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.
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.
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.
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…..it’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.
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!