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5 Tips Making More Quilts, Faster!

Do you love quilting beautiful patterns but don’t have the time to spend months and months on one project? Do you have so many quilts on your list that you feel like you’ll never be able to make them all? Try making some quick quilting projects that you can finish in a relatively short period of time!

Here are 5 ways to speed up the quilt-making process

1. Use precut fabrics

When much of the cutting has already been done for you, you can get right to the fun part — sewing!

Along the same lines, it’s fun to work from quilt kits where all of the fabrics have been chosen for you and are beautifully coordinated, allowing you to jump straight into the project without having to spend a lot of time and effort choosing quilting fabric. Some kits have the pieces precut ahead of time, while others include easy directions on how to cut fabrics that are included in the kit.

2. Let the fabric do the work

Choose quilt design than incorporate large pieces where you can show off a favorite fabric or collection of prints as the focal point of the quilt. It’s fun to piece large blocks that show off the fabrics to their best advantage. Not only will you get to admire your pretty pieces, there will be fewer blocks to sew!

3. Chain piece

Chain Piecing Half Square Triangles

Photo via Christa Watson

Some quilters like to start and end every session of chain-stitching with another project cut from scraps that otherwise might have been thrown away. If you trim up your leftovers into useable squares and strips before you put them away, you’ll accumulate enough scraps for a free quilt in no time. It’s like you are making two quilts at one time for twice the fun.

4. Machine quilt your quilts

Not only is machine quilting much quicker to do that traditional hand quilting, it’s a great way to add depth and dimension to your quilt. You can incorporate large-scale designs to get a quilt done in a hurry. Apply some creative walking foot quilting to add graphic texture to your quilts with straight or gently curving lines.

5. Use a die cutting machine

One of my favorite ways to whip up a quick quilt is with the help of a die cutter. You can cut tricky shpes — from circle to hearts to animals — in nearly no time with the help of a die cutter. Plus, you know that all the shapes will be perfect and consistent. With the growing popularity of die cutters and perfectly formed shapes to cut, you can finish more quilts quickly and move on to the next project.

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8 Comments

Susan Hatt Paxton

Great tips….I have learned so much from the Craftsy classes and the blog on Craftsy…Thank you so much!

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jacquey Denison

I love your quick and easy tips.

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Linda L. Gleason

Great tips !! Precuts offer beautifully coordinated fabrics that make masterpieces so much easier.

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Linda Holt- Hanlon

It is so nice to get messages from Craftsy…..it is so much fun and easy to learn as you watch the teachers online and can review if you miss something they said or showed. Love Craftsy!

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Judy Jones

Excellent tips!

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Donna Harris

I love everything about Craftsy, especially the beyond-compare customer service!

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Raymond Cooper

My wife and I think it would be a lot of fun to start a quilting project together. I like how you pointed out that getting pre-cut fabric might be a good option for us to pursue. We’ll definitely look into this to make our first quilting experience a good one.

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Clairequilty

Thanks for your ever helpful hints and patterns.

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