Quilt As-You-Go

As a longarm quilter, you might wonder why I would be happy to be offered the opportunity to review a quilt as-you-go book. Years ago with our move to Minneapolis, I had to downsize my longarm and table because I knew with that move and in the coming years that I would not have a room big enough for the larger machine on a 12 foot table. For the most part it has worked out very well for me with one exception – I’ve been wanting to make a couple new king size quilts and the table isn’t big enough for me to make as large a quilt as I’d like.

I’ve been toying with the idea of quilting the center of the quilt first and then quilting a border and joining the two using a quilt as-you-go method so I was thrilled to read through Judy Gauthier’s Quilt As-You-Go for Scrap Lover’s Book from C&T Publishing.

This book was even more interesting to me because it’s a scrap quilting book and you know scrap quilts are my favorites. And for those of you who love scrap quilts that are more color coordinated verses the kitchen sink type with everything thrown in, the book offers information on using color theory to create scrap quilts that you’ll love.

Judy offers step by step instructions for several quilt as-you-go methods for me to test out before tackling a king size quilt and from a scrap quilt perspective, I’m anxious to experiment with her Treasure Box Block. Isn’t this a fun scrap quilt?!

Judy also provides some quilting tips … so with instruction on quilt as-you-go methods, color theory, quilting tips, and patterns for incorporating all of the above, the book is jammed packed with great information.

If you’d like to win a digital copy of Judy’s book, please leave a comment and I’ll draw a winner using a random number generator.


  1. This would be perfect for me as I live in a small Victorian terrace house overflowing with hordes scraps!!

  2. Great combination, scraps and quilt as you go. I too love scrap quilts, more controlled colour palate than kitchen sink.

  3. The older I get, the more difficult it gets for me to quilt larger quilts. Quilt as you gowould be the perfect answer.

  4. Sounds like a wonderful book! I’ve always wanted to try the QAYG method and my favorite type quilt to make is a scrap quilt!

  5. This sounds like a terrific idea! I just happen to have a bunch of recently made 4 patches with no destination- so this would be perfect.

  6. Wow, giving up your machine, not nice to hear. I have a king size quilt as well .. sewing is not the problem… I do now handquilting because of no chance of sewing it by machine. The book sounds like a big help and may be I could win?!? Digital is perfect!
    Thanks for sharing!

  7. Not nice to move and downsize. This book sounds great. Love to win. My first comment looks like not working. Thanks for sharing. I have to handquilt my kong size in the moment because to big for domestic machine. Give it out of the house no option for me. So love to win may be!

  8. I love scraps and have so many. Scraps brighten a long grey Michigan winter. Looking for inspiration.

  9. Lovely quilt and what an intriguing idea of quilting the center and then doing the quilt as you go border. I look forward to seeing your progress!

  10. Looks like a really useful book for both beginners and more experienced quilters. Thanks for reviewing it for us.

  11. This would be such a good project for our sewing guild to help with the quilts we make for the cancer center.

  12. I tried one Quilt As You Go quilt several years ago. I also love scrap quilts. This would be valuable asset for working on projects.

  13. My Mom used to make QAYG quilts exclusively when she aged. She said she found it easier to do since she didn’t have to lay out the whole thing. I never could wrap my head around it, maybe this is my chance to try it. Thanks for giving us a chance to win.

  14. Quilting a large quilt on a domestic machine is very challenging. I would love to learn Judy’s technique for a way to make this easier.

  15. I’ve become very interested in the idea of quilt-as-you-go lately, as my quilting options get more complicated. I did one decades ago, and could use some updates!

  16. Looks like a great book! I have a lot of scraps that I need to use up and I love the idea of quilt as you go!!

  17. I have a lot of scraps that I need to us up and quilt as you go would be a great way to use them and have a finished quilt when you are done!!

  18. I have a lot of scraps and this looks like a great book for me to use them up and wouldn’t it be great to have a finished quilt in the process!!

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