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Stained Glass Quilting

“Amazing FXs”

Want to learn how to start stained glass quilting?

It’s a wonderful way to create special effects and is a style that is growing in popularity.  Especially for wall-hanging quilts.

Creating these works of art is very addictive and we hold no responsibility for this.

We’ll show you how to make your own today using this method the easy way.

Selecting Fabric

The background fabric is almost always going to be black.  Muslin is usually the old standby for many quilters.  Ordinary cotton quilting fabric works very well too.

You could choose a different color for the background, but it won’t create the same wonderful feel that most stained glass quilts demonstrate.

The rest of the fabrics to be used are best if they don’t have intricate designs in their print.

The materials that work best are those that have more of a watercolor or tie dye feel to them.  For example Bali and Batik fabrics work wonderfully.


Find the pattern you want to use.

It’s best to work with a pattern that is specifically made for this motif.

If you can’t find a pattern, make one.  Just make a line drawing on some printer paper with a larger pen or marker.  You can use your drawing the same way as you would for a ready-made pattern.


Have your design laid out.

Place your fusible interfacing on top of your design.  Pin it into place so it won’t slip on you.

Now use an ultra-fine sharpie pen to trace the lines of the design onto the interfacing.  If you created your own design, trace the inner line and the outer line of each line you drew out.

Cut the interfacing between the lines.

Place the interfacing onto the fabrics that you are using for the foreground.

Press it into place with an iron that is set to medium and counting to 5 each time you press.

Ok, you have your interfacing bonded to your fabric.  Now is when you cut the fabric on the lines that you drew.  Doing it this way prevents fraying.  That horrible whiskery look is not what you want to have on your masterpiece.

Once this is done, place your foreground pieces onto your background just like a puzzle.  Make sure to leave an inch of background as a border around the edges for the whole design.

Got all the pieces where you want them?


Press them into place with your iron.  Remember to keep it on medium heat.  A higher heat will scorch the materials.  That’s a big no-no. J

Now you’re done and your quilt top is completed.  Attach a backing and you’re good to go.

If you want the quilt to be more durable and machine washable, stitch everything into place with applique thread.  Otherwise, it’s a perfect wall hanging as it is.


Use ultra-hold iron-on adhesive if not going to wash the final piece and just use it as a wall-hanging.  This is because it won’t need to be stitched into place.  This material isn’t friendly with needles and thread.

Lite heat n’ bond fusible stabilizer for when you are going to stitch it down.  We prefer this so that the quilt will last.  When you stitch everything down, you can wash the quilt and it will be more durable.

Do you have frayed pieces?  Does it look like whiskers?

Trim them with tiny thread scissors this time.  Next time, cut exactly on the lines after you pressed the adhesive onto your foreground fabrics.

Do you have shiny stuff on your background in-between your foreground pieces?

Here’s an easy way to get rid of that crud.

Take a clean piece of paper and place it over the spot.  Use the edge of your iron on the exact spot by rubbing it back and forth over the paper.  Re-adjust the paper and repeat as necessary.  The adhesive will bond with the paper and be removed.

Wrap Up

I hoped that showed you how stained glass quilting can be easy, stress free, and especially fun.   Using this technique becomes very addictive.  Enjoy it!

Until next time.

Happy quilting,

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