Quilt As You Go Tutorial

IMG_8773 Cathy has made a beautiful “Quilt as You Go” Quilt using Free Spirit’s Sundara Oasis by Dena Designs. These luscious colors feature a fabulous elephant border print which really makes this quilt “pop.” This is a quilt you can complete in a weekend!  We are going to show you how easy it is.

Step 1 –  Iron your crib size batting  to remove most wrinkles.

Step 2 – Take batting OUTSIDE and spray 505 on ONE side of the entire piece.  505 is very sticky and will attach to any surrounding surface, so be careful bringing it back inside to your cutting table.

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Step 3 – Lay the batting down flat with STICKY SIDE UP.

Step 4 – Place your rolled up minky at the edge of the quilt batting and press the wrong side of the minky to the batting. Smooth out the wrinkles as you work your way to the other end. Now flip it over, putting the minky on the bottom and the batting facing up.

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Step 5 – Cut desired strips of your border print and arrange on batting.

Step 6 – Now cut other strips 3-4 1/2 x WOF and arrange these on the quilt top until you are pleased with the arrangement.

Step 7 – Label the strips 1, 2, 3 etc. from the bottom up.

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Step 8 – Remove all the strips EXCEPT the number 1 strip at the bottom, leave it facing right side up at the bottom of the quilt.

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Step 9 – Sew along the bottom, 1/4 inch from the edge to secure the first strip -use a walking foot for pucker free sewing! We used the fabulous Dual Feed Walking Foot on the Baby Lock Crescendo.

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Step 10 – Lay down strip #2 FACE DOWN on strip #1, sew along the top edge 1/4 to 1/2″ while ensuing both layers are caught.

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Step 11 – Flip the #2 strip up and iron flat.

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Step 12 – Lay strip # 3 FACE DOWN on strip # 2, stitch along top edge as done in step #11. Flip up and iron.

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Step 13 – Repeat until all strips are used- until the top is reached.

Step 14 – Trim and Square the quilt.

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Step 15 – Cut binding strips 2 1/2″ wide and then sew together at a 45 degree angle end to end as to make one long, continuous strip.  Press open the joining seams.

Step 16 – Press the strip in half, long ways, then place it on the top edge of the quilt and sew using a 1/4″ seam.

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Step 17 – When you get to the corner, stop 1/4″ from the end, back stitch and remove from machine.

Step 18 – Flip strip straight up, then straight down, begin sewing at the beginning of the new edge.  Repeat at each corner.

Step 19 – Turn binding to back and whip stitch the binding to the quilt.


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We have kits bundled and ready to go in the shop (available online soon) to make your quilt come together even quicker! You can also choose from either of these gorgeous colorways.

Check out the back as well, it is a luscious purple cuddle minky:

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Here are the FABRICS used for this quilt:

All fabrics available at www.cottonblossomfarm.com

From Sundara Oasis Collection by Dena Designs for Free Spirit

1/4 yard of Kaiya Aqua

1/4 yard of Kaiya Purple

1/4 yard of Pavana Orchid

1/4  yard Yasmina Orchid

1/4 yard Vinithia Orchid

1/2 yard Kalidni Orchid


PLUS these other fabrics:

1/4 yard of Lavender Chenille

1 1/4 Yards of Cuddle Purple (for the back)

1/4 Yard of Diamond Lavender (a batik fabric)

1/2 Yard Dimples Crocus (from the Dimples by Andover) Binding

PLUS supplies

Crib size cotton batting,  45 x 60 (not fusible)

505 Spray Adhesive

Cutting Mat

Rotary Cutter


If you would like to make a quilt-as-you-go with other fabrics, here is the basic supply list

  • Crib size cotton batting,  45 x 60 (not fusible)
  • 1.25 yds of 65” wide MINKY fabric for backing
  • Six ¼ yd cuts of cotton print fabric (see above list for fabrics used in Elephant Quilt)
  • ¼ yd of chenille
  • ½ yd of fabric with a border if the border runs ACROSS the fabric (if the border print runs parallel to the selvage you need 1 ¼ yards to get enough of the border)
  • ½ yd for binding
  • 505 spray
  • Rotary cutter
  • Cutting mat
  • Ruler
  • Walking foot for sewing machine



Other colorways available. Check out the whole collection of Sundara Oasis here:


Happy sewing!