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Making a Block Keeper from June Tailor QAYG pre-printed Batting

Have you ever tried using a Quilt As You Go pre-printed batting panel? June Tailor has a range of pre-printed batting that allows you to quickly and simply create patchwork projects that you quilt as you go along.

They are perfect for those new to patchwork and quilting or those looking for a super quick project that comes together beautifully

The batting comes complete with comprehensive cutting and construction instructions and the batting is pre-printed with placement lines to help you with the construction process.

The packaging also shows you a couple of different fabric layout suggestions to get the creative juices flowing! I am always amazed at the different effects you can get by just playing with fabric placement.

QAYG Cutting Instructions

The ‘kits’ allow you to create a quilt that measures approximately 24″ x 36″. You can however join two packets or sets together to create a quilt that is double the size.

Here are some pictures of some of the QAYG projects that I have made for previous Sewing Quarter shows

For the Sewing Quarter on Thursday 19th July I used one of June Tailor’s Mosaic Magic QAYG ‘kits’ to make a block keeper. Here I’ll quickly run through the steps I took to pull it together. To get the full run down and watch the demonstration make sure you watch the show back on YouTube.

Prepare your Batting

Choose two squares from your batting and trim 1/2″ from the cutting line. Leave the gap between the two blocks intact. You should have a rectangle that measures approximately 13.25″ x 27.75″.

Cut your backing fabric approx 1″ bigger on all sides and apply to the batting. I like to use lots of steam rather than the weight and heat of the iron.

If you look very carefully you can just see the pre-printed bright blue lines on the batting.

Piece Your Design

Follow the cutting plan in the instructions included with the batting. Remember that you will need two sets of each piece in order to create a block keeper.

Starch your fabrics and piece the design as you would do normally.

Take care to stop or start sewing on the line on the outside solid edge that is nearest the space between the two blocks. This will keep the spine looking neat and tidy.

Add a Spine

For the spine I cut a piece of fabric that was 1″ wider than the gap between the two blocks. In this case I cut 3″ wide by the length of the blocks (plus a bit).

On one long edge turn under a 1/4″ hem.

Place the raw edge (that doesn’t have the turned under hem) against one of the placement lines of one of the blocks and stitch in place with a 1/4″ seam allowance.

Press the spine away from the block that you have just sewn it to. The spine should cover the batting between the two blocks and the folded edge should sit directly over the placement line of the adjacent block. Pin in place and top stitch approx 1/8″ from the folded edge.

Top stitch down the opposite edge so that they match visually.

QAYG Block Keeper Spine


Trim Block Keeper along the outer placement lines. You should have a piece that measures 26.5″ wide x 12.5″

Cut 3 WOF strips and join to make the binding.

For the binding you will need just over 2 strips which will mean that when you come to join the binding at the start/finish you will have a join in the binding very close which is a bit bulky.

I would therefore suggest trimming a few inches off the end of the first strip before applying. This will then allow you to apply the binding with less bulk at the start/end point.

I like to attach my binding by machine to the right side of the work, fold the binding the wrong side and then machine stitch in the ditch from the right side. This is not the traditional way, but it works for me!

Binding seen from the wrong side

Add the Pages

I have used 4oz wadding for the pages on this project. Due to the loft of the wadding I decided that three pages were sufficient, although from the packet of wadding that I had there was enough to cut 4 pages.

I cut each page 11″ x 23″

Fold each page in half, ensuring that the edges are even. Carefully steam the fold.

On the inside of the spine of the block keeper with pins or a fabric marking pen, mark placement lines for the inner pages.

Take each page in turn. Open the page up, place on the placement line and stitch in place sewing a reverse stitch at each end.

Block Keeper Inner Pages

So there you go, a great alternative way to use your QAYG pre printed panel.

I hope you have found this useful and are tempted to make one of your own.

You can catch up with the demonstration on YouTube. The demo starts at the four hour mark.

If you would like to buy a QAYG panel check out the Sewing Quarter website


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