Friday, January 11, 2013

Trippy Chevrons

After jumping on board with the Scrappy Trip Along a few weeks ago, I ended up making eight blocks. Then, I guess I just wasn't feeling the love anymore. They're fun blocks to make, but I needed to move on to other, more urgent projects. Plus, I have my Warm and Cool quilt that I made in 2011, so I'm not sure I want another one of these scrap-explosion type of quilts around the house.

Trip Along Chevrons
Long story short, I started for looking for ways to use fewer of the Scrappy Tripalong blocks in a quilt. Why not lay them out like chevrons?

Trip Along Chevrons
I took apart three of my blocks so I could turn them into half-blocks. I cut the blocks in half diagonally (adding 1/4" for seam allowance, of course) and then added a large triangle of the background fabric (Essex Yarn-Dyed Linen in Flax). I like where this layout is going, so I'm rolling with it. There will be two vertical rows of chevrons and the rest of the quilt will be negative space. An entire quilt of these blocks felt too similar to my Warm and Cool quilt, but these bright squares on the linen background feels like perfection to me!

And I'm sure there are many other possibilities with this block as well. A single diagonal line of these blocks across a quilt would be cool. Or maybe some sort of giant asterisk pattern made of out of Scrappy Trip Along blocks? But I liked my chevrons too much to bother trying either of those layouts. : )

Of course, I didn't have enough yarn-dyed linen for my new plan, and that yarn-dyed Essex is not so easy to get ahold of these days! Most shops seem to be sold out of it. Fortunately, Amanda of A Crafty Fox has it in her Etsy store, Westwood Acres (for the listing, click here). The project had to be put on hold while I waited for it to arrive, but it came in yesterday's mail, so I'm hoping to get back to this one ASAP! I have other things I really should be doing more than this. Oh, well. Trippy chevrons, here I come!

34 comments:

MsMidge said...

Ooh I likey! LOVE chevrons at the moment :)

AllyJo said...

I LIKE it. Very cool idea.

Esch House Quilts said...

Great idea! I really like the Essex linen squares that flow down the middle too.

beaquilter said...

love the grey! are you going to have two arrows toward each other into a table runner?

Angela Bullard said...

I love that your doing your own thing with this. I have seen some pretty Scrappy QAL projects out there but haven't been really inspired by one until now :)

Thearica said...

This is going to be amazing!

Faith Jones said...

I love it Lee! Great idea :)

Kristan said...

Lee, you're like a genius. For real. The scrappy trip around the world is not something I'm interested in making for myself, but your version is just so cool. Very unique. It's going to look great!

Sara said...

WANT to do this!! How did you place the essex linen in the center of each *complete* block (5 prints on each side of the essex)?

Debbie said...

Oh this is great - love to see a project made your own! Good thinking, Lee! ;-)

treadlemusic said...

Love this! And that background is going to be such a perfect canvas for awesome FMQ!!! Lemons to lemonade!!!! Perfect!

Becky (My Fabric Obsession) said...

Great idea! This might be just the thing to get me to do this qal!

Tiffany said...

You are a total genius. I haven't really been digging the scrappy trip-along blocks quite as much as everyone else, but I really love what you are doing with yours!

CathyK said...

Ohhhh!!! That is going to be so pretty!!!

Elaine said...

love the twist that you have put on this!

Nancy M. said...

can't wait to see this done. I am already liking it.

Kirsten said...

Definitely my favorite use for the scrappy trip-along blocks!! A whole quilt of them is too much for me, but I LOVE the use of negative space to balance the crazy!

Patchwork and Play said...

I saw Janelle Winds zigzag yesterday. I quite like that look too. Yours is going to look fabulous! The grey is perfect.

Deb@asimplelifequilts said...

Great inspiration... I see another round of these coming chevron style!

Kati said...

Love it! My favorite so far.

Verena said...

Looks really great!!

Kerrie Porter said...

Very cool!

Erin Quinn said...

It's great! I've been loving the scrappy trip along but now I'm starting to get overload. This is a grat way t have something a little different.
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Angie said...

My favorite take on this scrappy trip a-long quilt thing so far! I've enjoyed checking out all the quilts people have made with their blocks, but the scrapiness of them overwhelms me a bit! Your idea has been the only one to really inspire me to try it out!! Thanks, and I can't wait to see your finished quilt!

factotum-of-arts.com said...

It looks amazing and very pretty. It will be great when finished - can't wait to see it

Katy Cameron said...

Cool idea, and great way to recapture the love!

CitricSugar said...

Oooooh, I love it! That's a fresh take on it, for sure! Expect many to be inspired by this one. :-)

Anna said...

Love that idea! Such a good use of the blocks!

Cathy said...

I absolutely love what you did. You know I'm a big fan. Hugs

{Angela} All Patched Up said...

I absolutely love what you did with this. The fresh (toned down) take on the scrappy trip craze is so refreshing!! Awesome!

Gina said...

love those chevrons!!

Maegan @chezcasa said...

You've made the scrappy trip-along look way more appealing. I love that you were able to evolve the project to fit your needs. Clever!

Karen at Fireball said...

Hello. So if I read this correctly, you only get one half block out of the full blocks that you cut on the diagonal? Are you keeping those smaller halves for another project? Thanks!

Sweet Dreams Quilting said...

Congrats on the book. Quilts are fabulous!

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