15 Innovative Ways: How to Use Fabric Panels (2023)

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15 Innovative Ways How to Use Fabric Panels

Fabric panels range from approximately 24” to 36” wide and 42” high and we have nearly 50 panels for you to choose from here at CCQ! Many of the fabric panels at Colorado Creations Quilting are digitally printed fabric-giving you the most realistic, color saturated images available in the fabric world today. Since CCQ offers so many fabric panels, we thought you’d like some ideas on how to use them in your quilt and craft projects.

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Here’s 15 ideas to get your started

  1. Use the panel as the center medallion of a quilt by adding numerous borders as I have done here in my quilt “Birds of a Feather”.

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  2. Use a fabric panel for the quilt center and add creative borders with easy blocks on one or two sides to keep it simple. Take a look at these quilts made with Hoffman Fabrics' digitally print fabric panels from the Call of the Wild collection.

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    You can find these fabric panels right here at CCQ. As an added bonus, you can find a free download on the Hoffman California Fabrics site to make any of the quilts above.

  3. Colorado Creations Quilting patterns “Genna & Gerry” also uses fabric panels from Quilting Treasures Fabrics with easy border ideas.

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    The best part of this quilt pattern is that you can exchange any fabric panel that is approximately 24” x 42” and coordinating fabrics and use it with this pattern to create a quilt of your own. If you do take this challenge to swap out panels/fabrics to make it your own, I’d love to see what you come up with. So send us a photo.

  4. Use a fabric panel for the quilt center and add an inspired border surrounding the panel that incorporates a theme/idea displayed on the panel.

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    “Mountain View” has done a wonderful execution of this by putting the delectable mountains design in the border on this mountain scene panel. We have a picturesque Hoffman Fabric digitally printed fabric panel “Mountain Majesties” that would work really well with this pattern. Mountain View, a Pine Rose Design by Eileen Hoheisel is available at pvquilt@gmail.com

  5. Nearly any nature panel will work well with the attic window technique. Here are two: Timeless Treasure’s “Gulf Breeze”

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    by Nan Baker (click here to get the free download courtesy of Timeless Treasures Fabrics). You can also find more of her work atPurrfect Spots. Michael Miller Fabrics’ “Rose Arbor” (get the free download here)

    (Video) How to Add Borders to a Quilt Panel

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    You can find this very same panel here at CCQ in our fabric panels.

  6. Creating atriptych usually works with anypanel. My “Dreamscape” quilt is a prime exampleand the pattern will be available in the near future.

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    Notice how I added a few applique flowers to enhance the design?

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    Check out my upcoming tutorial on “Creative Ways on How To Use Fussy Cutting to Enhance Quilts".

  7. Use fabric panels in an imaginative way such as replacing one of the pieces in Ricky Tims’ “Convergence” pattern with a panel as shown here.

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    We have this panel "Snowy Woods" in our Fabrics collections at CCQ. Notice how adding one of our laser cut pre-fused applique can spice up the quilt.

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  8. Use panels as a starting point for bed quilts. With a little planning (or my pattern, “Daydream Blossoms”), you can create a bed quilt with a great focal point.

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    Check out my upcoming blog post “What’s in a Name”to see how I came up with Daydream Blossoms.

    (Video) Quick and Easy Quilt Design Using a Fabric Panel and a Jelly Roll - Little to No Cutting

  9. Some panels are printed as large squares/rectangles such as Hoffman’s digitally printed “Breeze Digital Focal Panel” which you can pick uphere.

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    “Drop Shadow Collage” from Quilts with a Twistdemonstrates an imaginative way to cut up and use the panel.

  10. Some panels are printed with small squares/rectangles. Here’s what I devised with a few of these panels.

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    My “Coffee Cat” quilt uses my strata technique (which is also incorporated in my “Savvy Strips” quilt which you can get right here at CCQ in our patterns area. I substituted a small panel square every now and then in the Coffee Cat quilt to mix things up. In my “Around the Block” quilt,

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    I again cut up the little fabric panel squares/rectangles and incorporated each one in the middle of a well-known quilt block and added some half-square triangles and flying geese to make the whole quilt work.

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    But wait! you say. What about those panels that have squares /rectangles that aren’t the same size? Around the Block above dealt with this issue as does Jordan Fabric’s in their pattern Out of this World.

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  11. I combined the Be Jolly panelwith other blockswhenI designed my “Be Jolly” block-of-the-month (BOM).

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    Other Colorado Creations Quilting BOMs will be available on the CCQ site in the near future. The problem with this quilt is that once the fabric was no longer available, I couldn’t sell my BOM. But don’t worry, I’m thinking of ways to revamp the quilt!

  12. Fabric panels are often called “cheater” quilts, since you can easily just layer a panel with batting and backing, do some machine quilting and voila– a quilt! But try to go a little further as I did with my sunflower table runner.
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    It was “just a panel” with an easy border that I added; but I used the trapunto technique for the flowers’ centers and it really added an extra element to the quilt. (I’m afraid that pictures aren’t worth a thousand words here.)

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  13. Cut it up! This quilt used the Park Landscape fabric panelby Michael Miller which wehave in stock in our fabric panels collection.It was cut into various rectangles, sashing was added and an awesome quilt was created.

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    This Majestic Majesty quiltalso uses a panel that is cut into strips and can be assembled in just a matter of hours. You can find several of these quilt kits here.

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    A great feature about this pattern is that nearly any panel will a work.

  14. Ever think of a quilt that isn’t rectangular? Why here’s one using the same Majestic Majesty's digitally printed fabric panel by Hoffman Fabrics again.
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  15. Last but not least consider using the panel for something other than a quilt. You'll find tote bag patterns at Pink Sand Beach Designs.com
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So, there you are, 15 ways to use fabric panels as promised. A few items to consider:

  • The printing process is pretty fluid, especially when you have fabric involved. Fabric panels may come off the bolt skewed or not quite the size required by the pattern. So, if you’re a perfectionist like me, don’t stress too much when you try to “square up” a panel. Just do your best- your project will turn out gorgeous.
  • Most people try to fit the blocks to the panel; but as Jenny at Missouri Star Quilts says "It’s much easier to fit the panel to the blocks" (i.e. trim the panel down to the size of a row of blocks or border).
  • Look at your favorite fabric manufacturer’s websites. You can find many free downloads there!
  • I didn’t even mention above that they are great for practicing your free motion quilting.
  • Finally, remember that just because fabric panels goout of print doesn't mean that a quilt pattern using that panel is obsolete. Many panels are about 2/3 yard (24" x 42") so you can substitute a different fabric panel and fabric to coordinate with it and still use the quilt pattern. At CCQ, we have both fabric panels and quilt patterns that use panels. Check them out here!

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Well that’s my 2 cents worth on fabric panels. If you’d like to chime in on panels or show us your panel creations comment below. I might even put them on the blog. Speaking of blogs and panels, read how Daydream Blossoms came to be in an upcoming blog.

Happy Quilting,

Jackie V

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FAQs

What's a fabric panel? ›

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, such as a picture of a tree, a bouquet of flowers or a licensed character. They are also made to be cut apart to make a doll or quilt blocks.

How do you make a quilt out of fabric panels? ›

Now panels typically come in 24 and 36 inches. And what a panel is is a printed piece of fabric that

How big is a panel of fabric? ›

Fabric panels range from approximately 24" to 36" wide and 42" high.

How do you cut fabric panels? ›

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What are panels in clothing? ›

a piece of cloth that is generally triangular or tapering; used in making garments or umbrellas or sails. synonyms: gore. type of: piece of cloth, piece of material. a separate part consisting of fabric.

How do you sew panels together? ›

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How do you put panels on a dress? ›

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How do you put a border on a fabric panel? ›

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How do you use a quilting panel? ›

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How do you quilt a large panel? ›

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How much fabric do I need for a panel quilt? ›

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How do you fussy cut a panel? ›

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What size is a panel for a quilt? ›

Most quilt panels range in size from 23″ – 26″ wide x 42″ – 44″ long (width of the fabric).

How do you make an attic window quilt with a panel? ›

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How do you cut long fabric? ›

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How do you cut fabric fast? ›

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How do you cut curtain panels? ›

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What is the panel? ›

1 : a usually rectangular section of something (as a door or a wall) 2 : a piece of material (as plywood) made to form part of a surface (as of a wall) 3 : a board into which instruments or controls are set. 4 : a group of people appointed for some service a jury panel.

How many definition does the word panel have? ›

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What is suspended panel? ›

Suspended glass panels are monolithic or laminated frameless windows sustained by a number of holders, typically located in the vicinity of the edges.

How do you join lined curtain panels? ›

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How do you connect two curtain panels? ›

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How do you use multiple curtain panels? ›

Separate the Panels

Hang multiple panels across the rod to create a softening repetition effect, and measure the overall length to ensure each panel can cover a whole window. When it's dark outside and the lights are on in your home, you'll want the option to pull your curtains entirely shut to ensure privacy.

How do you make a shirt with side panels bigger? ›

Cut two panels from your fabric. If you're making the shirt bigger, just cut up the side seam and insert panels as wide as you need. If you're making the shirt smaller, remove equal amounts of fabric from each side of the side seam and then make panels that are smaller than the amount you removed.

How do you sew back lace? ›

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How do you cover a backless top? ›

Another way to cover up a backless dress with style is to wear a pashmina. A pashmina or shawl can decorate a dress and add an extra touch of elegance to it. When worn properly, it can accessorize a dress to add a touch of glamour. Throw it over your shoulders and let it hang loose so that it covers your back.

How do you make a 4 patch border? ›

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How do you sew a border? ›

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How do you make a scrappy border? ›

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How do you make a simple quilt? ›

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How do you make a broken quilt? ›

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How do I quilt fabric? ›

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How do you make a Trapunto quilt? ›

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What is the usual size of a baby quilt? ›

Baby — Baby quilts are typically square in shape and range from 36 inches / 91cm by 36 inches / 91cm, up to 52 inches / 132cm by 52 inches / 132cm.

How do I calculate how much fabric I need? ›

Figure out how much fabric you need with this formula: Width of fabric divided by width of one piece equals the number of pieces that fit into width (rounded down to the whole number). Total number of pieces divided by number of pieces that fit into width equals number of rows you need.

Can you quilt without backing? ›

You can transform any quilt block into quilt-as-you-go by simply quilting the finished block to a matching square of batting. Do not attach backing at this time. Simply quilt to one layer of batting - that's it! An individual quilt block is easy to navigate underneath your standard sewing machine.

What size quilt does 3 yards make? ›

Finished Size: 44 x 58 inches (111.76 x 147.32 cm). This pattern will make a single lap size quilt, if you would like to make a twin or queen/king you can find enlargement instructions in our book Easy Peasy 3-Yard Quilts.

How do you put a border on a fabric panel? ›

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How do you use quilting panels? ›

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How do you sew panels together? ›

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How do you make an attic window quilt with a panel? ›

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How do you quilt a large panel? ›

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How do you make a 4 patch border? ›

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How do you sew a border? ›

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How do you fussy cut a panel? ›

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How much fabric do I need for a panel quilt? ›

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How do you make a simple quilt? ›

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