Quilt as you go applique

Today I’m pulling a quilt-as-you-go applique project from the quilt top cupboard.

I got this quilt project several years ago in Dundee Michigan.  They were having town-wide yard sales as they do every Summer.

At one sale there was a large bag stuffed full with this project.  I didn’t take everything out of the bag when I found it because with just a quick glance I could see the lot was worth the $2 asking price. 

When I got home I emptied out the bag and found 18 machine appliqued blocks, along with sashing, corner stones, yardage for borders and additional blocks, and batting.

The blocks were appliqued using a tight zig-zag stitch.  The threads hadn’t been clipped from the last two blocks, as if they were fresh from the sewing machine.

The cotton batting had been cut about the same size as the blocks and sashing.  One block had machine quilting around the outside edge of the applique, which I wish I would have left as- is now that I’m posting it, but when I took it apart I didn’t know that one day I’d have a blog. 

This project was a quilt-as-you- go quilt.  It was meant to have each block quilted, then it would be joined with the sashing and assembled into rows.  The rows would be sewn together to create a full sized quilt.

Judging by the colors of the quilt I’d say this dates to the early 1980′s?  The rusty red was very popular then.

I don’t think I’ll ever finish this quilt?  I’m not a big fan of the machine applique with zig zag stitch.

   Maybe some day I’ll use the fabrics that came with the blocks in a different project?

It was fun looking through what I had gotten on that hot Summer day!

Have you ever tried a quilt as you go project?

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  1. For $2 it won’t matter that you have chosen not to complete the top :0)


  2. Another steal of a deal.
    I’ve decided not all the quilts that i’ve started deserve to be finished, lol.
    At least you can have less guild since it started as someone elses quilt

  3. My aunt left several quilt as you go quilts behind when she left us. I put two of them together. It wasn’t easy, it wasn’t fun, but I managed to get through it as the family wanted them. I still have my own set of blocks from her that I still haven’t tackled and it’s been 4 years now.

  4. I think the blocks are very pretty. A great deal regardless! I made 4 quilt-as-you-go spring placemats as a guild project. I should go get them out – I’m hoping spring shows up here soon.

  5. 2 dollars!….call me next time you go to a yard sale!!
    that was $2 worth of fun even if it never gets finished, I do love the fabric
    keep hunting for that treasure!

  6. wow what a find for 2.00 perfect idea use the rest of the fabric in the bag for another project if you find you don’t finish this one or pass it on to someone else to finish!
    maybe finish one block and make a little quilt ;)

  7. Yes I did a big quilt with the QAYG method. It is easier but not any faster….well I should say for me it wasn’t. I would do it again though!
    Putting the blocks in other projects might just be a good idea.

  8. lizzy dillingham

    Hi Ann! The design of the blocks is very charming…but I’d be put off by the zigzag applique too. I’ve read about the QAYG method but it just seemed so odd to me, and I never wanted to try it.

    Maybe someday you’ll pass the blocks on to a crafter to make pillows or totes? I can def see these blocks set into the sides of a classic canvas tote bag to take to quilting class…fun gifts. Or—table runners? The colors look autumny to me, could be so cute!

    $2.oo—well worth it just for the interest and extra fabric, rihgt?



  9. What a great find! Looks like it would be worth finishing. Someone would enjoy it, I’m sure.

  10. I’ve done several different QAYG techniques, some easier than others. As someone mentioned, they don’t save time, but it’s definitely easier to work with small sections than rolling up a huge quilt under your machine. I don’t mind the machine zigzag IF you use invisible thread, and IF the stitch is tiny enough to really not be noticeable, and IF the edge has been turned, and IF it’s not intended to be an heirloom quilt. You can actually get quite a nice result when these ‘IFs” are taken into consideration!