Friday, September 29, 2017

Can you stand anymore...

Anymore panels that is!!   The reason I do so many panel projects is first, my customers seem to really like them, but also because they are relatively fast to do.  So here are a couple more snowmen ones. 

All of these were on one panel.  By cutting them up, rearranging and adding the shoo fly block in the corners, I added substantial size to the wall hanging.  I didn't measure it before putting it away but I think it is about 34" square.  Did you know that you don't have to have squares to make a checkerboard, I call it elongated checkerboard.  Good thing there are no quilt police I might get thrown in jail, haha.  The shoo fly block size was determined by the size of the little snowman blocks. 

As always the quilting is a fun part for me.  I really am happy with the ruler work in the red border sections. 

Up next is a snowman family-who could resist these happy guys!  The snowmen are the only part that is the preprinted family.  Pulling colors from the panel I began with the red border. Then I let the panel speak to me and it yelled put a tree in the border!  When that was done it wanted friendship stars because there are stars in the sky of the panel.  To pull it all together I used a gold for the outer border because one little snowman has a gold coat and hat.

 When quilting the gold border, I just followed the lines and made a modified piano key border.

Swirling wind is always appropriate for the snowmen.

 Here is where I am going to ask your thoughts...should I add something to this white area between the stars and tree or leave it as is?  It would have to be appliqued since it is all quilted.   If your answer is yes-what should it be?

If I had this one to do all over I would do the stars in gold and add one more star,  and then add a red outer border instead of the gold.  Sometimes things turn out differently than we think they will.  But someone, somewhere will like this version.

Have a great weekend!  I hope to be finishing up more items for the first craft show of the season-it starts one week from today!

Linking with MyraSarah and Amanda


  1. Hi Vicki,
    I am enjoying the heck out of seeing these! First of all, the snowmen are all so darn friendly looking. Secondly, I love seeing how you change them up - you are so creative. And finally, I love seeing how you quilt them. I really love that gold border and the piano keys of a sort. ~smile~ Roseanne

  2. Yes, I can stand some more! They are so cute! It's always good to make what the customer likes.

  3. I love the border just the way it is. The border really adds to the quilt. Very creative!

  4. Very nice! I have been thinking about doing a snowman themed quilt . . . thinking about redwork included. I truly like how nicely your quilts come together and I agree the boarder really added to your design.
    Great work!
    Connie :)

  5. The empty corner could use an Applique or embroidery snowflake. Or a cup of cocoa! A78mandel at yahoo dot com

  6. These are very cute panels! I would leave the white area as is. It looks great and works on this quilt.

  7. So cute, as your panel projects always are! I like the white part as is - I think quilts need that open space sonetimes. Your beautiful quilting always dresses these panels up, too!

  8. The first thing I noticed is that there are five members of this snowman family and there are five stars on the top. Did you do that on purpose? I like it just the way it is, but you could add the year there if desired.

  9. More panels work for me!! I'm so relieved to read that I'm not the only one that the panels talk to. They whisper in my ear, too :) Not surprised that your customers love them, since you pick out really cute fabric. The folks who design the panels are such creative artists and I can't draw to save my life, so I'm always happy to use their drawing/painting skills in my work.

    If you wanted to add a little extra to that upper corner, how about the word "Joy" in applique? The snow family looks joyful to me!

  10. I like panels too even though I haven't used them in quilt yet :) Nice work!

  11. So cute! I like the simplicity of the borders on the top and right. I would leave it.

  12. Another adorable finish. You are correct, someone is going to LOVE this one.


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