Here as promised is my little guide to how I do my Quilt-as-you-go..... You probably all know this method but there may be some-one who hasn't come across it.. Here goes
1. Quilt all your blocks and trim them to EXACTLY the same size. I lost a few points on my stars here but no matter.
2. You need 2 strips for each section now. A 1 inch strip which will be on the front of your quilt and a 1 and 3/4 strip for the back. The larger strip needs to be pressed in half edge to edge.
These should be the length of your trimmed blocks.
3. Pin the 1 inch strip along the edge of your block ( right sides together ) and the bigger one on the back lining up all the raw edges. Sew through all layers with a quarter inch seam.
4. Get the next block you want to join up and line the other unsewn edge of the 1 inch strip to the edge of the block right sides together. Sew.
The front should look like this -
5. All you need to do now is flip over the back strip and slip stitch it in place.
6. That's it. Keep adding blocks into rows. Joining the rows together is the same method but obviously using bigger joining strips - keep measuring.
This method has pros and cons but overall I like it. I have made several big quilts this way as I struggle to quilt them on my domestic sewing machine. I can see a lot of people will be put off by all the hand sewing on the back but for me it is no problem as I LOVE binding. Very relaxing !!
You can use up any odd sizes of wadding ( batting ) and you don't need a great big piece of fabric for the back. Because you are quilting on small pieces you can experiment with your machine quilting as you're not struggling with a great big quilt.
I am plugging away at my Carolina Crossroads quilt and am being very focused as I want this finished. It is not going to be another UFO for the pile. I keep wavering and looking at other things I want to do but so far have resisted - lol ! Once the main section is done I will look at borders - nothing fancy as the blocks are so busy anyway. I have all the rows joined together now and am just starting to get them together. I have never done quilt-as-you-go on an on-point quilt before but so far, so good.
Onto other things. I have got my PIF gifts posted out and they were all received this week. These went to Julie, Tami and Beth. Here's what I made
These little sewing caddies. There are loads of pockets inside and they hold quite a lot of stuff. I have one I made myself and I try to keep it filled so I can just grab it when I go to my quilt club.
I went last night and our lovely fabric seller was there - I bought these. Yummy !! I will not be temped to use these yet though. I will be strong, I will be strong . . . .
Take care x