I got this panel in 2020 right when lockdown began. The sentiment on it appealed to me at the time, and I did a phone order with my local quilt shop, Beginnings, and picked it up with curbside service. I wanted to do my small part to help keep them in business, so it worked nicely. This was the first of few additions to the stash that year. I pulled it out recently to finish, so I could add it to an article I was writing for MadamSew’s blog on using panels.
Originally, I got the panel to make placemats. The size of the motifs looked just right for a square center, and then I could add side panels with flying geese or a floral fabric. Great idea, right? And there it sat for two years.
When I pulled it out again, the idea of placemats didn’t appeal anymore. So, a wall hanging it would be. I began by squaring it up, straightening the sides.
Then I added two borders, one in gold to set off the center, and a second one in grey with words from the same fabric line.
Next, I loaded it on the longarm for quick quilting.
The backing is a remnant of a wide back also grey, so I decided on grey thread. The top thread is a medium grey Glide, with grey Bottom Line in the bobbin.
The pantograph is a nicely dense one with a bit of a heart motif called Je t’aime from Urban Elementz. I thought it went well with the sentiments on the panel. This pantograph is wide and has two passes printed, so I can quilt two rows without advancing the quilt. This made quilting go really fast.
The batting is Warm and White, the remnant from another project. It is great when a leftover piece is just the right size, isn’t it?
I like the way it turned out. The quilting adds texture to the background and disappears on the motifs.
The backing remnant was a great color match, showing the quilting nicely.
With the leftovers of the backing, I made binding and put it on by machine.
All finished. The lighter grey binding picks up the background in the panel. Here’s a closer view of the bottom.
The top has the Cultivate Kindness wording. I like the trucks full of flowers.
I’ll add a small sleeve to the back for hanging, and it will be for sale in the booth our longarm group is doing at the quilt show in May. To read my full article on using panels in quilting on MadamSew’s blog, click HERE. And check out their new arrivals and sale deals.
Whoopee, I’m counting four yards out for Stashbusters. Our next check in will be May 6th.
So, what is the Stashbuster Challenge 2022 you might ask? Well, it couldn’t be easier. Once a month, on the first Friday of the month, I’ll publish a post for us to log our fabric in and fabric out. You’ll do this in the comments. The goal at the end of the year will be to have more fabric out than fabric in. You don’t have to register, and you don’t have to take inventory of what you have now. Just keep track of how much fabric you buy or are gifted each month, and how much you use or give away. The totals will be monthly, and also cumulative, so at the end of the year you will know if you had more come in or more go out. At the end of the year, I’ll send a non-fabric prize to a random participant, the more months you participate, the more entries you get.
Do you like to sew with panels?
There is space available in my next Well Loved Quilt Repair class now scheduled for May 10, 2022. Class time will be 4 pm Eastern Daylight Time (3 pm Central, 2 pm Mountain, 1 pm Pacific) The class pulls together my tips and tricks, and organizes the program according to the types of repairs needed. Everything from small holes, and dog chewed corners up to major damage is covered, with advice on starting your own repair business. Class time runs about 75-90 minutes, class fee $30 invoiced from Paypal to the email address you provide. Click on this form and fill out if you’d like to register for the class on May 10. If that day/time doesn’t work for you, sign up HERE for the wait list for a class sometime this summer. Thank you!