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  1. #11
    The Guild President

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    Default Re: Working with panels

    Quote Originally Posted by Claire Hallman View Post
    Have you tried wetting it and gently nudging it to size and shape?
    I have never seen a panel that was straight and true to grain, something bad about the printing process I guess.
    Agree completely!

    This seems to be a requirement for panels, there is a grid material you can purchase to block the panel. I believe it is a one inch grid usually found with the interfacing materials.

  2. #12
    Missouri Star

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    Default Re: Working with panels

    If the panel is not replaced: Do NOT CUT the panel ... ADD to the panel!

    Doing so will give you a "wonky" frame around the panel, but the frame will be squared up and look intentional -- as if you planned the border that way! I say "wonky" only because the border will not be the same size all the way around your quilt; likely each side of the border fabric will go from wide to narrow. How narrow? that will depend on how "off" the panel is.

    Add a border in a bigger size than what you'd like to end up with -- because you will be cutting away that border when you square up the panel w/ the border on it.

    Then, you can add your other blocks around it.
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  4. #13
    Block Queen

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    Default Re: Working with panels

    Another vote for dampening the panel, pinning the edges straight and gently flattening it into shape with a steam iron, then allow to dry. I have done this with quite a few panels, as they are often crooked. To get the right size without math I add a border that makes it a little bigger than I need and trim it to size. A little difference in width of a narrow border is usually not that noticeable. Use a plain fabric that does not draw attention to itself. Panels usually have borders anyway.
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