Thursday, 6 January 2011
In order to concentreate on the quilt as you instructions rather than the patchwork, I used 17.1/2" panels for the blocks. I backed each panel with 22" squares of wadding and backing fabric, giving me just over 2" extra all the way round.
For quilt as you go projects, the quilting must not go closer than about 1.1/2" to the edge of the quilt block so I just meander quilted in the framework around the central part of the block.
The hem needs to be machine stitched in place and this can be done either from the back or the front of the quilt blocks. A lot depends on how accurately you have been able to line up the fold in the backing. If you sew from the front then you can stitch in the ditch along the seam line but the stitching may not exactly match the fold line in the backing. If you sew from the back then you can match the line of the fold exactly, but the stitching may not exactly match the seam line on the front.
One solution might be to run a line of stitching about 1/2" to each side of the first row of stitches. That might make the seam line look more like part of a pattern. It also helps secure the wadding either side of the seam line.
My quilt as you go quilt was made of nine quilt blocks in three rows of three. I joined the blocks together in rows of three and then joined the three rows together. The method for combining the rows is the same as for combining individual blocks, but the seam can be sewn completely from end to end.
As this is a quilt as you go tutorial for machine sewing only, I decided to use the backing for binding (self binding). So trim the backing around the edge of the quilt to 1.1/2" from the quilt edge. Trim the wadding level with the quilt edge.
Sew the binding in place, machine stitching as near to the inside edge of the binding as possible. You really do need to use a walking foot for this - I tried a short distance without one and the fabric began to bunch fairly quickly.
So, I achieved my challenge of a quilt as you quilt without any hand sewing at all. It was certainly very quick to make. You may find it clearer to watch on video:
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