Saturday, April 28, 2012

Assembling QAYG Blocks

I'm still working on assembling the Bottled Rainbows blocks...  I'll get done some day I suppose.  I had a question about how I sew these together so I thought I'd do a little photo spread on the process.

The ticker tape blocks of the Bottled Rainbows QAL were perfect to QAYG (quilt as you go)...  so, before sewing the little pieces of fabric to the ivory/bone section of the block, I layered the batting and backing under the top of the block.

Once the selected fabric pieces were sewn to the ivory/bone section, you then have a quilted block!

The next step is to sew the two blocks together.  I pinned the batting and backing away from the raw edges of the two blocks, matched seams, and sewed them together.

Next, I trimmed the batting edges so they would butt together easily and then whipped stitched the batting together.

I then brought the edges of the backing together, turned under the edge of one of the backings and stitched down.... thus finishing the back of two blocks.

After you have two sets of two blocks together, you connect those two sets to make a panel...

Then, when you have two panels, you connect those the same way you connected the blocks: sew the top blocks together, baste together the batting, then sew together the backing.    Not very exciting but getting the blocks together is exciting!


  1. I have never made a QAYG project, but I have seen some tutorials. Your method is unique among them. All the others I have seen used bias tape to connect the blocks. This is a cleaner look. Very nice!

  2. And isn't it easier to quilt a large quilt with this method than all that bulk to move around under the needle? I've never used this method, but I've read about it since the 70s...
    One question: When you sew the backing seam, do you do it by hand? or machine?

  3. Great tut for this technique. Just love these rainbow blocks.

  4. always wondered how this worked. thanks for the lesson.

  5. Thank you. I have been wondering how this was done. It looks time consuming, but totally worth it.

  6. When I was on the bee a week ago someone explaned this technique to me and I decided to try this on my DJ when I'm far enough, but now I can go looking here when I'm not sure how I must do it.

  7. Nicely explained. Are you going to add any straight- line quilting in the "sashing" when it's all together?

  8. Yep, that's the method I'm using!