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!

Sewing, Uncategorized

Baby Rag Quilt

It’s been a while since my last post, mainly because I’ve been keeping myself busy with numerous quilting and sewing projects.  As I mentioned in my previous post, my husband and I will be expecting a baby girl sometime in April.  In preparation for her arrival, I decided to make a couple things for her.  I’m not sure where all this energy is coming from, but there’s something about having a baby that gets you motivated to create things.

Shortly after I finished my patchwork quilt, I moved on to a flannel and fleece rag quilt.  I found a great tutorial from one of my favorite YouTube contributors, Missouri Quilt Company.  They have so many great ideas!

I chose flannel fabrics with a mix of pink, green, and brown for my rag quilt and cut them into 5-inch squares.

Then I created sandwich pieces using the pink fleece squares as a backing and sewing two diagonal lines through the piece.

Here’s what it looks like when you sew the sandwich pieces together using a 1/4″ seam allowance:

The next step is to snip the edges, being careful not to snip the seam.

And here’s the finished product!

One of the things I love about this quilt is its softness and the texture created by the raggedy edges.  It’s so unique!  This quilt is pretty small, about 24″x30″.  The next time I make a rag quilt, I think I’ll use larger pieces and use a larger seam allowance.  I’d also like to try using minkie fabrics for an even softer quilt!

This was a quick and fun project, and I was super happy with the end result!  I’ll end my post here with the tutorial from the Missouri Star Quilt Company.  Have fun creating your own rag quilt….enjoy!


Sewing, Uncategorized

My First Quilt

I finished my first quilt last week. Yay!

I’m not sure what inspired me to get out and buy fabric, dust off my sewing machine (after a 5 year hiatus) and piece together these cute little squares.


I think my baby girl, who I’m expecting in April, played a big role in having me reunite with my sewing machine and fall in love with quilting.

One of the first things I did was find a great four-part tutorial on YouTube from Missouri Star Quilt Company on how to make a baby quilt from start to finish. As you can tell from the photo above, I decided on a pink and green theme. Choosing your fabrics can be time consuming and overwhelming, but I made it a point to have some fun in picking out the colors and designs.

After cutting my fabric into four-inch squares, I laid them out in a patchwork pattern.

ImageThen I sewed the pieces together…


After sewing the pieces, I just fell in love with what I had at that point (..about 1:30 in the morning…was I tired? No…). The cutting and sewing (and lots of thinking and reviewing the YouTube video) took about 4 hours. I know that seems like a lot of time spent just to get to this point in the quilting process, but I had the energy, and I thought it was all worth it to create something pretty for my baby girl.

The next day, I got back to work on my quilt and started on the borders. I used some of the leftover green fabric to create the inside border, and a different pink fabric for the outside border. I also used this pink fabric for the bottom layer of my quilt. The completion of the borders signaled the completion of the topper!


I secured the topper to the batting fabric and the bottom layer with safety pins, and got started with my stitching. Since this was my first quilt, I decided to use a stitching technique called “stitch in the ditch”.


After that step, I cut out the excess material using a rotary cutter.

I think the most challenging part was creating the binding.

Although the binding doesn’t look too bad in this photo, I struggled a bit with this step. I think the challenging parts were creating the mitered corners and tucking all of the fabric and batting material into the binding.

When everything was complete, I was pretty satisfied with the final product and so proud of it. I’m really looking forward to using this quilt this Spring!