There’s been a growing interest in the Quilt-As-You-Go (QAYG) method, and for good reason! This technique allows you to stitch your batting to your fabric as you assemble the quilt block, meaning that you save a great deal of time when you get to the top-stitching stage. This is also a great option for those quilting on a standard sewing machine, because it requires minimal work on the bulky assembled quilt.
Simply speaking, here are the basic steps involved with the Quilt-As-You-Go method:
- Cut the batting into squares the same size as your finished block. You need to use low-loft cotton batting.
- Pin the first cut fabric piece to your batting (for most blocks, you will begin in the center). Pin the second cut fabric piece face-down on top the first, aligning the coordinating raw edges.
- Sew through both fabrics and batting using the seam width recommended for the block.
- Unpin and unfold the top fabric. Press the seam on the right side of the fabric, using steam.
- Continue to add the fabric pieces by pinning, sewing, and pressing. It is very important to press after each seam is sewn.
- Once all of your blocks are sewn, it’s time to create the rows. Lay two blocks right-sides together and sew along one side. Press this seam open on the wrong (batting) side. Flip over and press the front as well.
- Sew the rows together as you did the blocks, remembering to press your seams open.
- To add the backing, stitch in the ditch of each of the rows and columns. For large blocks, you may wish to tack down the center of each block as well. Bind as you normally would. (Need help? Check out my video tutorial for Binding a Quilt With Mitered Corners & Invisible Join.)