Fabulously Fast Quilts and Bulk Pressing (my secret, to getting things done!)

Hi there! I have been MIA lately getting things together for Market, and Blogger’s Quilt Festival, but I am excited to be here to celebrate a new book! Amy Smart just released a great new book, Fabulously Fast Quilts, and I am pleased to say that I learned a couple new tips while exploring the book!fabulously-fast-quilts-book

To spread the word about the book, Amy asked that we share (see list below) our own tips, and I’m sharing my favorite way to press. Bulk pressing - AmysCreativeSide.com

Bulk Pressing. I am always trying to eliminate steps, or how many times I touch pieces as I work through the making of a quilt top, and this is exactly that! I often sew as long as I can within a project (or 2!) without pressing, but then I have to step back and press everything.

First I set the closed seam, the open and press to one side.

Bulk pressing - AmysCreativeSide.com

I quickly add another piece to press, again setting the seam then pressing the fabric over the seam allowance.

I work pretty quick, taking just a quick 2-3 seconds to press each piece.

Bulk pressing - AmysCreativeSide.com

And press all the pieces, multiple times as I add more to the stack. It saves space on my ironing board, time spent at the ironing board, and is a great way to sort like fabrics too! If you don’t already press this way, I encourage you to try it next time you are piecing! My new iron is great for this method, it’s not too heavy, but gets nice and hot!

Check out beautiful quilts included in Fabulously Fast Quilts over on Amy’s blog! There’s 12 great patterns included, and lots to learn too!

All of these ladies are sharing their timesaving tips this week too –

Monday April 28
Sachiko Aldous of Tea Rose Home
April Rosenthal of April Rosenthal
Jennifer Mathis of Ellison Lane
Tuesday April 29
Jen Wilding Cardon of Stitch This! Martingale Blog
Amy Ellis of Amy’s Creative Side
Lori Holt of Bee in my Bonnet
Wednesday April 30
Faith Jones of Fresh Lemons Quilts
Melissa Mortenson of PolkaDot Chair
Amy Gibson of Stitchery Dickory Dock
Thursday May 1
Lee Heinrich of Freshly Pieced
Lynne Goldsworthy of Lily’s Quilts
Jeni Baker of In Color Order
Friday May 2
Katie Blakesley of Swim Bike Quilt
Lindsay Conner of Craft Buds
Sherri McConnell of A Quilting Life
By |2019-05-29T10:37:02-07:00April 29th, 2014|books, Tutorial|16 Comments


  1. Sigi G April 29, 2014 at 5:19 am - Reply

    Another great tip – thank you! I was always afraid to ‘layer up’ my ironing, but will try this next time. Yes, Amy’s book sounds wonderful!

  2. Sami Casanova April 29, 2014 at 7:10 am - Reply

    The three fabrics in this post are gorgeous! Can you tell me what they are?

    • Amy April 29, 2014 at 8:52 am - Reply

      Thanks Sami! They are from my new line Modern Neutrals, which debuts next month, and will be in shops this fall.

  3. Kathleen O'Grady April 29, 2014 at 12:26 pm - Reply

    Thanks for the great tip, I will be trying that. I love your little blocks, hope I get to see the finished product. Amy’s book looks like a great one to have.

  4. Sheila April 29, 2014 at 1:50 pm - Reply

    Great tip , pressing is very important for great blocks . Thanks for the chance.

  5. Judi April 29, 2014 at 1:57 pm - Reply

    I also like to press. I try and work in a manner of doing blocks in a production line when possible. I will make a lot of HSTs and press and square those. I place them in baggies labeled with which block and unit they are. It just seems to go faster and I find I get in a groove and my work is better. I also can use my different feet and needle settings for better accuracy and doing things all at once saves me time from switching everything up.

  6. TRACY DVR April 29, 2014 at 3:20 pm - Reply

    Love this tip! keeps me from ironing instead of pressing seams.

  7. Elizabeth Johnson April 29, 2014 at 4:18 pm - Reply

    Great idea! Thank you!

  8. SewCalGal April 29, 2014 at 8:36 pm - Reply

    I too love tricks that help speed up the process and bulk pressing is a great one! I’m still waiting for the automatic iron, like the robo-vacuum! Surely someone smart will invent it one day.


  9. Lori Morton April 29, 2014 at 9:23 pm - Reply

    Lovin’ this Blog Hop! As a newer quilter, these Tips are
    Golden !!! Thanks for sharing your ironing tip with us! :)

  10. Maeve April 30, 2014 at 11:47 am - Reply

    Love the fabrics you used in your demo. The book looks fabulous!

  11. jenni April 30, 2014 at 6:32 pm - Reply

    I am seriously going to try this!

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