Quilting with quilting machines like the Juki HZL-DX7 is a creative and rewarding hobby. To some, this process can seem intimidating as sewing an entire quilt can take a lot of time. Quilt-as-you-go projects can alleviate some of the fear of being able to complete a huge project. With this convenient process, you can complete individual blocks using Juki quilting machines and piece them into a bigger project or get smaller projects finished quickly and easily.
How Is Quilt-As-You-Go Done?
Quilt-as-you-go projects are a fast and easy way to turn fabric strips into finished pieces using an uncomplicated process. You make a layer of backing fabric and batting first, then stitch the fabric strips on top with quilting machines. By using this technique, you quilt the three components "as you go" rather than first piecing the top fabric and then stitching the layers together.
While this method is not recommended for complicated projects, it's great for smaller projects like table runners, potholders, pillows, and other items that can be made from single blocks. The quilt-as-you-go process can even be used to make multiple, individually-stitched blocks that can be combined from larger quilts.
5 Easy Quilt-As-You-Go Steps
Once you get the hang of it, you will see that quilt-as-you-go with Juki quilting machines is a simple process that requires less time than the normal process. All you need is backing fabric the size of the block or piece you plan on stitching, batting, and fabric strips in uniform or varying widths. Follow these simple steps and you will have a finished block in no time:
- Make the Quilt Sandwich - Using pieces of backing fabric and batting sized slightly larger than the block you want to sew, layer a quilt sandwich. The top layer should be one of the fabric strips that is aligned face up at one edge of the stack.
- Start the First Two Strips - With the first fabric strip lined up along one end of the fabric stack, lay the second strip face down over the first strip and align the edges to meet. Using a sewing machine such as a Juki HZL-DX7, straight stitch through the whole sandwich with a 1/4-inch seam, using a walking presser foot.
- Press and Repeat - Once you have stitched the two strips onto the sandwich, fold back the top strip so the seam is open and the right sides of both strips are visible. Press the seam flat. Add the next fabric strip face down onto the second one. Repeat this 2-step process until you have enough strips to make a block or until the quilt is as long as you want it.
- Trim the Block - When the block or piece is the size you want it to be, trim all four sides using a clear acrylic ruler and a rotary wheel cutter to get straight, clean edges.
- Finish As Desired - After adding the desired number of strips and trimming the sides, finish your piece as desired. Add a tape border and turn it into a pillow, sew on a finer border to enclose the edges, or incorporate the block into a bigger project.
Whether you are just learning how to work with quilting machines, short on time, want to use up fabric scraps, or just want to make a fast and easy project that can be finished in one sitting, try this unique quilting method. You will be amazed at how quickly you can piece together some simple, yet useful projects!