Have you seen Lori Holt’s new Bee Basics? Gadzooks! This collection is FILLED with fabulous little prints of all colors designed to be a go-to basic for any project you are working on.
One of my favorite pieces in the Bee Basics collection is this Patchwork Panel. I love the idea of having all of these cute little designs to work with for a small project, without having to buy significant yardage of each print. Such a great way to build your fabric stash!
Today, however, I want to show you a fun little hack I love to use when working with this panel. This is the prefect way to whip up a super quick patchwork project. I’m thinking placemats, last minute baby quilts, journal covers, etc.
Begin by determining how much yardage you will need. We will be folding and sewing 1/4″ along each of the dotted lines, so be sure to take that into account when doing the math. For demonstration purposes, I will be working with a small sample piece.
For demonstration purposes, I will begin working on the vertical dotted lines. Fold along the dotted line and press. Repeat for each line across the length of your fabric. Stitch 1/4″ from fold. Repeat for each folded row.
Press all of the finished rows so they are facing the same direction. Snip along each row at the dotted line, close to, but not through the stitching.
Now fold each horizontal row along the dotted line. Press.
Here is what it will look like after both vertical and horizontal rows have been stitched.
Again, press the seams so they are all facing the same direction.
And there you have it! A super quick patchwork piece that looks like it took hours to complete! I think this would be such a fun baby quilt with a giant applique letter or animal shape on it. The possibilities are limitless!