Monday, January 23, 2012

Scrappy Chevron Quilt

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.

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31 comments:

  1. So pretty! I love that the strips are not all the same size - makes the pattern pop more in my opinion.

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  2. Fantastic quilt, looks beautiful, as usual.

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  3. Wow - it looks 3D in the first image. Love the color palette and the stripey binding is gorgeous!

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  4. Hi! That is a fantastic quilt! I love those coloursful stripes and as you said they are beautiful when continuing! And the sweet binding is perfect! x Teje

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  5. So so awesome Kati, and I'm with you on liking the continuous chevrons as opposed to cutting off the bases. I think you have me sold on trying out minky for a quilt back! Thanks for all your tips, even the pictures of your quilt look so cuddle worthy! Great quilt :-)

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  6. Wow, I love everything about it! I bet with a minky back it is great for cuddling!

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  7. Love your quilt....yesterday I could not comment on your blog...hope I can today.

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  8. This quilt is beautiful, I love chevrons! I have what may be a silly question. When you back your quilts with minky do you skip the batting? I think you would, but I could be wrong...

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  9. The colors are so nice together!! Love it!!

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  10. Hi Kati...beautiful quilt!!
    I have never used Minky before, but have heard that it is hard to work with.
    I am wondering...have you ever tried quilting it upside down, so the Minky side is up. If you are doing an all over pattern, you would not need to see the quilt top. Would that make a difference??

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  11. Oh it looks really great - I have just bought some fleece to back my Made In Cherry, (small matter of making the top first though!).

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  12. it's wonderful Kati! I have loved all the chevron quilts too but felt the same about the chopped off bits! yours is fantastic! pinning! x

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  13. This is such a great quilt! Well done. Thanks for sharing the pictures and the info about the minky. That is so good to know!

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  14. Ooh, it looks fab and snuggly. Good luck with your sewing classes :o)

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  15. Glad you're going to teach your daughter to sew on a quality machine! If I'd seen your last post before you got to this one, I would have advocated for that vs trying to find a kids one that was actually worth anything. Especially since you probably want her to enjoy sewing as much as you do! For the record, my mom taught me on her old Elna. I'm not sure I was 4 1/2 when I started, but I was allowed to sew doll clothes and the like by age 6 or so. And no needle holes in my fingers to speak of! :)

    Good looking chevrons! Thats another pattern I mean to try!

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  16. I am in love with this quilt! Great colors. The binding is perfect. You're really making me want to try a minky backing!

    (autocorrect keeps changing minky to kinky. Sheesh.)

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  17. Ooh, what beautiful colors! And the chevron design looks really good. Thanks for sharing that tip on quilting with minky.

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  18. Really really gorgeous! Love all of it. And I'm so impressed that you did minky on such a big quilt. So cuddly and wonderful!

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  19. I prefer a kinky backing myself... ;)

    Looks great!
    I like that the angle isn't too abrupt... very nice. Great colors too.

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  20. beautiful! and you quilted it yourself with minky on the back?!? you go girl! :) thanks for linking up to {sew} modern monday!

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  21. Oh, fun - hanging out in the sewing room with daughters is the best! I love it when my own daughters say something like, "Hmm, I think I'll make a quilt today."
    Kati, what a wonderful quilt! Great colors, and I especially love the striped binding that ties it all together. That plush fur for backing is our favorite around here too. I have the best results with the Shannon/Cuddlesoft fabrics, mainly because I quilt with it on my longarm and the lengthwise grain stretches very little compared to others I've tried. I always use batting for these snuggly, huggly quilts.

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  22. Gorgeous! This Saturday my daughter said, "Mom I'm bored. Can I sew?" I asked why does she want to sew. She said, "'Cause it's fun." Sweet! She's never too young to appreciate the hard work of sewing! :)

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  23. I'm not even sure how I stumbled upon your blog, but I am glad I am. This is such a fun quilt!

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  24. I'm hopping over from the KCMQG to see more pics of your chevron quilt. It is so great! Thanks for sharing it with us!!

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