I love the idea of a quilt as you go (QAYG) quilt in theory, but to tell you the truth I have been less than thrilled with just about every quilt as you go quilt that I’ve made - until now.
The other methods that I’ve tried have either had sew-on-the-fold sashing to join the blocks, which I found too difficult to make it consistently look nice on both sides. Or they required a lot of hand sewing. Or you still had to stitch in the ditch the entire big quilt at the end or the backing wouldn’t be quilted down. Sheesh!
If you love one of these methods, that’s fine. We can still be friends.
But I kept trying different techniques trying to find a truly QAYG method that I would find fun. And I did!
I’m so excited to show you this darling 44’’ x 50’’ strip quilt that I made entirely by machine (no hand sewing) and it has no exposed seams or crazy sew-on-a-fold techniques.
And it’s reversible!
This is my favorite side. I used 24 solid jelly roll strips in colors that remind me of tropical fruit punch. Then I added a cream border and black binding.
It’s perfect for looking at during this hot summer, don’t you think? Not laying under, but perhaps sitting on, lol.
The other side has blue, yellow, and green jelly roll print strips that were also in my leftover bin. It’s not my favorite side, so I made it the ‘back.’
If this is something that you want to try then pull out your jelly rolls (or leftover 2 1/2’’ strips) and get ready for me to write a free tutorial soon!
In order to save time cutting batting strips too, I used this awesome pre-cut batting on a roll that you can also use for jelly roll rugs (just google it to see lots!).
If you want to get some pre-cut batting now in advance of the tutorial, I recommend using the 2 1/4’’ size. I found 2 1/2’’ strips of batting were trickier to do QAYG with. One roll was enough to make this small throw quilt (or baby quilt) and I had a small amount leftover.
Watch for the free tutorial coming really soon!
In the meantime, you might like these 11 Modern Quilt Patterns -all free!