We are super excited to show off another fabulous National Parks fabric panel — the Everglades National Park in Florida.
This gorgeous panel features sunny skies, a peaceful waterway, a flamingo searching for food near lovely old trees dripping with moss, and a crocodile lurking in the shadows.
I decided to add some simple borders to the panel to create a throw sized quilt. The finished quilt measures approximately 60″ x 60″. For the borders, I used:
- Light Gray Confetti Cotton — 4″x WOF strips for the sides / 3″ x WOF strips for the top and bottom
- Sand Dollar Confetti Cotton – 3″ x WOF strips for the sides / 2″ x WOF strips for top and bottom
- Songbird Confetti Cotton – Three 5″ x WOF strips for the sides / Three 4″ x WOF strips for top and bottom
- Riley Orange Confetti Cotton for the binding
To really bring out the beautiful layers in the trees and branches and moss, I decided to do some free motion quilting on the panel, outlining all of the lovely details.
If you haven’t tried free motion quilting, I encourage you to pull out some scrap fabric and give it a try. It is so much easier than it looks. I found that when I started, I struggled a bit, but the further along I got, the more control I had over my stitch length and design. I can’t wait to try it again!
As I stitched over these exposed tree roots, I was reminded of some beautiful trees I came across while kayaking on the Cape Fear River near Carolina Beach State Park.
Over time, as the sand eroded, the roots became more and more exposed. Such a fascinating sight!
For the quilt back, I used Blossom fabric in Bleached Denim with a strip of the National Parks Posters print in Sand.
I used Riley Orange Confetti Cotton for the binding to match the bright orange text on the Panel.
Super quick and easy! The National Parks collection, by Anderson Design Group, is in stores now, and panels featuring new parks will continue to arrive through early 2020.
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