Quilt panels are a fabulous way to practice your quilting skills. For one thing, they are generally pretty inexpensive (less than $8.00). Secondly, they are fun and interesting to work on — and you don’t have to spend time doing all the pesky piecing in order to create a fun project. Finally, non-quilter recipients of quilt panels think that you are a genius quilter.
When I quilt a panel, I try to have a goal in mind of something new to learn (or practice). Sometimes it’s a new free motion pattern. In the case of this quilt, it was a good time to brush up on my longarm ruler skills by outlining each of the triangles and border squares. I was going to add some more quilting, but actually liked it with just the straight stitching. Sometimes it’s good to know when to stop!
I’d love to pass on how to purchase this panel, however I got it on clearance and — for the first time I can recall — there was no information on the selvidges. I put the flag on our front door, to show off both my patriotism and my quilting skills!
Happy Independence Day to my fellow Americans.
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