Monday, June 16, 2014

Pretty Potent chevron quilt

 Wanna see my biggest quilt yet?

Pretty Potent chevron quilt

Ta da!   I'm so happy to finally have the pictures to prove that it's finished and the opportunity to bring it to its new home tomorrow.

Pretty Potent chevron quilt


This king sized beast was actually more trouble to piece than to quilt.  It's composed of large diamonds that fit together to make the chevron motif, joining as long rows.  Because I used a fair amount of linen, I had to reinforce many, many seams with zigzag stitch to guard against unraveling.  I really, really, really hope it holds up!  I'll ask my friend, for whom it was made, to tell me if it doesn't.  Gulp.

Pretty Potent chevron quilt


The colors I used were inspired by my favorite picks from Anna Maria Horner's current collection, Pretty Potent for Freespirit Fabrics, a group of fabrics inspired by healing herbs.  My friend Liz is an avid gardener and actually the author of the vegetable garden currently thriving on our land.  Our families are sharing the harvest, which today included romaine lettuce, squash, zucchini, swiss chard, green beans and cucumber.  It's fabulous!  Anyways, making something for her that was plant-inspired felt right.

Pretty Potent chevron quilt


Liz loves green and brown, so I brought in more of those colors through solids and a few basic prints. Solids used include:  Konas Willow, Kale, Sage, Ocean, Leprechaun, Oyster, Aqua and Canary, plus Essex Yarn Dyed Flax linen.  My favorite fabric "spice" is that white and black oversized text print from Ikea.  It adds a little something unexpected.

Pretty Potent chevron quilt

For the quilt back, I used a flat king sized sheet.  It's a thrifted sheet, but very high quality.  I've not used a sheet in the longest time and doing so felt distinctly lighter and thinner.  I think a sheet is a great choice for backing a summer weight quilt.  Perhaps its lightness is what made the quilting feel so manageable!  Economical too, of course.

Pretty Potent chevron quilt

As I type it's hanging on the line, drying after its official all-done-wash.  Hurray!

::Fabric Notes::

Pretty Potent is in stock now at Pink Chalk Fabric, Sew Love Fabrics, Intrepid Thread, Fabricworm and Sew Modern.  Plus in Canada at Fabric Spot and Mad About Patchwork.

You can find Kona Cottons at most of my sponsors, including Pink Chalk Fabric and Sew Modern.  
 

25 comments:

  1. Very nice. Love AMH fabrics. I am sure your friend will love it.

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  2. now this is one totally stunning, perfectly perfect, incredibly ginormous quilt. I'm sure your friend will love it.

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  3. After you wash your quilts do you partially dry them in the dryer before line drying.
    Will you do a template and tutorial on this.
    Thanks Rachel.

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    1. If the weather is nice, I prefer to exclusively line dry them as I feel it is easier on the quilt. Other times, I machine dry. I don't do a little of both though.

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  4. What a great looking quilt.

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  5. Beautiful! I love the colors - especially the pops of green.
    I'm curious how you went about basting a king size? I've never made anything bigger than a twin because I don't have an area big enough to lay it on the floor! :)

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    1. I was able to move some furniture to create a big enough space to baste it on my wood floor!

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  6. It's beautiful and huuuuge! Wow!

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  7. Beautifully done ~ I am sure your friend will adore and treasure it!

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  8. Gorgeous! and what a great use of those AMH fabrics- i loved them even before she revealed their significances...

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  9. It's just beautiful, Rachel! Glad I stopped in and had a look-see!

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  10. Turned out great! Love the colours. Awesome quilting job!
    I managed to do some figure 8 quilting thanks to your tutorial :)

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  11. I love that you toned down the pretty potent, on it's own, i find that line to be super garish. The brown and pops of bright blue and green solids really help to balance it all out. Great job as always! Did you use a special ruler for the diamond templates?

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    1. Thanks, Liz. I didn't use a special template for cutting. I was able to use a regular ruler and will be teaching the how to's on cutting all kinds of diamonds and triangles in my upcoming class!

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  12. It's beautiful. I love the text blocks and how you have cut the text diamonds that the words angle to match the chevron shape.

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  13. your idea of using a nice bed sheet for the backing is brilliant! we start using our air conditioning in april sometimes, and i miss quilts during our looooong summers. did you use a unique batting for additional lightness? i'm looking for inspiration for my own summer quilt, as regular batting seems too warm.

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    1. I used Warm & Natural batting, which is a low loft batting I use for literally everything. To go even lighter, you could use a large cut of natural flannel instead of batting!

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    2. thanks for your reply, rachel. you're full of good ideas. i'm off to hunt down natural flannel now. take care - love your "work"!! (i need that kind of job)

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  14. This one really surprised me! I wasn't really sure I liked the color palette during your progress photos. But, wow. It's a stunner! Your friends are going to be thrilled. Gorgeous!

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  15. I love this quilt, especially the design. Do you have a pattern for this?

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    1. Thanks, Maureen! I don't have a pattern for this. It is composed simply of large diamonds sewn in rows. I'll be teaching the skills to make a quilt like this just to your needs and many others in my class opening for registration this August. More details soon!

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