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Message Board > Quilters' Corner > Quilt As You Go Joining Method ( Moderated by Sharon1952)

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Date: 10/25/13 6:46 PM

Most of the QAYG methods I found involved using sashing or joining strips. I can't use that on the current project and I found this tutorial.

Joining without strips.

Has anyone tried this? Did it hold up through washings and use? Do you end up with an half inch or inch not quilted at the join?

I'll try making a small sample, but wanted to find out if anyone encountered problems. I won't be doing squares, but my quilt can be divided into two long narrow strips and it would definitely be easier to put through my machine. I'm using Hobbs 80/20 batting, if that makes a difference.

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Date: 10/25/13 7:19 PM

I can't even imagine doing this for anything larger than a wall hanging. I would never do it on a quilt that would be used on a bed and washed periodically. Too much work!

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Date: 10/25/13 7:33 PM

Gad! too much hand stitching! (something that isn't my strong point). You might be interesed in using Nancy Zieman's Column Quilting technique.
Youtube video
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Edited to add: This can make a very large size quilt; it can be as long as you want and as wide as you want. For length, you will have to piece the "columns" and for width, you make as many columns as you want. I taught this in a quilting class and everyone caught on very quickly. Also, it was incredibly fast to make.

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Date: 10/25/13 9:19 PM

That's very interesting! In the tute, the straight seams for the column looked very apparent. Does it do so IRL?

What I'm doing is only about 3.5 charm packs, so not very large. It seems to shrinking as I sew it up....not tight on the design wall!
There won't be any vertical columns in the quilting, so I don't think that method will work, but I'll keep it in mind for the next project.

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Date: 10/25/13 9:24 PM

This looks like it's going to be about 48" long or so and I'll have just two panels to be joined. It's for the Iron Quilt Challenge and the hand stitching may be preferable to shoving it through my machine!!!

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Date: 10/25/13 9:48 PM

I haven't tried this specific technique myself, but it's one of many QAYG joining methods that I've seen.

I'm not too crazy about the hand work either. However, I would alter the last step where she says:

"Trim the backing fabric if needed so that the pieces overlap about 1/2 inch when smoothed out. On one side, fold and iron under 1/4 inch of backing fabric. You may want to hang one side over the ironing board to make this easier. Then place the back fabric with the turned-under side on top, smooth, pin and hand sew it in place. "

I would a) not trim quite so much away. There's no particular reason to try to maintain super accurate 1/4-inch seam allowances along the edges that you are going to join on the backing.

Then b) fold under and press one side of the open seam so that the folded edge reaches slightly beyond the seam that joins the quilt top side of your quilted squares. Then, smooth the unfolded side, lay the folded side over it, and use Elmer's Washable School Glue (EWSG) and your iron to glue baste the folded side in place. (See Sharon Schamber, Binding the Angel video and watch how she uses Elmer's for glue basting.) Of course, you can use any basting method you'd like. I find EWSG works well for me.

If you've provided enough "overlap" then you should be able to stitch-in-the-ditch from the front of the quilt and catch the fold in your stitching line.

Rose Smith, Quilt and Sew video demonstrating a similar "all by machine" method

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