Way back in the day, I tried making a quilt-as-you-go (QAYG) quilt. It made the quilting easier, but made everything else more difficult. I also didn't like the ridges that were made when joining the blocks together. At that time, it just wasn't something I wanted to do again.
I have discovered a blog that shows QAYG. The blogger actually makes it look doable--almost painless. I studied her tutorials and decided to try it out on a table runner. I cut Warm and Natural batting to 15 inches square and used the flip-and-sew method to make the block. (She doesn't do the final quilting at this step because of the stop-and-start nature of flip and sew. It just isn't very neat.) Once the block was finished, I added a backing and did the machine quilting. I used her method of joining the blocks with skinny strips, which makes the join almost imperceptible. I found it to be very easy to do.
I'm pleased with the results. I think the one on the left will make a good autumn table runner. Of course, the one on the right is for the Fourth of July.
I quilted this one with vertical lines in navy and random crossing lines in red.
I quilted this one in a grid-type pattern.
This was a really fun and fast project to do. I didn't use a ruler to cut my pieces (but you could); it was very freeing to do. If you would like to check out the QAYG technique, check out The Quilting Edge blog tutorials.