Quilt-as-you-go (QAYG) has been around at least since the 1970s, and I have tried it in several forms. Back when I wanted to use high loft batting, I made this quilt in sections and joined them using Georgia Bonesteel’s method. The backing seams were sewn by hand. It worked out fine, but that was a lot of hand stitching.
More recently I read about using thin batting so pieces can be joined with batting in the seam. Unfortunately, this method suggests quilting the front pieces WITHOUT backing, then tacking on a back after assembling the front. That means most of the quilting is hidden from the back; the only thing that shows is the stitching used to attach the back over the actual quilting!
I’ve also seen QAYG done by using batting rather than batiste as a base for string piecing. This means no quilting shows on the front!
The more I read about QAYG methods, the more I didn’t care for any of the options. I decided to re-visit it anyway because students had asked for a QAYG class. I chose the string piecing on batting option, but made the blocks with the backing included so the quilting would show on the back.
The result was awfully bulky. Next time I may just settle for the “new” method that doesn’t show much quilting on the back.
Well, another lesson 😀 The next attempt will be closer to perfection!