Wanna join the quilting fun?
If you're following along with the ABC Stitch Along and want to make a quilt with Alyssa, this page will help you with measurements and ideas to make your own creative ABC quilt! We'll give basic instructions for the layout and Quilt-As-You-Go fabric measurements. We are not offering a quilt pattern at this time. Use these instructions, along with the coloring sheet below, to make this quilt your own unique masterpiece!
What is Quilt As You Go?
We will be putting the ABC Quilt together using the Quilt As You Go (QAYG) method. In this method, blocks are quilted individually, as you go, rather than as a whole blanket at the end. These quilted blocks are then combined by sewing a sashing strip and a binding strip in between each one. We give measurements for these sashing strips below.
This method allows for fun experimentation, and practice, with free motion quilting (FMQ). If you're not comfortable with free motion quilting, no problem! You can still quilt each block individually using straight lines. Do whatever works best for you.
Here are the measurements that Alyssa is using for her ABC Stitch Along Quilt using the quilt-as-you-go method. We have not made this specific quilt in this way before, so we all get to watch it come to life together! This is a great opportunity to mix colors, use up some stash fabrics, and do something fun and unique.
42 1/2" x 48 1/2" - Perfect for a baby quilt!
Cutting the frabic (measurements)
If you're doing the QAYG technique, you can cut all of your pieces in one sitting and have them "on deck" for when you're ready to quilt a block. It's also helpful to have the sashing strips cut ahead of time for when you are ready to sew the blocks together.
30 Blocks (26 ABC blocks and 4 corner blocks): 10" x 10"
30 Back fabric pieces: 10" x 10"
30 Batting pieces: 10" x 10"
**Trim blocks to 8 1/2" x 8 1/2" after quilting the 10" x 10" block, batting piece, and back fabric together.
Sashing and Binding:
24 Sashing strips: 8 1/2" x 1"
5 Sashing strips: 42 1/2" x 1"
24 Binding strips: 8 1/2" x 1"
5 Binding strips: 42 1/2" x 1"
Quilt binding: 200" x 2 1/4"
Who doesn't like a fun coloring page? If you want to test out some colors for your quilt, or maybe get a young child or grandchild involved, click the image below to instantly download the ABC Stitch Along Quilt Coloring Page. Then, grab your favorite coloring tools and start sketching your design. We can't wait to see what you'll come up with!
Want to save this coloring page in your Digital Library on penguinandfish.com? Click here to add the coloring page PDF to your cart, then check out. Once you're finished, the PDF will be added to your Digital Library and you will also receive an email with a link to download the PDF to your computer.
Quilt As You Go Process - ABC Quilt
Want to see the Quilt As You Go process in action? We're putting the quilt together during our Craft Night with Friends Livestream. We'll be working on this process as we have extra time, but you can catch up on the progress anytime with the Livestream YouTube video replays. Click the image below to see the whole playlist.