Finishing Quilts Faster: My Tips


Hi there, and welcome to my stop on the Fabulously Fast Quilts and Quilting Tips Blog Tour!

Fabulously Fast Quilts is a new book by Amy Smart, the incredibly sweet and talented blogger behind Diary of a Quilter. What a great concept for a book, right? I mean, who wouldn’t love to be able to finish more quilts? Fabulously Fast Quilts is filled not only with ingenious methods for quick quilting, like strip piecing and “stack, slice, and shuffle,” but 12 patterns to make use of all those speedy tricks.

There are so many beautiful patterns in this book, but this one, “Modern Buzz Saw,” is probably my favorite.

“Crossing Guard” is another highlight.

To celebrate the release of Fabulously Fast Quilts, Amy has asked each of us bloggers to share our own favorite time-saving tip. For me, working quickly means making the best possible use of my time. When I get in a groove and I’m flying through some chain piecing or free-motion quilting, I really hate to be interrupted by something like a bobbin running out!

So I love pre-winding my bobbins when I start a project. Especially for quilting, when stopping to wind a bobbin especially feels like a disruption, to stop, pull the whole quilt off my machine, and unthread it so I can wind a bobbin.

Having a bunch of pre-wound bobbins sitting there, ready whenever you are, is a great way to keep your momentum going. And that actually leads right into another tip, which is: Try to stick with the same brand, type, and weight of thread at all times if possible. Using different thread in the bobbin from what you’re using on top can cause tension problems, requiring you to stop and mess with the settings on your machine. Keep your thread consistent to save headaches and time.

You can pick up a copy of Amy’s book right here. And keep following along with the Fabulously Fast Quilts blog tour to read more tips from bloggers, all week long!

Monday April 28 
Sachiko Aldous of Tea Rose Home
April Rosenthal of April Rosenthal
Jennifer Mathis of Ellison Lane

Tuesday April 29
Jen Wilding Cardon of Stitch This! Martingale Blog
Amy Ellis of Amy’s Creative Side
Lori Holt of Bee in my Bonnet

Wednesday April 30 
Faith Jones of Fresh Lemons Quilts
Melissa Mortenson of PolkaDot Chair
Amy Gibson of Stitchery Dickory Dock

Thursday May 1 
Me! Lee Heinrich of Freshly Pieced
Lynne Goldsworthy of Lily’s Quilts
Jeni Baker of In Color Order

Friday May 2 
Katie Blakesley of Swim Bike Quilt
Lindsay Conner of Craft Buds
Sherri McConnell of A Quilting Life

14 replies
  1. tpott
    tpott says:

    Thanks so much for the tip. I ran out of bobbin last night on the 3rd border of quilting, how annoying. I had the remove the heavy quilt ect. just like you said, I was not a happy camper. On the happy side I prepped the binding and tonight I'll be hand stitching while watching TV. YAY! This looks like another great book. Toni Anne ;->

  2. Debra
    Debra says:

    I have been doing this lately and it is a GREAT tip! You are right, nothing is more irritating than having to pull everything out of the machine to wind another bobbin in the middle of your project. I have Amy's book ordered and can't wait to get my hands on it.

  3. treadlemusic
    treadlemusic says:

    I couldn't agree more…..especially if that "perfect thread" is the top thread, also, AND the only spool so you have to unthread AND fill a bobbin!!!!!! Ugh!!!!!

  4. says:

    I've learned to fill bobbins before starting, but it took me a while to realize how much frustration I could spare myself so easily! I tend to do everything the slow way. Amy must have written with me in mind.


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