Quilting tip: batch piecing

I’m constantly hearing (and saying) that there’s too many projects and not enough time to complete them all. I love efficiency in quilting, so my quilting tip for you today is batch piecing. You probably already do this, but I thought it deserved a mention.

Quilting Tip:  Batch piecing @ The Crafty Quilter.  Julie shows you how this can make your quilts come together so much faster and efficiently!

Batch piecing

We all want to make the most of our time when we’re quilting or sewing. The faster we are, the more projects we can make! As I started a new wall hanging project last weekend, I realized I was prepping and gathering as many pieces of the pattern as possible to take to my sewing machine. Then I laid them out next to my sewing machine and started chain piecing. This is what I call “batch piecing” and it’s so efficient!

Quilting Tip:  Batch piecing @ The Crafty Quilter.  Julie shows you how this can make your quilts come together so much faster and efficiently!

Rather than sewing one block or component at a time, I’m sewing as much as I can from all of the components at one time. Then I press those pieces and re-group for the next batch to be sewn.

Quilting Tip:  Batch piecing @ The Crafty Quilter.  Julie shows you how this can make your quilts come together so much faster and efficiently!
Quilting Tip:  Batch piecing @ The Crafty Quilter.  Julie shows you how this can make your quilts come together so much faster and efficiently!

I get to a point where I’m sewing blocks together, but I do that in an assembly line fashion too. Eventually, I’m sewing larger chunks of the quilt together until I’m left with major seams.

Basket of Blossoms  in the making by Julie Cefalu @ The Crafty Quilter.  Uses her free quilt block pattern too!

This cute basket of blossoms will be part of a larger wall hanging and a pattern some day! You can find my tutorial for the Blossom Quilt Block here which includes a free, downloadable pattern.

Blossom Quilt Block

Two more tips for fast piecing

I have two more tips for fast and efficient piecing.

  1. Use a small, water soluble glue stick such as the Sewline Fabric Glue Pen instead of pins to hold “stitch and flip” corners in place and/or matching seams. This gives you greater accuracy and saves time removing pins later. You’ll notice there are no pins in the photo below (or diagonal seam lines).
Tips for fast and efficient piecing @ The Crafty Quilter.  Use glue instead of pins and use Diagonal Seam Tape instead of drawing diagonal seam lines.
Tips for fast and efficient piecing @ The Crafty Quilter.  Use glue instead of pins and use Diagonal Seam Tape instead of drawing diagonal seam lines.
Use glue instead of pins

  1. Use Diagonal Seam Tape to avoid drawing diagonal seam lines. This saves a lot of time! You can read more about this tape at Cluck, Cluck Sew. Notice the lack of drawn lines in that same photo with no pins.
Tips for fast and efficient piecing @ The Crafty Quilter.  Use glue instead of pins and use Diagonal Seam Tape instead of drawing diagonal seam lines.
Diagonal Seam Tape

Those are just a few things you can do to speed up your process when making quilts or other sewing projects. I hope you’ll give batch piecing a try. I know it’s not a race, but you might as well be efficient and productive at the same time! How about you? Do you have any other time-saving tips to share?

Thanks for visiting and happy quilting!

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

About Julie Cefalu

Hello! I'm Julie and I love to quilt, craft, read, garden, hike and spend time with my family.

10 thoughts on “Quilting tip: batch piecing

  1. I have been batch sewing for years. I am in the process of making two blue/green quilts. Since they have the same colors it is only a matter of cutting one more strip

  2. Great tips, Julie. I’m currently working on a quilt and have some diagonal tape (forgot!). You just reminded me to use it, thanks!

  3. I didn’t have a name for it, but I do batch piecing when I’m sewing fairly complicated blocks with lots of different sections. Saves getting up to go tot iron all the time!

  4. The diagonal seam tape is definitely a game changer! Also, I make sure when I start a new project that I have plenty of bobbins wound with thread to match my project! Always a timesaver to not have to stop and wind bobbins in the middle of a project, especially if you are batch/chain piecing!

  5. Thank you for these timely tips! I’m starting a new quilt with 128 HSTs. Using glue and diagonal tape has been a real time saver.

  6. Great tips, Julie, as always… And I LOVE your color aesthetics…. How is the Babylock? Do you love it?

  7. Love these tips! As a newer quilter I’ll take any advice I can get! And the glue stick sounds like a great thing to get! Thank you as always!

  8. Thank you for your helpful hints. I will try the fabric glue…anything to help me stitch better. I love the flower pattern. I love it.

I love hearing from you! Thanks for leaving a comment.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.