Edit: I’ve filmed an extensive video tutorial on this process, find it here on my blog.
While posting pix of my quilt in progress on Instagram , I had a question about my quilt as you go method. So while continuing with the quilting, I shot some quick pix with my phone and Instagrammed a quick tutorial. Although the pictures aren’t brilliant, I thought I’d share this on my blog, in hopes that this would help folks overwhelmed by the thought of pushing a whole quilt through that space to the right of the needle!
This quilt that I’m calling “Modulating Squares” starts with columns of squares sewn together. In this case, the reverse side of the quilt is another set of squares, read more about the design here. Whether you have a second set of blocks or a single strip of fabric, I layer the top and back with batting in between and quilt that first column. I am using “Fusi-boo” bamboo fusible batting, so I am basting with my iron. You can also baste with pins or (horrors!) some hand stitching. I quilt this whole column, making sure to quilt all the way to the edge of the left side, this is an outside edge of the quilt, but I leave and undulating space of ~ 0.5-3″ of unquilted space on the right-hand side. I am going to add the next column there, and will fill in those blank spaces when I quilt the next column. This will help blend the overall quilting pattern, helping it not look so strippy.
Here I’ve added that second column. The quilted column is now out to the left, the new column goes under the arm. Also note that the right edge of the unquilteded column has batting sticking out. This gets trimmed after the quilting of this column.
You can see that I’ve filled in the quilting between the 2 columns on the top half, but down below you can see some of that un-quilted margin that is yet to be covered up.
Once the column is quilted, press it well and trim the excess batting from the edge you’re going to add the next column to. Then place the next column on top of the quilt top right sides together, and the next backing column on the quilt back, right sides together and pin.
Here I’ve folded back the quilt top while pinning, and also tried to show that the quilt backing is underneath there as well:
Once that new front and back are pinned on, stitch them onto the quilted part, a walking food if very helpful here:
Then you slide the new strip of batting in (you’ll need a nice straight edge on it, butting it up to the the seam):
Hopefully you can see how to butt the batting up against the batting in the seam here:
Then you flip top over and fuse to baste! (Or baste another way, but still be sure to press first).
And now you’re ready to quilt another row! See how all the quilted columns are off to the left?
Here’s a peek at the back:
Here I’ve added the final column:
OK, I hope this was helpful! I’ve finished the quilt and I think it’s FABULOUS! I’ll share tons of pix tomorrow, but here’s a sneak peek: