Row As You Go Quilt

by JOANN |

Item # 42337495P607
Intermediate Varies

SUPPLIES & TOOLS:

  • Rotary Cutter
  • 18"x 24" Cutting Mat
  • 6"x 24" Ruler
  • 12 1/2" Square Ruler
  • Basic Sewing Supplies
  • 1/2yd Fabric, White or Beige (for sashing)
  • 1/2yd Fabric, Navy (for binding)
  • 3 1/2yds Fabric, Light to Medium Blender (for backing)
  • Twin Size Cotton Batting, matching white or beige fabric

DIRECTIONS:

To find the downloadable diagrams click on the "GET PATTERNS" tab above.

TO VIEW OTHER ROWS CLICK ON LINKS BELOW:

FABRIC KEY:
  • BKGD (background) is White or Beige fabric
  • A6 is Navy fabric

NOTE: These instructions detail the final assembly and binding steps of the Row As You Go Quilt.

FIND EACH BLOCK/ROW BELOW:
  • Hourglass Block
  • Flying Geese Chevron
  • New Album Block
  • Sawtooth Star Block
  • Windmill Block
  • Circle Block
  • Night Vision Block
  1. ROW AS YOU GO CUTTING CHART FOR FINISHING:
    • All strips will be cut across fabric width (selvage to selvage) making strip length 42-44".

    • BACKGROUND FABRIC (BKGD) WHITE OR BEIGE:
      • Cut three 2 1/2" strips for top and bottom borders.
      • Cut six 1 3/4" strips for sashing.

    • FABRIC A6 NAVY:
      • Cut seven 2 1/2" strips binding.

  2. PIECING BORDER AND SASHING STRIPS TOGETHER:
    • Press all strips with an iron before cutting.
    • Making top and bottom border strips
    • Cut one of the three 2 1/2" BKGD Fabric strips in half lengthwise and leave the other two strips un-cut.
    • Square off both ends of the half-length strips.
    • Square off one end on each of the full-length strips.
    • Sew one squared off end of a half-length strip to the squared off end of a full-length strip.
    • Sew the remaining half-length and full-length strip strips together in the same manner to create a total of two 2 1/2" x approximately 64" border strips.
    • Press seam allowances open and put aside.

  3. MAKING SASHING STRIPS
    • Cut two of the six 1 3/4" BKGD Fabric strips in half lengthwise and leave the other four strips un-cut.
    • Square off both ends of the half-length strips.
    • Square off one end on each of the full-length strips.
    • Sew one squared off end of a half-length strip to the squared off end of a full-length strip.
    • Sew the remaining half-length and full-length strip strips together in the same manner to create a total of four 1 3/4" x approximately 64 sashing strips.
    • Press seam allowances open and put aside.

  4. BEGIN SEWING CENTER ROW SECTION:
    • Sew with a 1/4" seam allowance all throughout project.
    • Press each row with an iron before pinning.
    • Line Row of Diamonds and Night Vision row with the as arrows indicate.
    • Pin rows together at both ends and at the points.
    • Tip: If the row lengths vary, pin with the longer row underneath the shorter row and ease (pinning to distribute the bulk from end to end). Easing along with help from the feed teeth (or feed dogs) can move the bottom fabric along, keeping both pieces of fabric lined up
    • Diagram 1 Diagram 2
    • Press seam allowances toward the Night Vision row.
    • Diagram 3
    • Line up points on Chevron row and Night Vision row as arrows indicate.
    • Pin and sew in the same manner as adding the Row of Diamonds, pressing seam allowances toward the Night Vision row.
    • Diagram 4 Diagram 5

  5. SEWING ROWS TOGETHER:
    • NOTE: SEE SEWING ROWS TOGETHER DIAGRAM
    • Follow the diagram that shows where the border (2 1/2") and sashing (1 3/4") strips should be sewn.
    • Press with an iron a small crease in the center edge of the border/sashing strip, and in the center of the row.
    • Pin rows and strips together by matching the center creases. Add pins to both ends and in between. If length sizes vary, follow PINNING TIP, easing if necessary, with the longer strip or row underneath the shorter strip.
    • Press all seam allowances toward the border/sashing strips.
    • Once all strips have been sewn, pin and sew in the same manner from the center row to the top and bottom.

  6. PREPARING THE BACKING:
    • Cut fabric in half crosswise so to yield two pieces of fabric that are approximately 42"x 63"
    • Trim away one of the selvage edge from each of the cut backing pieces.
    • Sew the two backing pieces together (trimmed edge to trimmed edge) with a 1/2" seam allowance to yield a 63"x 82" backing.
    • Press seam open.
    • Note: The backing should be larger than the batting and quilt top. The batting should be smaller than the quilt top.

  7. MAKING THE QUILT SANDWICH:
    • Baste the quilt using basting spray or quilters pins.

  8. SPRAY BASTING DIRECTIONS:
    • This is a lesser chance of getting puckers on the back, especially if you do not have a walking foot for your sewing machine.
    • Lay the backing on a flat surface (wrong side up), hold in place with pieces of masking tape on all four sides. Place batting on top of the backing and smooth out any wrinkles. Spray baste (following manufacturer's instructions) together one half at a time.Place quilt-top over the batting (right side up). Remove any wrinkles within the layers. Spray baste together one half at a time.

  9. PIN BASTING DIRECTIONS:
    • The advantage of this is you can pin anywhere in your home without having to open a window for ventilation.
    • Press backing fabric and quilt-top.
    • Pin all three layers of the quilt sandwich with quilter's safety pins. Place pins 4-5" apart and avoid pinning along seams where you know you'll be sewing.

  10. MACHINE QUILTING:
    • NOTE: SEE MACHINE QUILTING DIAGRAM
    • Press all rows with an iron before measuring.
    • The easiest method for machine quilting for this quilt is stitch in the ditch by sewing right up against the strip that the seam allowance was pressed towards.
    • Use a slightly larger stitch length (3.0 with most sewing machines) when machine quilting.
    • Use a walking foot if you have one for machine quilting.
    • Use quilting gloves to help grip the fabric.
    • When you begin quilting, be sure to sew a row long enough that you can check to see if the stitches look good on the front AND on the back of the quilt. If not, rethread your machine and take your bobbin out and reposition and try again.
    • When beginning or ending a row of quilting within the edge of the quilt or if you run out of thread mid seam, secure the seams by either reducing the stitch length to 0 and sew 4 or 5 stiches, then go back to 3.0, or stay at 3.0 and just sew one or two back stitches.
    • Roll quilt from the Sawtooth Star row to where the Start Line is indicated on the drawing. Guide the rolled part of the quilt through the opening of your machine (It may be a little tight, but will loosen up each row you sew).
    • Begin quilting by stitching in the ditch across the middle of the quilt where noted on diagram. Continue quilting to the border seam.
    • Note: Save the quilted indicated with colored lines till the end.
    • Re-roll the quilt from the opposite side and quilt out towards the Windmill row.
    • Quilt the vertical lines in the same manner.
    • Go back and quilt the Row of Diamonds and Windmill row. Follow the arrows and quilt the whole row without having to start and stop.
    • Quilt one half of a circle shape at a time rather than turn the whole quilt around. OR if you'd rather not attempt circle quilting, quilt in the same way as when quilting the Windmill row.

  11. SEWING BINDING STRIPS TOGETHER:
    • Pin ends of two binding strips perpendicular to each other (RST).
    • Diagram 6
    • Draw a diagonal line. Add a pin to the opposite side of the line. Continue same technique with the remainder of the strips, pinning one end to the next.
    • Diagram 7 Diagram 8
    • Join pieces together by sewing on the line to make one long binding strip.
    • Trim the excess fabric 1/4" away from the seams and press seams open.
    • Fold in half along the length of the strip and press.
    • Binding Options:
    • Binding Option 1: Machine stitch binding to the front of the quilt and hand stitch binding to the back.When binding with the intent of hand stitching the to the back, do not trim away excess batting and backing until binding has been sewn to the front.
    • Binding Option 2: Machine stitch binding to the back of the quilt and zigzag or straight stitch binding to the front.When binding with the intent of machine stitching to front and back, carefully trim off batting and backing along the edge of the quilt top.

  12. BINDING THE QUILT:
    • Position the binding so that the cut edge lines up with the raw edge of the quilt top or backing (depending on which option you've chosen).
    • Begin to sew with a 1/4" seam allowance about 10" away from the edge of the binding. Continue sewing until you come to the first corner. End by sewing 1/4" away from the corner in a 45º angle, backstitch and cut thread. (Dwg. 1)
    • Fold the binding strip straight up to create a diagonal fold. Finger press into position. (Dwg. 2)
    • While holding fold in place, bring binding down, with cut edge of binding and raw edge of quilt lined up (Dwg. 3). Finger press and begin sewing at the edge of the binding and continue until the next corner. Repeat steps on the other three corners.
    • Continuing sewing to about 8 inches away from your starting point, trim the binding so that you have a 3-4" overlap of the beginning and end of the binding strips. Finger press a 1/4" hem on the edge of the binding strip you're ending with. (Dwg. 4)
    • Slide the beginning edge of the binding into the edge with the folded hem so that the beginning edge is encased in the folded edge for a clean finish. Sew layers together, stopping 1/4" past where you began and back stitch. (Dwg. 5)

  13. FINISHING FOR BINDING
    • For Binding Option 1: Trim away the excess batting and backing so that just about 1/8" extends the edge of the binding. Turn the binding over the edge of the quilt to the back and whip stitch to the backing, carefully forming mitered corners.
    • For Binding Option 2: Same as option 1, but instead of hand sewing to the back, machine stitch to the front (straight stitch or zigzag). Sew with a slightly larger stitch length as in machine quilting.

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