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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! =)

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A New Diaper Bag! (With Link to Tutorial)

These past few weeks, I’ve been admiring a number of Vera Bradley tote bags at a store in our local mall.  Each time my husband and I would pass by the storefront, I’d often stop and tell him how much I like the vibrant colors and patterns, and the design of the bags.  They’re beautiful!  But I just couldn’t see myself buying one knowing that I could probably make it myself.  And so began my next challenge…a new diaper bag!

I made a diaper bag a few weeks ago using a tutorial from Moda Bakeshop. It had blues and greens in it, perfect for my son!  This time however, I decided to use fabrics in pink and yellow, and to use a tutorial from Andrea’s Originals.  It’s a more “boxier” style than my first diaper bag, but what I like about it are the pockets and that it’s much bigger.  I modified the size a bit to make a wider bag.  My finished bag measures 16″x12″x5″.

I started with these fabrics from Robert Kaufman’s “Free to Grow” collection by Nancy Mimms.

I already had the yellow fabric in my stash, but needed the others for the front and back pockets and the handles.  These fabrics were from Sew Special, one of our local fabric stores on Maui.  The girls there were great in helping me find what I needed!  What I don’t have pictured here is a hot pink gingham print that I used for my lining.

When I pieced the bag together, I decided to sew all the panels first, rather than sew them on to the bottom of the bag.

After sewing the panels, I pinned the bottom section to the panels and sewed around all four sides, starting with the long sides first and finishing off with the shorter sides.

A couple nights ago, I showed my husband my new diaper bag and asked him what he thought.  He asked where I had bought it from.  I found that to be the most perfect compliment!

The cost of the materials added with the time I spent on this bag probably amounted to the same as the cost of those Vera Bradley bags that I saw at the mall, but it was worth the effort and time.  It was sure worth knowing that it was something that I could make for myself!