Well, I’ll admit these panels have been waiting for us for more than a couple of years to feature them. And the staff came up with a wonderful idea of how to best feature the circular nature of the design. They make wonderful Christmas trivets!
Layer with your backing, one layer of cotton batting, and one or two layers of Insulbrite. Quilt on the circles, and the inner designs of the Santa. To be really efficient, keep the panel whole for this process. This would be much quicker than dealing with a bunch of little pieces.
When you are finished quilting, trim 3/8″ away from the outer edge of the outer circle.
Make bias binding 2.5″ wide. You will need .5 meter of fabric to make enough bias binding for all eight trivets.
Sew the binding on at a scant 3/8″ (between 1/4″ and 3/8″). For this project, I recommend you sew this on the back side of the trivet first, and then bring it to the front side and hand or machine stitch it in place. This will allow your binding to come just to the edge of the circular design, and you will be able to adjust your binding to finish just where you want it.
Below is our store board showing the entire panel and the trivets we made from a couple of the designs. Of course, if potholders are your thing, these would be wonderful for that purpose as well, and you could add a little loop for hanging them. They would be wonderful Christmas gifts.
Click on the picture below to find the panel in our webstore.