Quilt As You Go Techniques


Quilting as you go is a way to quilt while you are traveling or a way to make quilting easier. Frequently, when quilting with a machine, the material gets stuck or is too heavy to keep in the correct place. Quilting as you go consists of working with each square of the quilt individually.

Basic Quilting as You Go

  • The basic quilting as you go method consists of using 12-inch blocks of fabric, and 11-inch batting and backing. The method is based on making numerous 12-inch squares by sewing together the fabric, batting and backing. The batting and backing must be cut smaller than the fabric on each side so you have extra fabric to bind together. Make the individual squares until you have a large collection, and as many squares as you need, and then join and bind together one square at a time. The number of squares needed depends on how large you want your quilt to be.

Lasagna Quilting

  • Lasagna quilting is a faster form of quilting as you go. The technique involves cutting strips for the quilt first, usually 12 1/2-by-42 1/2-inch strips. Cut the strips of material, backing and batting following the same one-inch-smaller rule for the batting and backing. Sew the strips just as you would with a single square, then stitch the rows together to form the quilt. Add the borders after all the rows are attached.

One Block at a Time

  • The one block at a time method starts the like original quilting as you go method, by putting together each square individually. You can create the squares as large as you like. Instead of slowly adding one square to the next continuously, you lay out the squares in the rows they will be in, and bind each row together first. Once all the individual squares are bound to their individual rows, you bind the rows together. The one block at a time method is a mix between the lasagna method and the original method of quilting as you go.

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