Last week we shared a tutorial for turning the adorable Lewe the Ewe panel from Susybee into a chenille pillow. That was just a small peek at what you can create with the fun and playful fabric panels from Susybee! Of course, you can chenille any of their fabric panels to create pillows, quilts, and playmats. But what about machine quilting the panels? Take a look at how we made the Lal the Lamb Dresden quilt!
How to Make the Lal the Lamb Dresden Quilt
My own love for the Susybee fabric panels really began because of the machine quilting possibilities! Panels like their Lal the Lamb Dresden panel are perfect places to practice your free motion quilting. You can treat that Dresden plate just like one you’d find in a pieced quilt, without having to make the Dresden!
You could just quilt one of these super cute panels (or any of the other Susybee panels) and have a great little sampler quilt of all your favorite free motion quilting designs. But, if you really felt like you needed to piece a quilt, Susybee has another great pattern to turn this Lal the Lamb panel into a quilt! You can get their free pattern here.
- 2 Lal the Lamb Dresden Fabric Panels
- 1.5 yards of coordinating 108″ wide quilt backing fabric. Our favorites are the Emma Pink for a floral touch, Swirling Splendor Light Yellow for a little extra whimsy, or Blossom White/Black for a simpler backing.
- 6 yards of coordinating Pre-made Moda Bias Binding. Our favorites are Marble Bright Yellow or Bella Leaf.
Trim 1 of the Lal the Lamb panels to measure 28-1/2″ x 41-1/2″. Cut the other panel into equal quarters. They should measure 21″ x 14-1/2″.
Seam those quarters together so that the Dresden quarters make symmetrical cornerstones.
Stitch your top and bottom sections to the other panel. Now you have a finished quilt ready for quilting. Wasn’t that easy?
Machine Quilting the Lal the Lamb Dresden Quilt
We haven’t quilted our Lal the Lamb Dresden quilt yet, but I have lots of different ideas floating through my mind! This quilt would be a perfect free motion quilting sampler quilt. There are lots of different ways you could quilt each of the Dresden fan blades – I might look back to this Fan Dance quilt I quilted for a customer for a little inspiration. You could also adjust some of the designs we’ve shared in the Quilted Joy Clubhouse meetings to fit inside those fan blades. And all the negative space gives you lots of area to try out different filler designs. You’ll find lots of video tutorials for filler designs in our Quilted Joy Learning Center.