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.
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.
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.
Notice that the seam allowance on this seam is pressed towards the turquoise fabric.
The same thing happens for the remaining side.
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?
This is what the back side of each block will look like.
When two flying geese are joined, those seam allowances will butt up against each other instead of stacking on top of each other.
This way, it will be quite easy to get a perfectly matching point.
Those seams joining the flying geese are 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:
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!