Quick and Easy Quilting

Pre-quilted fabric can be made into a blanket with some flannel backing and some binding.

Quick and easy quilting projects are perfect for those who don't have a lot of time on their hands or are new to quilting, but want to make colorful and creative blankets, pillows or wall hangings.

How to Pick a Quilting Project

Choosing just one quilting activity may be a difficult decision. There are a few things you need to decide:

  • How much time do you have to complete the item?
  • Where are your strengths and weaknesses in regards to quilting?
  • Are you going to use a machine or quilt by hand?
  • How much you want to spend on your project?

If you are looking for something simple, a king-size quilt is probably out of the question. Take your time and check out some quilting forums, browse through your favorite fabric store or read through a few books for the perfect idea.

Wall Hangings

Colorful quilted wall hangings make wonderful gifts. They can brighten the walls of a new home or even a child's bedroom. You can create one for a specific holiday or home decor theme.

Lap or Baby Blankets

Smaller quilted blankets and lap quilts are simple to make and great gifts to receive.

  • Baby Quilt Plus Lap Quilt is two patterns in one. Change your fabric and the baby blanket becomes a great lap quilt.
  • Pre-quilted Panels can be made to simple baby blankets by adding a binding or trim.
  • Easy Small Quilt uses a useful basic quilt block. Create this baby blanket or lap quilt in just hours.

Pillows

Nothing decorates a bedroom or living room more than colorful throw pillows--also known as "quillows." Most are very basic to do and few supplies are needed.

  • The Easy Quilt Type Pillow uses coordinating fabric strips in both solids and prints.
  • The Quillows Quilt Pillow takes two pre-quilted fabric panels and makes remarkable pillows out of them.

Easy Quilting Kits

Quilting kits are your best for quick and easy quilting project. You don't have to worry buying, measuring or cutting fabric. Everything you need to complete your item is included.

  • Easy Quilt Kits offers many kits including those for wall hangings and blankets.
  • The Stitchin Post has a variety of quilt kits available in many different styles and sizes.

Supplies Needed

You don't need expensive supplies or notions to do these quilting projects quickly and easily. Remember, basic is best. Spend some time in your local fabric store and pick up the following:

  • Fabric scissors
  • Rotary cutter and mat
  • Plastic ruler
  • Measuring tape
  • Cotton batting
  • Simple templates such as squares, triangles and rectangles
  • Thread in various weights and colors
  • Quilting fabric
  • Needles
  • Sewing machine (can make the process go quicker and smoother)

Tips for Quick and Easy Quilting

There are many simple techniques quilters use. Here are just a few:

  • To minimize thread damage to the fabric, cut all four corners off the material before you wash it.
  • Wash and press the fabric before you start.
  • Make sure you follow the fabric's grain when cutting and sewing.
  • When setting a seam, do not use the steam setting on your iron. This will cause the fabric to pucker.
  • When sewing the quilt's binding, use quilt clips to hold it in place.
  • Roll your quilt onto to an empty wrapping paper tube to avoid wrinkling or creases.
  • Cotton or cotton-blend batting is the easiest kind to add to a quilt.
Quick and Easy Quilting