easy quilting qayg quilt as you go sewing

Video tutorial: Quilt-as-you-go without sashing

There are many ways to do quilt-as-you-go (QAYG).

Many of the techniques use sashing to join the blocks.

Learn quilt as you go without sashing

This tutorial demonstrates how to join two blocks without sashing.

Quilt-as-you-go with sashing

This video demonstrates QAYG with sashing. One tutorial is completely finished by machine while the other is hand stitched at the back.

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Quilt-as-you-go (QAYG) without sashing video tutorial


  1. Thanks for this quick way to quilt. However, it may be confusing to some (me) because you say to ‘stitch in the ditch’ after layering with the back, but you do not show stitching in the ditch, instead you show stitching 1/4″ away from ditch – on each side of seam line. I was taught that stitching in the ditch means stitching in the seam line. ???


  2. I’ve always preferred narrow sashing, and I use a similar version as the one you’ve shown, but I stitch the back flap down by machine; if you pin on the front carefully and stitch in the ditch, you can catch only the very edge of the flap on the back and it’s pretty neat. Plus it’s a whole lot quicker than hand stitching!


  3. Your method looks a bit like the one with wide sashing I do. It’s all machine stitched too. I want to try another qayg without sashing and finished by hand at the back.

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  4. Tammy, I thought sewing at 1/4 was still close enough to quality as stitch in the ditch. To me stitch in the ditch is to sew as close as you can to the seam.

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