Video tutorial: Quilt-as-you-go (QAYG), the easiest way to finish your quilt on a domestic machine

Video tutorial: How to Quilt-as-you-go (QAYG)

Video tutorial: Quilt-as-you-go (QAYG), the easiest way to finish your quilt on a domestic machine

There are many ways to do quilt-as-you-go or QAYG. I use this technique to quilt each block individually and then attach them using sashing. This technique uses exclusively machine sewing.

How to Quilt as you go (QAYG)

The finished sashing width for this project is 2 inches but it can be adjusted to a wider or narrower sashing. Learn the  technique in 3 minutes:


For the block sandwich

  • A piece of backing fabric the same size as the block (I used half square triangles for some blocks to make a star)
  • A piece of batting 1 inch larger than the block
  • One finished block

For the sashing

  • 1 strip of sashing fabric 4 1/2 inch x the length of the block side
  • One strip of batting 1 1/2 inch x the length of the block side (you can add a bit more for good measure)
  • One strip of sashing fabric 2 1/2 inch x the length of the block side

Get the 16 HST quilt sampler pattern featured on the video. It’s free.

There is another QAYG technique that I’ve used in my Dear Jane quilt for instance that uses a narrower sashing that’s sewn by hand on the back.

Would you like to make the quilt on the video? Get the Disappearing pinwheel sampler tutorial. It’s free.

Free quilt pattern: Disappearing pinwheel sampler quilt


42 thoughts on “Video tutorial: How to Quilt-as-you-go (QAYG)”

  1. Love, love, love your method. Your explanation was so clear and the pictures were great. Thanks so much for this. I am definitely going to try your way!


  2. I’m confused. When you flip the folded sash over and top stitch to the 2nd block is that piece a raw edge??


  3. Hi Teresa,
    I have been using the method of QAYG that you show but with a couple of changes.
    * I press the front sashing flat so it’s easier to attach to the next block or row.
    * I attach a narrow strip of iron-on stabilizer (used very light interfacing) to cover the seam allowances where they meet. This keeps them from “popping” as they want to do because it’s not a solid piece of fabric under the sashing. (Thanks to Marti Michell on Craftsy for this tip).
    I’ve used this a lot and have assembled entire quilts this way. It’s great.

    Thanks again for a great video.

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  4. Forgot to mention that you can also sew the sashing by machine…..but hand stitching looks nicer. I use matching or invisible thread so it doesn’t show so much on the back side and stitch in the ditch from the front side.


  5. Thank you for your tips Marjorie. I’ve also finished this type of sashing by hand on the back, it hasn’t occurred to me to add interfacing but it seems like a good idea.

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  6. Gail, I would treat a border like sashing. If the border is made out of blocks, then I would place the double fabric strip on the back of the quilt.


  7. Gail, I have created borders as modules (several borders assembled together).I usually quilt them before I attach them to the quilt. I attach them just like a block with the narrow sashing as Teresa showed.

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  8. Hi Teresa. Thanks for your clear instructions on this wonderful technique. I have used the wider sashing method with batting between, and it works great! I am now making a Dear Jane and plan to use your narrow sashing method. The DJ sashing is supposed to be 1/2 inch wide. Do your instructions finish to 1/2 inch? Also, I am worried that without batting inside, it will be “floppy.” Has this been a problem?

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  9. Perhaps Marjorie’s suggestion about fusible interfacing would help – I will try the narrow type.


  10. Have you seen my DJ QAYG sashing tutorial? I used this method. The sashing is not floppy in my view. The space is taken up by the bulky edges of the blocks around it. Plus one of hte fabrics is doubled as well. So the sashing has 3 layers of fabric. You should do a test with just 2 plain blocks and see if it feels floppy to you. With a quilt of this type you want to be sure it works to your liking.


  11. I don’t like interfacing very much, particularly if it’s synthetic. I would do a test with both methods and see which one you like best


  12. Hi Teresa
    I have never quilted a quilt before (only made the tops) and I was wondering if you can quilt as you go in rows and what the differences are between blocks and rows? Also if you have made a video on QAYG in rows.

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  13. I’ve done this in rows. No difference and it’s faster. Still I did the long sashing like on the video.


  14. Jennifer, you can play the video on slow motion. Look for the cog on the opposite side to the play button and select your speed.


  15. I posted a video on that about 3 weeks ago. If you follow the video then you add the backing at the end.


  16. The long sashing is done in the same way. So you join the blocks into strips with sashing and then you join the strips together with sashing again


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