SAILING SHIPS OF OLD QUILT: The ship blocks are cheater blocks and the blue/gray alternate blocks look like waves. The red border around each ship was part of the panel. The border was a solid navy blue.
I like using panels for quilts – they make for a fun project and a way to save time on piecing or applique. Think outside the box and be creative.
My personal problem with fabric panels (maybe yours too) is that I see one, have some brilliant idea of how to use it, and buy it. The panel comes home, gets washed and dried, and is stored on a shelf for a weeks, months, or (gasp) years. By the time I find it again it is hard to remember why I bought it in the first place.
I solve this by keeping them together in one area, and when I want or need a quick project, the panels get pulled out. Then a choice is made, and the project is quickly finished, because of the size and there just is not that much of my sewing time involved.
Sailing Ships of Old Quilt was pieced in November of 1992, and machine quilted and bound in 1996 by BE (for the cost of $45). The quilting design was a sort of wave.
Finished size 70″ x 91″.
Cotton fabrics and polyester batting. The backing was a white flat sheet.
This quilt looked new when it was donated to a local charity in August 2002 for a raffle.
I did these two panel quilts. Hopefully they will inspire and encourage you to try something new with your own fabric panels:
Another example of a fabric panel quilt: https://indianaquilter40.blogspot.com/2019/08/cardinal-christmas-or-another-panel.html