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Quilt as You Go

I have to admit, I have never been a huge fan of the quilt-as-you-go method…. Not for quilting quilts anyway! But that’s probably because I am a longarm quilter ;) I do love the smaller projects I have seen using this method though! I just made such a project, and I thought I would share the process. There really are a lot of options, and it’s kind of nice to have the project quilted as you piece it, haha! I might be turning into a fan after all.

I set out to make a new makeup bag from a pile of scrap strips I’ve had lying around. This is a perfect way to use up those odds and ends that you can’t throw out.

First, I cut a backing fabric and a piece of batting that was about ¼” smaller all the way around. You may want to spray baste the batting into place.

I laid two strips down the center with right sides facing each other. Pin them in place, every couple of inches. so they don’t have much room to shift.

Then, stitch through all the layers securing the strips to the batting and backing.

Now, press the strips open using the nose of the iron to really get the strip to flatten out.

Continue adding one strip after another, stitching then pressing out, until you have covered the first half of the piece. Notice all the stitch lines or “quilting” lines show through on the back.

Once the first half is covered, start working your way across the second half until the whole piece is covered.

It’s time to trim! I cut the ragged edges off even with the batting (about ¼” down). Now it’s a usable piece of quilted fabric.

And this is the final product! Cute huh?! I got rid of some scraps and made something useful! It’s been a good day :)

Here are a couple other ideas I found while looking into this method.

Cute and simple basket idea

This book promises many more quick quilt as you go projects.

Look how darling this Flag pillow is! I know we just had the 4th of July, but maybe for next year!

Happy Sunday, everyone!


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