I am never buying another panel. There, I said it. I mean it. Really. I always have such a hard time deciding what to do with all the bits and pieces. Do I sash them and fit them into a quilt? Do I add them to other fabric for a tote bag like my Coffee Tote? Well, this panel is the last one I have, and I decided to quilt all the bits and make a lot of little things. I have had this thing for several years. This year I am going to finish it up! It is Autumn themed, so it is now or next year.
I was going to load it as one piece, but I had the two Maple Leaf table runners to do too. It wouldn’t fit as one piece, so I cut apart the individual motifs, and laid them out along the extra wide backing remnant in my stash. What else are you going to do with a piece of fabric 108 inches wide but not that long?
So, I loaded it all up. In total there are two table runners, two wall hangings, four placemats, eight potholders and two hot mats.
I began by stitching down all the edges close to the edge, so I can use a pantograph across several items without lifting up the edges.
This pantograph is 14 inches wide, and I have loaded the items longways on the frame, so I can do 100 inches of panto in one pass. It is a dense leaf pattern called Luscious Leaves. It has a lot of turns and sewing in different directions, so it gives me good practice at moving the longarm. You can see how it works across several items at once. The only problem was the length was more than one bobbin, so I kept running out of bobbin thread on every pass. Annoying, but at least I was expecting it. (Update, now I use Bottom Line and get easily twice as much sewing out of every bobbin.)
Of course, it meant I had to make 17 miles of binding, LOL, but that was OK. It was a way to use up the striped print.
Other than cutting one out for a border on one of the Maple Leaf table runners, I could not figure out what else to do with it. The wall hangings can also be used as table toppers, and the two lovely ladies that work at my office keeping everything running smoothly received them along with a matching potholder.
The rooster placemats will be used on the game table for breakfast and lunch.
The pilgrims look nice with them.
Naturally the potholders will be used in the kitchen. Here was a happy accident, I sewed the binding on the wrong side of one.
Then found the hand work went a lot easier whipping it down on the front.
The eggs and chickens potholders can be used throughout the year.
The best part is this panel is done, and parts have been gifted in time to use for the holiday. The lovely autumn themed placemats and runners are being used this season. Amazing, I actually got them finished this year!