Quilt panels are an exciting way to create beautiful quilt projects without much effort. They come in many styles and project types, allowing you to make short work of quilts, home decor, toys and bags.
For beginners (or those who are in a hurry!) fabric quilting panels are so helpful for completing a quilt without piecing together lots of blocks. In this blog post, we’ll explore the many benefits of quilt panels, the different types of fabric panels available, and the various quilt panel projects you can create with them.
What are Quilt Panels?
Quilt panels or fabric quilting panels are pieces of fabric that feature printed designs and that come in a variety of sizes and shapes. Some quilt panels are pre-printed with images that are cut out and appliqued onto a backing fabric, while other panels are used without modifications as the quilt top. Fabric panels are designed for making quilts, bags, soft toys, and decor.
With the main part of the quilt taken care of, you can add borders and call it a day.
Why we love Quilt Panels!
One of the best things about quilt panels is that they are available in a variety of styles, materials, and sizes. From free panel quilt patterns to paid options there’s something for everyone looking to find the perfect fabric panel for their project.
With panel patterns, you can incorporate intricate designs through “cheater panels” that look like pieced quilt blocks (as in this hexie design below).
Fun with Fabric Panels
Fabric panels come in designs for placemats, aprons, and children’s toys.
Stacy Iest Hsu has adorable stuffed animal fabric panels that make it simple to make toys that kids love. If you’re looking for something seasonal, try the Lewis & Irene trick or treat bag fabric panel – it’s perfect for Halloween, and we love that they glow in the dark!
Free Quilt Panel Tutorial
Many of the panel projects, like stuffed animals or Lori Holt’s Zippy Bags, come with patterns or directions printed directly on the fabric to guide you through the process.
Quilt panels are an easy and fun way to get creative with your quilting projects. Whether you’re a beginner or an expert quilter, fabric panels can help you create a beautiful finished product. With so many different fabric panel types available, there’s sure to be something that suits your style and project. So don’t be afraid to give quilt panels a try and see how they can add something special to your project!
Simple Strips Panel Quilt Kit Giveaway! – CLOSED
Update 5/3/2023: Congratulations to Cindy Keith our giveaway winner! Please keep an eye on your email!
And now for a giveaway! Here’s your chance to win the Simple Strips Panel Quilt Kit! To enter, leave a comment below telling us what your favorite panel project is!
- Leave a comment on THIS post to enter
- The giveaway ends on May 2, 2023, at 11:59 CST
- One winner will be chosen at random on May 3, 2023
- Open to all – both US and international
- We will notify the winners by email and update this post