Top 10 Quick Quilting Tips

10 quick quilting tips Whether you’re just getting started or are a quilting expert, it’s always a good idea to be looking for tips and tricks to add to your repertoire. We asked our circle of ambassadors to share their favorite life-saving quilting tips. Here are a few of our favorites!

1. Sew and mark your own squares

QuiltingTip1 Instead of cutting individual bias triangles, cut triangles out of squares. This is much more accurate and efficient. You can get eight half-square triangles from a single square!

2. Use water-soluble glue or pressing sheets instead of pinning

QuiltingTip2 Pinning is time consuming and sometimes unreliable. By using water-soluble glue, you can line up your pieces precisely and quickly. When finished, just wash your quilt and the glue will be gone! You can use pressing sheets to iron fabrics together, which will also wash out afterwards.

3. Apply bias strips to bind your edges

QuiltingTip3 Got a lot of curves in your quilt? Don’t want mitered corners? Cut some bias strips to bind your edges and help your needle grab the fabric. This helps your edges to look cleaner and prevent gathering.

4. Swap out your scissors

QuiltingTip4 Scissors aren’t always the best tool for cutting fabric. Get a rotary cutter to make trimming quilts faster.

5. Strip quilting

QuiltingTip5 If you’re feeling spontaneous, give strip quilting a try! Strip quilting requires no patterns and is a great way to use up some fabric scraps. Quilt as you go by sewing strips onto batting in your order of choice. Additionally, this is a great technique for creating ombre effects or landscapes!

6. Spinning intersections

QuiltingTip6 When sewing four-patch squares, the fabric can easily become bulky instead of laying flat. To remedy this, you can make a spinning intersection. Break the thread in the middle seam of the square and fold up. Press so that the seams are all rotating around the square in the same direction.

7. Use a walking foot for machine quilting

QuiltingTip7 Different quilting techniques call for different sewing machine feet. You can use a quarter inch foot for sewing small seams and piecing together your quilt. However, using a walking foot for your binding and heavier quilting will better feed the fabric through the machine.

8. Fine line chalk markers

QuiltingTip8 There is some debate on what tools are best for marking fabric. If you are worried about quilt markers not washing out, fine line chalk markers are a great option. Especially if you want to do more detailed, finer designs.

9. Squaring up blocks at the earliest point when assembling a quilt

QuiltingTip9 Sounds like a no brainer, huh? But sometimes the easiest tips make the biggest difference. If you square up your blocks immediately, you won’t run into problems later! Ensure that your blocks are the same size by using your quilting ruler at every point of quilt construction.

10. And last but not least…

Do your best! Nobody’s perfect!

Quilting can be tough, but no matter how many seams you need to rip just remember – nobody’s perfect! Happy quilting!

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18 Responses to “Top 10 Quick Quilting Tips”

  1. Clare Martin

    It caught my attention when you introduced strip quilting to us, which is a type of quilting that requires no patterns so this is a great way to use up fabric scraps. I am interested in learning more about quilting after my cousin taught me the basics so I plan to invest in a quilting machine soon. I'll take note of this while I look for a quilting machine for sale at a great price here in Chicago soon.

  2. Caroline maltese

    First quilt, bit off more than I can chew. Cut all my squares for a twin size quilt for my granddaughters high school graduation. Doing machine quilting. How will I ever be able to assemble it with my sewing machine?

  3. Delores Coe

    i like these .

  4. Judy Trammell

    Thank you

  5. Victoria

    Love every tip you post... never to old to learn something new and helpful,



  7. Glen Avant

    The article, “10 Quick Quilting Tips,” is excellent for beginner and experienced quilters. I will be glad to pass it on.

  8. Judith Armstrong

    Thank you for the tips

  9. Olivia Smart

    Thank you for explaining about different machine feet. I've been wondering how to up my quilting game. I hadn't thought to try something like this, but I think it could be fun to see how it works.

  10. Ann E. Fitzgerald

    I don’t understand number six: spinning intersections. Could you reword that or offer more pictures?