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Show 1910 - Playing with Panels

Featuring: Cyndi McChesney / Stacy Iest Hsu

Posts On: November 6, 2016


Cyndi McChesney is going to take what you've always thought about a pre-printed quilt panel and turn it on its ear. As the 2015 NQA Certified Teacher of the Year, she is often asked, “what can a quilter do with a pre-printed panel?” Cyndi says that it comes down to a bit of basic math and some imagination. From creative cutting to the addition of other quilt elements, Cyndi shows you how to take a panel from dull to divine!

Then we meet fabric and product designer Stacy Iest Hsu, whose adorable fabric panels featuring a doll and animal friends encourage story telling and creative play in children. Stacy shares creative ideas for personalizing the individual doll or animal for the little person in your life. 

Show Information

Links to Artists:

Cyndi McChesney

Stacy Iest Hsu

From Chapter One:

Ricky and Alex chat with Cyndi about her 2015 NQA Certified Teacher of the Year award, the fact that she is Ricky's administrative assistant, and how she became interested in working with panels.

First Stitches

Sally Collins

From Chapter Two:

Cyndi shows Ricky how she squares up a panel and uses math to make the panel work.

Loralie Designs

Graph-It Design Paper by June Tailor

From Chapter Three:

Cyndi and Alex look at different options for panel use including table runners and placemats.

From Chapter Four:

Stacy Iest Hsu talks to Alex about her previous jobs with Gymboree, Target, and GapKids and how she now works with Moda to create panels featuring dolls and animals that tell a story.


After Set:

Cyndi shows per prowess with a flute, bass flute, and a piccolo. 

#13 maria36 2016-12-23 15:47
Loved Cyndi's tutorials on panels, which I enjoy sewing. Would LOVE to get the Christmas snowmen panel - where is it available, and the name of it?
#12 Kidwell 2016-12-08 21:45
As usual, the show was full of new and wonderful information. I will definately buy a panel after seeing this great tutorial. Thank You!!!!

Ms. Raedean
Nevada City. California
#11 CMOELLERS 2016-11-17 07:24
Wonderful show!!! Great job Cindy. Love playing with panels. Great idea to use panels for bags. I am going to have to try this great gift idea.
#10 vickiev 2016-11-13 14:25
Very cool!! I wasn't aware of all Cindi's talents when I saw her in Portland...I knew she was good on crutches, but not the other thngs... Nice show as usual. I do look forward to watching them for inspiration and knowledge.
#9 inthebag 2016-11-11 12:11
just watched the show on panels with Cindi McChesney. wonderful info. since I have been trying to figure out how to use panels in a quilt for my daughter and son-in-law, both military, as a Quilt of Valor. this has provided me with great inspiration. thank you. thank you, thank you.
#8 Charly 2016-11-11 08:12
Hi Cyndi,,
So you do not wash and dry the panels before reshaping the blocks ? Is it because after being wash and dry it wont square up with the steam ?
Thank you Cyndi !
#7 Pacific 2016-11-10 16:14
Awesome show! One if my favs
#6 lindashmidman 2016-11-10 08:53
Thank you for this outstanding show from beginning to afterset. Loved, loved, loved the PIECING theme and the PRACTICAL side of incorporating panels into SMALL PROJECTS and the adorable doll segment. I guess you got the message, but please bring back more PIECING and SMALL PRJOCETS.
Remember the QUILTED BOX Alex taught in the show with Jamie Wallen back a year or two ago? I make it continually. Just loved this segment. This project would also be a great application for printed blocks.
#5 Tinilou 2016-11-09 15:56
I am attempting my first panel quilt, this couldn't have been more timely. Thank you for all the tips.
#4 highviewquilte 2016-11-06 13:30
Thank you, wonderful - I enjoy panels however never
sure how to start now I have inspiration! The flute was a beautiful way to finish, such a lovely talented lady!
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