How to Do the Quilt As You Go Method

    by Patricia Smith Michaels

    About the Author

    Patricia Smith Michaels has been writing business and technology articles online since 2010. She has written instructional manuals and white papers for corporations and has more than 20 years of experience as a researcher and consultant in the areas of health care, education and management. She holds a Master of Business Administration in management and a Bachelor of Science in computers from St. John's University.


    The quilt-as-you-go method of quilting produces complete quilt blocks or squares first and then attaches them together to form the entire quilt. This method is good for beginners as it takes less time to finish blocks than an entire quilt and produces finished results earlier. QAYG involves the same supplies and tools that normal quilt making does. While the QAYG method uses machine quilting, it also requires a little hand quilting to attach finished quilt blocks together.

    Things You'll Need

    • Quilt pattern
    • Fabric
    • Sewing machine
    • Needle and thread
    • Quilt ruler
    • Iron
    • Basting spray

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    Gather the quilt block pattern, fabric; include thread and quilting supplies such as quilt ruler, rotary cutter, cutting board, iron press and iron.

    Cut the fabric into pieces and then sew them together using a 1/4-inch seam allowance. Steam iron the fabric pieces into a complete square. Trim the edges of the block or “square off” to make sure the block dimensions measures properly.

    Cut batting and the fabric for the bottom layer based on the finished block. Make a quilt sandwich that consists of a fabric block top, batting and fabric bottom.

    Adhere the levels together with basting spray. For example, spray between the fabric top and batting first. Then spray between the batting and the fabric bottom. Next, use your iron to press down the quilt sandwich until it is flat.

    Insert the quilt sandwich under your sewing machine and sew a design to secure the top, batting and bottom layers to each other. Leave a quarter-inch of material around each block. This 1/4-inch area is where the blocks will be attached later on. Snip leftover threads from the quilt sandwich block when done. Produce the necessary number of quilt block sandwiches needed for the entire quilt.

    Attach the top fabric of the finished quilt block sandwiches using the unsewn quarter-inch seam allowance. Hand sew the batting fabrics of the quilt block sandwiches. Finally, hand sew the bottom fabric of the two quilt block sandwiches. Attach quilt blocks in each row first and then attach the rows together to form the entire quilt. Iron the attached finished quilt blocks flat before connecting the next quilt block.

    Bind the finished quilt with a ready-made double binding strip.

    • Make sure your finished quilt sandwich measures an extra quarter-inch around to produce the entire quilt.