I decided to try making a queen size quilt using a "Quilt as you go" method. What was I thinking? Of course 20/20 hindsight tells me that making a small lap quilt or baby quilt first would have made more sense. Nope, I jump in and make a queen size one. Live and learn.
There are a lot of things I'd do differently. In particular, pay attention to details!
Marking the stitching line on both back pieces. Pin on those lines so fabric doesn't shift. Making the backing larger than I did so I could trim after the quilting was done. Lots of things are apparent now. But the quilt is done.
Here's the process....hope it's not too confusing:
First make the number of blocks required. I used 80 9 1/2" focus fabric and 4 patches in all. Cut the bat to the same size as the top blocks. One per block.
Of course I had a helper. This project did use up a lot of the left overs I had saved from other projects. In fact cutting these 80 squares freed up a huge plastic storage box.
The top block as mentioned above is 9 1/2", as is the bat. The backing used is 11 1/2". I really should have cut at least 12 1/2" or 13" squares and then trimmed once each block was quilted.
Clear as mud? Sorry. I'm hoping that a picture is worth a thousand words. Unfortunately it should be a good photo not the ones I take.....