You’ve probably seen a section called “quilt panels” in a quilt shop or maybe a big box craft store that offers quilting fabric.
A quilt panel is a piece of fabric that is typically 24″ to 36″ broad and 36″ to 42″ tall.
These panels will either include a single large image or multiple smaller coordinated squares and rectangles that can be used to make large quilt blocks.
We’ll cover the fundamentals of using fabric panels in a quilt design today.
We’ll also show you a wide range of panel quilt pattern options.
What Is a Panel Quilt?
Any quilt that uses a quilt panel is referred to as a panel quilt. It could be a quilt constructed entirely of panels or a quilt pattern that incorporates the panel into the design.
For example, if you have a lovely 36″x42″ panel, it might be utilized to make an entire cloth baby quilt. However, if you added borders and extra pattern around the panel, you could use it as the centerpiece for a much larger quilt.
How Do I Make a Quilt Out of Panels?
Panel quilt patterns are simple to come by and provide detailed directions for making an entire quilt top out of a panel. Here are some simple instructions for making a basic panel quilt.
- Let’s pretend we’re working with a 36″x36″ panel for this example.
- Incorporate vertical borders.
- Measure the left and right sides of the panel to determine the length of the borders to be cut. The sides of our model are 36″ long. The width of the border is then determined. We’ll use 4″ wide borders in this example. To account for seam allowance, add 12″ to the width. Cut two 4 12″x36″ strips and sew them to the panel’s sides as shown below.
- Construct horizontal borders. Next, measure the length of the panel’s top edge, including the width of both borders. Our sample is 44″ broad, and the top and bottom borders should be 4″ wide. Remember to add 12″ to the width to account for seam allowance. Cut two 12-inch-by-44-inch strips and stitch them to the top and bottom of the panel as shown below.
- If you want to make the quilt top bigger, repeat the procedures to add as many borders as you want.
17 Panel Quilt Patterns You’ll Love
We’ve compiled a list of 17 paid and free panel quilt patterns to help you get started on your own. Quilt panels are a versatile material that is sometimes underestimated, and I hope that these examples demonstrate their beauty.
1. Whispering Pines
Whispering Pines is a free quilt pattern that may be downloaded. This pattern will guide you through the process of making a 59″x72″ throw quilt. It demonstrates how to add borders and make lovely mountain-like peak borders as well as a mitered border. To complete this pattern, you’ll need a 28″x44″ panel.
2. Snowy Wishes
Another free alternative is this winter wonderland-inspired quilt pattern, which includes well-written instructions for making a 45 12″x 59 12″ quilt. Fabric needs and ideas are included in the pattern, as well as the layout for all of the parts.
3. Beach Walk
This quilt design is modern and simple, and it creates the sense of a frame around the panel, which is ideal for this panel. This design is perfect for beginners who are still learning the fundamentals. To make this 56″x68″ quilt top, you’ll need a panel that is 33″x43″.
4. Call of the Wild
Another free and complete panel pattern is available here. This pattern makes a tiny quilt that measures 41 12″ by 48 12″. Keep in mind that the panel you choose must be at least 26 12″x 40 12″ in size when shopping. This pattern demonstrates how to make 8-point stars with borders.
5. Celebrate Suess
This pattern is ideal for showcasing the distinct components of a panel made up of multiple coordinated photos. The designer used a Dr. Suess panel and paired it with complementary materials. There are two sizes to pick from in this pattern.
6. Tranquil Views
This design has a 3D effect to it, and you may build it with a variety of different “view” image panels. To simulate a window, the designer utilizes sashing between the cut pieces, which this pattern does well. This design measures 56 12″ by 62 12″ when completed.
This pattern can be used to make a wall hanging or a little baby quilt that measures 32″x36″. If you wanted to make it bigger, you could easily add more borders with simple patchwork borders.
8. Panel Quilt with Irish Chain Blocks
This pattern, like #5, shows how to use a panel with multiple smaller coordinating panels on it. This pattern, on the other hand, is free and has Irish Chain blocks. The finished quilt will be 62″x74″ in size.
9. Double Vision
If you prefer modern art, this pattern is for you! This designer demonstrates how to cut and combine several panels to make a one-of-a-kind piece of art to put on your wall or quilt.
10. Dorothy’s Journey Panel Quilt
Quilt panels come in a variety of styles, and with this free template, you can make a whimsical quilt top. The finished product measures 56″x66″. This design is very detailed, therefore if you are a beginner, this might be the pattern for you.
When sewing a quilt, this pattern comes in two sizes: 47″x55″ and 60″x68″. If you can find complementing fabrics for all of the borders and blocks in the quilt top, this pattern will work best.
Ladders is a pattern that features a central panel and borders made of strips. The pattern includes well-written directions and fabric needs for a 55 12″x 79 12″ quilt top.
Don’t you think this quilt panel is striking? It’s a fantastic fabric to use in a panel quilt. This design will show you how to make a quilt top like this one, which is 55″ by 73″.
This design will guide you through making these lovely patchwork borders to complement an already lovely quilt panel. There are two sizes available from the designer: infant and throw. This pattern can be used with any quilt panel.
15. Secret Window
This pattern has your name on it if you’re looking for a free pattern to help you build a little wall hanging quilt for your house. The pattern includes instructions for making a petite 25″x38″ mini quilt. To assist you, the designer has given links to video lessons.
16. Pine Needles
This quilt pattern’s borders gleam and resemble pine needles, and they complement the designer’s choice of center panel nicely. This quilt measures 38″x50″ when finished.
17. Scattered Leaves
Aren’t these falling leaves a brilliant accent to an otherwise straightforward design? With two sizes to select from, this pattern shows you how to incorporate these charming leaves to your design. This pattern will work with any 24″ quilt panel.
I’m not sure about you, but all of these examples have inspired me to construct a new panel quilt. Panel quilts are great because they take less time to make and look beautiful and finished. You may also take that extra time to show off your skills by doing some personalized free motion quilting on the quilt.