I also insisted on doing the quilt as you go method AGAIN and I'm still not happy with it, as I'll explain.
I like to do applique because it allows for more fun baby like things on the quilt. Traditional quilting is also nice, but for babies, I like to put things for them to look at.
For a long time, I did fish quilts:
This is such a boy quilt, isn't it??
Because I was doing the quilt as you go method, I didn't have to use the same backing for each square. I thought it would be fun to do rainbow colors on the back.
Now, down to business.
I love the concept of quilt as you go: you can quilt your individual squares without having to wrestle the whole quilt through your machine at once. And I have tried the wrestle your whole quilt at once method and wrestle doesn't even begin to describe the torture that ensues. I don't know how people do it. I practically climbed inside my machine to make it work and it still came out like crap.
My mother had a Handiquilter quilting system for a while, but I never liked the way it worked. I very successfully quilted several large quilts with it, but I swore the entire time that there had to be a better way and I never liked using it. Eventually, I lost the battle and let her sell it.
The alternatives to using the quilt as you go method or trying to quilt your whole quilt on your regular sewing machine are to either tie it or send it to be professionally quilted.
For years, I tied every quilt that I made. It's more homemade looking and certainly simpler than quilting, and it gets the job done. I didn't screw that method up too often. But I like the idea of doing fun quilting patterns, so this is why I started trying to find ways to quilt.
I just can't stomach paying someone a lot of money to quilt a quilt I sewed and will be giving away. I feel like I should be able to do it myself or not have it done. Or maybe I'm too cheap.
Oh of course, there is another way. Hand quilting. The old fashioned way. True quilters would probably tell you that is the only way you can call it a "quilt". These are the same women who sit around reenacting the minutmen and militia, I bet. But I am not about to sit down and go all Betsy Ross and start quilting by the fire each night.
So, back to quilt as you go.
The first time I did it, I had a blast with each square. Then I went to put the squares together and realized there were all these ends to deal with and lots of lumps and bumps. I wasn't sure how to sew it together without making a total mess. So I ended up handsewing a lot of it as you can see by the pins here:
I also realize as I look at it now that I put sashing between each square on the back and front of that one. I quilted it separately from the squares. It allowed for more fun quilting, but really made putting it together a nightmare.