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Quilt As You Go Tutorial ~ Part 2

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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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2 thoughts on “Quilt As You Go Tutorial ~ Part 2”

  1. Hi Sherri, I am Bonnie and I am visiting from Salisbury, South Australia. Excellent clear instructions and photos. I will be visiting your site again. I have done a bit of QAYG but I haven’t joined pre-quilted blocks. Only crazy log cabin.

  2. Hello. I am Marion visiting from Moose Jaw Sask Canada. I have just started to learn quilting. I have fallen in love with this style and I am getting as much info on it as I can. The small pieces appeal to me as they seem to be easier to handle.Love your tutorials. They are very well presented.Thank you for sharing your knowledge with us.Happy Sewing.

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