This week I’m in the middle of two baby quilts designed with chevrons. I’ve done a lot with that design, and I wasn’t especially anxious to do another right now, but that’s how things worked out.
The first is a custom order for an Etsy customer inspired by one already in my shop. This went together very quickly and it’s dramatic. Now I’m waiting on the customers backing fabric.
I make my HSTs by cutting squares the finished size + 7/8″ (6 7/8″ in this case), drawing a line diagonally, and then sewing 1/4″ on either side. This prevents bias stretching and my size is always very accurate. I sometimes check to see, but there’s never anything to trim.
I’m attending a baby shower next month, so I’ve been pondering that one. I had already asked the mother-to-be about her nursery, and she had said, “Gray and white, with blue elephants.” So, I was thinking of some subtle gray and white patchwork with appliqued elephants over top.
Then this invitation arrived, and I knew it had to be chevrons.
I tried that out with my 2 1/2″ squares, but the result was pretty bleah.
Now I’m combining those squares with gray and white HSTs to form some quiet but definite zig zags.
Its been warm here, so I’ve just been sewing a little in the mornings before my studio heats up. Hope you’re making progress on your projects.
I’m linking up with WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced. Make sure you stop over there and see her new Christmas design. Wow!
August 20, 2014 at 2:09 PM
Love the chevrons! And you’re right, they do seem to be the perfect choice!
August 20, 2014 at 3:44 PM
I love how the custom order colors pop, and I do think that chevrons is the way to go for your friend as well. 🙂
August 20, 2014 at 5:31 PM
I love the reds in the chevrons…they look great!
August 20, 2014 at 9:17 PM
I just finished one for my daughter. Now to try machine quilting. Still contemplating about the design. Think I will go check out Pinterest for some ideas!
August 21, 2014 at 2:24 PM
I’m a big fan of chevrons! Those are looking good. I’m looking forward to seeing what you do with the grey.
August 21, 2014 at 6:15 PM
I still like chevrons, and specially like the gray textured print you used (essex linen?) And I agree on the Chevron decision on the second one. It would be fun to make the quilt the same design as the invitation. Just for fun 🙂
August 22, 2014 at 1:30 PM
I really like the way you used the darker and lighter reds. Looks great and gives dimension.
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May 13, 2019 at 1:06 PM
Do you have a pattern I can purchase for this quilt?
May 13, 2019 at 1:21 PM
Hi! No, I don’t have a pattern. It’s just 18 red and gray half-square triangle blocks, and 24 white and gray ones. That’s 21 gray squares (6 7/8″ square before sewing and cutting), 9 red squares, and 12 white ones.
The blocks finish at 6″, and the quilt top is 36 1/2″ x 42 1/2″.
Hope that helps!
May 13, 2019 at 1:27 PM
Thanks for the dimensions, I would like to make this for my grandson but want to make it at least a full or queen size. Can you help me figure this out?
May 13, 2019 at 1:34 PM
I think I would enlarge the blocks and use the same layout. 12″ blocks would work out to 72″ x 84″, and you could always add an extra row on the side or bottom if you want it larger. Lots of room for quilting!
May 13, 2019 at 10:04 PM
Here’s this quilt when it was finished. https://eveninginthegarden.blog/2014/09/05/another-chevron-finish/