Posted on October 08, 2012 by Jenn Thurston | 1 comment
We are doing a small casserole carrier for an upcoming class and thought it would be helpful to write a post about the "quilt as you go" technique. So here is what you will need for supplies:
Strips - jelly rolls are very convenient for this process! (but varied widths work just as well)
Coordinating thread (the thread will only show up on the backing)
Here is the fabric we have selected, batting, backing and strips.
Fabric is the lovely Bliss by Bonnie and Camille.
Lay backing with wrong side up, place batting on top of backing. We have our batting slightly larger than our backing to allow for any shrinkage during quilting.
Find the middle of your backing, place one strip of fabric directly in the middle right side up.
Place the strip that will be featured next to it, right sides together.
Here is another view. Right sides together, ready to be sewn.
Pin in place to prevent shifting during sewing.
Sew with right sides together, 1/4" seam allowance. We recommend using a walking foot, this has multiple layers of fabric and the walking foot will prevent shifting as you sew.
We placed a pin at the top of the quilt to know which side we began sewing on, with each strip you add you want to start on the opposite end of your last strip. This prevents pulling and shifting when quilting, making it more even.
Open strips, quickly press open with the iron making sure not to let the iron stay in one place to long.
Continue with placing your next strip right sides together to the strip just sewn.
Stitch a 1/4" seam allowance, remember to start from the opposite end of the previous strip. (Opposite end from where you placed your marking pin)
Press open, repeat steps until all your strips have been sewn on one side.
Begin sewing your strips on the opposite side. Place right sides together, pin, sew 1/4", press open and repeat until the other side of strips are finished.
Trim down and as your pattern requires.
And there you have it - all strips have been quilted as you go!