Quilt as You Go

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quilt as you go

I made this little pillow many months ago.  Once I completed the top, it was left in a pile to be completed.  I finally put on a back and a zipper.  Then it sat for a while longer.  Finally I took pictures of it back in October and here I am in December finally sharing them with you.

It’s a small pillow (12″ x 12″) that has found a permanent place on my kids rocking chair.  Don’t worry the rocking chair is not sitting in the snow now — it’s inside, of course.   


quilt as you go

The pillow top was sewn using a technique that I had heard about, but never tried.  It’s made using the quilt-as-you-go method — which is exactly what it sounds like.  Here’s how you do it:

Grab a piece of batting.  You start in the center and sew your fabric directly onto the batting, quilting it right away.


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To add a second piece, lay it down right sides together matching the edges of your fabric together and sew a seam.


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Fold the fabric over and iron it.


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Now quilt in place.


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Continue until your batting is covered.


quilt as you go

quilt as you go

This method works well for small projects like pillows, doll quilts, mug rugs and maybe even a baby blanket (if you’re brave).  I have heard of people quilting smaller sections like this and then sewing the batting together to create a much larger quilt, but I’ve never tried it.  This method is best with log cabin blocks or stripes – but of course you can be creative and have fun!!  I quilted each section of this pillow with a different style of quilting (wavy lines, diagonal, zig-zag, straight lines – so many possibilities).


quilt as you go



5 Comments on Quilt as You Go

  1. Sandy
    December 7, 2011 at 4:12 PM (6 years ago)

    I have always wanted to try that method. It looks pretty easy! Your pillow came out so nice.

  2. Lynn
    December 7, 2011 at 4:18 PM (6 years ago)

    love this! you make it look easy-i might have to try it! thanks

  3. PinkGranny
    December 7, 2011 at 5:55 PM (6 years ago)

    Thanks for the tutorial. It looks easier than I realized!

  4. littlegreenpixie
    December 8, 2011 at 6:31 PM (6 years ago)

    My daughter saw the picture and asked me if I can make one. Thanks for the tutorial!

  5. Caprock Plains
    November 6, 2012 at 4:03 PM (5 years ago)

    cool…i love it…..i am busy right now and not able to tackle a full-blown quilt….this would be a wonderful project to do when your life is busy but you just have to quilt something!

    Thank you so much!


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