You did an absolutely great job on both of those quilts. I'm so tempted to do one myself (or i suppose 2 since I will soon have 2 children!)
Can anyone post a link to where summer posted about the first quilt, I'm really interested in reading the description of the quilt as you go technique again. I love how you can make two beautiful quilts in one with this technique.
First, congrats on the new baby! And thanks for the nice comments. Here is a post to the first link http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=293109.msg3332167#msg3332167
but I don't think I described the quilt as you go technique b/c I used a book and didn't want to over step those copyrights.
As far as how I quilted, I had my top blocks pieced together (1 foot squares), then made a quilt sandwich with the batting and the backing. I made sure my batting and backing were about 2 inches more than I needed on all sides. I pinned and quilted each block and then trimmed them all to the same size. For both quilts I stitched in the ditch, just different patterns. I was using different backs, so we laid out they way they wanted the backs to look before I joined them together, and labeled them so I would join them in order. What I needed to know was how to join the blocks together, and then I used this book: http://www.amazon.com/Crazy-Shortcut-Quilts-Marguerita-McManus/dp/0896895475
The book describes crazy quilting, which I didn't do, but I did use their technique for joining the blocks together and also binding. I found this book at my local library.
I did the quilt as you go for a couple of reasons. I had never quilted anything before so I was afraid to get it all together and then mess up. And, I have a little $100 machine and I thought it might blow up if I tried to push and pull a whole quilt under it. The foot square blocks were really easy to work with, also the quilt as you go allows for easy double sided quilts because the backing can be different on each block.
I made more mistakes than things I got right, but I learned a lot. I still can't match up my binding very well, but oh well. If you have any questions I would be happy to try and help! I will say, if you are going to do one, just keep cutting and make enough for two...I would have hated to start the cutting all over after finishing one.