I ordered this Zookeeper Prism ABC panel the second I saw it!
I had no plans for it, but I was hoping I would be able to cut it up and use it like I did with this Pokey Puppy Panel quilt (still one of my very favorites!).
Without much thought I started chopping up my panel, only to realize that the letters are not all the same width...so I would need to change the design. The blocks are all 6 ½" tall, but ranged from 6" to 6 ¾" wide....so I decided to sew 2" borders onto the sides of each block, then go back and trim them all up to the same size so I could sew them all together easily.
Note: If you are attempting to cut up your panel, cut the letters into horizontal rows first since they are all the same height, then go back and cut in between the letters. When adding the border strips, I cut the side strips first since they were all 6 ½" tall, then I cut the top and bottom strips longer than the blocks and trimmed them up after sewing them on to save time.
I trimmed all of the blocks up to 9" wide x 9 ½" high, and added the 4 white blocks the same size to each corner of the quilt top.
This quilt ends up being a perfect crib size, 42 ½" x 54".
My only regret is that I didn't plan out fabric placement at all...so I wouldn't have put orange next to orange or stripes next to stripes, but it's not too noticeable.
I had a nightmare two nights ago that I sewed the letters together wrong, and in my dream I couldn't remember the order of the alphabet. Then I was back in college, and had failed a class I forgot I signed up for and woke up in a cold sweat. So needless to say I checked and DOUBLE checked to make sure I had my letters in order before I sewed this together! ;)
I purchased my panel from here, (you can find lots of them if you Google it, it's the Hoffman Fabrics Prism Zookeeper panel). It's digitally printed, but from what I've read it washes up great, so we shall see!
This was a super fast sew...it's nice to have a quick, satisfying project now and then!