Wednesday, June 4, 2014

a quilt top

Yesterday I enjoyed some time by myself for an unexpected sew-in, courtesy of my thoughtful mother-in-law.  I worked on this chevron quilt all. day. long.

Pretty Potent chevron quilt

Good thing too, because I just managed to finish the quilt top by the end of the day!  Let's recap.

Chevrons from diamonds

This quilt is made up of 45 degree diamonds, featuring prints from Anna Maria Horner's Pretty Pottent collection, a few blender prints from my stash, some linen and Essex linen, plus lots of Kona cotton solids

Pretty Potent chevron quilt

The diamonds are sewn together in long rows.  Looooong rows!  Here I'm adding triangles at the top and bottom of each row to finish them off with straight edges.

Pretty Potent chevron quilt

Then the diamond rows sew together.  As a result of carefully placed fabrics, they create chevron shapes.  This was such a pain-free way to create an even, geometric chevron motif.  It could also be used to make a zigzag quilt without half square triangles.  Definitely fewer seams than a half-square triangle zigzag quilt!

Pretty Potent chevron quilt

This quilt has an earthy-summery vibe.  I think the mocha brown linen really cements the mood and gives a nice contrast to the vivid Pretty Potent prints.

Pretty Potent chevron quilt

And did I mention it's a KING sized quilt?  This puppy is huge.  Each chevron row is 11" wide and 90" long, to give you a sense of scale.  When I heard my friend has a king sized bed, I was sure glad to be working with such a big shape!  I hope to baste it today.  I'm telling you I'm SO glad I use 505 basting spray.  Can you imagine all the basting pins this sucker would require? And then I'll get to find out how my Juki feels about king sized quilts...


12 comments:

  1. I am really taken with this quilt. I need to make one with my hand dyed scraps but mine won't be king sized!

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  2. Beautifully done Rachel. Really love that pop of bright royal blue!

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  3. You made a king sized quilt top in ONE day!? I would have still been cutting fabric. It looks great. I love the design and the colors.

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    1. No, no, no! I started this about two weeks ago. I've actually had very little time to work on it, so it's been going too slow for my tastes. I was glad to finish the piecing yesterday!

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  4. I pin basted a king sized earlier this year with the help of my mom, it was around 300 pins...yeah not fun.

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  5. Just gorgeous! I love the earthy vibe. I have a tutorial for a similar quilt on my blog and I'm happy to see/read that you put yours together the same way. The largest I made was a twin and I struggled with the long rows and keeping them from getting warped and crinkly. Your looks perfect!

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  6. I completely agree about the mocha brown and the pretty potent. The two compliment each other so nicely!

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  7. Can't wait to see how the quilting goes! As usual love your colours. I have to quilt a queen size soon and not sure how I'm going to manage it!

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  8. Very curious to know how juki handles the king size! Love the look if the diamonds made chevron.

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  9. I can always count on a colorful and uplifting surprise here, Rachel.

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  10. Rachel, I've had this quilt in my head and was going to try to recreate it (in Amy butler for my sister). Do you, by any chance, remember how wide you cut your diamonds? X by X with a 45 degree angle??
    Thank you so much!
    Erin

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    1. I don't remember for sure, but they are definitely pretty wide. Maybe 6" strips?

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