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Improve Your Free Motion Quilting with Pre-Printed Training Panels from Janome & PatternJam

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Ready-to-quilt panels are a popular way to give you the beautiful look of a pieced quilt top without actually doing any piecing. What?!?! We can hear the shouts of dismay from dedicated quilters. “That’s not quilting!” Hold on now. As a quilter, you know practice makes perfect - especially when it comes to free motion quilting. These gorgeous new panels are pre-printed with some of the most popular free motion stitching patterns to use as practice guide lines. Read on to find out more, as well as to enter to win one of three Panels we’re giving away, courtesy of Janome America and PatternJam

The Ready-to-Quilt Training Panels are made up of 12 traditional quilt blocks in vibrant colors. This type of pre-printed quilt top is sometimes called a “cheater panel,” but cheater panels don’t come with the stitch guidelines that this beautiful panel does.

The first column is pre-printed with solid stitching lines to follow as you begin to practice your skills. Graduate to the second column, which features dashed lines. For the last column, the training wheels come off! There are no guide lines on these four blocks so you can put your new expertise to work with full and open creativity. The panel also has a beautiful scroll pattern border along all four sides. 

The pre-packaged panels are exclusively available at participating Janome America dealers. Contact your local dealer or check out the Janome America website to locate a dealer near you. 

We used the Janome Skyline S7 for our practice panels, which performed wonderfully. You could also work on a long arm. 

Janome America worked with the ready-to-quilt experts at PatterJam to create these practice panels, incorporating not only a gorgeous design but also making sure all the included stitch patterns were spot-on for learning and improving your free motion quilting skill set. 

The art of free motion work is definitely something that requires practice. But doing that practice on just a random piece of fabric seems like a lot of work for something that really has no use once you’re done. 

On the other hand, it can seem daunting to spend hours and hours piecing a quilt top and then have to worry about using this hard-earned work as a practice surface. 

These Training Panels are the best of both worlds. You get a 54” x 68” whole cloth quilt top that gives you an easy way to practice and learn, but it also has the potential to turn into a lovely, colorful quilt when done.  

This type of panel can also be a great solution when you need to create a quilt very quickly, perhaps as a gift to mark a special occasion. Since there’s no time spent piecing, you simply layer, quilt, and bind. The finished panel is also completely machine washable since there are no fragile top seams that can be damaged. 

If you’re a teacher, this is a great way to give your students confidence. Plus, they can be learning piecing and free motion quilting on parallel paths. By the time their traditionally-pieced quilt top is done, they will have had enough practice on the training panels to jump right in and work on their own quilt tops.

The listed retail price is $64.99, and your Janome dealer may have additional discounts or special packages. This is such an economical option when you consider how much you are saving in both time and money by skipping the piecing of the quilt top. 

The pre-packaged panels are exclusively available at participating Janome America dealers. Contact your local dealer or check out the Janome America website to locate a dealer near you. 

Basic steps for stitching practice

Layer the Panel with batting and a backing panel as you would do with any quilt project, then baste together the layers (we pin basted our test panel).

We used Aurifil 50wt thread in a variety of colors. Since it’s virtually lint-free, it was perfect to use while following along the lines. 

The colors within each block are rich and beautiful. You can change thread colors as you move from block to block or even within a block. Having so many different stitch patterns from which to choose was a great benefit.

The stitch lines are printed directly on the fabric, so there’s no danger of them rubbing off as you work. This also means if you do stray off the solid or dashed lines, they will remain slightly visible, but unless you stray wildly from the path, it isn’t really an issue you’ll notice much once everything is completed. 

As with many of our quilting projects, we found it helpful to use a pair of quilting gloves as “traction” to help keep our movements even as we traced along the guide lines. 

How to Enter to Win one of THREE Learn-to-Quilt Panels

We’ll draw our three lucky winners from our Sew4Home eNewsletter list.

Our free eNewsletters are sent out each Monday and Friday, and are the perfect way to keep up-to-date on all the latest Sew4Home projects, tutorials, events and more - such as bringing you great new product info like these Learn to Quilt Panels.  

You’ll find our sign-up box at the top right of any page on the site. It looks like this:

Simply type your email address into the box on the site and click the blue arrow. If you already get our newsletters, you’re good to go and entered for a chance to win!

Our thanks again to Janome America and PatternJam for sharing the love!

We will draw THREE winners at random from everyone who is part of the Sew4Home newsletter list as of midnight PT March 31, 2017. No purchase necessary to enter. Void where prohibited.

NOTE: This Giveaway is open to our US visitors.

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Comments (83)

Joy Joslin said:
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If I am not one of the winners where and how can I purchase this?  The Dealers within a 100 miles from my home do not know anything about this  "Panel".

Liz Johnson.Editor.Sew4Home said:
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@Joy - Hello again. We heard back from our friends at Janome, and they suggest asking your dealer to special order it for you. The product is available to all Janome America Dealers. If your dealer needs more information, the Janome "part number" is: RTQ-PANEL1. You can also reach out directly to Janome America for support at: http://www.janome.com/en/contact-us/

Liz Johnson.Editor.Sew4Home said:
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@Joy - We've forwarded your question to our friends at Janome America. In the meantime, could you let us know in what part of the country you're located?

Mary L Cohen said:
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NOTE: This Giveaway is open to our US visitors. :(  From Canada!  I so want to learn how to quilt my own tops! :( :( :(

Liz Johnson.Editor.Sew4Home said:
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@Mary - so sorry; if you're a regular S4H visitor, you know the vast majority of our giveaways are open to all visitors, but sometimes we do have to list restrictions. We've passed along to our Janome America sponsors several international inquiries about this cool product so they can investigate the option of providing the panels to Janome dealers in other countries. Thank you!

Liz Johnson.Editor.Sew4Home said:
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@Brenda - the sign up instructions are at the end of the article above. Simply enter your name in the box (sample is shown) that you'll right near the top right of any page at the site.

Martie in Nor Cal said:
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This is the most perfect solution for me.  I call myself the "attempted quilter".

RobertaT said:
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Oh,I sure need to win this!, What a great project to come out with...

Becky Thomason said:
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I've met Emily Taylor of Pattern Jam a couple of times and I have to say that her panels are the cutest ever.  If you haven't looked at Pattern Jam, I highly recommend it.

Patricia Collier said:
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This is such a brilliant givaway. Fingers crossed I'm lucky. I've tried free motion but I'm hopeless so this would be a great help to me.

Am I right in thinking that I am automatically entered if I already subscribe to the newsletters?

Liz Johnson.Editor.Sew4Home said:
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@Patricia - yes, if you are already a subscriber, you are entered to win

Florence Harrelson said:
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I really like this idea. I have a Janome 6600, can I do free motion quilting on my machine?  This would be a money saver for sure.  

Liz Johnson.Editor.Sew4Home said:
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@Florence - You can certainly do free motion on your 6600. Use your darning foot and drop the feed dogs. I'm sure your local Janome dealer would be happy to help you if you need it. 

Marcus Twainus said:
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Thank you for the easy-to-navigate website.  i signed for your newletter and will return again.  Sincerely,

beany said:
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Surfed into your website from Pattern-Jam.  Thanks for the easy to navigate website.  I SIGNED UP for your newsletter and will return again.

Valerie Presseault said:
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I would love to have the confidence to try this on a nativity scene panel that I picked up at a garage sale.

Rhonda Van Ginkel said:
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This is such a fabulous idea!!! I would love to give this a try - plus I like the variety of the quilting patterns included. : )  Good luck to everybody!

Susan in Shelby NC said:
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What a great idea to get me started on free motion quilting. Looks like a great learning tool. I would love to win a panel. Count me in.

Laurie Gelo said:
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I love this idea of a whole cloth to practice and learn some free motion quilting on. But I am disappointed that the lines are permanent. The pattern and the colors are great. And it looks like a quilt that I would absolutely keep or gift to someone if there weren't the permanent lines there. 

Charlotte Dunn said:
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The panels are simply stunning.  The quilting turns them into an art piece. Janome----I just flipped for your new panels!!!!!!     This is genius . Theres no need to fear now and you will end up with such a beautiful quilt. I love the concept, the colors and everything about it.   AMAZED!!

Jennifer P said:
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These are a great way to learn!  Would love to try one!  It even would be helpful to learn quilting by hand!

Mary Hanna said:
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Oh my goodness! This takes the fear out of learning free motion quilting.  Please pick me!

Helen Harton said:
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I would love to win this but as I live in Ireland I don't think I'm eligible. Where can I buy some of these panels?

Liz Johnson.Editor.Sew4Home said:
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@Helen - As mentioned above, right now the panels are exclusively available through participating Janome America dealers, but we are passing along requests from several of our international follows to Janome to let them know of the wider interest. Thanks!

2sewz4jo said:
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 I have a Janome Sewing Machine for free motion sewing.  I have used it several times however, it is very hard to use with the frame I have.  Plus me being in a wheel chair does not help at all.  This panel that allows you to practice would be great for me to practice on also.  Even though I have done a couple of quilts on my own the top quilting was not as I hope it to be.   

Martie in Nor Cal said:
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I have been looking for something like this for ages!!!  I have seen panels that pleased me but not with the "cheater" hints.   Thank You for this !!

Susan Brewer said:
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Such a simple idea, the best ones usually are! v

Sherianne said:
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I have been too intimidated with free motion quilting.  I do enjoy learning new things but this has just seemed way out of my comfort zone!  This is such an awesome idea!  Would love to be able to work with one of these panels!

Jennifer T. said:
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Fantastic idea!  Maybe I could conquer by free-motion quilting fear once and for all.  Thanks for the giveaway.

Anne Dirks said:
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Would love to try a panel like this.  I love to free motion quilt and can always use practice! 

Laurie Fifarek said:
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These are so awesome! I'm so afraid to ruin my quilts by my poor efforts at free motion quilting. These will help tremendously. Thank you! I love this newsletter and this site. So much information and endless ideas!

TMahoney said:
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This is definately a greatway to learn quilting. 

Kelley Daley said:
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Oh, this definitely takes the "fear" out of free motion quilting!

LC said:
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This is so super and practical.  Being rather new (5) quilts in, I would love to win one of these Learn-to-Quilt packs to begin to learn free-motion quilting.  I agree with it is a little scary, but with the patterns it should be much easier.  Thanks Janome and Pattern Jam for this great resource.

Laurie Levitt said:
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What a great product this is! I would love to win this.  As a beginner quilter I have done some stippling but have no clue how to move to the next level.

Debra Ritzman said:
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My biggest fear is sewing a beautiful piece and then ruin it with trying free motion and not be good at it. I would love to win the quilting panels. Maybe after much practice I would then have the confidence to try and free motion some of my projects that have been in boxes for several years now. I just don't have the confidence to try yet. Thank you for the opportunity for a chance to win.

Linda L. said:
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Am I understanding correctly that the stitching lines remain on the fabric permanently? I see several places where you aren't bang on the line in the pictures so that I can see the guide line. If the lines are solid in the first third, dashed in the second third and non-existent in the third, I would think it would be very noticeable where you strayed.

If the guide lines washed out, nobody would know you hadn't free-wheeled the whole thing. Particularly with a quilt, which means it would be seen close up, I wonder how "finished" and not like a practice piece it would look. If I'm investing $65 plus batting, backing and binding plus my time, I want to be able to use the resulting quilt. Do the lines fade over time? 

Liz Johnson.Editor.Sew4Home said:
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@Linda - the panels' number one use is indeed for practice. The lines are permanently printed in order to make sure they don't wear off in any way while you are doing that practice, and yet they are still a light print against the very colorful background. Our photos are super close up to show our stitching, so any variation at all is noticible - it's much less so when looking at the finished practice panel. Although you may not end up with an heirloom quality quilt, it wil likely still be a lovely item and you get to take advantage of the real focus - to practice free motion quilting. When we considered how much it would cost in fabric and time to piece a quilt top on which to practice, we felt this was a much more affordable option with the opportunity for a pretty and useable end product. Janome American and PatterJam get to see all the comments here, so they can take in your suggestions. Thanks so much for your thoughts!

Linda Barnes said:
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WOW!! great item to win - and I sure could use this.  I need to learn how to free motion but still rather - or should I say scared to do it.  But, need to practice and more and more .  But never seems like enought hours in a day.  SEW this sure would be great.  Thank you - and call me

Linda Cole said:
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 Wonderful, I don't know how to do free motion quilting this would be a great teaching tool. 

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