Here is another Christmas quilt I made for a grandson. This one has old cars, which is a panel, that I cut squares out. These car blocks each had a border with different colors already so I just used those and didn't add another one. Then I took the contrasting material of all the cars and cut the same size squares. I didn't do a small border on these because it was black against black. Used checkerboard material for an additional border. I needed length and had some chevron blocks left over so added them to the top and bottom. For the last border I used flame material.
The grandsons really liked the old cars and I knew my quilts were a hit with them! He was very excited to receive this quilt from his Grandma.
In one of my other posts I talked about panels. Don't be scared to buy one and use it. It's intimidating at first but you can make some really nice quilts incorporating them into your design.