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I have a small Brother machine and a limited space. I now plan all my quilts in thirds or 6ths. When I make my quilt top I do not assemble the whole quilt, instead I keep it in thirds or sixths. I cut the backing one inch larger all the way around, unless it is the final edge. I cut the batting the same...
Here's an article I wrote about my mother's quilting idea. When my dad had cancer and was bed ridden, she recycled old mattress pads into bed pads. This would make a good service project for older girl scouts working on their Gold Award. http://www.examiner.com/children-s-arts-crafts-in-panama...
I have a tip for you. Use assorted size leftover fabric panels to practice machine quilting and then use them for gifts such as pillows, wallhangings & quilts for a quick & easy gift to let someone know your thinking of them. Kathy