Learn How to Quilt-as-You-Go Like a Pro

Quilting usually starts off as a hobby that can evolve into a real passion. Beginner quilters have to go through all of the problems and learn how to use their sewing machines in a calm and effective way. Working on small sewing machines involves a lot of pushing, pulling and closely watching the movement of the needle. Specialized long-armed sewing machines that were designed for quilting but they take a lot of space and can be very expensive.

Quilting as you go is the best solution because it allows you to quilt all the layers together which means that you can work on smaller pieces more easily. You can do it in many different ways, but the idea always stays the same. We are now going to go through all steps of quilting as you go.


Step 1: Make a plan

The first step in any activity is to make a plan of action. Work out the size and designed you want to realize, and figure out how much material you need. This works the same way a regular quilting project would, but the backing is all pierced so you can use scraps in your projects too.


Step 2: Sizing the blocks, batting, and back

The size of the quilt you use is up to you, but make sure you set the number of blocks and rows in advance. Start by piercing the top blocks and trim the down to size. Leave half of an inch of material on every side of each block. When this is done, do the same with the backing squares. After that, cut the batting to size. Don’t leave any seam allowance when doing this because you’ll have too much bulk in your seams otherwise.


Step 3: Make a sandwich

We are not talking about a sandwich you can eat. Stack the blocks you have previously trimmed to size in a sandwich. Start with the backing fabric and face it downwards. Place your battling on top and make sure it’s positioned in the center with even seam allowance around all sides.

Put your top block over that and line it up perfectly with the backing square on the bottom. Now, after your layers are positioned just pin them together.


Step 4: Quilt

After you bested your layers, it’s time to quilt the blocks together. How you do this is up to you. You can use free-form quilting or straight line quilting; it depends on what you feel comfortable with. Remember not to sew into your seam allowance because it can give you a lot of problems later on.


Step 5: Join the blocks

Once you have quilted all the blocks, it’s time to join them together. Place two blocks and align their right sides. Pin only the top layers together and be careful not to sew through the backing material.


Step 6: Press your seam

Press your seam after getting the two top layers of the blocks joined together. Smooth the backing fabric out over the back of the seam. Fold one edge over and pin it together.


Step 7: Finish the back seams

When the rows are joined, go back and finish the back seams. You can use the machine to sew it together, but that is harder to do than you think. Sew this stitch by hand because you get more control and it’s easier to line it up correctly. Make sure you close all the top and bottom seams up.


Step 8: Join the rows

When all of the rows are stitched, sew them together with the same technique you used to join the blocks. Close up the seams as you finish each row to join the rows together.


Step 9: Finish the quilt

After you get all of the components assembled, you are ready to bind everything together like it was a regular quilt.


Step 10: The end

It won’t take you long to realize how simple and easy this technique is. Work on your skills, and you’ll be able to quilt complicated designs on the most basic sewing machine. You can even do projects that are much larger than you thought possible because you do everything in smaller, manageable sizes you then sew together. It’s something like a big sewing puzzle. You can also scrap your quilts and use the materials in your next projects. Quilting as you go is by far the most fun way of quilting!

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