Yesterday on QUILTsocial I showed you how to find a specific Northcott fabric using the Product Finder tool on their website. Today we’re going to look at different ways to cut up a quilt panel and we’ll start planning our Artisan Spirit City Scene project.
A quilt panel (almost) too beautiful to cut up!
We’ve all been there. You have a stunning fabric that you just can’t bear to cut, so it ends up finding it’s final resting spot folded up in your stash. But that’s no way to treat a beautiful fabric! It deserves to be used in a project that you’ll love!
The panel that comes with the Artisan Spirit City Scene line of fabric is one of those fabrics that you might just be afraid to cut. It’s BEAUTIFUL! It looks like a modern art oil painting of New York City.
Panels are great to use to make a quick and easy quilt project. You can just add a couple borders and you’re good to go!
But I want to be a bit more creative this week, so I’ve decided to cut up the panel. The only problem is, I was only sent ONE panel, so I’m a little afraid to mess it up!
Checking out the options
One great way to preview how a quilt will look before sewing, is to plan it out in a computerized quilt design program using images of the actual fabrics you want to use. On Monday I showed you how to download fabric images from the Northcott website and it’s these that I’m using today to try out different versions of my cut up panel quilt. Use any program with which you feel comfortable.
Version 1 – windowpanes
For this version I chopped the panel up into equally sized squares – about 10″ x 10″. I also cut up four 10″ squares each of fabric #21879-62 (which has the same coloring as the sky section in the panel) and fabric #21874-64 (which looks much like the bottom section of the panel). By adding sashing in between these squares, the resulting quilt looks like a windowpane looking out over the city. By adding the fabric squares at the top and bottom, my panel appears to look even larger than it is!
Version 2 – vertical sections
For this version I decided to cut the panel into four equal sections vertically and added darker blue sashing in between and as an inner border. I like the clean, simple lines that this produces. Using two different fabrics in the outer border makes it a bit more interesting.
Version 3 – horizontal sections
For this version, I cut the panel horizontally in equal sections and used a light gray for sashing and inner border. Again, I used two different colors in the outer border.
Version 4 – angular sections
For my final version, I wanted to see what the panel would look like if I cut it on different angles and sewed sashing strips in between the sections. Although sewing these sections back together would be more difficult than sewing square or rectangular sections, I think this is the version I’m going to model my project after!
I also LOVE how the striped fabric looks in the inner border, so I’m definitely going to be doing that in my project!
As you can see, there are many different ways that my Artisan Spirit City Scene panel can be cut before sewing it into my project. By trying these different versions out on my computer using digital images of the fabrics first, I’m much more relaxed about cutting a favorite fabric!
Join me tomorrow, when I’ll give you 2 great tips for sewing with directional fabrics. On Friday I’ll cut up that beautiful panel, and I’ll share some tips to help you to sew oddly shaped pieces of fabrics together. See you then!
This is part 3 of 5 in this series.
Go back to part 2: Nail the perfect fabric for your next quilt project
Go to part 4: 2 favorite tips for sewing with directional fabric