Thursday, February 20, 2014

Playing with Chevrons ...

Have been fiddling with chevrons over the past month ...


I love how something so simple ... can be so vibrant ...

This one was my first ... pieced all the sashing individually -- boy that took a long time ... but am pretty pleased with how well I was able to match all the seams despite all the piecing.

Horizontal Chevrons
With the second one ... I sewed the sashing to the strip before I cut the chevrons.  That meant that I had to flip the chevrons 90 degrees which made a wider quilt.  But it also came together a heck of a lot quicker.  I need to figure out how to adjust my template so I can flip them back 90 degrees.  The piece at the top of the quilt top is odds and ends left over which I will use on the back.

Vertical Chevrons
Every day I am surprised at how little I know about the process of quilting ... self taught with no quilting friends (outside of the internet) ... means I probably take 2X the time to pull together a quilt top than those of you who actually know what you're doing ;-).

But I do enjoy the process of learning how ... this past week I saw a :30 minute show on PBS about quilting flying geese ... it was a little boring ... but wow ... who knew that they were so easy to make?  And how simple it was to make them the same size so that they line up ...

Flying Geese with white space
I made the quilt above, not knowing how to make the flying geese the same size ... which meant they didn't line up well ... hence I used white space to hide my challenges ... it worked, and I'm happy with how it came out ... but I continue to learn everyday ... and that's what keeps me coming back.

I'm curious ... how did you learn to quilt?

All the best,
Lisa

3 comments:

  1. I am a self taught quilter who's only been quilting for about 4 years. I've learned by reading quilting blogs and practicing. I love quilting, even though when I was younger you couldn't get on a sewing machine! I just joined my first quilt-a-long and made my first flying geese. Not my favorite thing, but it wasn't hard. I made your geometric quilt this month and it turned out great. Love your pattern! I'm planning on another quilt with your pattern soon!

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  2. Lisa, I don't love chevrons, but I LOVE this quilt! What an original idea - it's really beautiful.
    I learned to sew when I was a kid, but I learned to quilt by reading great quilting blogs like yours! I knew my way around a sewing machine so I just ordered some fabric and batting and got to cutting. The biggest lesson I learned on my first (baby) quilt was to be as precise as possible in the cutting so you avoid headaches when trying to get your corners/points to match up.

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  3. Lisa I love this quilt! I learned to quilt during a six week course in 1993 and still haven't finished that quilt. The quilting was by hand and I only have a little bit to do so have promised myself that 2015 is the year to finish it!
    I have a wonderful group of friends who get together regularly to sew, but unfortunately I haven't been able to meet with them for a while as my household is upside down at the moment. I am itching to get my sewing machine out and would love to tackle this quilt but am not sure what you mean by sewing the dashing and flipping? I have made a sort of chevron quilt for my 3 year old granddaughter as she loves snakes of all things and I was really happy with how it turned out. Not sure if I can post a pic here though?

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