Tag: Panel

The Salty Quilter - Mesozoic Mate

Mesozoic Mates

General Info

Start Date  Dec 14, 2014
Finish Date 31 August, 2015
Status  Quilting
Size  45″ x 65″
Pattern  Kit from Logan’s Patchwork
What it’s for  Gift for friend’s baby daughter due in February 2015.
Batting  2 layers Sew Easy cotton batting

Quilt Top Notes/Techniques

Easy to put together instructions and fabrics. Had plenty of fabric left over from the piano key border to make a strip to go through the backing fabric to get it just the right width.

Made a coordinating Stegosaurus taggie softie from First Day of Mae as gift for big sister.

Quilting Notes/Techniques

Straight line and free motion quilting with YLI invisible thread, Gutterman 50wt cotton and Aurifil.

I remember now why I don’t buy Sew Easy cotton batting – it sheds lots of fuzzies from the edge during quilting.

Progress Pictures

The Salty Quilter - In Defence of Panels - Dino panel quilt top

Stegosaurus taggie softie made for big sister.

Stegosaurus taggie softie made for big sister.

The Salty Quilter - Mesozoic Mates - Basting

The Salty Quilter - Mesozoic Mates - Feather border

Feather border – because dinosaurs had feathers!


The Salty Quilter - In Defence of Panels

In Defence of Printed Panels

Printed panels are a classic feature of quilt shops and fabric stores. Often with cartoons or other themes, they are available for many different kinds of fabric lines. I just can’t resist a gorgeous panel.

With the modern quilting movement, they seem to have fallen out of favour. But I think they are a fun and functional option for beginner and experienced quilters alike. Maybe I can make you reconsider using panels.

For beginner quilters

Like rag quilts, panels are a common entry point for many new quilters. Putting borders on a panel (or not) and some simple quilting to make a cot quilt is quick, easy and a great introduction to the quilting world.
My mom was keen to make a baby quilt for an acquaintance. We found a fantastic (and cheap) Aussie animal themed panel kit and put it together while she was visiting. She had never quilted before, but had a great time and is open to learning more.
Mom's first quilt

My Mom’s first quilt with a panel.

For newbies, Fat Quarter Shop has a handy video for how to cut out a panel.

Quick and easy decor

Panels make great options for making into a quick and easy cushion. You can also staple them onto a canvas from the cheap shop for quick wall decor. Imagine a bedroom set with panels and coordinating fabric.

Christmas (or holiday) quilts

There are heaps of patterns out there for Christmas quilts, but it’s sure a lot of work to only have your quilt out for a month or two each year. The solution? Any of the gorgeous Christmas themed panels. Use them in a quilt, wall hanging or advent calendar.
One of my first attempts at free motion quilting was going crazy with invisible thread over a Victorian Christmas panel. I learned a lot and I still display it every year.
Christmas panel

Christmas panel close up

Close up on my free motion quilting with invisible thread. At this point I had only been machine quilting for a few months.

Baby and kids quilts

How often do you find out about a co-worker or acquaintance who’s expecting and need to put together a quilt quickly? A quilt that will probaby be barfed on, shit on, and stepped on. The solution: use a panel.
I admit, I have a couple of special panels stashed away for when certain friends and family members reproduce.
Kids often cycle through favourite characters and activities quickly. Why go to heaps of effort to make a quilt with a subject that will be passé next year? Use a panel.
Dino quilt top

A quilt top based on a dinosaur panel in progress.

For a challenge

There are lots of creative options for using a panel. Think of how you could cut it up and use it. Incorporate it in with traditional blocks, or modern negative space. Use it in a convergence quilt (Ricky Tims’ Convergence Quilts: Mysterious, Magical, Easy, and Fun). The bigger images are perfect for fussy-cutting, ghost quilting or Broderie Perse appliqué. Missouri Star Quilt Company has some useful ideas for creative ways to use panels with pre-cuts.

In conclusion…

I hope I’ve given you a few reasons to consider using a panel in or for an upcoming project.
Have you used a panel in a project or in a creative way? I’d love to hear about it.
The Salty Quilter - Jack's World - Finished

Jack’s World

General Info

Start Date  Apr 21, 2012
Finish Date  May 1, 2012
Status  Finished
Size  30″ x 50″
Pattern  My own design
What it’s for  Gift for my cousin’s son Jack
Batting  Sew Easy 100% cotton batting.

Quilt Top Notes/Techniques

For Jack to pin his post card collection on to.

Quilting Notes/Techniques

FMQ paisley shell designs and spirals with YLI invisible thread.

Progress Pictures

The Salty Quilter - Jack's World - before binding

The Salty Quilter - Winter Wonderland Panel - Finished

Winter Wonderland Wall Hanging

General Info

Start Date  Nov 12, 2010
Finish Date  Jan 3, 2011
Status  Finished
Size  Approx 30″ x 30″
Pattern  My own design
What it’s for  Gifts for Grandma Lois, and Uncle Terry and Aunt Alyce
Batting  Matilda’s Own 100% cotton batting

Quilt Top Notes/Techniques

Used Winter Wonderland panels and added borders.

Quilting Notes/Techniques

Free motion quilted with monofilament.  Used 50 wt Gutterman cotton thread on first project and 50wt Prescensia cotton thread on second project. Quilted around designs, practiced following lines, echoing, background fillers.  Had issues with skipped stitches on second panel.  Thought it was because of the different thread brand, but now I think it was a machine issue.

Progress Pictures

The Salty Quilter - Winter Wonderland Panel - Close up

The Salty Quilter - Nautical Wallhanging

Nautical Wallhangings

General Info

Start Date  Apr 30, 2010
Finish Date  Jul 11, 2010
Status  Finished
Size  25″ x 30″
Pattern  From Spotlight
What it’s for  Gifts for Mom and grandma
Batting  Cotton

Quilt Notes/Techniques

Lighthouse for Grandma MJ. Made from Safe Harbor range by South Seas Imports.  Pattern called for it to be a double sided quilt as you go banner.  Changed to one sided wall hanging.  Used red, white and blue variegated gutterman cotton thread.  Ditch stitched around borders and straight lines in centre panel.  First time using walking foot for straight line quilting.

Nautical for Mom. Safe Harbour range of fabric plus Moda nautical fabric in red.  Alternate panel from Lighthouse wall hanging.  First machine quilted project after reading Alex Anderson’s machine quilting book.  Ditch stitched around borders and squares in panel in red, white and blue variegated thread.


Progress Pictures

The Salty Quilter - Lighthouse Wallhanging The Salty Quilter - Nautical Wallhanging