Quilt An Entire Quilt with Quilt-As-You-Go
Move the Quilt Through the Machine in Sections!
Do you shudder at the thought of quilting a full quilt top on your home machine? With Quilt-As-You-Go (QAYG) you can quilt the top in sections and avoid having to move the whole layered quilt through the machine.
Once the quilting is done combine the sections and then bind the quilt. Voila! Done.
QAYG is often employed for small projects with simple piecing. However, it can be used with nearly any quilt block and for quilts of all sizes.
The following video by Alsion Gamm from American Patchwork and Quilting shows how it’s done. It’s a simple process that’s appropriate for quilters of all skills levels.
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Alison’s video shows one way to combine the quilted blocks. Two other methods are demonstrated in the following video by Monica Poole, one of which is done entirely by machine.
She uses strips of fabric to cover the seams, which looks like sashing in the finished quilt. Notice how the blocks are quilted all the way to the edges and trimmed so all layers are the same size.
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To perfect her method Monica recommends stiffening the strips with starch (she uses Best Press) and how she holds layers in place with a glue pen (Sewline Water-Soluable Fabric Glue Pen).