I decided to quilt this one block by block. It's my favorite way to quilt. It may not be very efficient, but I actually like the process, and it goes pretty quickly. Many people don't like all the hand work necessary, but I actually enjoy it. For this project I will have six seams on the back to sew down by hand. Each seam will be the width of the quilt.
Here are all 3 pieces, block, backing and batting. For the first block of a row, I just layer the pieces together and quilt. It's like making a pot holder.
When I add the second block, I sew a five layer seam--the top, batting, and backing of the first block plus the second block (on top, right sides together) and the backing for the second block (on the bottom, right side up). (Note, no batting for the second block yet). Here it is lined up and ready to sew.
WARNING: Don't quilt close to the top and bottom of the block. This is where you'll join the rows, and you need to have at least half an inch of space so you can pull the backing out of the way. See below.
(You can quilt close to the SIDES of the block, because you'll be sewing a 5 layer seam and you won't need to pull the backing out of the way.)
Only 5 more rows to go! I like doing this so much, it's hard to stop. I'll add borders when I have more rows together.
Have a lovely quilty day.