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.
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.