Quick & Easy Quilt | No Piecing Required

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How would you like the ability to avoid piecing and whip up a quilt in no time? It’s possible with quick and easy quilt panels ~ as in, no piecing required. They are ideal for a last-minute gift or a one-hour quilt.

Like the one I did below.

Whip up a quilt in no time with this quick and easy quilt panel. Ideal for last-minute gifts or a one-hour quilt. Start and finish a quilt in just a few hours.

Let me explain.

If you’re like me, time is at a premium. You want to make quilts to give as gifts, but quilt planning-cutting-piecing all take time.

I know there are quilters who really frown at anyone who uses pre-printed panels. The way I see, if you’ve sandwiched the panel with batting and a quilt back, done the actual quilting, and bound the quilt ~ in my opinion ~ you’ve made a quilt. The person receiving the quilt won’t care that you didn’t piece the quilt top. I promise. Think of it like making a wedding cake using a cake mix.

My Quilt Panel Story

I wanted to make my Dad a quilt. He lives in assisted living and a quilt would really warm up his space. I have two ways I can do this. I can spend all of my free time not visiting my Dad but working on a quilt for him OR I can buy a ready-to-quilt panel, whip up a quilt, and spend a weekend visiting my Dad. See, how that works. Everyone wins.

For my Dad, I purchased a pre-printed panel. My Dad’s favorite color is blue and I thought it wouldn’t be difficult to quilt the triangular shapes.

printed panel image

One way I simplified the process was using this easy technique for pin-basting a quilt. The entire process took me about half an hour and I was ready to start quilting.

Doing the Actual Quilting

For my Dad’s quilt I opted to use rulers for the actual quilting. I know many of you are overwhelmed by the idea of machine quilting. Rulers insure you get straight lines on a quilt.

Before starting a project, do a little practice quilting with rulers on a domestic machine. You’ll be amazed at how easy it is when you stick with simple lines. This is the route I took on this quilt and, I’m pleased to say that it was a great experience.

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Keep in mind, you will need a special ruler foot that fits your machine and is specifically designed for ruler work. These are best purchased through a dealer that carries your sewing machine brand. The only other tool necessary for machine quilting with a straight edge is an acrylic straight-edge 1/4″ ruler that fits comfortably in your hand.

Note: Do not attempt to machine quilt with one of your regular quilting rulers and a universal foot. The ruler can slip under the foot and damage your machine. It’s better to purchase the correct ruler and foot when planning to do any ruler work.

Before I attempted my quilting I watched the entire Craftsy class How to Use Quilting Rulers for Beautiful Motifs by Amy Johnson.

quilting with rulers image

My Quilting Results

Using my ruler foot and ruler, I worked on my quilt in rows. First, I quilted a straight line beneath all of the triangles. I was able to remove many of my pins and felt like my quilt and backing were pretty secure. Next, I went row by row and quilted the triangles. Finally, I went back and did the red tree trunks. That’s it.

I did the entire quilt in 30 minute blocks of time so I wouldn’t get too tired or make a mistake. Now, here’s the best part. The pre-printed panel is already square which makes squaring the quilt a snap.

Leaving a 1/4″ margin around the quilt, I trimmed off the edges and bound the quilt. And, I was done.

Pro Tip: Need help binding a quilt. See my tutorial How to Machine Bind a Quilt.

All-in-all, it was a very enjoyable way to make a quilt. I didn’t get stressed out and I love the way it turned out.

finished quilt

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