Q & A – How Do You Quilt a Pre-Printed Panel?

One of my readers mentioned she’s attempting to make a baby blanket for her niece from a pre-printed panel.  She wants to hand stitch the design.

Do I put the top, batting and back together, then do the hand stitching through all three layers.  Or do I just stitch the top layer, then put it together? 

Then she wonders, if she puts them together to stitch, how does she secure them.

ANSWER: You can quilt it either way…quilting just the top piece of fabric or quilting through all three, depending on the effect you want.

If you hand sticth just the top (the pre-printed panel), you might want to use contrasting thread for decorative effect, then put the three layers together.

However, to give the quilt a quilted, somewhat three-dimensional effect, quilt through all three layers before binding.  You may or may not want to use a contrasting thread.  It’s your choice.

About securing the layers, if you quilt through top, batting, and backing, use a fairly thin batting.  And you have at least two ways to secure the layers.

Some quilters use safety pins (nickel ones that won’t rust) and pin the layers together with as many as needed so there isn’t slippage.

Or you can use basting stitches and sew the layers together with large running stitches which you remove after you’ve done your quilting.

A newletter I just received from Penny Halgren addressed this topic of pin and thread basting.  Penny explains this topic thoroughly on her web site, How To Quilt.

You may want to check out her article at: http://www.how-to-quilt.com/articles/5101-pin-basting-thread-basting.shtml .

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    • Betty Ann Woodard

      Ihave embroidered ove 150 pre quilted baby blanket. I don,t take them apart,
      I wih you could see them, I am enjoying working on them, they are easy for me. I wonder it the lady found her solution?

    • Susan Bergman

      I have a preprinted Baby Quilt which got wet and some of the preprinted items are no longer on the quilt. What is your recommendation on how to complete my quilt?

      Help is needed.

      Thank you.
      Susan Bergman

    • Betty Ann Woodard

      If any of the original prints are left she can trace them where they are missing and maybe complete them , determining ,how complete traced items,{ site unseen}, she would finish according to the other completed patterns, trying to match, if possible. I hope this helps for the missing prints.

    • Betty Ann Woodard

      I would like to know the blanket pattern name, it may help me to have a greater insight, I would love to help as baby blankets are my cup of tea.

    • K. Baker

      I founded this website by accident, I think it’s great. I love to use pre-printed baby panels on my baby quilt gifts. I would like to sell them. I need to know where I can buy more pre-printed panels at a good price. I have purchased some from (www.Inweave.com, and www. preprinted-quilt-tops.com). They both have the same pre-printed panels at a great price, under $5.00. If anyone knows of a great place with good prices and a varied selection (not the license characters) please let me know. I would like to catch up with Ms. Betty Ann Woodard and her 150 pre-printed quilts. Please Help!

    • Sandy

      I bought a pre print baby panel. I want to machine quilt through all 3 layers of material….my question is how do you stitch around all of the designs? Do you have to use a free motion foot? Thanks.