Chevron Quilt – Part 1

The Chevron top I’m making is going so quickly.  It would be completely finished if I didn’t have quite so many distractions.  No doubt, there are patterns everywhere for this quilt so I’ll give a quick rundown in two parts on how I’m making this one.

Chevron Design

Mine will have the “stripes” going vertically on the bed, though the quilt is square.  Yours could be made any size you wish.  This one will finish at about 100″ x 100″.  The original plan was to have no borders but then I realized that when adding binding, I use about a 1/2″ seam allowance and that would cut off the points.  The seam allowance on the binding could be adjusted but since there are so many bias edges, when quilting this on the longarm, I’d prefer to have a non-pieced edge for pinning to the leaders.

My blocks are 8″ x 16″ finished and that explains why this quilt is so quick to make!

It’s simply giant flying geese.  The thought of giant flying geese brings to mind giant grasshoppers which I’m praying do not come back here this summer!

For most flying geese, I would paper piece them using Triangulations™ but since these are so big, they’ve outgrown my 8-1/2″ x 11″ paper so I’m piecing them in the traditional manner.

Flying Geese

Start by laying the smaller corner triangle, which I never remember if it’s the goose or the sky but it’s the brown one, on top of the larger turquoise triangle.  If the cutting has been done very accurately, the two pieces will align perfectly on the two sides.

Flying Geese

Notice that the seam allowance on this seam is pressed towards the turquoise fabric.

Flying Geese

The same thing happens for the remaining side.

Flying Geese

On this second side, the seam allowance is pressed towards the brown fabric.  Do this on all the pieces.  Press the first seam allowance towards the center and the second seam allowance towards the outside.  What do you think the quilt police would have to say about that?  :)

Flying Geese

This is what the back side of each block will look like.

Flying Geese

When two flying geese are joined, those seam allowances will butt up against each other instead of stacking on top of each other.

Seams

This way, it will be quite easy to get a perfectly matching point.

Perfect Point!

Those seams joining the flying geese are pressed open.

Seam Allowance Pressed Open

I know!  The Quilt Police are asking the Judge for a warrant right now . . quilt seams pressed open is a serious infraction of the laws of quilting some of us have been sworn to live by but I do whatever works best.  Not all of my seams are pressed open but the ones that need to be . . they are!

Here’s my progress so far:

Chevron Top

Tomorrow a second post will include a drawing that can be colored to help choose your fabrics.  The hardest part of this quilt is deciding which colors/fabrics to use.  Also included will be some dimensions and fabric requirements but this is one of those quilts that you can make using your own sizes — whatever size blocks you want to use to make the top whatever size you want it to be.

Simple! Simple!  Simple!  That’s how I like it!

What’s Cooking? Week 14, 2013

This week’s ingredient was Ranch Dressing Mix.

Before I get into the dish I made, here’s the ingredient for next week:

Week 15 – Something with rice in it.

Week 16 – Lime or Lime Juice  (and yes, it can be a drink!)

I had found a potato recipe on the internet and then when I went back to find it again, I couldn’t find the one I was looking for but found several very similar so I combined ingredients and this is what I came up with:

Cheesy Ranch Potatoes

Main Ingredients:
2 pounds Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and cut into thick slices
1 packet Ranch Dressing Mix, made according to directions
3/4 cup grated Cheddar cheese
10 slices bacon, cooked crisp and crumbled
Salt/Pepper to taste

Topping:
1/2 cup sour cream
Additional Ranch Dressing Mix
1/2 cup grated Cheddar cheese
Directions:

Preheat oven to 350º.

Mix all ingredients except Ranch Dressing Mix.  Stir in enough dressing mix so that potatoes are coated completely.

Pour into a greased 9″ x 13″ dish.  Cover and bake for 45 minutes.

Remove cover, mix 1/2 cup sour cream with up to 1/2 cup of remaining Ranch Dressing Mix and the 1/2 cup Cheddar.  Spread over the top of the potatoes and bake, uncovered, another 20 minutes or until topping is hot.

These were so good and there was plenty leftover for another meal.



A Book Recommendation

Several of my friends have recently purchased this book – To Our Children’s Children by Bob Greene.

To Our Children's Children

To Our Children’s Children

They’ve been telling me how wonderful it is and since I love knowing all about my grandparents and the times in which they lived, I decided to get the book and hope to preserve some of my memories for Chad.  On the cover, it says “Preserving Family Histories for Generations to Come”.  It’s a book full of questions/prompts to help you remember details you would like to write for your future generations.  I read some of the questions to Vince and he says . . mere trivia!  I told him this is the kind of “trivia” I would give anything if I knew about my grandparents — the memories they have, what life was like for them as kids and then young adults, the changes they saw, the struggles they faced, etc.

I think Chad will love having my answers which will probably end up being hundreds of pages because there are hundreds and hundreds of questions and each one brings back more memories and things I want to write for them to remember.  Even if he doesn’t enjoy it or if Addie and her sisters or brothers don’t enjoy it, I’m loving writing all my answers/thoughts.

While vising with my uncle, he knows so much about my grandparents, their brothers and sisters, their lifestyle as young adults — things I have never heard before.  My uncle told us about how he raised and picked cotton as a kid in high school (or maybe it was junior high) – three acres I think he said . . picked it all by hand and made a large chunk of money back then.  Can you see most of today’s kids coming home from school and tending to a cotton crop in order to have spending money?  Back then, it was more like money to help feed the family . . which is even more unlikely that today’s youth would do something like that.

I asked my uncle if he would answer some of the questions and he said he would love to so I had a book sent to him and it will probably get to his house before he gets home.  Together, we’re creating a treasure for sure!

If you enjoy this kind of writing, I highly recommend this book.  With every question, I am reminded how much I would love to have had every one of them answered by my own grandparents. Not only will I pass my answers along to Chad, but I will pass the book along to him and hope that he will also answer the questions for his kids and grandkids . . oh to be a fly on the wall and read some of his answers . . I’m betting there’s a whole lot that went on that I don’t know about . . and probably do not want to know about!  :)

Pattern Acceptable Use Statement

This morning I had an email from a lady asking about using my patterns for classes at a quilt shop.  I read my copyright blurb at the top of my “free patterns” page and I had not included any information regarding this issue so I’ve updated it and it now reads as follows:

Please respect copyright!  Even though a pattern is offered for free, it is still subject to copyright.  If sharing a link to my free patterns, please link to this page.  Click on the quilt picture to get more details and the free pattern. 

You are welcome to use my patterns to make quilt to donate, to give to friends or family.  My patterns may not be used for any class or project in which a fee is charged for the class or project.  These patterns are posted here for quilters to use for free!

My intent is that these patterns are there for your use for free!  I do not want anyone to have to pay to take a class, where the teacher and/or shop are making profit from the pattern.  It isn’t that I don’t want folks to make a profit . . I just don’t want anyone to have to pay for something I’ve offered the quilting community to use for free.  I hope this makes sense and doesn’t sound like I’m being overly protective, and is clear and easy to understand.