Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Quilt As You Go (QAYG)

Edit on the Pot Holder give-away

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Hello - I am Fiona from BubzRugz and I am very honoured that Samm has invited me to be a guest blogger.  Stash Manicure is one of my favourite blogs. I get such a lot of inspiration from the guests... today I hope I can pass a bit of inspiration on to you....

As a relatively new quilter I don't feel I have a HUGE stash yet... but of course there is always something lurking in the cupboards waiting to be used.....
This QAYG is great for a beginner or experienced quilter, and although there is quite a bit of preparation work the final quilt grows so quickly.

This is one of my first quilts:

That's a queen size bed. I overestimated the fabric I would need and thus my stash was born..... so today we are going to bust the black and white stash....
(this method lends itself well to any stash colours - scrappy, ranges etc - just have fun with it.....)

My big tip to quilting is relaxation and enjoyment.... so get out a glass mug of your favourite wine coffee ..... you may need a snack.... like chocolate cake..

and then go and raid the fabric stash cupboard.....
 You will need:
  • your stash fabrics - remember you can use scraps - but you want at 11" - 18" lengths - any width will do
  • your wadding. There is usually some of a suitable size left from cutting the edges of the wadding from other quilts - so you may even be able to use your wadding scraps
  • your backing fabric
  • spray baste
Firstly cut your backing and wadding into squares - I used 11" squares which would be cut back to 10".  Cut as many as required to make your desired quilt size.

 Prepare your backing and wadding blocks by spray basting the wadding (some people are happy just with ironing and it does work for small projects - I like the firm hold of the spray) 

~ carefully lay on the backing ~

~ use a ruler to ensure it is nice and smooth ~

~ wadding and backing happy together ~

  ~ continue until you have a nice pile of backed wadding ~

Great job
... time to refill your glass mug, and maybe have a snack too - like cream and jam scones .....

~ Find your stash of fabric strips ~
 ~ I used black on white and white on black with a range of designs ~


~ I used a variety of straight strips and not straight strips. 

What do I mean you say??? 
(hold on - I'll just have another glass slice sip). 

Some pieces I join together and then make a strip... whatever the shape it can be used...... the only rule is the EDGES MUST BE STRAIGHT.


You will need strips longer than the 11" as some will be on the diagonal - they will need to be as long as 17".  I leave my strips as long as I can and trim as I use...

Have in your mind the block designs you want to use - these are my basic shapes...

Top Row (from left to right)
~ straight strips on the diagonal ~
~ slanted strips back and forward ~
~ slanted strips on the diagonal back and forward ~
~ Straight strips back and forward~

 Bottom Row (from left to right)
 ~ fan from the corner ~
~ slanted strips on the diagonal ~
~ fan from the centre ~
~ straight strips on the diagonal (Repeat) ~

~ No rules ~
~ except for the STRAIGHT EDGES ~

OK.... so go refill your glass mug and lets get making blocks
(I'll just have a little snack if you don't mind)

~ Right - ready to sew ~

~ lay your first strip ~
whatever your design the method is the same
sometimes you can start from the centre and others at an edge

~ lay your second strip right sides together (RST) ~

~ press ~

 ~ as I said I make strips as I go ~
(I am using scrap stash)

~ RST - straight edges ~

~ keep going ~

~ stop a while if you need a drink snack ~

  ~ lay, stitch, press, lay, stitch, press, L, S, P,......~

~ almost there ~

~ block is covered ~

~ now turn over the block and trim to size ~

~ beautiful ~

~ keep going with all your blocks ~

~ until you have a beautiful pile ~

~ scrumptiousness ~

~ now for that cuppa of your favourite refreshment ~

~ there might even be a slice of cake left ~

Join together with your favourite method of sashing
~ this is how I did mine - it makes a sashing of 1/2" between the blocks ~
this is enough to bind the quilt together there is no adding extra wadding and no double wadding edges that are bulky to sew

Firstly lay out your blocks

I label mine so that I know where they fit
I'm a bit anal about wanting stripes to go this way and that and get a fair mix
(in this case of the splashes of red)

Of your sashing you will need strips of 1" and 1 1/2".  Press the 1 1/2 inch in half lengthways

Start by cutting enough 10" lengths to join the blocks

with your first block place the 1" strip RST to the backing side of the block

then lay the folded 1 1/2" strip raw edges together on the top of that same side
so we have a sandwich of back 1" strip, quilted block, folded 11/2" strip
Pin these in place

I get them all ready and sew, sew, sew

~ separate the blocks and trim the sashing if required ~

~ your pile of blocks with sashing ~
~ do not add the sashing to the outer edges - ONLY the edges that are joining to another block ~

~ next you join the other side of the 1" strip to the next block (RST)
sorry for the black - you can't see the stitching

~ the 1" is now 1/2" which butts both edges of the block perfectly together ~
~ the top folded sashing is only sewn on one side ~

~ lay your blocks flat and pin down the top sashing - this is the folded edge of the folded sashing - which is now 1/2" - exactly the same as the backing ~
~ sew this down ~

~ close up picture ~

~ once you have joined up the rows you start the same process ~
~ this time along the whole length of a row of blocks ~

 ~join, join, join,  this is fun ~

~ add the binding and the quilt is done ~

~ at this time you may like to celebrate ~
~ bring out the really pretty tea set ~

~ lemon sponge anyone? ~

When I made this the first time I used 5 basic designs for the squares and also 5 different backings
it was a little more tricky laying it out because I had to be aware of both sides

~ but it is a fully reversible quilt ~
~ change it to suit the mood ~
~ this one was made for DES and DIL ~

~ and don't forget to label your quilt ~
~ mine is pretty simple ~

I'd love to hear from you so please feel free to comment or visit me HERE ......
and if there are any questions feel free to ask

Oh, and by the way, there was a few strips scraps left so I have made a hot pot rug (9" square)
~ include the word Stash in your comment and I'll put you in to win ~

the wadding is insul-bright and
it looks just like one of the strippy blocks with a little hanging tag


  1. Great design for a quilt as you go using your stash!

  2. Fabulous post!! I love the black, white and red quilt!! I have been collecting black and white prints with music themes and plan to add some red for "pop" effect. It will be for my son. :-) I really enjoyed your snacks. The jam and scones looked scrumptious! Thanks for sharing!

  3. Oh, yay. Good free QAYG tutorials are hard to find. I'm in the midst of my first QAYG project, so I'm thrilled to see you following the same methodology. I have to say, though, I've really hated dealing with sewing together long rows of QAYG -- sewing squares together is fine, the rows just kill me.

    -- Colleen @ Made by Colleen

  4. Great stash-buster tutorial Fiona! And I enjoyed the scrummy 'snacks' too!

  5. Very cool tutorial Fiona! Love the way you quilt ... snack ... drink, um sip ... quilt :) Lemon sponge cake ooohhhh ... recipe ?!?!! Thanks for sharing !

  6. Fiona -- I've seen several quilts framed this way, but they've always been finished by hand. I love that this is done completely by machine. I have a stash of batting squares and backing squares already prepped waiting for me to dig into my strings again. It may occur sooner than later now. Thanks for the tutorial.

  7. Hey Fiona love your post on using up your stash. I am working on getting a stash too. Love your black and white quilts, I have made 2 red and white ones this year so I have a bit left over.

  8. Great tutorial Fiona. I just love QAYG blocks.

  9. fantastic QAYG block, Fiona! ! Love those stash busting idea...also love those tea break...yummm!

  10. that's a really nice tutorial--i haven't seen this QAYG method before and i like it better than the one i used--thanks!

  11. Very nice QAYG tutorial. QAYG quilts are unique, and a good way to use up STASH. I plan to use some of my fabric STASH TO make one soon. I've already gone to my batting STASH and cut 35 batting squares. Thanks for your post!
    Enjoyed your humor and pictures of YUMMY snacks!

  12. Don't know which I enjoyed more; the QAYG tut using your stash, or the refreshments as we went along...thanks.

  13. Great tutorial and wonderful refreshments... which are very necessary to keep up one's strength as one tackles the growing STASH dilemma at one's house!


  14. This is a great stash busting method, but I love the way it was broken up with snacks and bevi's. I think I might try this technique next.

  15. I can't believe it - I GET IT!!! Oh thank you SO much for this Fiona, it's the first time I've understood how it works. YOU ROCK!

  16. I don't have a huge stash either but I'm sure I could work something to give this one a go. Thanks for the great tute!

  17. Great post. Truly yummy. As a long time quilter I'm always happy to see new quilters and I'm also excited to see so many pursue quilt as you go projects. They are delightful. You did a great job sharing tips and inspiring. Thank you for doing this. and your quilts are truly beautiful. Great job.


  18. Lovely tute, I have been meaning to do a QAYG project and now there are no more excuses! Bookmarked :-)

  19. Great thing to do this afternoon, will be putting together a throw for BIL, green/bleu on the one side, checkers from shirts on the other!
    Up and out into the sunshine first - election day in the Netherlands....

  20. Great Tutorial!
    I'm always looking for ways to use up my stash!

  21. Good Morning Fiona...well I can tell you I have never been sew full before I even had breakfast lol. And sew this is QAYG method...ok never seen anything like this either...You are an absolute blast this morning...I feel like I have been working with you through all this...like it is our QUILT lol... and strange thing...I don't need breakfast now..just a coffee...

  22. I am a new quilter and this has inspired me to give it a go...I can only quilt on my machine about a 60 x60inch quilt and that's hard enough. Definitely going to give this a go. My stash is very small at the moment, but I am working on it. Thanks for the tutorial and the chance to win.

  23. Great way to use up your STASH! And I want to come over to your house to sew!!! You have way better snacks than I do here. Pick a date and I'll be there! LOL :-) Wonderful post. I can hardly wait to start on a new project...

  24. thanks for a delightful tut. Very well done!
    And ps, your cakes were delish,.

  25. Fabulous idea for uisng up some of your STASH and I see you never let a bit of fabric go to waste - love the spash of red.

  26. wish i had enough STASH to make a start on this quilt great ideas love your post

  27. I truly admire your use of stash. QAYG is not a technique I have tried yet, you did a fab tute and I hope it encourages other new quilters (and old) to try this. Thank you for sharing your corner of the quilting world - oh, yes the snacks were yummy!

  28. Can I bring some of my STASH to your house to play? Your snacks are way better than what I have here! LOL
    This was a fantastic post, and I never knew how to do this method til today. Thanks ever so much for sharing this with all of us!
    Jacque in SC

  29. I love the red accent in your quilt. Thanks for the inspiring post - makes me feel like digging through my stash and starting a project!

  30. How fun! I've never tried this method before, but after trying to machine quilt a queen sized on my machine, it certainly looks appealing! Can I come for tea? Thanks for posting your very entertaining and thorough tutorial. Happy quilting!

  31. I like how you QAYG and refresh along the way. Thanks for a great tutorial. I think this would work for any kind of blocks as long as you like sashing between them

  32. Beautiful! Definitely need to add more black and white to my stash and I plan to make this one. I tried this technique before but hand stitched the sashing - I am definitely going to make it again, this time machine stitching it all! Thank you for the inspiration.

  33. Great post! Now I just need a bigger STASH to try this out! Thanks for sharing!

  34. I've been wanting to try this. Thanks for the easy to understand tutorial. Love your quilts!

  35. I have decided that I shall never come and sew with you....I would be as big as a house by the time I left....how could a gal pass up all that goodness?

    Thanks for the tutorial.

  36. Love your tutorial. What a great way to get a big quilt done quickly. Love the snacks too. Hugs.

  37. I like your style! Great quilt idea and lovely snacks!

  38. I love the way you use stash and quilt as you go. I'm new to this and wondered how to do that. Thanks.

  39. I think I need to build a STASH of those snacks, lol. I've done a quilt using that method and it came out great.

  40. Thanks for a great tutorial! Loved that the block joining was all machine done and no hand sewing. Enjoyed taking virtual snack breaks with you. Trouble is, now I may have to spend some time baking today so when I'm sewing I can have something real!!

  41. Hi Everyone, thanks for all your very kind comments - muchly appreciated so there is cake for all.....
    I am visiting those of you with blogs and emailing when I can...so great to meet/read you..

  42. Thanks for the wonderful tutorial. And also for making me hungry - lol :)

  43. I love your tutorial and the snacks. QAYG is a wonderful way to use up that stash of scraps we all have. It is also a way to make reversible quilts using scraps and stashed fat quarters you no longer love.

  44. I have been looking for a pattern to make a quilt using my stash. This one looks great. Your directions were very clear and it doesn't look like your seams are really bulky. That is something I thought would happen making a big quilt as you go quilt. I have made some table runners with quilt as you go but they are small and no joining seams. Thanks for the instructions.

  45. Loved your tutorial (and your free spirit behind it!). The drinking and eating is an excellent idea which most people forget to add. You definitely need to keep hydrated and keep up that energy level while quilting. You made my morning giggle!

  46. Hello Fiona,

    So glad you used up some of your stash in this quilt. Lemon cake recipe?????
    Thanks for the instructions.
    Happy days.

  47. What a treat if you have never tried the Quilt As You Go method. Great tutorial - the one QAYG I made is absolutely my favorite - with totally different sides. Love your post and quilt. Thanks from Judy C

  48. Wow! I feel like I have to go to the bathroom & jog around the block after all the drinks & snacks. lol Thanks for sharing this! The method I was using for connecting the blocks was not pleasurable - this looks much better. I may convert a stash quilt for my daughter into a QAYG quilt.

  49. I love this quilt style and I love the black, white and red! What an awesome way to use your stash!

  50. Looks great and easy ... I have lots of batting pieces left over from other quilts and this might be the solution for them. Thanks!!

  51. you have me drooling with all those wonderful delicious snacks! great use of your stash. I might just have to try this method!

  52. Excellent tutorial on how to use my stash. Thank you for sharing.

  53. I've not seen this done before and so clearly described! Great tute:) I'm going to look through my small STASH today and see what I can find. Love the idea of a reversible quilt.

  54. Great tutorial and beautiful quilt! I have done this method before and it is so much fun. Thanks for sharing and now time to check out my stash.

  55. What a wonderful tutorial and stunning quilt. Thanks for sharing it with us.

  56. What a wonderful tutorial on quilt as you go, thanks so much, a great way to use up your STASH.
    I am anxious to get home to mine, am at the Cancer Clinic right now for treatments but just as soon as I'm home, I'll get to it! Thanks again.

  57. Love the idea of quilting as you go, no piecing and pinning at the end.
    That is the part I hate doing the most.


  58. I love your quilt. Your tutorial was great. I love all of the pictures. I wish I had more black and white in my stash. Now I know which quilt I want to make next!! Thank you for the insperation.

  59. Thank you for the great tutorial. I have a lot of stash from my grandmother that I want to make use of and this idea will be perfect.

  60. Excellent Tutorial....very clear and easy to understand. Now I have a new project to work on to shrink my stash!! Thanks :)

  61. Great QAYG method, Fiona. And wonderful way to use your stash! And that Lemon Sponge....Mmmmmmm!

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  63. I never understood how quilt-as-you-go blocks were assembled into a quilt, but your tutorial explains it well! Thanks for a great idea for using up the stash!

  64. I now understand quilt as you go! thanks for a great tutorial and how to bust some stash!

  65. Wonderful tutorial Fiona ,I'd love to make one of these quilts in a scrappy look to try to downsize some of those scraps ;()Thanks and I really enjoyed the post . hugs Sheila

  66. I have always wanted to learn to make a quilt that way, thank you! Your stash post was great, I think however I might have gained a few pounds!! When someone says have a snack, I listen!!

  67. Ok......you've got me. I HAVE to make a QAYG now. And yup, I've got tons of stuff in my STASH!! :-)


  68. Thanks for the great tutorial. Your quilt looks great.

  69. Great Tutorial Fiona,Best of QAYG tuts I've read!! Just one complaint-- Your blog was unfair to those of us on a DIET! teehee!!
    The Backing is beautiful as well as front.

  70. Thank you for your tutorial and a great way to use up one's stash. I'm hungry after seeing pictures of your snacks, especially the lemon sponge cake.

  71. What a great tutorial! Directions seem very clear..in spite of your frequent breaks for snacks etc. LOL :)

  72. What a great tutorial! I am going to use this to trim my stash! Thanks so much for this. Just reading it all made me very hungry - excuse me, I'm going to grab a cuppa tea and a cookie! Great pics, too.

  73. I really enjoyed your QAYG tutorial and I think my STASH mush have at least one of these just waiting to be made!

    sao in Midlothian, VA

  74. Great tutorial and great quilt, Fee, and all so easy! I think any I made would have to be multicoloured as my stash doesn't have a lot of one particular colour. Hmm, I think I need a snack now!!

  75. Wow, great tutorial. I love the way the blocks go together.

  76. I've made strip quilts before but never in a QAYG method but I love the idea. It's such a great way to use up your stash! blessings, marlene

  77. My mom just sent me some black and whites to add to my stash. I have been dreaming of a black and white quilt for some time now. Thank you so much for the inspiration! :)

  78. Thank you so much, Fiona! Your tutorial totally made sense....I've looked at other QAYG instructions, and they were a mess, and sounded very convoluted! This looks great! I'm digging into my stash right now to do one! I have a ton of bat scraps, as well, so this is the perfect stash-buster!

  79. I have tried QAYG a couple of times, but always gave up. Now I'm going to dig through my STASH and revisit the technique again! Thanks for the great tutorial, terri in bc

  80. This is simply fantastic! and the only thing missing were the recipes for those yummy deserts I drooled over as I'm on a low carb diet! Keep up the great work1!! REALLY REALLY ENJOYED!

  81. What a great tutorial! I made a QAYG years ago. You have inspired me to do another. The spray basting is a great idea. Snacks and liquid refreshment-all yummy too. Time to raid my fridge!

  82. Thanks for the tutorial, what a great way to use your stash.

  83. Fiona, you are so talented!, and your tutorial was excellent. I enjoyed your post sooo much. I think Aussie quilters have best sense of humor around!

  84. Enjoyed your tutorial. I like the word "wadding" vs "batting" used in the U.S.A. (lol) I jumped over to your blog & enjoyed it. I can envision a quilt made using your pattern with lots of multi-colored scraps! The lemon cake looks delicious, you must share the recipe, but would it work equally well in the U.S.A., needed adjustments--altitude?, would we have the same ingredients available? Your cake has peaked my curiosity.
    Brenda C.

  85. This is a great tutorial. I love finding new ways to use up my STASH.

  86. Lovely tutorial Fiona - thanks for the hints (drink, cake, tea!) all very necessary for a beautiful outcome with quilting!

  87. Wow Great tutorial. I love it andn I have lost of STASH to use up. I love the monochrome color and especially the breaks for food. I have so many scraps and STASH I need to have a great project like this. Thanks


  88. Thanks to all who commented.... I am visiting the blogs and answering emails where possible... Anonymous... I would love to share the recipe.. if you visit my blog and leave a message with an email I will send it on.... I don't know about altitude....
    Hugz everyone....

  89. Brilliant!!!! This is the first time I have seen a really good way to join the blocks together! LOVE IT!

  90. I love this and who doesn't have a STASH of fabric to create something like this! I've never made a QAYG quilt before but this would be a fun project - I love the black and white with a splash of red!!

  91. Fiona, thank you so much for breaking this down for me! I can now solve several problems at once with a piece I'm working on!!

  92. This is a useful tutorial...I will pay particular attention to the admonition to take breaks!

  93. I always wondered what it meant to sash! And I equally wondered how you cover your seems when you quilt as you go. Great tutorial! I only had to read it twice to get the sashing part!!! whooo hooo! Thanks for the idea... going to raid my STASH! Love the reversible idea too! Don't you love how everyone is emphasizing the word STASH... maybe if it use it a few more times I'll get bonus points!?!? STASH, STASH, STASH... There, that ought to work:0)

  94. I enjoyed your tutorial. I'm in the process of organizing my STASH and this would make a great quilt to work on.

  95. Beautiful Quilt. Thanks for the tutorial. I love all the yummy eats & drinks that were part of the process... I'm working on refolding & organizing my STASH. :)

  96. What a great tutorial!!! I love it!!!! This was a wonderful post! Hugs Ariane

  97. I know you posted this a few months back but I wanted to thank you for a great tutorial. I am in love with this design. Can't wait to try it out. I will bookmark and be back very soon!
    Thanks Again
    Only problem is now I am hungry. haha

  98. Thanks for a wonderfully clear QAYG post...I'm off to find some cake!

  99. Hi! I love ur tute but i dont get how to finish the back? U sash the same as on the front? I feel dense. But am dying to do a huge qayg quilt for my bed.

  100. I love your tute and the clever way you use your stash to make some lovely things. Love the pot holder but that quilt is magnificent

  101. How do you do the binding? I am thinking it is similar to the 1.5" piece pressed in half and stitched on. But that seems a little shy of what is needed for the edging. Any suggestions on width to cut?

    1. YOU ARE correct, just be sure to cut on the bias so you can get around the curves with ease. 1.5 will do


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