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Learn to Quilt-As-You-Go: 14 Projects You Can Finish Fast

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Learn to Quilt-As-You-Go: 14 Projects You Can Finish Fast

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Jun 2, 2015


Discover a fast-and-fun method of creating (and completing!) quilted projects. When the piecing is finished, so is the quilting! With step-by-step guidance, Gudrun Erla takes you beyond the straight-line piecing associated with the quilt-as-you-go technique to include triangles, squares, and strips, plus the illusion of curves--all in her clean, contemporary style.
Start with the basics: learn to choose materials, cut, mark, baste, and sew the patchwork through all the layers Build on the basics with quick-to-stitch projects--coasters, place mats, table runners, and small quilts Sew by number, add triangles, insert prairie points, and use multiple techniques together
Jun 2, 2015

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Learn to Quilt-As-You-Go - Gudrun Erla


I’ve never been called the most patient person in any group. As a matter of fact, I like to get things done quickly and efficiently with great results so I can move on to the next project. My list of projects is of course endless; there are so many things I want to try, make, and experience.

Early in my quilting life, when I had just started designing my own patterns, I began playing with the quilt-as-you-go method. I liked the idea of piecing something and quilting it at the same time so I could actually finish a project instead of having it sitting around as a quilt top waiting for the magical quilting part. The fact that I had three kids (two under the age of two!), two quilt shops to run, and aerobics classes to teach four nights a week as well, may have played a big part in me choosing to give that method a try. I didn’t have much extra time for sewing.

That’s how my first quilt-as-you-go patterns were born. Once quilters tried one of the patterns, they demanded more. They loved being able to get a little project done from start to finish in just a few hours. More and more patterns led to me writing books filled with quilt-as-you-go projects.

I love challenges, so finding different techniques to accomplish a certain look or making things easier and more accurate with the quilt-as-you-go method has always been fun for me. For this method, you start with the whole piece of backing fabric and batting basted together and then piece the quilt top through all the layers as you go. Because of that, I don’t recommend making quilts larger than about 50 to 60 with this method. But there are so many projects you can make even though you can’t make a bed quilt. Make a bed runner, pillows, table toppers, table runners, place mats, and more. Quilt-as-you-go projects are great for decorating your house or to give as gifts.

This book will take you through the techniques of the quilt-as-you-go method step by step (beginning on page 66), so even if you’ve never tried quilting as you go, you can be successful right out of the gate. And if you’re already familiar with the basic techniques, you’ll still find something new here. In this book, I wanted to tackle another challenge—making things look like they’re done a certain way even when they really aren’t. For example, while there isn’t a way to do curved piecing or inset seams when quilting as you go, I’ve found some great ways to make quilts have the illusion of curves. Or to have the look of set-in seams. I’ve also added prairie points into seams to add dimension to some of the projects.

Look for the icons in the table of contents for a quick reference about the shape and type of techniques used for each project. First, we start with basic squares and rectangles. Then we move on to triangles, strips, prairie points, and curves. I hope you enjoy making the little projects in the book and add to your set of quiltmaking skills in the process.

Let’s Dish



Strip-pieced place mats are quick and easy to assemble, yet they can really enhance the look of your dining area. They make great gifts too. For a coordinated but not identical set, randomly select different-colored and different-width strips as you go.


Yardage is based on 42"-wide fabric and is sufficient to make 6 place mats.

8 assorted fat quarters (18 x 21) for top

⅔ yard of coordinating print for binding

1⅜ yards of fabric for backing

1 yard of 45-wide batting or 2¼ yards of 20-wide heavyweight interfacing*

Scrap of freezer paper (optional)

* I used CRAF-TEX Plus interfacing from Bosal, which is fusible on both sides. You can also use precut rectangular place mats with rounded corners from Bosal.


From the batting or interfacing, cut:

6 rectangles, 13 x 18

From each of the 8 fat quarters, cut*:

3 strips, 2½ x 18 (24 total)

3 strips, 2 x 18 (24 total)

3 strips, 1½ x 18 (24 total)

2 strips, 1¼ x 18 (16 total)

From the backing fabric, cut:

3 strips, 13 x 42; crosscut into 6 rectangles, 13 x 18

From the bias of the coordinating print for binding, cut:

Enough 2½-wide strips to make a 432-long strip when pieced together

*See Quick Cutting below for more information on cutting the fat quarters.

Quick Cutting

To speed up the cutting process, stack as many fat quarters as you’re comfortable cutting at the same time, aligning the raw edges. Cut the strips from the short side of the fat-quarter stack.


Sew with right sides

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