Oh, you clever girl. I have one question. When making the final 4 patch, when you pressed open the seams, did you trim the batting away as in the previous 2 patch?
Thanks so much for the tutorial…it is totally doable and I love the look of your scrappy back.
In doing an entire quilt, would you tackle it as single blocks in horizontal rows, or 4 patches or 9 patches and then build rows? Know what I mean?
Guess that’s a couple of questions…..thanks for the time you put in to teach us this method. It would totally work for an applique quilt….not such a task to quilt it block by block, but when you consider quilting an entire quilt….I head right over to the longarmer!
My computer is at the hospital….my sewing machine is still in the closet. Whatever is to become of me.
Best regards from
Gail in Washington State
Hi Gail! Great questions – I will be posting this reply directly to the comment as well.
Basically – yes, always trim away as much of the batting bulk as you can. I prefer to do it this way rather than cut it smaller from the beginning to ensure that there is batting throughout the quilt – you know what I mean?
As far as building out the quilt – at some point – you will have to tackle a long seam, there just doesn’t seem to be a way around it. I would just do whatever seems right at the time. In the past I have always done all the rows horizontally – like a regular quilt block. I made a ‘four patch’ for the tutorial just to show the building out from smaller to larger. And while it does work better for appliqué blocks – I have also used when the overall quilting design is geometric as well – like in seams of opal. I think it would really depend on the quilt – as you say.
I wish I knew about quilt as you go when I made my husband’s double sided T-shirt quilt. I would have done it as a quilt-as-you-go quilt. Thanks for the info that you put together, you make a good teacher.
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