Quilt As You Go

Quilt as You Go… Block of Month… Finished!

I’m DONE!

I’m so proud of this finish!  I was taking the last couple stitches on the binding and I couldn’t wait to spread it out and get a look at it all complete…   Yay!block of month w logo 64

As most of you know, I’ve been working on this quilt all year, and I’m feeling pretty proud of how it’s come out!

MODERN BLOCK OF THE MONTH QUILT

I usually struggle with a quilting plan ~ and sometimes the thought of quilting a large quilt top on my domestic machine makes me a bit anxious (will I totally mess up all my hard work trying to quilt it?) This is why I probably love hand quilting so much.  But using the quilt as you go method and quilting one block at a time, my quilt is now custom quilted, and that’s pretty darn good!

BLOCK OF THE MONTH QUILT IN TULA PINK FABRIC

I want to share one last tip about putting together all the rows.  When you’re joining your rows,  join them in two smaller sections so it’s easier to manage sewing all the sashing strips on and then when you have the two sections complete, go ahead and join them to finish the quilt.  This way you don’t have to handle all the bulk until the last joining seam.  If you’re just joining in, here are the previous quilt~as~you~go posts:   Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5.  And you can find the pattern in my shop.

joining quilted rows

After the rows are all joined all you have left is the binding!

I’ve gone a little crazy with pictures in this post…

a couple more close ups of the front!

Block of the Month Quilt pattern in Tula Pink

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BOM QUILT PATTERN IN TULA PINK

Lets look at the back now…

Remember the planning we did for the back of each block in this post?  Well it paid off!  Look at all that color, it’s so fun! ?

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Loving all the Tula Pink fabrics!  It’s so happy and the fabric is so soft!  LOVE❣
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Thanks so much for following along with all the quilt as you go posts! I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did and maybe you even learned something new!

 

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Quilt as you go Tutorial ~ Part 5

I’m here with Part 5 of the quilt-as-you-go tutorial in our quilt-a-long!

If you are following the Quilt~as~you~Go method this post covers joining the rows! Yahoo! Home Stretch!

Need the pattern?  Find it here:

Power of Nine Quilt Pattern 

You can find the instructions on completing a quilted block  (part 1),  a spacer block (part 2),  joining blocks and spacers into a row (part 3) OR making the spacer row (part 4) with the qaug method in previous posts.

Materials you will need:

  • Quilted Rows ~ Two Completed Rows of full blocks and spacer blocks (part 3)
  • Spacer Rows ~ At least one spacer row complete (part 4)
  • Sashing Strips – At least two for quilt top and two for quilt back , read Part 4 for cutting the top strips and see below for cutting the strips for the back of the quilt.

Quilt as You Go ~ Notes:

A walking foot for your machine is highly recommended.
This method will require additional fabric for attaching the blocks ~ (see previous post).

Lets look at our quilt diagram below.  Notice the dark grey ‘sashing’ between all the blocks and spacers of the quilt top in the graphic below.  In this post I will be covering how to join two Rows with a Spacer Row using this narrow sashing (for joining).

quilt as you go block of the month tutorial

Let’s get started!

Here is a picture of two rows (3 and 4) already joined by a spacer row and sashing strips so you can see how this will look when it comes together.

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We will be joining these rows using an alternate method from what we did in Part 3 when we joined the blocks into rows.  I have found this method to be easier when working with these long sections.

You will still need four sashing strips for joining.  Two for the quilt front and two for the quilt back:

FRONT STRIPS: The two strips for the quilt front will measure only 1″ x width of the quilt.

BACK STRIPS: The two for the back will measure 1 1/2″ x width of the quilt. Press these strips in half lengthwise with the right side out (like you would a binding strip).

We will start by sewing all four sashing strips to the spacer row.  Place the two strips coordinating with the quilt top (white) right sides together along the long edges of the spacer row top (also white).  Place the two 1 1/2″ (folded and pressed) strips you’ve chosen for the back along the pieced side of the spacer row, raw edges at sides.  Pin well.

Sew along both long edges of the spacer row with a scant 1/4″ seam allowance, securing long strips in place.

quit as you go method of joining blocksPress only the white strips away from the quilted spacer row.  Then place it right (front) sides together with one of your block rows and sew 1/4″ seam along long edge…

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Flip it open and your top is joining strip is complete.

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Turn to the back side and press strip away from spacer row so it covers the back seam where the quilted sections but up against each other…

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Here is a closer look…

quilt as you goNow hand stitch that strip in place just like you would sew a binding, only catching the backing fabric and batting (don’t sew through to the top).

Go ahead and repeat the process adding another block row to the other side of the spacer row…

quilt as you go methodDone!

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Quilt As You Go Tutorial ~ Part 4

I can’t believe we are already at Part 4 of the quilt-as-you-go tutorial in our quilt-a-long!

Now that we have completed (at least) the first six blocks for the Power of Nine quilt-a-long and joined them into rows with the spacer blocks, it’s time for the next step in the Quilt As You Go tutorial!  I’m going to be working on the spacer rows for my scrappy Power of Nine Quilt. (Pattern Here)

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There are 5 spacer rows in the quilt…quilt as you go tutorialIf you’re following the qaug method please read the previous posts:

QAUG Part 1 ~ Quilting the Blocks

QAUG Part 2 ~ Quilting the Spacers

QAUG Part 3 ~ Joining the Blocks and Spacers into Rows.

In this 4th post, I am going to be working on the spacer rows.  There are a couple options I will cover for completing the spacer rows, but you may have your own ideas!

I am assuming you have read the previous posts so you don’t get lost… Ok, here we go!

There is a little planning to do when completing this row.  Remember, we have to think about the front AND the back of the row…

Here is the front of my first two completed block rows…

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And here is a look at the back…

quilt as you go tutorialYou can see that all the planning we did earlier in Part 1 is starting to take shape on the back of the quilt.  (Visit Part 1 to get the back diagram PDF)

Side Note ~ I want to take a moment to point out that this QAUG Row will be longer than the row in the pattern… WHY? Because the block sizes in the QAUG quilt actually measure out to the Unfinished Size ~ since the extra 1/2″ of the block in this method is hidden under the joining sashing, it’s not lost in the seam allowance. That means this quilt will be slightly larger than the pattern version that HAS lost the 1/2″ within the seam.  Make sense?  I hope so!  Let’s continue…

I decided that my spacer row would be solid on the front (like the original quilt) and scrappy on the back.  The scrappy back is going to be similar to the 2 1/2″ strips on the back of the spacer blocks but they will be vertical rather than horizontal.

Materials for ALL spacer rows using this method:

  • 2 yards of fabric for the front of rows and joining strips (cutting diagram below)
  • 150 ~ 2 1/2″ x 7 1/4″ strips for back side of row
  • 10 ~ 3″ x 7 1/4″ strips for back side of row
  • 5 strips of batting cut 7″ x 70″

STEP 1 ~ I began with the two yards of fabric for the front and

cut five 7″ x 72″ strips

and eight 1″ x 72″ strips.

There is just enough fabric for this with no room for error.

spacer row yardage Here’s what I got cut…

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STEP 2 ~ Take your 7″ fabric and batting strips and layer them with the fabric on top, right side up. (fabric will be slightly longer, that’s ok.)  I placed a paper towel under a section and spayed the batting with spray baste ~ then smoothed out the fabric on top, moving down the length… Don’t go crazy with your spray, just a few quick sprays gets the job done (and don’t do it on a nice table without protecting it)

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 Now that side of fabric is all basted and secured to the batting…

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NOTE: if you want both sides of the row solid, repeat on the other side of batting with your backing fabric and quilt as desired.  Skip to step on trimming row.

For the back of my row I’m going to use the Stitch-and-Flip method of quilting as you go…

For each individual row you will need:

  • thirty  2 1/2″ x 7 1/4″ strips
two 3″ x 7 1/4″ strips (one at each end)
bobbin thread to match the top fabric (your bobbin thread will show on top fabric since we are working from the back side in this quilt)

STEP 3 ~ Begin by placing a 3″ x 7 1/4″ scrap piece right side up at the end of your batting/fabric strip on the batting side.  Place a 2 1/2″ x 7 1/4″ scrap piece on top, right side down.  Stitch 1/4″ from right edge.

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Press open

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Step 4 ~ Continue to add all thirty 2 1/2″ x 7 1/4″ strips… stitch along right edge, flip open and pressquilt as you go stitch and flip method

As you go along, use a ruler to keep your lines straight so you don’t get wonky (unless, of course you WANT it Wonky!).  Your strip should measure 2 1/4″ from the seam line

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If your off, mark a line with your ruler at the 2 1/4″ mark

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and just line up the next strip with the line

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Step 5 ~ End the row with your second 3″ strip (32 strips total).  Look at the front side… you can see that your bobbin thread shows up as the stitching on the solid fabric…

quilt as you go tutorial stitch and flip method

I decided to keep mine simple and only add stitching on either side of the seams~

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When you’re done with quilting your row, trim up both long edges by about 1/4″ so your strip measures 6 1/2″ x 65 1/2″ and your ready for the next step (and next post) of joining the rows!

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 Here is a look at the front and back laid out and ready to be joined ~

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Quilt as you go Tutorial ~ Part 3

TUTORIAL ~ quilt as you go method of joining blocks

If you are following the Quilt~as~you~Go method this post covers joining the blocks into rows.  We will:

1 Cut the fabric sashing strips for joining blocks.
2 Join the blocks and spacers into rows using the qaug method.

Need the pattern?  Find it here:

Power of Nine Quilt Pattern 

You can find the instructions on completing a quilted block (part 1) or a spacer (part 2)with the qaug method in previous posts.

Materials you will need:

  • quilted blocks ~ full blocks and spacer blocks
  • sashing fabric ~ cut into strips (see below)
  • quilters ruler
  • hera marker (like this one)

Quilt as You Go ~ Notes:

A walking foot for your machine is highly recommended.
This method will require additional fabric for attaching the blocks ~ (see previous post).

Remember this quilt diagram below?  Notice the dark grey ‘sashing’ between all the blocks and spacers of the quilt top.  This narrow sashing (for joining) is what I will be covering in this post.

quilt as you go sashing tutorial

If you’re following along, you should have all your blocks(3) and spacers(4) for the top row complete.

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Lay out your blocks in order on a large surface or design wall.  Check the front and back sides of your blocks if you have any directional prints to be sure that they are positioned properly ~

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The fabric on the back of my blocks has raccoons, I don’t want the racoons upside down or sideways, so I need to be aware of this as I’m joining my blocks.

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Here is what you’ll need for Each Row ~

Six 12 1/2″ x 1″ sashing strips that coordinate with the front of your quilt.

Six 12 1/2″ x 1″ sashing strips that coordinate with the back of your quilt.

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Lets start by connecting the first spacer block and the first quilt block on the top row (see next pic).

Select one sashing strip for the front of the quilt plus one sashing strip for the back…

quilt as you go tutorial joining blocks

Place your quilted spacer block with the front side facing up.  Sandwich it between the two sashing strips along the right long edge.  The front sashing strip on top and the back sashing strip on the bottom.  Each sashing strip should be right sides together with the spacer block…

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Stitch in place with a 1/4″ seam.

how to joing quilt blocks with quilt as you go method

Press only the top sashing strip open to the right.  Layer the quilt block on top with the front side down (front sides together).  Align the right side of the block with the edge of the top sashing strip.

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Sew together on right edge using 1/4″ seam.  This is what it should look like after it’s joined…

join quilt blocks with quilt as you go method

Now flip it open, the front side is done! It’s a beautiful thing! SEW EASY!

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 Let’s take a look at the back now…how to join blocks quilt as you go methodAlign the 1/2″ mark on your quilters ruler with the stitching on your sashing piece.  Use your hera marker to mark along the edge of your ruler.

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Now you will have a nice crease mark on your sashing strip.

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The crease makes it nice and easy to turn under the sashing strip for a clean line… Pin and press turned strip.

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After pressing I basted the turned strip in place ~ I don’t like having pins in my way so this works perfect for me.  I used this Roxanne basting glue and dotted along the seam allowance.

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And then I just finger pressed the strip in place.quilt as you go joining blocks

It’s ready to stitch in place!  I hand stitched mine, but you could machine stitch also.  The glue bastes quick (no waiting for it to dry) and washes out so there’s no worry about it leaving a residue or stiffness.

 

Ready for the next spacer block?  Join in the same method except this time your block will be sandwiched between two strips and your spacer block will be on top… joining quilt blocksquilt as you go tutorialLooking good!

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Dreamy!!!quilt as you go tutorial

That’s all there is to it!  What do you think???  I hope you love this method as much as I do!

You can try the ALTERNATE METHOD that I use when joining the rows for joining the blocks as well.  It uses a fraction more fabric but you could easily use this method for joining the blocks as well… might even be a bit easier, and I think it’s become my new go to method!

The next QAUG post in this series will be on quilting the long spacer rows.

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Quilt As You Go Tutorial ~ Part 2

Now that we have completed the first three blocks for the Power of Nine quilt-a-long it’s time for the next step in the Quilt As You Go tutorial!

If you’re following the qaug method please read QAUG Part 1 first.

In this post, I am going to be working on the spacer blocks for my scrappy version of the ‘Power of Nine’ quilt. quilt as you go tutorial

There are 4 spacer blocks in each row and 16 total:

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To get started on my first row, I precut the 4 spacer blocks for the front of my quilt:
(note measurements below~ I added 1/4″ to size for squaring)

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and I also cut all sixteen batting pieces ~ I’m using Warm and White batting…

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I’m strip piecing the back of the spacer block to make the back more interesting (see qaug part 1 for back diagram)

quilt as you go tutorialIt’s perfect for using up some jelly roll strips I had in my stash.  I randomly scrap pieced all 16 blocks so I’m ready for quilting as I get to each row…

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If you like my strip pieced backing ~ I pieced the following strips with 1/4″ seam.  The pieced unit measures 8″ x 13 1/2″

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Now that my all my pieces are prepped, I’m ready to quilt my first spacer block!

Instructions on Completing a Spacer Block with the QAUG Method:

  Prepare your quilt sandwich~
(top) 7 1/4″ x 12 3/4″ spacer piece right side up
(middle) 7 1/2″ x 13″ cut of batting
(bottom) 8″ x 13 1/2″ pieced backing, right side down

quilt as you go tutorialBaste your layers with pins / basting stitch / basting spray ~ whatever your preferred method.

Mark out a quilt plan (optional).  I decided to follow a diamond design without any horizontal stitching so it wouldn’t compete with the horizontal strip piecing on the back of my block.  I marked the center of each side and connected the marks using this water erasable marker.

power nine spacer 029 logoI continued to mark inner diamonds and then stitched over them with my walking foot…

quilt as you go tutorialAfter I stitched my diamond outlines I filled in a section with free motion pebbles.

Here are the steps if you like this design…

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When I finished all my quilting, I sprayed the top with water to erase the diamond marker lines (I love this part!)  After it dried I squared to size:

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Here is the backside…

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Quilt As You Go Tutorial ~ Part 1

If you’re following the Power of Nine quilt~a~long that’s fantastic!  I hope that you’ve done well with block one.

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If you are going to complete this quilt using the Quilt~as~you~Go method, then I have some additional information and things to think about.  This post is a bit long but please read through it entirely if you want to follow this QAUG method.

In this post I will cover:

1 Important notes and additional requirements for qaug method
2 Thoughts about the back of your qaug quilt
3 Instructions on completing a block with the qaug method

 Quilt as You Go ~ Important Notes & Requirements:

  • Blocks will be quilted (with backing/batting) individually.  This includes all solid pieces between pieced blocks.
  • A walking foot for your machine is highly recommended.
  • This method will require additional fabric for attaching the blocks (aprox 3/4 yard for top AND back ~ see ‘sashing’ below).
  • This method will also require additional backing fabric.
In the quilt diagram below notice the dark grey ‘sashing’ between all the blocks/sections of the quilt top.  This narrow sashing (for joining) is where additional fabric will be necessary.quilt top graphic with qaug sashsing 3
You can select one fabric for this sashing or several colors to coordinate it with each pieced row (ex yellow, orange, blue, green) or solid row (ex white).
If you choose 1 fabric, you will need aprox 3/4 yard for the top AND another 3/4 yard for the back.  (we will discuss the back later in this post) Please note that these fabric amounts don’t account for pre-washing your fabric, so if you pre-wash, you will need a bit more to allow for shrinking.
My quilt is (Tula Pink) scrappy and I will be making my sashing scrappy with what I have in my Tula Pink stash.

Thoughts about the Back of your QAUG quilt:

Since the blocks will all be quilted individually, your quilt back will look similar to your quilt top.  You can use one backing fabric for the entire back (so it looks solid) OR you can plan the look of your back.back diagram ~ quilt as you go
Please note ~ If you are following the backing fabric requirements on the pattern you will need to add more to account for the additional cutting and trimming using this qaug method.
My quilt back will be scrappy.  With that said, I looked through my stash and chose fabrics for the back of my blocks based on what I had that would be large enough etc.  I printed out the back diagram and colored it so I could remember what I was doing with my block placement as I went along…quilt as you go tutorial
I precut all twelve 13 1/2″ backing pieces from these fabrics:quilt as you go tutorial and twelve 13″ square pieces of batting ~ I’m using Warm and Natural cotton batting:quilt as you go tutorial
 Now that my backing and batting pieces are cut I’m ready to quilt my first block!

Instructions on Completing a Block with the QAUG Method:

1  Prepare your quilt sandwich~
(top) 12 1/2″ unfinished pieced block, right side up
(middle) 13″ square of batting
(bottom) 13 1/2″ square backing fabric, right side down
quilt as you go tutorialBaste layers together with method of choice (pins /basting stitch/ spray) ~ I spray basted mine… (using this spray found on amazon)quilt as you go tutorial

2  Make a Plan for your Quilting:

Remember when we colored this block diagram when we were making block 1?  I used that same printed diagram to draw out a plan for quilting my block…quilt as you go tutorial
Having the quilting plan helps keep me on track (I need all the help I can get!).
The center of this nine patch block will be quilted the same in all 12 blocks to keep some consistency.  As a side note, here is my ‘rough’ quilting plan from my power of nine quilt top without using the quilt as you go method.quilt as you go tutorial

3  Quilt your Block:

I used a walking foot (very highly recommended!) so my layers wouldn’t shift or get distorted and I began by stitching in the ditch of all the seams.quilt block of the monthI always began and ended stitching on the outside edge of my backing fabric, even if I had to double stitch a seam.quilt as you go tutorial
I traveled in the ditch to get to where I needed to add quilting… and I used my disappearing ink pen to mark a guide to follow when stitching across a block, so my lines didn’t get all wonky. quilt as you go tutorial

4  Square your Block:

When your happy with your quilting, square your block to 12 1/2″.  I used a 12 1/2″ square ruler, but you can use your mat and quilters ruler to square your block properly as well.
Trim off excess batting and backing…
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Check out the back…quilt as you go tutorialAll quilted! quilt as you go tutorial
Easy! :)
quilt as you go tutorialquilt as you go tutorialIn future posts I’ll go over how to join the blocks…

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