How to Make a Quilt Panel

Choose your Materials

Batting for the panels is not necessary, but backing is recommended.  Backing helps to keep panels clean when they are laid out on the ground.  It also helps retain the shape of the fabric. Please keep the following in mind:

  • The quilt is folded and unfolded many times, so durability is crucial.

  • A medium weight, non-stretch fabric such as cotton duck or poplin works best.

  • Your design can be vertical or horizontal.

  • When you cut the fabric, leave an extra 2-3 inches on each side for a hem. 

  • If you can't hem it yourself,  the NAMES Project will do it for you.

Design the Quilt Panel

  Each panel that is made is unique. A finished hemmed panel (with a 2" boarder all the way around) must be 3 feet by 6 feet, no more, no less.  Please keep in mind the following;

  • Include the name of the friend or loved one you are remembering.

  • Feel free to include additional information such as the dates of birth and death and a hometown.

  • Please limit each panel to one individual.

Design the Panel

To construct your panel you might want to use some of the following techniques:

  • Appliqués - sew fabric letters and small mementos onto the background fabric.  Avoid using glue, it won't hold up

  • Paint - brush on textile paint or color-fast dye, or use an indelible ink pen.  No "puffy" paint; it's to sticky

  • Stencil - trace your design on to the fabric with a pencil, lift the stencil, then use a brush to apply textile paint or indelible markers.

  • Collage - make sure that whatever materials you add to the panel won't tear the fabric (avoid glass and sequins for this reason).  Please, try to avoid bulky objects.

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