In a recent live chat, I shared a fun machine quilting technique, called layered quilting. This technique is a fun way to create amazing quilted fabric that you can then turn into pillows, bags and more.

layered machine quilting techniques

Check out the video chat here:

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Don’t have time to watch the video?

If you don’t have time to watch the video, or prefer to read, here’s a quick break down of how to create layered quilting masterpieces.

Step 1- Choose your Fabrics

The fabrics are what make this technique shine! I like to choose a bold fun print, and then two coordinating prints in different colors. For this teal and gray kit, I started with the Inked Quills print from my Inked fabric collection. Then I paired it with a light gray tonal print and a dark gray and teal dot from the same collection. 

layered machine quilting kit

I used 1/2 yard pieces, but you could go with any size, just make sure that they are all similar.

Step 2 – Make a quilt sandwich and layer the fabrics on top.

Start with backing and batting, then layer all three fabrics on top facing up.

Step 3 – Quilt, Quilt, Quilt

Machine quilt through the layers using the designs of your choice. I opted for large feathers, but anything will work.

layered machine quilting

Step 4: Cut away the layers

Using sharp, pointed scissors, such as the Handi Quilter snips, carefully cut through the layers of fabric to reveal the fabrics underneath. 

That’s all there is to it! However, if you want to take your layered quilting to the next level, here are a few more tips for layered quilting success.

Layered Quilting Tips

Tip 1: Quilt, Cut, Quilt

After cutting away the fabrics, you can add more machine quilting for even more “wow” factor. For instance, in this quilt, I cut away most of the top layer then added even more quilting to next layer of fabric.

layered machine quilting

Tip 2: Add More (or Less) Layers

I tend to use three layers of fabric, but you can add more or less layers depending on your preferences. If you are working on a smaller throated home sewing machine, you might opt for two layers. Or, if you are working on a longarm quilting machine, you might use more…’s totally up to you!

Tip 3: Incorporate Some Piecing

Instead of using solid fabric as one of your layers, try a simply pieced quilt top. As you cut away the fabrics, you will be rewarded with different fabric colors. For this quilt, I pieced a very basic quilt using strips and then placed a layer of dark blue linen on top. 

Layered machine quilting tutorial

Tip 4: Use Layering to Applique Fabrics to Your Quilt

If you want to add even more to your quilt, try using the layering technique to appliqué fabrics to the top. This is especially handy if you love a fabric print but don’t have enough for a quilt!

layered machine quilting with applique

How to Use Your Quilted Fabric

Now that you have your layered fabric, you can turn it into a bright and bold pillow, a bag that makes a statement or a wall hanging that adds wow to your decor!

layered quilting as a pillow

What Do You Think?

So what do you think? Is this a technique that you think you might try? If so, let me know in the comments.