This quilt is a first for me in two ways: it is my first foundation piecing quilt and it is my first QAYG quilt too.
Both techniques were a bit intimidating to me but both have turned out to be quite straight forward.
The diagram above is what I want the back of the quilt to look like. It looks a bit like a pixelated flower though my idea was to have like an explosion of colour starting with a very bright centre.
- 5 inch square in the backing fabric (you can use a charm square if your block fabrics are not washed)
- 5 inch square of batting
- one DJ block
- 1 1/8 in x 5 1/2 in strip
- 1 3/4 in x 5 1/2 in strip
Quilt-as-you-go method 1 – no hand sewing or batting required
Please ignore the use of a strip of batting for sashing on this video. Batting is only necessary for wide sashing. The fabric needs on the video are for a different quilt. Use the fabric needs above.
Quilt-as-you-go method 2 – hand sewing required
Step 1 – Quilt the blocks individually
Make a quilt sandwich by placing the backing fabric wrong side up, the batting on top and finally the block on top.
Pin or baste.
Quilt as desired. You don’t even have to quilt the block! Many batting types will take stitching 5 inches apart.
Block 1 is ready.
Do the same with block 2.
Step 2 – Cut and stitch the front and back sashing
Now cut your strips.
Fold the 1 3/4 in strip in half and press as per picture.
Place the 1 1/8 inch strip on the block as per picture.
Now turn over and place the 1 3/4 in strip on the back with the raw edge aligned to the quilt sandwich raw edge.
Stitch all layers together with a 1/4 in allowance.
Now press open just the top strip (see picture).
Step 3 – Stitch next block
Attach the next block to the top strip by placing it aligned with the strip.
Turn over and pin. Notice we’re not doing anything with the folded strip.
Stitch block and strip together.
Both blocks are now stitched together via the top strip.
Time to stitch the back strip.
Step 4 – Hand stitch back sashing
Pin making sure the strip goes about 1/4 in over the next block and pin.
Slip stitch all along the edge.
Trim excess fabric from the strips’ sides.
The first two blocks are stitched together.
Eleven more to go!
Row A is finished….
Twelve more rows to go… and quite a few triangles.
If you want to see my DJ blocks, check out my Dear Jane progress page.