Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Wonky Sleigh Ride

If you have visited my blog before you know I like using fabric panels and making them my own. By that I mean adding my own style of pieced borders.

Last month I dug through my stash to see which panel I wanted to work with and this one came out to play.  But YIKES was it ever wonky, I know panels can be skewed but this was the worst I have seen. Take a look for yourself...
It is Sleigh Ride by Wilmington prints. The brown border would have to come off for sure, and some of the bottom, and some of the top, and the sides-you get the idea!!  After a lot of trimming and planning I turned to EQ7 to help me plan out how I wanted the borders to look.  So solid green and checkerboard borders were added first then the pinwheels and solid red to make this a unique piece.

My Nolting Funquilter helped me get this quilted in short order with a hook swirl freehand in the center. Terry twist continous curve in the checkerboard and in the pinwheel border.  A cable template by the Gadget Girls helped me stitch cables in the big red border.  The cables were going to be to open and it was too plain so I added freehand holly leaves inside each one as I went.


 By looking at it now you would never know how wonky it started out would you?  It just goes to show you not to be afraid of panels and their wonkiness.



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19 comments:

  1. You did wonderfully with your trimming, it doesn't look like you lost much at all. Love the borders and the quilting design.

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  2. Amazing what you did with that panel, Vicki! The borders and quilting really add a lot to it!

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  3. You reshaped this beautifully and the borders really make the scene pop. I have a couple of panels I really like but can't quite figure out what to do with them so they just adorn my design wall. I like what you have done here. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  4. That looks great! I used to have a snowman panel long before I could quilt. I wish I had now that I know what to do with one!

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  5. What a great transformation you achieved. Love the finish and you would never know it sttarted it started out so wonky. Great save Vicki.

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  6. What a great transformation you achieved. Love the finish and you would never know it sttarted it started out so wonky. Great save Vicki.

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  7. Great job ! That turned out beautifully !

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  8. It came out great! I love those asymmetrical borders you added.

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  9. I love how you finished off this panel. Your quilting really brings it to life.

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  10. I'm not a huge fan of panels, but this is beautiful! You did a great job "fixing" it and bringing out its beauty. Nicely done!

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  11. VERY nice Vicki! I love those borders and that they are asymmetrical, it adds a lot of visual interest to the quilt. Great job!

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  12. I don't do many panels either, but the last one I did had wonkiness too. Not fun to work around them, but you did a great job on this one. I really like the borders. Great job! Wendy at piecefulthoughts@gmail.com

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  13. Lovely way to use a panel! What a pretty winter scene. Your borders really make a special, one of a kind, piece. I've saved a photo of this in my inspiration file to help me with some of my panels!

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  14. You did a fantastic job working with such a wonky panel! It looks gorgeous. Love the way you did the borders. :)

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  15. I love the way your panel turned out. The way you "made it your own" is just lovely. The quilting on the snow reminds me of swirling windblown snowflakes. Well done!

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  16. You've done a beautiful job setting off this panel! As for wonkiness, maybe try dampening then spraying with starch?
    Thanks for sharing this beauty on Midweek Makers

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  17. Panels are so fun because you get a lovely quilt without spending lots of time. Your finish is perfect!

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  18. Just started following you. Love this! I have a panel I am going to get out now.

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  19. You certainly redeemed that panel, because boy, was it ever wonky! The borders you added were so much better than the skinny brown one anyway. The quilting adds a lot to the piece too. I'm visiting from Quilting Mod.

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