I've been wondering how you feel about quilt panels.
I personally have a love/hate relationship with them. For newer quilters, a panel is a fairly large pre-printed textile, usually with a picture on it. Here are two quilts I made using panels:
I think I'm down to two panels left in my stash. I know I made more quilts using them but I may have forgotten to photograph them. Often, I use vintage textiles like panels to make a mini quilt to hang in the house:
I've been wondering about the history of quilt panels. I'm just musing but I think they were an innovation that was introduced in the 20th century. Perhaps they were the next step beyond pre-printed patchwork (sometimes referred to as cheater fabric).
Quilt kits were sold in the early 20th century and Marie Webster was known for marketing them. As printing techniques improved, it seems like panels were made, often for baby quilts:
In the 1920s and 30s, I found a lot of panels marketed for pillow covers like this one from 1935:
It made sense to me that in the 1970s, a lot more panels were introduced. Often they were for babies and the similarities of the two quilt revivals of the 20th century were similar. Making quilts for babies was a perfect way to get people engaged in quilting.
What are your thoughts on panels? Do you like/use them?
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