Friday, July 12, 2013

Chevron Baby Quilt

Chevron baby quilt
Baby nephew Jack's chevron quilt is all done!

I really, really love how this quilt looks. It was inspired by a beautiful similar quilt by Cynthia of Hyacinth Quilts, but I changed up the color placement a bit and added more vertical strips in the middle of the chevrons. (So I guess this that maybe makes this more of a herringbone?)

What I did not like was the actual work of piecing it. Ugh, those chevrons! I found that I had to stop and trim the sides of my chevron strips every time I added another strip, and I had to make sure the seam was lined up with the 45-degree angle on my cutting mat as I trimmed. Otherwise the 45-degree angle of the seams got a little wonky and it wasn't exactly on the 45. Sew I had to sew a seam, stop and trim. Sew a seam, stop and trim. I'm sure there's a more efficient way to do this, but I couldn't seem to wrap my brain around it! If I make this pattern again, I might try paper-piecing it in sections instead.

Chevron baby quilt
But the end result is exactly what I was envisioning—maybe even better. So it was worth all the work.

One of the things I like the most about this quilt is how the solid gray and white herringbone design that covers most of the quilt almost functions as negative space. Technically, I don't think it would really qualify as such, but that gray-and-white background serves many of the same purposes that negative space would. But it's just a little more interesting. And it gives the design a whole lot more movement. I love it.

Chevron baby quilt
It seemed to take ages to piece the top, but then it took all of an hour to quilt it. I just quilted in zig zags following the lines of the chevrons. Simple and soft for a baby quilt.

The white binding was a difficult choice for me—since it's a baby quilt, I wasn't sure white was the most practical color for the binding. But with all the white bordering all the gray, green and blue chevron pieces, I just couldn't imagine this quilt with anything else. The binding feels like it's an extension of that white background, and that's how it should be, I think.

Chevron baby quilt
My sister-in-law is a veterinarian, and baby Jack is sure to grow up surrounded by animals, so I was determined to get more animal prints onto the back. As a result, the back is kind of a hodge-podge of mismatched animal fabrics. I know I've never been big on novelty prints, but I thought I had a lot more animal prints in my stash than I actually do! These two were purchased especially for this quilt—the adorable dachsund print is from Cloud 9, and the porcupine print is from Lecien. Soooo flipping cute. (And doesn't the zig zag quilting look great on the back, too?)

So this one's off to Jack for him to enjoy now! But you all should definitely stop back by here tomorrow, because after all the discussion of FriXion pens in Wednesday's post, specifically about whether their ink really does come out of quilts, I decided this quilt would make a perfect test case. I ironed it, I washed it, I put it in the freezer, and I took pictures every step of the way! I've already posted lots of pictures of my tests on Instagram, but I'm also going to do a post tomorrow rounding up my findings for all those who are interested in these pens as quilt marking tools.

60 comments:

  1. Oh Lee this is gorgeous!!! I'm totally with you on the gray/white negative space - definitely adds interest yet still provides a perfect backdrop for that pop of color. Lucky little baby Jack!

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  2. Love it! Great design and quilting too.

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  3. It's really beautiful and looks just like a Lee quilt :)

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  4. Love the clean lines and fresh outlook of this!
    ~Heather

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  5. I absolutely love this quilt! Your "negative" space chevrons and the colored one go so well together, love it!

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  6. This is just gorgeous! Love the quilting, and the binding is just perfect!

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  7. Fantastic quilt! I agree that the gray sections read as negative space.

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  8. Gorgeous! I love how the color section is surrounded gray ones and also how you worked in the animal prints on the back!

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  9. I love this quilt. Love love love it! The pop of color really makes it something special.

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  10. Turned out beautiful ~ love the gray and pop of color together!

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  11. This is beautiful. The white binding was a perfect choice.

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  12. What a pretty quilt. You're so clever.

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  13. Beautiful! It really looks kind of three dimensional.

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  14. I love how yours looks with the gray rows. Just stunning! I'm not sure I understand where you were sewing and and had to re-trim ~ just curious.

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  15. Love it...love the porcupine print too!

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  16. gorgeous quilt! i love it. i'm eager to hear the results of your frixion tests too.

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  17. Beautiful, Lee! I love the colors and the design.

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  18. It was definitely worth the work! It is fantastic and I love the white binding - great choice :)

    I haven't tried making chevrons like this, but I'm wondering, since there is such a lot of grey and white chevron, if you could strip piece it straight and then cut it at the 45 degree angle. I may have to give it a try and see how it works :)

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  19. Super nice end product despite the awful over-trimming needed! Really cool and I do love the "non" negative space!

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  20. This quilt turned out wonderfully! I really love the design.

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  21. Beautiful in its simplicity! (the design, maybe not the sewing) The white binding looks awesome. (and the porcupine/hedgehog fabric is delightful)

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  22. Lee, it's gorgeous! and certainly a quilt that the baby will not outgrow. Those backing fabrics are super cute!

    :) Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation

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  23. Such a great finish and the negative-ish space might just redefine the concept. I can't believe you quilted it so quickly. Looking forward to the picture post on the pen.

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  24. What a fantastic quilt! Sorry it was so tedious but baby Jack will snuggle with it lost I'm sure!

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  25. This is absolutely stunning!

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  26. Lee, I love your quilt - design, colors, fabrics - everything!

    I just finished the top of a chevron baby quilt using Sarah Jane's Out to Sea. I drafted a pattern because I wanted the chevrons a little flatter so they're between 45 & 30 degree angles. That said, I tried to figure out how to paper piece but since almost all of the fabrics were directional or striped, I got confused and resorted to making templates. If you do a paper pieced chevron, please do a tutorial or pattern to buy. I would love to learn this process. (I've never paper pieced before so perhaps this was too challenging for a beginner!)

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  27. WOW! I absolutely adored this before, but now that its completely finished its nothing short of stunning. It's definitely worth all that tedious piecing! I would have a hard time giving it away, I'm sure Jack will love it well :)

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  28. Beautiful! The front and the back are so fun, and the quilting just really showcases those chevrons. Thanks for sharing it with us!

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  29. Lee - i just love this quilt! The gray and white are just terrific and the pops of color are gorgeous!
    Beautiful finish!

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  30. Your quilt is gorgeous! And I love the porcupines on the back! :D

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  31. Wow this quilt is gorgeous!

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  32. Gorgeous! I have loved this quilt ever since you started on it and it looks great finished! I totally agree that the grey herringbones act as negative space, setting off the colors. And I love the relatively mellow colors you chose. Awesome!

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  33. Beautiful. I really love those porcupines on the back. So cute.

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  34. Well done! Jack is so lucky to have a beautiful quilt to hug him with love.

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  35. I LOVE this quilt! Great design (as usual), my favorite colors, love the backing. Also, I can't wait to hear the Frixion pen roundup of info. I used one for the first time last night drawing a huge panel design in preparation to embroider over my pen lines. My pattern says to press thoroughly after transferring the design and before basting to a backing fabric before embroidering, but there will be no pressing until all of the stitching is done! It took me 1.5 hours to transfer the design, and I sure don't want it to vanish before I've taken a single stitch.

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  36. I love this quilt! You really have a knack for adding pops of color in the right places. I like the white binding, too. I think anything else would have been too buys.

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  37. The quiet is Awesome. Really beautiful design and I'm really in love with the quilting.

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  38. Oh, I love the negative space too! Just beautiful.

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  39. Oh it looks fantastic!! What a fabulous quilt! I'm sure it'll be treasured :)

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  40. It turned out so well! Worth the effort for sure!
    Amanda

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  41. Oh my, this quilt is a real stunner! Lucky Jack!!!

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  42. One thing about the pens is that we did some tests on different fabrics and found that they took the colour out of some of the batiks we tested them on. So we now test before using them on any fabric.

    The quilt is beautiful. I love the chevrons with the white.

    Karen

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  43. One thing about the pens is that we did some tests on different fabrics and found that they took the colour out of some of the batiks we tested them on. So we now test before using them on any fabric.

    The quilt is beautiful. I love the chevrons with the white.

    Karen

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  44. Lovely quilt. Love the backing, looks awesome!

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  45. this is gorgeous!! Thanks so much for sharing. new follower on bloglovin. :)

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  46. I've been anxiously awaiting this finish; it turned out beautifully! I am really inspired to make something like this but might go the paper-piecing route after hearing your experience. :)

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  47. I think pieced space can still be called negative. I love how the blue/green chevrons pops!

    And talking about the pens -- I have always wondered if they would be a good idea for students who lived in cold climates. It would be horrible to write up an assignment, erase/rewrite and then walk to school in the freezing cold and have all of the marks show back up. !!! Eeek!

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  48. It's beautiful! I love how you used the grey to make the coloured strip stand out. Brilliant.

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  49. I love this. If you hated piecing the chevrons you could try cheating. Do a whole cloth effect and use bias to make the white strips

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  50. Love this quilt! And the posts about the frixion pens! I love mine nad haven't had any problem with it coming back. I'm nervous now! :) Love this quilt!!!

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  51. This is a stunning quilt, Lee! No matter how much you struggled with putting it together, the final result is spectacular. You can definitely be proud of your efforts. I can't imagine a more beautiful baby gift. Kudos!

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  53. This is a gorgeous baby quilt. I really love chevrons for a baby quilt. Great job!

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  54. I LOVE this quilt! The "negative" space is amazing and it's such a modern, sophisticated look for a baby quilt, but doesn't seem inappropriate for the recipient at all...does that make sense? Great job!

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