AlphaAnimals – Finished!

This panel quilt is one that I have had for a really long time, but I am happy to say that it is in a finished quilt! I was going to use a pattern than I made previously, but decided to make a very simple quilt that could be used to practice quilting corners and borders. You can do this with any panel and it will be well loved! The pattern is really simple, I added a 1 1/2” border, and a 6 1/2” border to all sides. It came out to a nice size of just about 40″x 60″.

What seems like a very long time ago, I too a borders class from Megan Best, whose fabulous work you can see at BestQuilter. She teaches a great class on using Prostitcher and Prostitcher Designer to make a fairly accurate border. I had tried this a few times before but I was never entirely happy with what I did. Her technique is awesome and gets you nearly perfect borders. I like being able to do custom, but it is not fast.

I used a light grey thread that blended well, and was happy that it looks a bit like a whole cloth quilt on the back.

I really enjoyed using the designs that I chose for this quilt. The first two, well actually three, are from the ProStitcher Library. The first one was a graphic straight line stipple that would just blend into the background of the panel. The second had two parts, the alternating loop and the corner piece. These are important in having it look like the quilting is a continuous line. The last design is from Anne Bright Designs. She does a fabulous job with the corners and this one worked like a charm. I know these circles will appear often in narrow borders.

I need to work a little harder on getting right to the edge but this was all much more consistent than my prior attempts. I have another one of these panels and may do the exact same thing, but working toward more precision.

This is a part of my #wipsbegone2021 with Leanne of Devoted Quilter. I missed One Monthly Goal this month (again) but I have 3 finishes which I am very pleased about. It seems like sometime since I have been posting them. Next week includes plans to work on those placemats as well as finish the Social Justice Sewing Academy block. It is due around November 1, so I have to push through some of the difficulties and find a way to make it work. Wish me luck!

40″ x 60″
Pantographs: Straight Line Stipple, Circles and
Alternating Loops 2, Alternating Loops 2 Corner

Coming Up on the Blog:
Tips and Tutorials on the 22nd – 10/22
An block for the Social Justice Sewing Academy
Placemats from Destination: QuiltAlong

Linking up With:
Wednesday Wait Loss
Midweek Makers
Free Motion Maveriks

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  1. Laurel
    October 17, 2021 / 8:13 AM

    Beautiful panel and quilting! I enjoyed reading about and seeing how you quilted the border’s corners!

  2. October 17, 2021 / 8:15 AM

    Great job, Kathleen! I have trouble with corners and borders, so I will be checking out Megan’s website! Thanks for the link!

  3. October 17, 2021 / 8:16 AM

    What a cute panel, it made a beautiful quilt. You are right, the back does look “whole cloth”. Your quilting is wonderful, and always I love reading about your process.

  4. October 17, 2021 / 8:35 AM

    That is a really cute quilt, Kathleen. Nice job on the quilting!

  5. October 17, 2021 / 9:35 AM

    Well done, Kathleen. I can’t tell you how many times I almost bought that panel… LOVE it!!

  6. Rose Mikulski
    October 17, 2021 / 10:47 AM

    To me, the quilting is perfect and I find it would be hard quilting to the edge since you have to factor in the binding, right? I love this panel and can’t remember if there’s one somewhere in my stash. Thanks for sharing the process which is overwhelming for me.

  7. October 17, 2021 / 1:22 PM

    Super cute, Kathleen, and wonderful quilting, too! 🙂

  8. lapaylor
    October 17, 2021 / 3:59 PM

    this is sure to be loved, cuteness!!! the quilting looks perfect to me

  9. Nancy Bekedam
    October 17, 2021 / 6:25 PM

    Nice job on custom quilting the corners, Kathleen!!!

  10. Leslie D. Schmidt
    October 17, 2021 / 11:58 PM

    What a wonderful finish, Kathleen! You did a great job getting your loops smooth and consistent, which is something I find difficult on my regular sewing machine. Whoever gets it will be thrilled.

  11. October 18, 2021 / 1:51 AM

    It looks great; corners can be so tricky and using a panel to practice your border technique is smart!

  12. October 19, 2021 / 7:42 AM

    It is so cute, Kathleen. If you encountered any challenges they are not evident in the finished piece. I am sure that the recipient will be thrilled.

  13. October 20, 2021 / 7:28 PM

    Yay for a finish, and learning new stuff (or trying stuff again you learned in a previous workshop)! I liked how you turned the corners on the figure eights border.

  14. October 22, 2021 / 4:40 PM

    Love the corner quilting. Such a sweet finish.

  15. October 24, 2021 / 5:51 PM

    Beautiful finish! It looks great!

  16. inquiringquilter
    October 26, 2021 / 6:49 PM

    I don’t know what you’re looking at because those borders look fantastic to me! Thanks for sharing on Wednesday Wait Loss.

  17. November 4, 2021 / 4:21 PM

    Hello Kathleen,
    The animals panel is such great fun, and the colours you chose for the borders and binding really make the animals stand out. As for the quilting, wonderful borders! I am truly impressed by your corners, you really kept the pattern regular.
    Thank you for linking up with Free Motion Mavericks. Your quilt is this week’s featured project!
    Love, Muv

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