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How to Add Borders to a Quilt Panel


Hi everybody, it’s Jenny from the MSQC.
One of the questions I get asked a lot is what can I do with panels. How do I use them?
How do I make them work into a quilt and that sort of thing. So today I have three different
ideas, three different quilts. And we’re going to talk about what you can do to turn
your panel into a really cute little project. So let’s look at this quilt behind me. This is a panel with the horses and the barn.
And it’s got this cool cloud. When you’re going to pick colors of the blocks that you’re
going to put around, you want to look at your panel and you want to pick the colors that
are in your panel. I also like to make my block coordinate a little bit with what I’m
doing. So these are horses in a field and the block I chose is an old antique block
called Fence Rail. One of the easiest blocks known to quilting. And this is how you do
it. You going to sew three strips together. You’re going to measure how tall they are
and that’s how wide we’re going to cut them because we want squares. It should ideally,
this is, let’s see how big this is, this is one, two, three, four, five, six, seven,
inches. So we’re going to come over seven inches and we’re going to cut a block. So
here’s our seven inches right here. And I think ideally, on most 2 ½ inch strips,
that’s going to come out to 6 ½ but for some reason mine is pretty full here. So you
want to actually measure it, the size of your strip set because that changes with your,
you know with your seam allowance as well. So what we’re going to do is we’re going
to cut our blocks on this. And then we’re just going to rotate them so they go this
way. So you see how we’ve done that here? Now one of the things you have to watch out
for is normally your panel is a certain size and people often try to fit their blocks to
the panel. I like to fit my panel to my blocks. So I’m going to make this row right here.
And I’m going to see how long it is. And I’m going to trim up my panel so that is
actually fits to this top row. I’m going to do the same thing on the side. So then
I’m not chopping any blocks in half. So I make this row right here and then I’m
going to trim my panel so that it fits the row. And then you can just add rows around
it. And it just works out really good. So let’s take a look at the next one. So look at this one now. This is a great panel
for those nature lovers. It’s got the deer on it and the beautiful colors. And I love
how this sets in here. The colors blend just enough that it just, it just kind of flows
out into these bricks. And all we did was stagger rectangles on here. So we took our
ten inch squares and we just cut them in half to make five by ten inch rectangles. And let
me use this one over here. This will show up better. So I’m just going to lay my ruler
right on the edge here, cut it right in half. And then when you put them together, you’re
just going to stagger them like this. So you’ll sew them together in rows. And every other
row is going to start with a half block. So we’re going to start here with a half. And
then this one is going to come in with the whole like this. And then our next block is
going to come over here. And of course they’ll be different colors like they are back here.
So let’s look at this. So every other row starts with a half block. And that gives them
at great stagger. Now let’s talk about the third one. Take a look at this one. Now this one is really
different. This is fun. This is a much more whimsical panel, a lot of fun, a lot of play
in it, a lot of texture in this panel. And we wanted to make it a little bit more whimsical
and so we went with pinwheels. You’ll notice we have two different sizes of pinwheels,
these are the bigger ones down here, the smaller ones up here. And we put this little border
in so that the panel would then fit in with the size of the our pinwheels. So you have
to remember to fit your panel to your blocks. So for our big pinwheels we did the easy eight.
And that’s where you’re just going to take two squares and draw your line diagonally
both directions. Sew on either side of that line and then cut this four times. So we’re
going to cut it in half like this. Let me move these over here. And we’re going to
cut it in half like this. Let me move this up here. I want to make to make sure you guys
can see this really good. The easy eight is a fun trick to do. So again your ruler, if
you have a five inch ruler it lays right on the edge of your block. We’re cutting them
in half both directions and then both on the diagonal like this. And one more cut over
here. And this give us eight half square triangles right here. So you’re going to use four
of these to make your bigger pinwheel. For the small, tiny pinwheel, what we did
was we took the same easy eight block. But we cut it in half only vertically and horizontally
like this and this. So we’re just cutting it in half. And then we end up with this block
like this that is already sewn on both sides. So just like the easy eight we drew the big
X sewed on either side.. Now we’re just cutting this in half both ways. So then we’re
going to take these five inch ones. And we are going to draw that line the other direction
and do the easy eight on a tiny one, on this little five inch one. So we’re going to
draw our line right here and sew on either side of this one. And let me show you how
that works. So we’re just going to come to the sewing
machine and we’re going to sew right down this one side right here. And right down the
other way. And now just like we cut for the easy eight we’re going to cut this one on
all four sides. So I’m cutting it in half both ways, both ways in half just the same.
And then we’re cutting it diagonally as well. This is such a cute little trick to
do these little tiny pinwheels. So then you get eight half square triangles and they’re
this size. And that’s what makes these little tiny pinwheels like this. So then you’re
going to put those together. And we matched them and spaced them with an additional block
so they offset a little bit. So it just makes it really cute. So I hope this helps you with your panels.
This has been really fun. We really did three different panels, three different ideas. And
just remember to match your panel to your ideas to your colors. All those have to blend
together. And then in the end when you’re done you come out with some awesome quilts.
So we hope you enjoyed this tutorial on dressing up a panel from the MSQC.

97 comments found

  1. Yayy a How To tutorial! (later)…. Oh my! Do you realize how many little girls I know that would love the last quilt? Unicorns are big right now (I even have a unicorn onesie for myself!). I never knew quite what to do with one of those panels so thanks for giving me great ideas!

  2. Can you do a how to for panels that cant be trimmed down like the sports panels that are a hockey rink or basketball court or soccer field? I know how I did mine but it was a pain in the tuchas but I got them done and I would love to see your ideas what would be a good way to handle those to make ‘em purrrrdy!

  3. I have been savoring a Dick and Jane lunchbox filled with Dick and Jane and Spot fabric squares and panels and this is my answer!

  4. Hi Jenny great tutorial. I wonder is there a way to do a particular size of pinwheel? For example if I wanted the pinwheel to be 2.5" or 3" how do I work that out with the easy 8? Thanks .

  5. This is great because I just bought the Walk By Faith panel off of your website along with some matching Charm packs. Thanks a lot

  6. This is genius!!! Thanks Jenny!!! This is a beautiful, modern take! I have the Lone wolf panel from Northcott and want to make it for my cousin. However, I don't like the look of the examples that I've found using nature panels. They tend to be a bit too traditional. If you use Railfence for horses, gray brick for deer, and a whimsical pinwheel for unicorns, what would you do with a wolf that is modern and different? Thanks for any suggestions from anyone!

  7. I just bought this unicorn panel last week. This gave me a great idea for how to border it. Thanks Jenny! I’ve learned so much from you, and you never disappoint!!! My granddaughter will be soooo happy!!

  8. I just finished a double panel quilt using piano keys in between & on either side. Then made the whole thing longer (top & bottom) using additional boarders. Thank you for the great ideas!!

  9. This tutorial is so helpful! I’ve had a Van Gough panel of tulips that I bought from MSQC ages ago & haven’t used it because I didn’t know what to do with it! Now I know—thank you!

  10. The magic solution….. I have struggled trying to fit quilt blocks to panels!!! Thank you for the light bulb moment Jenny!! Fit the panel to the blocks.

  11. Great tutorial as usual. I just finished sewing a baby panel quilt. Jenny do you square your panels before making the quilt top? Sometimes they seem printed crooked. Thanks!

  12. This is perfect timing, i just got a panel and I had no idea how to frame it, now I have options! I think im going with the whimsical pinwheels. Love it!!! Thank you jenny!

  13. All your tutorials are so wonderful! Can you tell me why you sometimes make HST by sewing a 1/4” around the outside of a block then cut to make 8 HST and sometimes draw a line crosswise then sew a 1/4” outside each line then cut to make the triangles like you did in this video?

  14. Thank you so much for this great idea. I have the second panel and could not figure out how to make a quilt out of it but now I know. 😄 Love all your videos and your great ideas!!! You are such a good teacher.

  15. Great panel ideas…I am so happy you did this video…I have two panels I am going to try to do two different designs you showed today.

  16. Love the ideas the last one is cute for a kid but thought there could be better colors on the first two. To me the borders take away from the panel.

  17. Hello does anyone know how to make the Log Cabin with hidden stars block? I'm not sure if that's the correct name for it. It's a Log Cabin block and when you put 4 together there will be a 8 point star in the middle ( I think 8 points).. I've been looking for directions everywhere and I can't find any. SOMEONE PLEASE HELP

  18. On the panel with the horses, wouldn't it be fun to add a picket fence on the bottom portion of the panel in front of the horses? You could use plain white, or perhaps find a fabric that looks like woodgrain.

  19. This tutorial is fantastic!  I have panels that I want to use as gifts but had no clue what to do around the panels.  I'm very much a "pattern" girl and follow directions well but am not naturally creative.  I can do this though!  Thank you, Jenny!

  20. Very timely for a project I began using Rodeo Up layer cakes and charms I ordered from MSQC. Just happened to create my own center panel with those two sizes and sashing. My questions were answered re matching other blocks to that "panel."

  21. Hi Jenny I Love All Your Anymell Panel Howe can I Get Them From You I Never Find Them on Your Inst Too Order Jean Stephenson

  22. love this! i am a member of a quilt of valor sewing group and the guys love the eagle panels. i always have a hard time figuring out what to do. this has helped so much. as always! thx jenny!

  23. Too fun! Love the panels and the secret tip about matching the panel to the border instead of vice versa. I know I would have done it the other way, but your result is far cuter. It's nice to see you having fun with this stuff! Thanks for sharing!!

  24. Excellent! I have seen some great panels, but, never tried them because I couldn't figure out how to make a quilt out of them. This is great. Wish you had done a square and shown how to make it a rectangle…..oh, wait, maybe you did. Will have to watch again! This is really appreciated! Tks!!!

  25. Thanks for the great insight with how you work with single panels. There are panels which are made of multiple panels within, would love to see a video on how to use these in a quilt.

  26. That is half the quilt top and now I can make one in half the time 😁. Do they make Bob Ross panels? I love his happy trees.

  27. Holy Cow! This will solve the beautiful fabric I just can't bear to cut up. I'll just use it as a panel. There's more lights coming on in the room. Thank you Jenny for getting me started 🤗🤔

  28. Thank you! Panels are lovely but always drive me crazy as I don’t want to simply add sashing….one thing that I get from this tutorial is to keep it simple, I.e. one block for the whole piece instead of different blocks that ma6 make the whole piece too busy. Thanks

  29. Hi Jenny – that's great – now I know what to do with my panels. Thank you for the great tutorial. Your projects are always fun.

  30. Hi Jenny, there must be a way to fast produce half rectangle triangle units from a strip set cut on an angle….where can I find a video on that?

  31. I haven't done panels yet. Got to many quilt patterns yet to finish. Thanks for the great idea though! Keep teaching me!

  32. Hands 2 Help 2018 is starting next month. Now I want a couple of panels to make kid quilts with! Thanks for another great tute Jenny and MSQC. #inspiration

  33. WOW! Great ideas for using panels. I just made one, but wasn’t happy with the results. I bordered it but couldn’t get away from the idea that it needed to be centered. It would have been so much better if it had been offset like some of the panels you showed in your video. Like some of the others, I have a few more panels that I bought then put away and forgot because I couldn’t figure out what to do with them. Now I have some ideas that I will try! Thanks! Another creative tutorial.

  34. Dear Madame, goid morning and Thank you firma yr tutorials. I have two questions. It's necessary to wash all fabrics before the sewing? You send yr items also in Italy? Many Thanks foto te kind answer. Hugs from Italy 👏👏💕👏 💕👏💕

  35. The panels are adorable and the blocks that complete the quilt top are great, but the quilting on each really detracts from the overall effect. It makes them look like a puzzle. I love the idea, but I won't quilt mine so densely.

  36. This could not have come at a better time since I promised my grand-daughter a Unicorn quilt. Question…..did you use white yardage or did the white come in the 10 in pack? Is the border on the side and top of the panel 2 1/2inches? Thank you

  37. Hi Jenni, I Bought a Japanese panel. Could you give me a couple of ideas of what to put around it. Thank you, Polly

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