Do you ever have one of those lightening-strike, “that’s it!” kind of moments?
I keep a rotating list of project ideas in the back of my mind. At any given time, it contains six or eight items. For instance, I lost a pair of mittens and have been meaning to knit myself some heavy-duty colorwork mittens. There’s a project. Or: my ears get cold in the winter but I am hesitant to wear a hat because of the Flat Hair Factor. Therefore, I need some sort of headband/earwarmer type thing. Another project idea.
This quilt started this way. I wanted to make something with large swathes of fabric to show off more graphic prints. And I wanted to make something with Kate Spain‘s fantastic Terrain fabric. And then I stumbled across Cynthia of Hyacinth Quilt Designs’ tutorial (and also here for more info) for a whole chevron quilt and shazam! I went home and started planning the quilt.
Once I had a rhythm, this came together fairly quickly. I cut my fabric into 2 1/2″ strips and the white sashing to 1″, as Cynthia suggests. I then sewed a strip to a sash, and then sashed strips in staggered columns. After a bit more cutting and sewing, I had lovely chevron sections. and the top came together fairly quickly after that.
Not going to lie, I really like the back. I was saddened by all these nice chevron sections I had leftover after making the top and was thinking of making them into little clutches (which I may still do with the leftovers). Then I remembered I had a back to make and incorporated one slender column, offset on a field of little purple leaves. I used a wavy stipple stitch to quilt and bound the edges with Kona White, same as the sashing.
I’m such a big fan of this that I may make another!