Quilt As You Go Tutorial

I am showing a series of photos for you to look at if you need a refresher on how to do this technique. This is only one way to do this, there are others but this is the one I like. Front joining strips measure 1 and 1/8th" wide and the reverse joining strips measure 1 and 3/4" wide.

The two blocks you want to sew together which have already been quilted, and front and back joining strips, cut the width as above and a little longer than the block length. 

 


Iron the reverse joining strip in half lengthways.

 

 

 

Place the left block on top of the back joining strip and line the edge of the block with the open edge of the folded back strip.

 

 

 

Now place the top joining strip right side down and line the edges up.
 Using a 1/4" seam allowance and a walking foot, stitch along the right side of the sandwiched fabrics.
 Press the top strip open to the right. You can see the bottom strip still in the sewn position. 
 Trim the joining strips to the length of the block. 
 Place the next block alongside. Line it up against the joining strip and then flip it over so the edge of the block lines up with the edge of the red joining strip. 
 Sew with a 1/4" seam allowance along the right hand side. You are only sewing the block to the red joining strip. 
 When you turn the block over it will look like this. 
 This is a closer look at this. 
 When you open the blocks up they will now look like this on the front. Both sides of the front joining strip are neatly sewn to the blocks.
 Turn over to the back and you have one loose side of the back joining strip. It is the folded edge so it is neat and tidy. Press it over the two seams by hand and stitch it neatly down (just like a binding). Make sure your stitches don't show to the front.

You can stitch any size block with this technique. If you don't want the joining strip to show then use the same fabric as the block. Also the same on the back, by using the same fabric as the backing for the joining strips then the strips disappear.

I hope you find this helpful but feel free to contact me anytime with any questions you may have.