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Quilt As You Go – Wavy Lines and Grids

QAYG wavy stripes and grids - a video tutorial from Shiny Happy World

In these Quilt As You Go videos I showed the lines I was stitching on paper. I did this so you could get a bird’s-eye overview of the whole block, and also so you could see how to quilt around the applique, in case you choose to do things in that order. (I like to do my quilting first, then applique over it – but you can do it either way.)

But I’ve had several people ask for a video showing exactly how I sew these patterns at the machine. They want to know. . .

  • What kind of needle are you using?
  • How are you basting the block? Pins? Spray baste?
  • Are you using special thread?
  • What stitch length are you using?
  • What are you using to mark the lines?

So here’s a video with all those answers! This one shows how I do Quilt As You Go with wavy lines – all the wavy stripes and grids that I love so much.

You can see the video about straight stripes and grids here.

In the video I promised to show a gallery of quilt as you go designs – a menu of sorts that you can refer to when you’re looking for ideas. Here that is. If you click on any image you can see it a little bigger.

I almost always quilt my blocks before I applique. Some of these blocks are shown after the applique is added, but I did the quilting first. You can do it in any order you like, but if you quilt after you applique you have to go around the shapes.

Ready? Jump in and have fun! Quilt as you go makes your quilting super fun and easy.

If you’re not excited about quilting without any markings, take a look at these fabric squares printed with my favorite quilt designs. They may be just what you want!

Here are links to all the posts about cutting your blocks.

Here are links to all the posts about quilting your blocks.

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Move on to the lessons about how to applique.


  1. Brenda SAYS...

    Thank you so much for helping me to get into quilting my quilts with easy wavy lines. I love the way it looks!

  2. is there tutorial of putting quilted blocks together. i love the quilt as you go idea. could you show a finished quilt?
    Thanks Cheryl

    • I show how to assemble the finished blocks in this video.

      I’ve had people ask some pretty specific questions about cropping and assembling the blocks and quilting the final step with the backing added, so there will be new videos coming over the next few weeks as I get to those steps on the Puppies quilt remake that I’m finishing right now.


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