Panel Fun – Exploring Scarlet & Silver




Scarlet & Silver, designed by Tricia Patterson
McCall’s Quilting November/December 2017
Kit available here.

scarlet-and-silver-Scarlet-silver-flat-shotWhen I heard in a meeting, “I just don’t get it.” referring to the design of Scarlet & Silver in the November/December 2017 issue of McCall’s Quilting, I thought I might need to take another look at my design. I took an improvisational approach to the placement of the stain glass blocks in my quilt, laying them in a scrappy fashion while keeping the gray stars in formation. I agree this organic layout may not be to everyone’s taste. So, I figure it might be good to show some alternate ideas for my design.

A quilter could use the same fabric from the Winter’s Grandeur collection by Studio RK for Robert Kaufman Fabrics to make all the stained glass blocks, as shown below. The choice of the silver print for the star points and a red print for the background will bring focus to the stars surrounding the center panel, and give the whole quilt top a more balanced look.


Scarlet & Silver Stained Glass Block

I selected another Robert Kaufman panel, a digital print designed by Jan Patrik Krasny, called Sweet from the Picture This collection for an alternate design using the Scarlet & Silver pattern. This magical landscape panel is perfect for a border of mystical stars.


Picture This by Jan Patrik Krasny for Robert Kaufman

scarlet-and-silver-bright-tot-blockFirst, I made several blocks using all four sections of the pattern to create a star similar to the one used in the original design. I chose bright tone-on-tone fabrics. After making 4 blocks I felt the size of the stars was overwhelming, taking away from the detail and brilliant coloring of the panel.

scarlet-and-silver-sweet-large-starsThen, I thought of using only half of the star block to make a smaller border. It ended up the perfect size for the panel, adding just enough color to draw you into the picture as well as keep the mystical theme of the panel (right – click for a larger view!).

scarlet-and-silver-cropped-half-blockTo be honest, I’ve never been a real fan of panels, but I’ll be the first to admit that it’s fun to come up with border designs to complement the theme of a panel. I’m looking forward to bringing out Scarlet & Silver to showcase over the holidays and I now have a sweet wall hanging to pass on to my youngest granddaughter Lily.


Happy Quilting!




Managing Editor, McCall’s Quilting

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