Sometimes a panel is one big image, perfect for the center of a quilt. Just add borders, layer, quilt and bind.
Other times a panel is meant for cutting into smaller squares or rectangles to showcase among the pieced blocks in a quilt.
Sometimes a panel will come with both – a big center image and smaller ones to piece with other fabrics to round out the quilt.
Besides the obvious appeal of having a large printed image to work with, we’ll often choose a fabric panel as a quick way to create a quilt. This is especially true for wall and baby quilts.
But how easy are panels to work with, really?
Panels do present some challenges. A common issue is that sometimes they’re not printed squarely on the fabric. If you’ve ever run across this you know how challenging that can be.
Fortunately, Laura from Sew Very Easy has a great solution for that and other issues that may crop up. Watch the following video for her helpful tips for working with panels.
In another good video Jenny Doan shows how to use blocks to frame a panel and make it into a larger quilt. You’ll find that video here.