I have always wanted to try a “Quilt As You Go” method. Looking on the net I found one that I thought might work for me.
Instead of quilting one block at a time I wanted to quilt large sections together then connect those sections. By quilting in smaller sections I am also able to pin baste the sections (or sandwich the sections) on my craft table instead of on my floor.
After each section is quilted I squared them up and got my strips ready to piece the sections together. I tried cutting the back piece one inch like the video stated. My first sections I had to take it all apart. My walking foot is large and hard to get 1/4 inch seam, so I ended up cutting my back strips to 1 1/4 inch wide. This worked out perfect. I also had to add a piece of the border fabric to the end of my top strips. My borders were pieced as part of the blocks instead of a separate border that you would add on later.
Three middle sections sewn together. The striped fabric is where the sections meet.
After doing the top and bottom sections then they were all put together.
*** Make sure all your sections are squared up and measuring all the same size.
It takes a lot of pins and it took longer than I thought but it did work out in the end!
View from the back.
You are using more fabric because each section needs a little extra batting and backing around the edges due to pinning each section separately before quilting.
All and all I am happy I tried it!
My cat loved it before I was done piecing it as you can see!
On to the next project!