Create a Panel for ‘Touched’



You don’t have to be an artist or know how to sew, knit crochet, etc., to create a section for Touched: In Times of Pandemic. You can use paint, fine needlework, iron-on transfers, markers, crochet, knitting, or even spray paint on a sheet. Whatever medium you’re comfortable using, we’re excited to have your contribution to our Touched quilt.

Touched Instructions flyer

Here are a few easy steps to create a panel for “Touched – In Times of Pandemic.”

1 – Design the panel

You may choose to create a panel privately as a personal memorial or you may choose to follow the traditions of old-fashioned quilting bees by including friends, family, and co-workers. That choice, like virtually everything else involved in making a panel, is completely up to you.

2 – Choose your materials

It is best to sew things to the panel. A medium-weight, non-stretch fabric such as a cotton duck or poplin works best.

Your design should be square, but the finished, hemmed panel must be 16”  by 16” – no more and no less! When you cut your original piece of fabric, leave an extra 1-2 inches on each side for a hem. If you can’t hem it yourself, we’ll do it for you.

3 – Create the panel

In constructing your panel you might want to use some of the following techniques:

  • Applique: Sew fabric, letters and small mementos onto the background fabric. Do not rely on glue – it won’t last.
  • Paint: Brush on textile paint or color-fast dye, or use an indelible ink pen.
  • Stencils: Trace your design onto 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), and be sure to avoid very bulky objects.
  • Photos: The best way to include photos or letters is to photocopy them onto iron-on transfers, iron them onto 100% cotton fabric and sew that fabric to the panel.


Finished samplers can be sent to:

840 Summer Street #103
Boston, MA 02127

Join us for open studio “Quilting Bees”, beginning Thursday September 23rd - Friday, November 19th, at our studio at 840 Summer Street in South Boston.

Tuesdays                    6-:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Thursdays                   10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Fridays                        10:00 am – 4:00 pm 

Leave a Reply