Fabric Panels For Quilting!
There are a wide variety of pre-printed fabric panels available in quilt shops. How many times have you seen a beautifully printed fabric panel for quilting and wondered what to do with it?
Do you have a beautiful scenic panel you want to make into a quilt? Today, I will share an innovative way to utilize landscape fabric panels.
Needlepointers has a page dedicated to panel quilt ideas such as our I Spy Quilt, Baby Safari Quilt, American Pride Quilt and more. To see these and more quilt panel ideas, go to our Panel Quilt Ideas page.
Back to today's quilt project. I love covered bridges; probably because there are so many around where I live. In fact, the county promotes the covered bridges with a self-guided driving tour map.
When I spotted a scenic covered bridge panel at a quilt show I fell in love with it and had to purchase it.
After purchasing the next step was to decide what to make with it. Find out how to make a scenic fabric quilt panel like the covered bridge panel into a unique quilt by watching this video or keep reading this post.
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What are fabric panels?
Here are many different types of quilt panels on the market right now. A fabric panel is an easy and fun way to make a quilt, wall hanging or use in other craft projects.
The panel is a design printed on fabric to be used as a whole piece or cut apart to make quilt blocks, placemats, table runners, hot pads. You'll also find cut and sew fabric panels to sew fun, fast projects like aprons, toys, home decor items, cloth books and more.
A great source for fabric panels is Annie's. And Etsy has a wonderful selection of scenic landscape panels. I love taking a few minutes now and then to look through their selection of beautiful panels.
about the Covered Bridge Quilt
The simplest way to use the covered bridge quilt panel (or any scenic panel) would have been to leave it be or add a few borders to the top, bottom and sides. But this panel cried out for a panel quilt pattern that would show it to its best advantage. Something innovative and different. This is the result.
WHAT YOU NEED to make a scenic fabric panel quilt
- Scenic Fabric Panel
- Shenandoah Pattern by Creative Sewlutions (scroll down to purchase)
- Cotton Complimentary Fabric
- Rotary Cutter, Quilter Ruler and Mat
- As with most sewing projects, a sewing machine, pins, thread, iron and ironing board
about the pattern
The pattern Shenandoah, by Creative Sewlutions, was used to make the covered bridge quilt. The picture on the pattern does not do it justice. With a scenic fabric panel print, it makes an exquisite, unique and beautiful quilt. Or use big contemporary prints to make a quick, easy quilt to showcase the fabric.
Depending on the fabric panel size, the pattern can be used to make a wall hanging, a quilted throw, crib or bed quilt.
Want to purchase the pattern? Scroll to the end of the article to find a link to the pattern.
To make a lovely quilt with the Shenandoah pattern (similar to this), the fabric panel is cut apart and sewn back together with fabric strips. The sashing between the cut strips works well to mimic a window for an outdoor scene.
Important Tip: An important tip when using the Shenandoah panel quilt pattern, please please please completely read the directions carefully before starting to cut the panel apart. Accurate layout and cutting are so very important.
What can you do with the completed Shenandoah pattern panel quilt?
- Wall hanging
- Throw quilt
- Bed quilt
- Table cover
How will I finish my covered bridge panel quilt?
Are you wondering what I plan to do with this covered bridge quilt? It’s not finished yet.
In my bathroom, the shower curtain is a quilt that I made many years ago after finishing a block-of-the-month challenge. This covered bridge quilt would be perfect for a fun replacement for the bathroom.
However, it’s not wide or long enough for a shower curtain, measuring only about 42” x 50”, so I purchased this complimentary fabric to add some additional borders and a backing.
I will do a tutorial on how I made a shower curtain using a quilt later. So, sign up for our newsletter, that way you will be notified when we release the tutorial.
I hope you enjoyed learning about this covered bridge quilt and the Shenandoah pattern.
A fabric panel can be kind of tricky or intimidating. But, we at Needlepointers.com totally use and love a good fabric panel.
Do you use quilt panels? How do you use them? Let us know by leaving a comment at the YouTube video or contacting us online.
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panel quilt ideas that you may like
Simple and Easy Baby Quilt Pattern
Pieced Border Panel Quilt with Free Pattern