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Making a quilted banner for your sewing space

by Sarah Vanderburgh

I’m finally doing it! I have wanted to make myself a banner for my sewing space – forever. In yesterday’s post, I talked about the free motion quilting features on PFAFF quilt expression 720 and how they increased my confidence to try out this skill. I combined my desire to create with my determination to learn something new and am really happy with the results. Maybe you need a quilted banner too?!

Quilted sewing room banner

Did you guess it would be in rainbow colors? Of course yours doesn’t have to spell what mine does; in fact there are several trendy 7 letter words out there right now including, INSPIRE and IMAGINE. You could also make a banner in different colors or with more sections – I’m tempted to make one that spells PUMPKINS, but am resisting. Regardless, follow along and see how I mastered my fear of free motion quilting and made this cute quilted banner in the process.



  • 7 different color fabrics, each measuring 6″ x 11″ long
  • ½ yard of fabric for letters, backing and binding


  • neutral piecing thread
  • matching thread for each color of fabric


Click to download PDF Pattern

Prepare fabrics for quilting

Cut a piece of fusible fleece for each of the 6″ x 11″ fabric pieces and fuse it in place.

Trace the letters onto the fusible webbing of your choice and fuse to the backing fabric. Cut out the letters and set them aside until quilting the fabric pieces is done.

Cutting fusible fleece

For the middle green section on my banner I decided to use pieced green selvage fabric which is something I enjoy doing. See my tutorial on how to make selvage fabric. I didn’t quilt this section but I did add some decorative stitches built into the quilt expression 720. I used the sewing machine stitch (stitch 6.3.1) and a heart stitch (stitch 6.1.5) in green thread.

Decorative stitches on selvage section of banner

All that’s left is to make sure the quilt expression 720 is ready to quilt. Insert a quilting needle, make sure the bobbin case is clean, and wind some bobbins to match each color of thread you’ll be using.

Bobbins and presser foot tray

All is ready to start free motion quilting using the PFAFF quilt expression 720. Come back tomorrow to start quilting with me!

This is part 2 of 5 in this series.
Go back to part 1: Free motion quilting with the PFAFF quilt expression 720

Go to part 3: Free motion the easy way with the PFAFF quilt expression 720

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