Friday, August 15, 2014

Simple as Black and White!

All progress on my projects is going to have to go on hold.  My daughter is having a birthday and she just stripped the wall paper off her walls and repainted a room to serve as her office!  She has a day bed in there so it will be also serving as a guest bedroom.  So for her birthday she would like a quilt to fit in with the d├ęcor of that room.

She has requested a chevron quilt, and I am so excited about that since I have been wanting to make one.  Not very traditional I know, but there is something about modern quilts that graps my attention.  I think it is because they are very graphic and often time use just a couple of colors and made up of solid fabrics.  Yes,  I love solids, the quilting shows up so much better on solids, something that antique quilters used to show off their quilting.  So although they are so different, there are a lot of similarities
I am using Jenny Doan of Missouri Star Quilt Company's method to make the chevron quilt. Although I am starting with 7 inch squares instead of the 10 inch layer cake.  Here is a link to her tutorial if you are interested in making one too.

So yesterday the fabrics were washed and pressed and I was able to cut 7 inch strips from the fabrics. 

Today I am pairing up a black and white strip and cutting them into 7 inch squares.  I find that re-pressing the strips together makes cutting more enjoyable and oh boy the sewing I need to do goes much better too.
 
 
pairs of black and white blocks
 
 
the blocks after they have been stitched


After I get the squares cut from one set of strips I go ahead and sew all around the outside edge of the square.  Simple so far, and I need 72 to make this quilt 8 blocks across and 9 blocks down.  So the quilt will end up at 64x72.  Of course that may change a bit if I decided to add a border. So hopefully in the next few days I will get all the squares cut and stitched! Her birthday is only a little over 2 weeks away so I really need to get busy.

4 comments:

  1. I think I've used that technique. Looking forward to seeing that

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  2. I wish I had used that technique to make my chevron quilt ... I'm pretty sure it would have been quicker and much easier. I'm going to be binding my chevron quilt today ... I'm finishing mine just as you're starting yours. ;-)

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    1. Well so far so good! We will see how the next step goes. It's going pretty quickly, I have 48 blocks cut and sewn. Once they done we will see how cutting them and stitching them together goes. I plan on pressing seams open, I tried that in a practice block and it really kept it flat. Used to do that in garment sewing but not since I started quilting so what is old is new again. LOL

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