On September 1, 2016, we had the pleasure of taping a Facebook live event with Margie Ullery. Margie’s Craft Online University course, Creative Quilting & Sewing with Fabric Panels, inspired the Fons & Porter team to share some of her projects while onset for this course and have Margie walk us through a quick project. We learned how to use fusible web to make an adorable Christmas ornament using panel fabric. Quick, fun and cute!
Margie’s adventure in sewing and quilting started when she was a girl. She began designing in 2008, and in 2010, she opened the Ribbon Candy Quilt Company. Fusible web is her favorite method of appliqué, as her panel projects attest. Margie feels that fusible web adds “just a little bit of pizazz,” and after viewing her projects, we agree!
The Facebook live event with Margie allowed us to answer commenter’s questions in real time, but we weren’t able to get to all of them. We were left with some unanswered questions and wanted to make sure that everyone got the information they were after! So, we’re addressing those in an off-camera interview with Margie below. Quite exciting! If you’d like to take a peek at the video before reading on, watch it here!
Q: Beautiful panels. Have any quilted ones? ~Jacquie Kay Canterbury-Jenkins
A: I didn’t use any quilted panels for these projects, but I believe you could.
Q: Where do you find the matching fabric for the panels? When I find the panels, I can NEVER find the matching. ~Kim Elonis
A: Sometimes I find the matching fabrics when I buy the panel, but other times I buy it online.
Q: On the pot holders and placemats, do you use bias tape for binding or regular binding? And, if regular binding, what width? ~Sandii Senior Quilter
A: I used a double folded bias tape on the potholders from “Vintage Door.” On the placemats I used a matching fabric for the binding cut at 2¼”.
Q: Do you recommend purchasing more than one panel of a same design for the projects? ~Valerie Uland
A: It depends on the panel, but I have bought multiples of a panel I really like some I can make more fun projects.
Q: Is this panel part of a kit? ~Patricia J. Knight
A: Links will be provided for panels used in my course, Creative Quilting & Sewing with Fabric Panels, so keep an eye out.
Q: Where did you get the Christmas panel? ~Deby Falkner
A: The Christmas panel is called “Believe” by Henry Glass. It was released in 2015.
Q: Would these projects be good for teaching kids? ~Karen Lakey Fuller
A: Yes, these projects would be great for kids and beginning quilters. They are easy and not too difficult, teaching simple techniques. Smaller projects help the kids feel accomplished and not overwhelmed. Also, the projects for the picnic set would be perfect since the kids could use those bags, etc., for school, over-nighters and trips.
Q: Where can we get these? I love the apron! ~Patricia J. Knight
A: Projects, like the apron, will be offered alongside my online course, Creative Quilting & Sewing with Fabric Panels. Thanks for asking!
A: The fleece is made by The Warm Company and is called “Fusible Warm Fleece Double Sided 2.”
Q: Quilters tend to think panel quilts are too simple. What are your thoughts on that? ~Carrie Sisk, Fons & Porter Online Editor
A: Panels are a simple project, but if you look at them in a different light they become a fun challenge on how to use the panel blocks. That’s what this course is all about, using panels in a different way.
Q: What inspires/inspired you to work with panels? ~Carrie Sisk, Fons & Porter Online Editor
A: Great question! I saw a couple panels and really loved them, but wanted to do something different to them, not just add a border and be done…..something creative….something “out of the box”. I let my mind think on it for a bit and I came up with these projects. There are sooooo many things you can do with panels if you just stop and think about it.
Q: Any ideas for Christmas panels? ~Verna Schuettpelz
A: If the panel block is large enough, how about a pillowcase front? If the panel block is small enough, how about a few Christmas tree ornaments? Here are some great ideas for using Christmas panels in your holiday projects: gift bags filled with treats for neighbors, Advent calendars with the small panel blocks, a quiet book, tote bags, chair pads, bibs, a window valance, some mug rugs, and a bed scarf (add some pieced blocks for fun).
Q: Seasonal pattern… Halloween? ~Mary Ann Hurt
A: Trick-or-treat bags, door banners, porch pillows, a framed panel block…
Q: How much coordinating fabric do you buy? ~Judy Snapp
A: That depends on what I’m going to use it for. If I know I’m going to make a large bag, I would get about ¾ yard of the coordinating fabric of choice. If I’m not sure what to make ½ yard of a couple of pieces should work.
Q: Do you have problems when the panels are not printed on the fabric straight and they are not the same size? ~Sherrie Larry Wohlgemuth
A: Make sure you are using high quality cotton fabric panels and you won’t have too much trouble. The blocks might be a little skewed, but you should be able to “block them,” and then use them in your projects. If the panel blocks are not the same size, add a border to the smaller one and trim down the larger one until they are the same size.
Q: Any purses? ~Barb Kempen
A: You bet!! You can make all sizes of purses and bags. Backpacks are a great choice and don’t forget about diaper bags. Panels are great for so many things!
Q: What about clothing other than aprons? ~Terri Butler
A: There are lots of options. Depending on the direction of the panel, you could use the panel block as part of a skirt, or piece the skirt with panel blocks and matching fabrics. You can use panel blocks for pockets on the outside of a jacket, shirt, or dress/skirt. A large panel block could be used as the back of a jacket or coat.
Comment: I’d put the ribbon between the fabrics before pressing and sewing. ~Karen Lee Koschke
Response: Normally I would have, but since I wanted a cute cut edge all the way around the ornament, the ribbon would have been in the way. That’s why we added the ribbon hanger afterwards. I knotted the ends of the ribbon and tacked the ends to either corner of the ornament.
Thank you so much, Margie! We really enjoyed having you in our video studio and we learned so much from you.
If you’re interested in learning even more from Margie, you can register for her course, Creative Quilting & Sewing with Fabric Panels, which begins on 11/28/16.