To celebrate the birth of my fourth great grandson, Arlo Victor, I decided to make him a quilt using this Riley Blake Kawaii Owls quilt panel that I thought was rather cute. Unfortunately, this panel which was distributed by Riley Blake, has now been discontinued.
Please Note: This isn’t a full on tutorial, it’s just to give you an idea of what you can do with a panel.
The first thing I did was to cut off the label strip that runs along the bottom of the panel. I have used these on a number of kids quilts as I think they are quite cute.
For some reason a lot of quilt panels are skew-whiff and so it is necessary to straighten them before you can do too much with them So this was just a matter of finding a line on the pattern that was straight then placing the ruler along that line and trimming the panel. I trimmed the panel leaving a ¼” all round the outside edge. We will be doing a video tutorial on using panels in the near future.
I decided to leave the panel in one piece. Depending on the panel I will sometimes cut the pictures apart, as I did with Heath’s Construction quilt but I thought this one looked cute just as it was.
I added an orange/yellow border around the panel. And then a larger turquoise blue border with the orange corners.
- For the back I made a checkerboard panel in the turquoise and orange, just to add some design interest.
- I ditch stitched around the inner border and then simply quilted the quilt with a diamond pattern.
- And I finished it off with a binding in the same colour as the blue backing fabric.