MAKE 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.
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: