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    My LQS person told me that because the picture is printed on the fabric, they are usually not perfect, the fabric moves when applying the paint, yadda, yadda. Some or worse than others even in the same batch. I was told to put a sashing on them and then square the panel with the sashing on, it will be less noticeable.

    I did the Birds and Berries quilt with the panel and it was really off, but the border was little berries kinda scattered so I didn't have a straight line anyway.

    Good luck.

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    Where did you get that beautiful panel? I would love to find one like it! When I make hangings I put the right side up and then put the backing side down and stitch around the sides (the gold in this case) leaving about a 6" opening in the bottom then flip it right side out, batting and all.
    That way you dont have to bind it and it will come out perfectly square! Can you email me where you got the panel?
    joanelizbay@gmail.com. Thanks

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    I think if I were in your situation with this particular panel, and if I were only putting one wide border on, I would attach it to the panel keeping the panel border uniform, and then do the squaring up on the outside of the outer border.
    Hope this makes sense!

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    I have rarely gotten a straight panel. Always have to fuss with them. I dont know why they cant print them or weave them straight or whatever it is they do.You usually have to cut the borders and all off and get down to the bare bones. Too bad we have to waste them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by catmcclure
    Trim 1/4 inch from the edge of the gold. When you add the first border, make it about 1/2 inch larger than you actually want. Put the panel fabric on top as you sew and sew exactly on the outside line of the gold. That will get you a straight border. The Navy blue around the panel is just for seam allowance.
    After reading this reply, I see catmcclure is totally right!

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    Quote Originally Posted by hperttula123
    Most panels aren't very square. I just eye ball them to make them look right. My quilts don't turn out square either, but I made them for kids and I didn't think that the kids would be checking to see if I made them perfect or not... :-D
    I've been working with my first one recently, and this is what I did. I doubt anyone but me will ever notice it. Perfectionism is highly overrated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barbm
    I bought a panel- when I cut the main panel out, it is not square.Top and bottom are OK. Sides are off by 1/2" and 3/4". I've taken a picture of the complimentary fabrics I bought.

    Can you help me figure out how to disguise the issue and help me with some borders and how to accent this. I have the pieces I cut off sthe top and bottom to use for the last corner blocks.

    Thanks!

    Barb
    I just finished a Nancy Halverson Advent Calendar panel that wasn't straight. To yours, I'd add a border or one of the stars - wide enough that when you square THAT border, it's not obvious.

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    If you can stand one more suggestion, here's mine. I'd not only cut off the dark blue, but I'd cut back the gold border back to the fleur-de-lis corners and the first decorative border - it looks like a beautiful old-fashioned ornate gold frame to me. THEN I'd cut out some wide(r) border strips, maybe 5" wide to accommodate the fleur-de-lis corners, from the center fabric that's on the bottom row of your complementary fabrics photo (dark blue with some stars); lay those underneath the trimmed-to-the-"frame" panel and use a very narrow satin stitch/extratight zigzag in gold metallic thread to affix the panel to this dark blue border; then trim the excess blue border fabric to 1/4 inch from the gold thread stitching. The very few stars that would show on this narrow border would keep my eye's interest, while drawing it outward from the center panel. Then you could easily audition each of the other fabrics for the final border(s) simply by laying the revised panel on top of it.

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    PART 2 - let me clarify something. I'd cut the gold border off to accommodate the fleur-de-lis corners and the OUTERMOST border - the one that has a white background with looks-like-dark-blue-dashes. If I'm still not making this clear, just let me know. Sorry for any confusion!

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    My suggestion is to cut the inside edge of the panel down to where it is correct. and then clip off that part that doesn't fit and sew it. Or cut the whole center out and trim it to the right size and then take one of your extra pieces and make a inside border to fit the border that is now on the outside. Maybe! :thumbup:

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    I think if I was you I would get some of the navy Blue that is there and even it out with that all of the way around. Cut off all of the blue and then block it to the right size you need to even it out.

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    I think I would cut it down to the gold once I measured the picture to the gold to make sure it would then square up. Then I would pick a color out of the picture likr yhr red or maroon on the horses face piece, not the reins (you can tell I'm a city girl).

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    [quote=joanelizbay]Where did you get that beautiful panel? I would love to find one like it!

    An eBay seller has several of this same panel on Buy It Now for $3.50 each with free s/h. Her seller name is hauseraud. I bought two panels from her.

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    I learned a trick in home Economics that may help. This usually takes two people. Each of you gently grab the opposite corners with one hand (both use left hands) and gently pull against each other, then you grab next to your hand, with the other hand moving to the right. (each of you moves to your own right.) Gently pull again. Move hand over hand, until you reach the other person's starting point. Measure again. What you are doing is re-aligning the threads to make it square. You can repeat the process until you get a square measurement. Once you get a square, press with spray sizing to keep it square until the project is finished. I press and use the spray sizing a couple times to lock everything into it's new position, before I do any folding, trimming, or sewing. I have used it a couple times on pricier fabrics that were wonky, so my money wasn't wasted. I hope this fixes it for you. :thumbup:

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    I would pull it on the diagonal to try to get it straighter. If that doesn't do, pin it down and load it up with starch and manuipulate the fabric. If these don't completely work, they should help enough to adjust the next binding to even it up without showing. Trim your panel evenly all the way around

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    Quote Originally Posted by loya99
    I would cut it down to the gold and add the borders there. Does that help to square it up some?
    That is how I would do it - and if that would not be square, try squaring it up within that wide piece of Gold.Then you could disguise any problems with creative use of sham borders or peepers.

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    I would even out the sides to the best of your ability, and then add the borders, start with a dark border.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barbm
    first, I have started with wetting it pretty good and pinned it to the cutting mat to try to square it up. It seems to give pretty good. Keeping my fingers crossed.
    Right, and I even go so far as to wash the panel, starch it heavily, pin it "square" and let it dry that way, then finish up the making/quilting process. After you get it made and wash it again, it ought to stay pretty much squared up.

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    i had this happen to me resently. am doing a lot of free motion on fabric panels. i cut off the entire border and used a black binding on it after quilting. turned out great and looked even better than it would have with the border on.

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    I would try blocking the center and try to get to squared up. Spray it with water and pin it to a board . Do your pinning olong the line where the black and white meet. It should work

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    Its pretty!

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    The panel and fabrics are beautiful! Good luck with whatever solution you try and then please post a picture.

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    I use a lot of panels and I cut it with a 1/4 seam allowance then put couping strips around it to make it even, then go from there, the last one I did I put 1 1/2" on top and bottom and 2 1/2" on the sides. it works for me. hope it helps

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    Quote Originally Posted by CoriAmD
    Can you trim the blue (or black - what ever it is... LOL) back so it is 1/4" all the way around? Then when you sew on the borders, only the gold will show. It is a really pretty panel though.
    I also bought panels and found them to be off too. No amount of starching and stretching when I ironed helped, so I just did the best I could and when it was done, it didn't really show that much. Good luck!
    I agree. :-D

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    I would put the line of the ruler on the gold line and cut 1/4 to 1/2 inch out from there. Then add borders. That should help straighten it out.

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