I love to quilt, but it’s a rare event that I actually make a whole quilt complete with binding. Rather, I like making quilted stuff: Things that involve quilting that I can incorporate into an item, like a purse, or a Patchfolio. Small panels are SO much easier to quilt – no sweating or tachycardia involved.
I only JUST discovered that I can save a lot of time by quilting several panels at the same time. I’ve done up to 3 Mini Patchfolio covers at the same time. Less turning around time = less overall quilting time. This works great, especially if you are just quilting with straight lines.
I laid the panels out on the batting, then pinned them in place. Then, I cut the batting slightly larger than the pieces and started quilting. When I was sewing across the length of the panels, I just kept sewing over the batting until I was sewing up onto the other panel.
I use Warm ‘n Natural batting for all my quilting projects. I’m not sure if this method would work if you were using thin polyester batting because it isn’t as dense.
28 thoughts on “Sewing Tip – Saving Time When Quilting Small Pieces”
Oh your so clever !
So clever! I wish I’d thought of this when I was doing a million (ok, four) quilted totes for Christmas presents…
That’s a great idea!
What a great tip! Thanks for sharing it!
That is an awesome idea. What a timesaver!
Thanks for sharing a super idea.
Beautiful fabric combinations you have. They will be lovely finished projects!
This is very clever. Thank you for sharing the idea. I bought the pattern a few months ago and am hoping to actually make a couple this week. I just may use this clever idea you shared.
That is just about the smartest thing ever! Now can you help me get over my fear of actually quilting my first quilt?
Love the quilting/fabrics you are using in the pics!! 😀
Such a time saver too!
Love the idea, thanks for sharing as usual. I must try some quilting of small items too.
now that makes sense…LOL! Think I’ll try that!
Thanks for the tip!
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Thanks for all the inspiration!
Beautiful fabrics love them:)
Excellent idea! I love tips like this that save time and thread and turning, etc.
I am in love with those fabrics.
Fantastic idea and beautiful fabrics to drool over!
I wish I had thought of this at Christmas time 🙂
That is an excellent idea! Thanks so much for sharing.
Thanks so much for the tip, it will be very helpful in the future, i’m sure! Beautiful quilt as well, i like the color pattern.
What a great tip!!
Wow, what a great idea! And your pictures are so lovely and bright.
Oh what a great idea!
This is such a great tip! Too bad I didn’t think of it before all of the quilting sessions I’ve gone through. I’m so excited to quilt something now!
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Marvellous tip – thank you!
Why did I not think of that…so simple and quick.
LOve this site , I would love to be able to quilt, but I will start with one of your easier projects :The Chenille backed Blanket:
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