Pink Chevron Quilt

If someone mentioned chevrons to me a couple months ago, my first thought would have been this:

Although I’m not a traffic engineer, my day job involves public infrastructure which includes roadways and traffic signs.  FYI..this particular sign indicates a sharp turn in the road.

You can kinda guess where my train of thought was regarding chevrons, so when I saw a Pinterest post from a friend of mine regarding her chevron wall, I initially thought it was kinda odd that a traffic sign was being used as inspiration for home decor.  Then realized that it was a brilliant idea! Chevrons serve as inspiration for fabrics, rugs, home design, cards, scrapbooking, shoes and quilts!

Of course…QUILTS!  I just had to get to work on a chevron quilt when I first saw them on Pinterest, and started this project a few months before Lauren was born.

I’ve been meaning to do a blog on Lauren’s Chevron Quilt for some time now, but could never get the right picture to post. The quilt doesn’t seem to show up nicely in indoor photos, so I brought it outside.  I must say, this quilt looks a lot better in real life than on this blog.  Hmmm…not sure what I’m doing wrong with my pictures.  I either need a better camera (than my iPhone 4S) or I should take some photography classes.

I used the pink prints from Robert Kaufman’s “Pick a Bunch”  layer cake that I bought from Missouri Star Quilt Company, and a pink and grey print that I picked up from Walmart along with a white Kona solid for the zig-zag pattern.  The flower border also comes from the “Pick a Bunch” collection, that I bought separately at Sew Special on Maui.  The binding was a purple Kona fabric.

Here’s a close-up shot of the quilt…

I also got to play with my free-motion quilting foot, but only used it on the border.  The more I practice, the better I’ll get….but yay!  I love being able to do free-motion quilting!

If you’re a beginner quilter, like me, you may want to consider a chevron quilt for one of your first projects.  A chevron quilt is a great beginner’s project because it involves squares and triangles, and piecing them into a predictable pattern. Here’s a link to a great tutorial from The Crafty Traveler, entitled Chevron Quilt.

Enjoy! =)

DIY, quilting, Sewing

Echo Print Jelly Roll and Charm Pack Quilt

One of my favorite online quilting/fabric shops is Missouri Star Quilt Company. I browsed their website the other week and found a great deal on their Echo print Jelly Roll and Charm Pack by Lotta Jansdotter. I bought two of each with the intent of making a lap quilt for myself or something for the kids to snuggle up with.

I think it was the colors used in the prints that caught my eye. Then I realized that I had a wall hanging that was very similar to them! I have one in green (as pictured below) and another one in cranberry red. It sort of reminds me of a lehua blossom.

In the past week or so, I spent some time in cutting pieces for for my blocks. I decided to go with an easy block pattern, just taking the charm pack square and using the jelly roll strips to create a border. When do I find the time? I usually get to work on my sewing late at night, when the little one is sleeping or when he and my husband are playing with his cars or trains. =)

Here’s what I’ve completed so far! I used strips of white Kona fabric and 2.5″ in squares to create a sash around the blocks. I have yet to complete the border to this quilt top (maybe a grey border) and finish it with the backing and binding.

Hoping to get it all done this weekend! My husband and I however, have so much more to do before baby arrives in a month. Will keep you posted!