Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Summer of Sewing: Land that I Love Wall Banner

Welcome back to our Summer of Sewing tutorials here at Inspired by Fabric! 

We'll be featuring regular tutorials as part of our Summer of Sewing series, all using our newest fabric lines that you can find at your local quilt shop! Our tutorials will include a chance to win a bundle of the fabric line being used, so make sure to enter each time! 

We're getting ready for the 4th of July this week with a folk art-style wall quilt featuring the American Pride collection. This collection features a panel of two blocks, one of which we used here, and then coordinating prints. Panel blocks are perfect for adding a variety of borders, and voila! Great wall quilt. (It measures 28" square.) Scroll down to the bottom of this post to find out how you can win a bundle of American Pride.

Here's a look at the two blocks on the panel. Each measures approximately 14-1/2" square. 

Let's get started!

You'll Need:
1 panel
1 fat quarter or 1/4 yard of blue text print
1/2 yard red text print
1/2 yard checkered stars
5/8 yard cream solid
1 yard backing fabric
30" square of batting

Note: Our cutting directions are very specific to ensure that the directional text prints are oriented correctly on all sides of the quilt. 

From the panel:
Fussy cut one 14-1/2" square

From the red text print: 
Three 2-1/2" x 18" strips with text running the short way (see photo below); cut two 2-1/2" x 3-1/2" pieces from one strip and reserve the remainder for strip sets
Two 2-1/2" x 34" strips with text running the long way (see photo below); cut two 2-1/2" x 3-1/2" pieces from one strip and reserve the remainder for strip sets

From the blue text print: 
Eight 2-1/2" x 4-1/2" pieces with text running the long way (see photo below)
Eight 2-1/2" x 4-1/2" pieces with text running the short way (see photo below)
Four 2-1/2" squares

From the checkered stars: 
Two 1-1/2" x 14-1/2" strips
Two 1-1/2" x 16-1/2" strips
Two 1-1/2" x 20-1/2" strips
Two 1-1/2" x 22-1/2" strips
Three 2-1/4" x 42" strips for binding

From the cream solid:
Thirty-two 2-1/2" squares
Four 2-1/2" x 42" strips
Four 3-1/2" squares

Make the Wall Quilt:
1. Sew 1-1/2" x 14-1/2" checkered star strips to the sides of the block and press open. Sew 1-1/2" x 16-1/2" checkered star strips to the to and bottom of the block and press open. 

2. To make the flying geese units, draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of all 2-1/2" cream solid squares. Lay a marked square right sides together on one end of a 2-1/2" x 4-1/2" blue text piece. Stitch on the drawn line, trim seam allowance to 1/4", and press open. Repeat on the opposite end. 

3. Noting orientation of the text in the flying geese below, make four of each kind.

4. Referring to the photo, sew four matching flying geese units together into a row. Make two for the side borders. Sew to the sides of the quilt center. 

5. Sew four matching flying geese units together into a row for the top border and one for the bottom row. Sew 2-1/2" blue text squares to both ends of each row. Sew to the top and bottom of the quilt center. 

6. Sew 1-1/2" x 20-1/2" checkered star strips to the sides of the quilt center. Sew 1-1/2" x 22-1/2" checkered star strips to the top and bottom. 

7. Sew each red text strip to a cream solid strip. (Sew two half red text strips to one cream solid strip.) Crosscut ten 2-1/2" x 3-1/2" segments with the text running the short way and ten 2-1/2" x 3-1/2" segments with the text running the long way. 

8. Referring to the photo, sew five matching segments together in a row. Sew a 2-1/2" x 3-1/2" red text piece to the cream end to make the side border. Make two. In the same way, sew five matching segments together in a row, sew a 2-1/2" x 3-1/2" red text piece to the cream end and 3-1/2" cream squares to both ends to make a top/bottom border. Make two. 

9. Sew the side borders to the sides of the quilt center. Sew the top and bottom borders (with the cream squares on the ends) to the top and bottom. 
10. Layer the backing fabric, batting, and quilt top right side up and baste. Quilt as desired. 
11. Use the three 2-1/4" x 42" checkered star strips to add the binding. 

Happy 4th of July! 

See the entire American Pride collection here

For a chance to win a fat quarter bundle of the American Pride collection, make sure you follow us on the blog (options are in the right hand sidebar) and leave a comment letting us know you do, as well as telling us your favorite print in the collection. Giveaway is open through Sunday, July 3rd at 11:59 pm CST. We'll randomly draw a winner and announce it on the blog next week. Make sure we have a way to get in touch with you if you are selected as the winner!  

Congratulations to the winner of the Melon bundle: Kathy E.
We'll contact you for your mailing information! 


  1. I love the panels - and all the prints really - I love July 4th - my birthday is the next day which always makes it a special holiday for me

  2. Hi, I have been following Inspired by Fabric for a while now and I love all the new prints and designers that are featured. I love this panel quilt and the most favorite fabric would be the flags and cowboy boots N hats..I live in Montana...and that is such a perfect fabric for displaying our pride....

  3. I follow you by email. My favourite print is 112-30611. I love the blue and red stars on a contrasting background.

    lin.web.28 at gmail dot com

  4. Love the printed panel; it lends itself to so many options. I also like the text fabric. I think it is just the perfect companion print. maryc76904 at yahoo dot com

  5. So beautiful project,the borders caught my eye.One of my favorite print is 112-30591.
    I do follow you by email.

  6. I like the panel and both text prints. So much you could do with them. I follow by email.


  8. Happy to follow you>gmail.

  9. Neat. I gotta do this project. I got these panels and didn't know what to do with them. Cool. Thanks for sharing.

  10. I follow by email and I love the small star print and the large star in the panel the best!

  11. I follow you by email. I like the red text print.

  12. The panel is my favorite! I follow by email. Happy 4th and thanks for the chance to win.
    marilynrobin at

  13. Awesome panel!!!!! Not sure why anyone would pick anything else, LOL. Of course the companion fabrics are very nice too, especially the one with the boots and cowboy hat!

  14. Oh dear, forgot to say--I follow you via email and have for some time!

    1. I like the panel and the checkered stars.

  15. I get your email and I also follow on bloglovin.

  16. I follow through email. My favorite is the red with words. Thanks Diane

  17. My favorite print is:112-30572. The American flags that is a bit antique looking. My guild makes quilt for Operation Second Chance, so I would love to win this bundle to make a quilt for that.
    Thanks for the chance!
    My email is:

    1. I forgot to say that I follow this blog by email! I found it last summer and have enjoyed the posts. Thanks!

  18. I already follow thru Email & Bloglovin :)

    I loooove the Panel!! (#112-30591)

  19. I follow your blog by email. My favorite American Pride fabric is the blue text #112-30601.

  20. I follow your blog via e-mail. I love the panel, but a very close second is the text fabrics wow. a very lovely collection. Thank you for the tutorial and the giveaway.

  21. I follow via bloglovin and email. I love all the prints, especially the panel and the flag print. I love the way you used the text, and had instructions to make sure it would go the right way. Great quilt! Thanks.

  22. All of the prints are fun, but I really like the deep blue and dark red text prints. They are so rich and full of texture as well as meaning.

    1. I follow you by getting notice of your blog posts through e-mail.

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  24. It is a nice collection. My favorite is the printed fabric. I get your posts thru email. Thanks.

  25. Sweet is Cowboy boots, Stetson and the text in #112-30621. I receive your emails daily and so enjoy ogling over new fabrics and the tutorials. THank you.


  26. My favorite from this line is the panel, and I follow you via email. Thanks for an opportunity to win some of this great fabric line.

  27. I love the text fabric both the red and blue. I follow via e-amil on my yahoo account.

  28. my favorite print is 112-30571. I follow you with Bloglovin.

  29. Cute blocks! I think I like the blue and white text print and the panels best. I love your blog. Follow on Bloglovin

  30. Iain.ross30 at gmail dot com
    I am following via blog lovin. I like the one with the sun hat on it best x

  31. My favorite piece in the collection is 112-30571. I follow via bloglovin.

  32. I follow on bloglovin and I love the blue text print!

  33. I follow w/ bloglovn and have enjoyed your blog!! I love patriotic prints - 112-30601 the blue text is my favorite in this collection! Love the panels too. Thank you and happy 4th!!

  34. Love, love the patriotic prints, makes me proud when I look at them. Would also make a proud banner for the wall. thank you for the chance
    sewfabrics at