raw edges together on the top of that same side
so we have a sandwich of back 1" strip, quilted block, folded 11/2" strip
Pin these in place
I get them all ready and sew, sew, sew
~ separate the blocks and trim the sashing if required ~
~ your pile of blocks with sashing ~
~ do not add the sashing to the outer edges - ONLY the edges that are joining to another block ~
~ next you join the other side of the 1" strip to the next block (RST)
sorry for the black - you can't see the stitching
~ the 1" is now 1/2" which butts both edges of the block perfectly together ~
~ the top folded sashing is only sewn on one side ~
~ lay your blocks flat and pin down the top sashing - this is the folded edge of the folded sashing - which is now 1/2" - exactly the same as the backing ~
~ sew this down ~
~ close up picture ~
~ once you have joined up the rows you start the same process ~
~ this time along the whole length of a row of blocks ~
~join, join, join, this is fun ~
~ add the binding and the quilt is done ~
~ at this time you may like to celebrate ~
~ bring out the really pretty tea set ~
~ lemon sponge anyone? ~
When I made this the first time I used 5 basic designs for the squares and also 5 different backings
it was a little more tricky laying it out because I had to be aware of both sides
~ but it is a fully reversible quilt ~
~ change it to suit the mood ~
~ this one was made for eldest son and daughter in law ~
~ and don't forget to label your quilt ~
~ mine is pretty simple ~
Oh, and by the way, there was a few strips scraps left so I made a hot pot rug (9" square)
'cos you never can have enough pot holders...
Righto, Gotto Go.... I feel a need to do some baking???????