First off, thanks so much to all of you for your comments and advice on my last post about teaching my daughter to sew. We had a busy weekend, and I didn't have a chance to respond to all your comments like I usually try to, but I appreciated the input. My daughter is 4 1/2. I never really considered teaching her to sew at this point on my machine, but hearing all your stories about teaching young children to sew on real machine was very encouraging. I actually have two machines--my starter Singer machine I rarely use (but still works perfectly), and my much bigger Brother machine I now use. The Singer is the one I plan to let her use as she gets older, but my Brother has speed control so I'll probably teach her on that one. I'll let you all know how it goes once we get started on this new project.
Onto the chevrons.
I love the look of all the chevron quilts I've been seeing. There are a couple block tutorials out there as well. The only thing I didn't like about the blocks is the choppy feeling when the base of the block was squared off. I wanted the quilt made from a continuous chevron.
With a little trial and error, I came up with this quilt. The chevron strips are cut at a 30 degree angle and pieced continuously. The final quilt is about 56"x70". I pieced each individual strip in about three angled sections, squared the sides, then sewed the angled ends together.
It's backed with minky fabric and so nice and soft. This is my fourth minky quilt I've made. I've learned every minky is different. I found out it's harder when you are moving the quilt against the grain. It feels sticky no matter what. I used my heavy quilt gloves (leather gardening gloves) to handle this quilt. They are bulky, but give me better grip. I did a large loopy pattern to quilt this. I was hoping it wouldn't mess up the nice paisley design on the minky, but after quilting you can barely see the paisley pattern.
As always, I love the colors! It's already a favorite cuddle quilt and lives in our front room.
Linking up to Canoe Ridge Creations.