Quilt as you go (QAYG) is a quilt making technique that allows you to quilt most of each block as you piece it. I like the fact that I can carry in my purse the makings of one block to work on in waiting rooms, in front of the television, sitting in the sun when the weather is nice. I am never overwhelmed by a big project as I am only working on and (mostly) finishing one entire quilt block at a time. One is a very easy number to work with. In this case, I am making a very simple beginners quilt to be completely finished before Christmas.
The first two weeks of a four week rotation will consist of piecing the quilt block and various tips, the second two weeks will explain the quilting process for that block. Along the way I will show how to sew together the blocks we make. You can either sew them together as we make them or you can wait until the amount of blocks you wish to make for your size project is finished to begin the final step. Twelve blocks should take us 48 weeks.
Of course, you could opt to just make one quilt block and use it as a hot plate or wall hanging. Make a few of them for a table runner or baby quilt. I will be discussing how to complete all of these options. You may decide to use only one of the quilt block patterns to make an entire quilt of any size. Those are all totally acceptable and doable goals. My goal is to show you that this is something ANYONE can do quite easily and for "as little money as possible" to "the sky is the limit" budgets.
Nine Patch Block
|Nine Patch Block|
Making a knot in your thread before you start your running stitch keeps you from pulling the thread out the first time you pull your thread through the fabric and helps keep your layers from coming apart. Some quilters I've read will also make a back stitch along with a knot to ensure that seam will never come apart without a seam ripper.
There is one reason I am not of either of these camps of thought. Something I have discovered over the years from using recycled clothing is that knots will rub and wear the fabric eventually breaking woven threads and creating a hole. Using new fabric will extend the life of a quilt in this regard but only to a point. So when piecing a quilt top (or any sewing I did/do for my family) starts with a back stitch that I make sure is snug by holding the tail end of the thread when starting a seam and giving it a gentle pull to 'set' or tighten the first stitch slightly before starting my running stitch. I have never had a seam come apart. This is a purely personal choice on your part.