Holiday Project, A Partridge in a Pear Tree

Just popping in with a quick update. I have something new in the shop and I am really loving it. Recently I opened an account and started carrying Northcott Fabrics. In case you were not aware, they make tons of fun panels. I don’t use a whole lot of panels but my customers have shown me the light. Some of them are really cute and make for a fun, quick finish.

Thinking of holiday gifts, I thought this would be a great one to have in the shop. With the panel, a bit of lining and some Insul Bright, you get to make an apron, two oven mitts and four coasters. Instructions for most of it are on the panel. The coasters were my creation. They have the four squares at the top of the panel which are a bit of a bonus. I thought they were really cute so I made them into holiday coasters.

The apron is adorable. I lined it with a bias check fabric ( available in the shop) which gives a nice weight to the apron and also makes it reversible for use during the rest of the year.

The lined side for you to take a peek at.

The oven mitts are a little tricky. I did a double layer of Insul Bright in them because I think they are more insulated this way. But it makes for a thick batch of fabric to sew. That part wasn’t a huge deal but binding the edge at the top was. My machine doesn’t have a free arm to sew a smaller, circular seam with. I was able to do it but it just took a bit of fiddling as I went around the circle.

Once the binding was stitched on, I folded it to the inside and pressed with steam. Then I hand stitched it down.

The coasters are a breeze. I used batting scraps and scraps from the lining of the apron to make these. I think I might give them a little top stitching around the perimeter now that I have looked at them for a bit. It will give a more finished look to them.

What do you think? I really like the resulting set. It makes a wonderful gift for someone or to give to yourself! Considering how long it has been since I have done a giveaway, I think it is time! I made a kit with everything you need – the Insul Bright for the mitts, the panel and the lining. You only need to supply the batting scraps for the coasters. I am certain each of us has plenty of scraps to use!

To enter the giveaway, you must follow Needle & Foot in some way. Please let me know how you follow. If you want links, follow me here on the blog or at any, or all, of these: Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, or my newsletter (which is sent out all too infrequently but I do try!) Leave a comment and tell me if you are a fan of panels like these or if you usually do not choose to use them. I want to hear what your thoughts are. Giveaway open to US residents only (sorry – the cost of postage is prohibitive). Winner will be drawn on Sunday, November 1st at the end of the day. Good luck!!

Linking to: Brag About Your Beauties, Whoop Whoop, and TGIFF

36 thoughts on “Holiday Project, A Partridge in a Pear Tree

  1. Lee

    What a lovely idea! I have never used a panel, but you have just convinced me to try 🙂
    I follow you on Instagram where I am francesgiff.

  2. Linda S

    I have occasionally used panels, and have one in my stash that I may use now to make an apron
    Thanks for the idea! I get your newsletter. Will look for you on instagram.

  3. Tracie

    Bernie, this panel was a great addition. Typically I wouldn’t buy a panel, and yet, this is the perfect use for one. I have a couple aprons and agree that this set would be a perfect gift. Thanks for sharing it with us. (I follow you on Bloglovin and Instagram.)

  4. Wendy

    This is such a fun panel, and what fun to be able to make so many things from a panel. I don’t buy many panels, but something like this is more tempting. The apron looks really good on you!

  5. Samantha Linehan

    I follow you through email and Instagram. I love your creativity. I don’t usually buy panels, but I love this one! I want to wear the apron when I make my Christmas cookies this year!

  6. Barb

    I have used a panel on occasion, mostly for baby items such as bags, books etc. This apron is cute, and would be fun for the holidays. I follow your blog.

  7. Angela Short

    Your coasters, oven mitts and apron are very cute. I really like panels. Although, I’ve only made a couple different panels, they are really fun! This one is really neat. Enjoy your day! I follow your blog by email. angielovesgary2 atgmail dotcom 🌻🦋🍁

  8. Deb Enders

    Absolutely I’d be interested – what a cute panel, and the neutral on the back makes it easy to wear the rest of the year. Thanks for the giveaway!

  9. Kathleen McCormick

    This is a really cute set. I love some of the panel sets and this one is fun. I always feel like the aprons are a little flimsy with this kind of cotton. Did you interface or line it? I follow you by email and a few other ways…facebook, etc.

  10. Kathryn

    What a pretty set! I usually only use panel prints for children’s toys or crib blankets but love this one. I enjoy your newsletter s and Pinterest posts.

  11. Cecilia

    This looks really nice! I’ve used a few panels before to make aprons and children’s quilts. Thanks for the chance to win this kit. I get your newsletter and I’m a new follower on Instagram as Ceciliaquilts.

  12. Debbie Miller

    I usually don’t sew with panels either but this one is really cute. I follow your blog via email.

  13. Elizabeth Bolton

    I’m not usually a big fan of panels since I never seem to think of a good way to use them. This, however is really wonderful! I love the apron – the print is so good.

    I follow your blog via email and on Facebook. Nice to know you, Bernie!

  14. Dorothy

    I have started to use panels often. Piecing is more difficult for me now with
    arthritis in my hands — so the panels are a great help in my quilt making.
    I follow your blog via e-mail.

  15. Lee in MI

    I have never used a panel , but this is so sweet! My MIL would Love this! I do follow your blog, and facebook. And I believe I get your newsletter too! Thank you for the fun, cute giveaway!!

  16. Dawn Lunn

    I love panels and have made several aprons and wall hangings using panels. They are perfect size for practicing my machine quilting skills. Your set is lovely and the coasters are a nice touch!! I just finished making Thanksgiving potholders for mailing to cousins in two different states. Your apron set would be
    a lovely holiday gift! I’d love to win a kit. I enjoy your newsletters and all the fun pictures. I have great granddaughters the same ages as yours….so fun!!! Thank you for all your great ideas. Dawn

  17. Tamara Carlisle

    This would be a cute gift for my DIL. I use a few panels like the Call of the Wild. I follow you through your newsletter.

  18. Barbara Kaup

    This is a really nice panel project–would make a nice gift. I follow you on the blog by e-mail.

  19. Cindy B

    I have used a few panels over the years mainly for a quick baby quilt gift. This one is very nice and offers a great way to gift someone with a really nice gift. I get your newsletter and have loved the pictures of your granddaughters recently. Adorable!

  20. Carol Andrews

    Hi Bernie. That is one of Northcott’s pretty panels this year. I love their fabrics. Your apron, oven mitts and coasters worked up beautifully. . I follow you by email and on IG but don’t enter me in your draw. I’m Canadian. 😉

  21. KdBrown

    Such a lovely panel! I don’t usually buy panels, but this one would be an exception! I follow you on Instagram and Facebook. Thank you!

  22. Jinger

    I love this idea! I have used panels in different ways, most recently in the wedding ring quilt I made for my son and his lovely bride. I follow you everywhere Bernie, I would probably want to hang out and sew with you if we lived close to one another 😉

  23. Pam Beck

    Hi, Bernie!!! I have several panels in my stash, just haven’t done anything with them yet. I never seem to have enough hours in the day to get done what I want to. That apron set is so cute. I follow your blog, get your newsletter, and follow on Instagram. Thanks for giving us the opportunity to win a great prize. Stay safe, blessed be, hugs!!!

  24. Lisa

    I follow you on Instagram and just signed up for your blog. This panel is quite lovely. I’d love to especially make the oven mitts.

    Thanks for the ideas.

  25. Sarah Shaver Moore

    I haven’t used a panel in several years. These are soooo cute! I follow you on instagram.


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