Finish that Christmas quilt!: 7 resources to help you get it done

From-Seasons-GreetingsFear you might be facing another Christmas celebrating UFOs and WIPs? Have you quilted by check so many times that you’re no longer sure how to quilt a quilt top yourself? We’re here to help!

Below you’ll find ways to help you complete those quilted gifts so you can lovingly place them under the tree before December 25 arrives. Whether you want to free-motion quilt, use specific motifs, or try an out-of-the-box way to quilt your quilts, you’ll find the inspiration to get started (and finished!) below.

Pin ’em, bookmark ’em, however you save ’em, but keep your favorite posts below handy so you can refer to them whenever you’re in a quilting time crunch.

Together on Christmas Eve, let’s plan to nestle all snug in our beds, while visions of finished quilts dance in our heads!


Pin-ItWant to try some out-of-the-box quilting ideas? In one of our most popular posts you’ll find 6 unique ways to finish that quiltQUICK!
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Pin-ItNew to free-motion quilting? It helps to see the technique in action—that way you can get a visual sense of how the hands and the quilt move together. Check out these “action” videos from Sewing with Nancy, with the bestselling author of Free-Motion Quilting for Beginners – and Those Who Think They Can’t at the helm.
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Pin-ItIf you’ve been exclusively quilting by check, you might need a brush-up on finishing basics. Save this quick tutorial on how to make a quilt sandwich.
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Pin-ItMany experienced free-motion quilters swear by it—doodling. Because when it comes to free-motion quilting, it’s all about muscle memory. In a quick video, watch how Machine Quilting with Style author Christa Watson doodles her way to quilting motifs with ease. (Plus, download her fun pieced-backing pattern for free).
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Pin-ItChoices are good! Learn 8 different ways to mark a quilt in preparation for hand or machine quilting from the bestselling book 501 Quilting Motifs.
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Pin-ItWant to use specific quilting motifs instead of free-motion? Try this no-mark method for machine-quilted motifs, also from 501 Quilting Motifs.
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Pin-ItToo-tight or too-loose tension making you…tense? Follow 4 simple steps to test your sewing-machine tension before you begin (skip ripping stitches).

Do you have a tried-and-true method for speeding up the quilting process? Share it with fellow Stitch This! readers in the comments!

6 Comments (leave a comment)

  • Sounds good but your links only take us to their books, not the videos that you mention.

    Andree’, click the photo rather than the book link. It will take you to a previous blog post that contains the videos. I hope this helps! ~Cornelia

    Andrée on November 18, 2015
  • Why try to speed up the quilting process? I quilt by hand, and find it is part of the most relaxing times I have. Learned long ago to not rush my projects.

    —Ginger on November 18, 2015
  • I have a "go to" serpentine stitch that I will use to finish a baby quilt or something similiar in size when I’m in a hurry. Until I gain more confidence, I usually "quilt by check"… long-arm gal is great!

    —Patty on November 18, 2015
  • I rarely quilt on a deadline, so I am not motivated to speed up the process. Whether I am doing free-motion quilting or using built-in stitches on my machine I find the quilting phase to be quite enjoyable, almost meditative, and one of the best times to be creative in the entire project. I choose the quilting designs and threads based on what is appropriate for the "story" of the quilt and its intended purpose, including functional vs. wall-art.

    —Jane on November 19, 2015
  • I enjoy the process, but recently found when I needed to complete a quilt sooner than anticipated I didn’t need to rush the quilting, but saved several hours by attaching the binding by machine, both back and front.

    Paula on November 20, 2015
  • Simple wave through the center of 1 1/2 to 2″ sashing makes the quilting go fast. Too much curing can wear me out and is hard to keep the same through out.

    —Linda Christianson on November 23, 2015

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