Advances in fabric printing processes have allowed manufacturers to create larger and more stunning fabric panels. While the panels are very appealing, many quilters shy away from them because of bad experiences.
The issue is that the panels often aren’t square, making it difficult to turn a panel into a quilt without cutting off important parts. While we assumed the panels were printed crooked, it turns out that’s usually not the case.
The real culprit is the folding and finishing of the fabric. That means that the panels can be returned to square by simply relaxing the fibers so they can return to their natural shape.
In the following video, Stephanie from Hoffman Fabrics shows how to deal with skewed panels. Whether a panel is off by a little or lot you can coax it back into square using these ingenious techniques.
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Panels are popular because they’re beautiful and can made made into quilts very quickly. Armed with this information you can easily “fix” any panel that is off and turn it into a lovely quilt.
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