Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Quilt As You Go

Leah at the Free Motion Quilting Project blog is asking quilters to post quilts they've made using a quilt as you go technique. My friends know that anytime a quilt gets big, I quilt it in pieces, then put it together. So when I saw Leah's post I just had to jump on this one.

The quilt I'm featuring is called "No, But It's My Dog." I made it in 2007 and it was juried into the AQS show in Nashville. It didn't win, and although I was honored "just to get in..." I found myself to be a very bad and bitter loser. LOL!!! It's hard to see from the picture, but there is a little dog in front of the house. When people see the quilt, they ask, "Is that your house?". I reply, "No, but it's my dog!". My dog Mickey passed away a few years ago, but he was very large, white with black spots and very sweet.

The quilt was hand quilted in five pieces: the center medallion that includes the corner appliqued flowers near the house; the two units on either side of the house that include the Carolina Lilies and appliqued borders; and the top and bottom that have the Carolina Lillies and appliqued borders. I used a streamlined version of the method I wrote in my book, Block By Block (That Patchwork Place, 1995), now out of print.

Click on the quilt to see it larger.
Make sure and check out Leah's blog for more quilt as you go quilts.

Till next time.... Happy Quilting!


  1. I love this quilt, Beth! I remember it from the last time you posted about it. I didn't remember that you had done it QAYG.....that's amazing! I loved Leah's video on the technique....it's the first time I've seen it done where it made sense! And as I'm looking at your quilt, I'm guessing you attached the seam allowances from the different sections together? And probably had to trim the batting back to the 1/4 inch? This really intrigues me, as I love the thought of NOT having the sashing strips in a QAYG quilt. Thanks for sharing your beautiful quilt!

  2. I think this is one of my favorites of your quilts, and Mickey was one of my favorite dogs --- Boomer is quite different, eh? I'm going to look st this other blog --- as you know, I have many quilts that need quilting!

  3. What a great story to go along with your wonderful quilt!

  4. WOW...amazing work. I'd never have guessed this was a QAYG piece. Usually there are joining strips as a giveaway to that, but this is fantastic!

  5. Regan, when putting two pieces together, piece 1 gets quilted all the way to the edge, piece 2 is quilted to within 2" of the edge. Piece one gets trimmed to the edge. Piece 2 gets the back trimmed 1/2" larger than the top's edge. Then trim the batting only 1" more. Sew the top of piece 2 through all the layers of piece 1. Then flip it over to the back. The batting on piece 2 butts up to piece 1. Turn under the back so it just covers the seam that put the two pieces together. Stitch it down on the back by hand or stitch it down by stitching in the ditch on the front. Everything lays perfectly flat, no extra bulk. Then from the front do any quilting that still needs to be done from the 2" unquilted in the beginning.
    Good luck!

  6. That made total sense, Beth! Thank you so much! It's definitely something I will try!

  7. Wow, this is an awesome quilt. i love it!