Quilt as you go is the process of piecing and quilting blocks at the same time then joining them together. This weekend I have been further exploring piecing using this process but rather than sewing just strips - I am testing out other types of traditional blocks.
With the smaller block (1" pieces), I made the block first then secured it to the batting and backing by re-stitching row joining seams.
Why would I do this? Why not just pin the block to the batting and backing?
When piecing a quilt I usually make a decision on the quilting style after the top is complete. In this case - I am making this quilt up as I go along and at this point in time haven't really decided in the final look. So by securing the smaller block - its ready for quilting when I'm ready to do it.
I have started adding a little quilting to the larger block.
The batting is a black cotton blend. I use this a lot as I find the lighter batting fibres can work their way through onto the front of the quilt. Dark blocks do tend to show up lint (especially men's suiting). I was tempted to test out fusible batting however as it requires you to spray water onto it to activate the glue, I was not convinced it would work well with suiting and shirt fabrics.
Will keep you posted on this project.
Happy stitching Shirls