I’m working on a memorial quilt that includes t-shirts, sweatshirts and button-front shirts. I wanted the finished quilt to be a uniform thickness despite the huge difference in the weight/thickness of the fabrics so decided to use a quilt-as-you-go method to cut, piece and quilt it in sections, and then join the sections together to create the whole. That way, I could leave the batting out of the sweatshirt and fleece sections, which makes them about the same thickness as the other fabrics layered over batting.
Here’s the front of the quilt:
As you can see, a thin strip of black fabric separates each section and is how the sections are joined together. And I think it gives a nice frame to each section, as well.
And here’s the back of the quilt:
A strip of the backing fabric covers each join on the back. Within the sections, I stitched the second edge of the fabric strip down by hand but opted to sew it down by machine where the larger sections join.
This is just a glimpse of how using the quilt-as-you-go method works when dealing with fabrics of various weights/thicknesses. Soon I’ll post a how-to with specifics on how you can use this method to make a quilt yourself.