Here is my last post for the About A Quilt Sampler! Thank you for keeping up with me, it was a lovely journey of documenting this QAL.
If you happen to land here first, I have archived all of the posts HERE so you can go through all the tutorials for each block and quilting tutorials included in this quilt along.
We are now at a stage where we can piece all the blocks together and finally bind the quilt!
Quilt As You Go Tutorial
Tutorial on how to join quilt as you go blocks:
For piecing all nine blocks together, you will need to cut from your background fabric:
6 pieces of 12.5″ x 1″ strips
6 pieces of 12.5″ x 1.5″ strips
Joining quilt as you go blocks into rows
For each joint, you need one of each strip
Fold the wider strip in half lengthwise and press.
The folded strip will be put at the back of the block, while the narrow unfolded strip will be sewn to the front of the block. Pin and sew all three layers together, the 1″ strip, the quilted block and the 1.5″ folded strip like the photo below.
Sew a quarter inch from the raw edges and press the front strip
now, align the other raw edge of the front side strip to the other block side as the photo below
pin and sew a 1/4″ seam
now the front side is done. press.
as for the back, fold and press the folded strip and pin down
blind stitch the folded edge to the quilt. This is a similar stitch we use to complete the final part of a quilt binding.
Joining quilt as you go block rows into a quilt
As for the rows, the method is exactly the same as the blocks, except this time round it is with rows of blocks, so make sure you get those vertical strips (strips that joined your blocks together) to match and pin well before you sew.
Once pinned, go ahead and sew 1/4″ seams through all the three layers. Finally, blind stitch the row’s joint as you did for the blocks and you are ready to bind!
For binding, I used 2.5″ strips folded in the middle. I sew from the top side and flip it to the backing and again sew to place using a blind stitch.