Whenever I find a gorgeous panel of fabric, part of me doesn’t want to use it for blocks. The design is just to precious to be destroyed, but I still want to make something out of it.
As per usual, Laura Ann Coia from SewVeryEasy has come up with a simple and stunning solution: take the panel and turn it into whatever sized strips you’d like, then place solid strips in between!
She also offsets the design by creating a tubed border with the solid fabric. Then, she takes the tubes and cuts the solid fabric in different areas. Genius!
Here’s what you need to get this done:
- Panel of fabric (any size works for this, depending on what size quilt you want)
- 2.5″ strips of background fabric for in between
- Background fabric 12″ long x whatever the width of the panel is
Start by adding your background fabric to the ends of your panel, even before you cut. Sew them together so they come together in a tube.
Then, it’s time for cutting.
You can make your strips in your panel as wide as you’d like. Laura makes hers in 4.5″ strips, but mine were a lot larger as to save the design of the panel more.
Check out Laura’s tutorial below and have this quilt done by the end of the day!