Friday, April 30, 2021

Friday Finish

Several years ago I was gifted this panel. OK people, don't gift panels to someone unless you know they really want it, enough said.

The panel is called Berry Patch, copyrighted by Jane Maday, Licensed to WP, wilmingtonprints.com. I stumbled on Prairie Moon Quilts panel challenge and decided it was time to make something with this panel. So signed up for the challenge.


I decided to turn the panel into a crib quilt. I went with a simple checkerboard design for background using pink and white fossil fern fabrics. The problem was the panel, it wasn't printed straight on the fabric. I carefully cut 1/4" from the brown edge of each section then added a variety of greens for borders. I trimmed the borders so the panel sections are straight, making the green borders look weird but the panel sections are straight.

As usual, my machine quilting is simple. I quilted using vertical straight lines 1/2" on each side of the seamline. A variety of green fabrics were used for the binding which was machine stitched attached for both sides.

The crib quilt measures 35" by 43" and has been donated to the daycare at my church.

Linking to Prairie Moon Panel Challenge, Put Your Foot DownPeacock Party, Whoop Whoop Party, TGIFF!, Finished Or Not Friday, Off the Wall Friday, Brag About Your Beauties, Let's Make Baby Quilts, UFO Busting, Free Motion MavericksOh Scrap

23 comments:

Katie said...

This is a lovely little quilt for a church daycare! Your work around with the quirky panels did the trick - I like the wonky green borders! And the pink checkerboard makes it all pop :)

Gretchen Weaver said...

I thought the children would like the bright colors and the birds. They won't care that the piecing was kind of wonky. This quilt will be used and washed, it will probably be in shreds in a year and that's ok.

Elizabeth V Kelbaugh said...

Super use of the panel. Lovely!

Vicki in MN said...

A great way to use up a panel and wrap a child in a quilty hug.

grammajudyb said...

A great finish! I agree, you solved the age-old panel problem! It looks super! It will be loved to death!

Alycia~Quiltygirl said...

What a great quilt!!! I really like how you used the panel - and the quilting is perfect!!

Melisa- pinkernpunkinquilting said...

What a sweet cheerful quilt, Gretchen . I know it will be well loved. Happy quilting and have a great weekend.

Design Originals by KC said...

I loooove this little happy quilt! Gretchen your creativity ricks! Nice you found that challenge to inspire you too!!! Kathi

Nancy @ Grace and Peace Quilting said...

Cute version, Gretchen!! I like the checkerboard addition!!!! Isn't that the truth on those panels--printed off grain. You handled it so well that I can't tell on yours.

Maggie said...

Dear Gretchen,

Panels are great for quick baby quilts as they get a lot of washing. It is a happy panel and the quilting looks great on it. Have an amazing week.

Norma Schlager said...

This really is lovely! And someone at your church quilt will love it.

Jenny said...

How clever, so pretty with the pink and white checkerboard in between the panel pieces. I like your nice simple straight line quilting too. The last panel quilt I made I slowly quilted around the pictures using my walking foot, took me absolutely ages. On reflection, straight lines would have been just as good, and a whole lot quicker.

Rebecca Grace said...

Oh my gosh - YES! I used to think that panels and "cheater cloth" would make good quilting practice pieces because everything would be printed perfectly straight and square, unlike pieced tops made by humans, but my experience has also been that they are often printed crooked and off grain. Turning this into a church nursery quilt is the best possible use for it. Great job!

sue s said...

Nice work with the panel! I have made placemats in the past of the the little pieces but never imagined how to put them all together. Thanks for the idea. I do have a panel hanging in my sewing room that I love but it was printed crooked too, and I did my best with it. I don't think others would notice your "fix", and certainly the children won't!

TerryKnott.blogspot.com said...

Great work with the panel! I too have found that working with panels can be challenging because of the printing. What a sweet quilt and the straight line quilting pattern is a great fit to the panel.

LIttle Penguin Quilts said...

I've never worked with panels much either, but I love what you did with this one! It's so bright and sweet - nice finish!

Chantal said...

Wow! You did an amazing job with the crooked panel. I can see by the green borders that it was really crooked too. I haven't worked with a panel yet so this is great information. Thanks. ;^)

Cynthia Brunz Designs said...

Great job turning that panel into a fun little quilt. Thanks for sharing with Oh Scrap!

QuiltGranma said...

I have loved doing fun things with panels, and have been frustrated by how off grain they can be. You really made a fun quilt for the church and the kids. A really nice job! It will definitely be appreciated!

Andree G. Faubert said...

Hi Gretchen, that is a really sweet baby quilt. It doesn't really show that the green borders aren't even - it was a great idea to add them! Thanks for linking up to Free Motion Mavericks. Take care.

For the love of geese said...

That is so pretty. Thank you for linking up to Put your foot down. I prob would have frowned if someone gave me the panel but would be very happy with this finish.

Gretchen Weaver said...

Panels are just hard for me to come up with ideas. This panel has been here a long time and now it's gone!

Kathleen said...

How lovely for the daycare to have this quilt! Thanks for linking up to TGIFF (I'm one a week late on replying..shame on me).