6 Quilt-As-You-Go Projects You Can Knock Out in a Weekend


Quilt-as-you-go breaks down your projects to make them much more manageable, making them oh-so-perfect for quick stitching. Brush up on your QAYG techniques, then break out your machine. These projects will go so fast, you can whip up any one of 'em in a single weekend.

1. Make a Mini Quilt

True, this isn't as tiny as some other quilting projects. (Hello, mojo minis !) But this 30" x 33" piece is perfect when you feel like tackling a smaller endeavor. Might we suggest hanging it on your wall ?

Put your budding quilt-as-you-go skills to use on a lovely quilt that calls to mind a flock of birds. Gudrun shows you how to create a "quilting map" as a placement guide, and then reveals how to make and assemble your units in neat rows.

2. Stitch the Crossroads Runner

The best thing about this table runner —aside from how cool it looks — is how easy it is to stitch. There's only straight-line piecing, so there's absolutely no pre-piecing involved. Once the batting is prepared, you can start from the center square and work your way out.

Dive into your first project, a colorful runner that can be used for any occasion. Gudrun shows you how to prepare the batting before assembling the runner from the center out. Finish your project by adding a neat, simple binding using Gudrun's foolproof tips.

3. Piece Together a Diamond Pillow

Whether you stick to a color scheme using precuts or stash-bust with fabric you already have on hand, your bed needs this pillow. Just cut out some rectangles and piece 'em together at a 45-degree angle, then bring your blocks together to create that gorgeous diamond look.

Add angles with confidence to your quilt-as-you-go projects to get consistent and crisp edges. Maureen shows you easy ways to create her favorite pillow from start to finish. This project looks harder than it really is, and provides a perfect way to hone your skills as you use up all your fabric scraps.

4. Mix It Up and Make Placemats

These placemats come together quick thanks to time-saving precuts . (You can make 'em even faster by stacking and cutting, too!) But here's the real secret: Instead of following the traditional QAYG technique, piece your strips before you sew them onto your backing and batting. It'll make your design look different than typical QAYG projects.

This week Angela is preparing to host a dinner for quilters, so of course, she has to quilt up a few placemats!

5. Bust Your Stash Pile for a Pillow

With all the little squares that make up this pillow, it's a go-to stash-busting project . Just stitch pieces from your scrap bin together (don't worry if they're different sizes and lengths), press the seams all to one side and use a quilting ruler to cut 'em into the dimensions you need. If your scrap pile is anything like ours, you may have just enough pieces to make two or three of these beauties.

Don't let your scraps from prior projects go to waste - use them all up in a gorgeous pillow! Gudrun walks you through the process of preparing and color-auditioning your scraps, marking the batting, and assembling your pillow with either an envelope back or zippered closure.

6. Piece a Simple Strip Table Runner

This project, with its long batting and backing pieces, is a great stepping stone to larger quilting projects. And because we're using strips with identical dimensions, the table runner is totally jelly roll-friendly . Bonus: Once you're done, you can use the leftover fabric to stitch up matching placemats .

Practice making consistent stitches and seam allowances as you gain the skills to tackle larger quilting projects. Complement your place mats with a matching, ombré-inspired table runner that uses one continuous piece of backing. No extra quilting is needed to finish off your project!

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