Coin Quilt Quilt As You Go
usually called a QAYG
This is a quilt that I started......a couple years ago. It wasn't hard to make, it is some type of Coin quilt and all of the fabrics used in this were from my aged stash of at least 12 years. I don't remember where I saw the design, it was a very easy one but......I decided that I wanted to make it as a QAYG....quilt as you go type of quilt.....something I could quilt in sections.
It worked out great and I used a package of batting that I had sitting around. Of course I ran out and thankfully kept the name of it so I could buy another. The batting came from Walmart....I don't remember the name but I actually really liked the way the quilt felt after washing and drying.
There were 16 sections to this quilt. At some point I started thinking about how I was going to put all the sections together......I didn't want to add borders. I think this is when the quilt got shoved back to the back of my UFO pile for the first time.
Eventually I hauled it out again and decided to start putting it together. What I did was take 2 sections and sew them together.....yes....that seam had both fronts, battings and backs.
This next photo.....the grass is long which is why the quilt isn't lying flat.......
What I did then was add a "binding" to the back of my quilt along the same seam I just made. It was a 2 ½" piece of fabric folded in half. I'm not explaining it very well....sorry. So now I had the seam finished on the front and a "binding" on the back to cover the seam.....just one problem. I didn't want any machine stitching to show on the front so I had to do something that I really, really don't care to do......hand stitch.
I think this is why it took me so long to get this finished. I also sewed a couple sections together wrong......you can read about that here. Gosh, that was in February! When I was finishing this quilt I thought I would never put a quilt together this way again but you know what.....once it was washed and dried......I don't feel that the extra bulk takes away from the quilt. Of course I don't think it would be smart to enter this in a quilt show.
Have you ever put a quilt together this way?? Would you want to??
I think for many people the idea of trying to quilt a large quilt with a domestic sewing machine seems impossible. Think about how you could divide your quilt up or add borders to a QAYG the way I did.
Be sure to check out my easy QAYG tutorial that will show you how I made this.