The Free Motion Quilting Project: Quilt As You Go - Connecting Sunshine Blocks

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Quilt As You Go - Connecting Sunshine Blocks

This month we've pieced and quilted our 9th block for the Machine Quilting Block Party which means three rows of the Sunshine Surprise quilt can be connected together Quilt-As-You-Go style! I love seeing the blocks come together and how beautiful this quilt is looking now:

Beautiful Sunshine Surprise Sampler Quilt where you learn how to piece and quilt the blocks step by step.

The binding cutting sizes and specific instructions on this Quilt As You Go connection method can be found in the Block #9 Quilt Pattern. Click Here to find the pattern at

Now let's learn how to connect these blocks together in this new video:

Learn how to Quilt As You Go and bind quilted blocks together with help from Leah Day
The trickiest part of this connection method is folding over the folded binding and stitching it to secure. If your 1/4 inch seam allowance tends to be a bit big, you may find that the folded binding doesn't fold all the way over to fully encase the seam allowances.

The easy fix here is to trim a bit of the seam allowances in the channel created by the back binding. Trim a little bit away, smooth out the blocks and fold over the folded front binding and check the fit. You want it to fold over to feel flat and smooth with the edges of the quilt blocks nesting together.

The wonderful thing about this binding connection method is you can finish it 100% by machine which makes it very fast to complete. I trimmed and connected all nine of my blocks in about two hours!

With nine blocks connected together, it really feels like the Sunshine Surprise quilt is nearly complete. We only have three more blocks to go and it will be much easier and faster to trim and bind them to the connected blocks and our quilt will be finished in time for Christmas.

I hope you've enjoyed this project as much as I have and I can wait to see your connected blocks! Please share your photos to the Block Party Facebook Group so we can see your progress.

Let's go quilt,

Leah Day


  1. thanks nice suggestion and great instructions

  2. Большое спасибо! Очень хорошее объяснение! Вы большая умница!


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