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Easy Quilt-As-You-Go Place Mats – Video Tutorial

I made these easy quilt-as-you-go place mats with Christmas fabrics and Vanessa Goertzen of Lella Boutique’s new Folk Tale collection; I absolutely love how they turned out and will be making all of my place mats with Soft.

Video Tutorial

You can watch my new video tutorial for the place mats above, or go here to watch it on YouTube. I also decided to include a photo tutorial with tips for these place mats, as well. You can make your own place mats by substituting batting for the Soft by Joanna Lumley.

Materials (for two place mats):

For the backings, cut 16 strips of fabric 2 1/2u2033 x 14u20332 fat quarters; for each one, cut a rectangle 14u2033 x 18u2033.

What is the quilt as you go method?

Quilt as you go is a fun technique that allows you to finish the entire project in one sitting. The piecing and quilting are done simultaneously, so once you’ve finished the top, all you have to do is bind it.

Is quilting an expensive hobby?

It’s no secret that quilting can be costly; however, there are several budget-friendly options available. I have a saying that goes, “I used to sew to save money; now, I have to sew to save money.”

Can I quilt on a regular sewing machine?

The short answer is YES, you can quilt with a regular sewing machine, with the machine you already own; there are two methods for doing so: straight-line quilting with a walking foot or free motion quilting with a free motion quilting foot.

Can you quilt one block at a time?

You don’t have to send your larger quilts to a longarmer; instead, you can do simple quilting one block at a time. There’s also less waste with QAYG because you can buy smaller amounts of batting or use scraps.

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How much bigger should the backing be than the quilt top?

Backing should be at least 4-6″ wider on each side, top and bottom, than your quilt top, for a total of 8-10″. Trim the top and bottom edges of your backing to make them straight and square.

Do you have to use batting in a quilt?

Yes, you can make a quilt without batting, but I wouldn’t use flannel for the back of a summer-weight quilt because it can get hot.

How do you finish a quilt without binding?

Place the top on the batting so that all of the edges are even.

  1. Place quilt top on batting.
  2. Place backing on top of quilt top right sides together.
  3. Pin layers together so they don’t shift when sewing edges.

Can you quilt without backing?

Any quilt block can be turned into quilt-as-you-go by simply quilting the finished block to a matching square of batting. Do not attach the backing at this time; simply quilt to one layer of batting – that’s it!

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