Chevron Quilts – How Many Ways?

Happy Halloween. Five years ago today Ezri had the first of four surgeries to remove the large hypothalamic hamartoma (HH) brain tumor. She was 22 months old and just a baby. Because of the tumor she could not talk. However, the surgeons said that as they woke her up, she said words for the first time. Then in the ICU that night, she repeated the nurse’s name, Suzie. Except, she said “Suz”. That first 24 hours was a very long day and a very long night. Ezri is now in first grade and to most people, appears to be perfectly normal. What a miracle.

The question was recently asked on the accutquilters Yahoo group as to what AccuQuilt GO die to use to make a chevron quilt. Multiple answers were given. I gave it a lot of thought and decided to do a blog post to summarize some of the ways that one can make a Chevron quilt. However, I may have left something out, so please tell me if you know another way to make a Chevron quilt, and I will add it to the post.

edited to add suggestion of Flying Geese version too

Chevron Quilt made with Rail Fence Blocks

This is my favorite way to make a Chevron quilt because the blocks are square and the only intersections that have to match are the block intersections. I like to use a rectangle that is 3-1/2″ x 6-1/2″ and there is an AccuQuilt die that is that size. Another way to make this is to cut a 6-1/2″ strip across the width of fabric and fanfold that across the 3-1/2″ strip die. The width of fabric will yield approximately 11-12 rectangles.

Another option is the Super Zig quilt by Lecien fabrics. This is a free pattern and the chevron is vertical and uses 4-1/2 x 8-1/2″ rectangles.

Chevron Rail Fence
Rail Fence on Point

Chevron Quilt made with Quarter Square Triangles 

This is also a favorite of mine. It works especially well if you want a single row or two of zigzag on a quilt back. On the photo, the bias and straight edges of the triangles are marked. Some think this is harder to stitch because of the bias edges, but when the triangles are cut with the AccuQuilt GO quarter square triangle die (I have 4″, 6″, and 8″), the triangles fit together beautifully. I get a nice long strip of chevron and the long seams are on the straight grain, so they stitch together without any problem.

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Quarter Square Triangle Chevron Quilt

Chevron Quilt made with Flying Geese Rectangles

This is a great idea and is very similar to the Quarter Square Triangle Chevron quilt, except that the Flying Geese units are a little easier to work with. It is also easier because you can use half square triangles to end the rows.

Chevron Flying Geese Quilt

Chevron Quilt made with a Parallellogram  

I have not stitched a Chevron quilt using this shape, but it will work. There is an AccuQuilt die for a parallelogram and it should stitch together beautifully. Have you made a quilt with the parallelogram? How did it work for you?

Chevron parallellogram
Parallellogram Chevron Quilt

 Chevron Quilt made with Half Square Triangles 

All right, I know I’m going to get some Boos on this one :), but it’s my least favorite way to make a Chevron quilt. It looks beautiful when done as a scrappy quilt with all those beautiful half square triangles. Matching all those triangle corners is challenging for me even as much as I love stitching half square triangles together when they’re cut with a die cutter.

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Half Square Triangle Chevron Quilt

 

Chevron Quilt made with the Chisel Die

When this was mentioned by someone on the Yahoo group, I just had to cut some paper strips to try it out. I have used the Chisel Die to make French braid quilts, but have not used it to make a Chevron quilt. I had to see how it would work. As you can see, without the square in the middle, one gets an irregular zigzag, but it is a very nice effect and would be easy to stitch. The layout would be a little more challenging because the two “braids” are mirror images, so one would have to be careful with that. Have you made a Chevron quilt with the chisel die? I’d love to hear your experience with it.

Chevron Chisel
Chevron Quilt Made with a Chisel Die

 

Links for Chevron Quilt Patterns

Lightning Strikes

Super Zig Quilt

Scrumptious Scrappy Chevron Picnic Quilt (Moda Bakeshop) 
 

Patience Corners Using a Nickel Square

Patience Corners is a great quilt because it can be made with any size square–right now I just happen to have an overabundance of 5 inch squares. And the sashing strips can be made any width too. There’s a tutorial here for the 6-1/2″ squares that is done in the format of a split nine patch. For the quilt for Quilt Angels project shown yesterday, each block had the sashing stitched to it rather than the method shown in the tutorial. Below are some block diagrams for the one using the smaller squares and cutting and stitching sashing strips. Either method works–and every quilt is different.

This is the completed square with sashing strips stitched individually to each focus fabric square. 

Patience corners square

This is the subunit for the block with two squares stitched together. Stitch all blocks together in twos like this.

Patience Corners block subunit

The next step is to stitch two subunits together to make a complete block.

Patience corners Block

After that just stitch the blocks and rows together to make a quilt top that is 53 x 67 inches. Patience corners quilt w-6.5in fin blocks2But even more than that, think of the possibilities. You can never get bored with this pattern. This would be a great place to use half square triangles, quarter square triangles, pinwheels, four patch squares, and nine patch squares. Another option would be to make the squares with a light and dark fabric and reverse the light and dark pieces on half the squares.

Here are some of the options I have in my EQ7 file:

Patience corners sashed
Patience corners sashed
Patience corners nine patch
Patience corners with nine patch and plain blocks alternating.

Patience corners half square triangles
Half Square triangles make beautiful butterflies.
 
 

Patience Corners for Quilt Angels

This weekend I started working on my quilt for the Quilt Angels project. After contemplating several ideas for a quilt that would work for a teenager as well as for a boy or a girl, I made a decision and chose the Patience Corners quilt. This may not be the correct name for this quilt, but that is what my Mother always called this design that is offset with sashing on two sides. Here’s what was accomplished this weekend.

These 5 inch blocks have been collecting in The Stash for some time. They are not all sized accurately as some come from swaps, some from rotary cutting, and some from die cutting. You’ll see as we go through this what I did to remedy that. It’s quite a collection isn’t it?

For a quilt top that is 48″ x 60″ before borders, I needed 80 5″ squares.

Collection of 5 inch squares (nickels)
Collection of 5 inch squares (nickels)

Each block will have sashing on two sides at 90 degree angles so two strips of sashing for each block are needed:

  • 80 strips 2-1/2 x 5″
  • 80 strips 2-1/2 x 7″.

Cut the sashing:

The yield of 2-1/2″ strips across the width of fabric is 16 strips.

80  / 16 = 5 cuts across the width of fabric (WOF).

Using a rotary cutter, cut 5 each 5″ x WOF and 5 each 7″ x WOF.

Then fanfold these across the 2-1/2″ AccuQuilt GO strip cutter die and this is the result.

Set of 80 sashing strips. Cutting time=20 minutes
Set of 80 sashing strips. Cutting time=20 minutes

 

Stitch the sashing to two sides of the squares. The sashing has to go either clockwise or counterclockwise on all the blocks. The best way to do this is to stitch all on one side and then go back and stitch the second strip with all the blocks turned exactly the same way.  

Pieced Blocks Ready to Press
Pieced Blocks Ready to Press

Square and size the blocks. After pressing, the realization that they really weren’t all the same size began to sink in. I knew this while I was piecing as the long strip was sometimes a bit longer. This was a dilemma for me, being partial to flat, square, quilt tops. Sizing with the rotary cutter (very time consuming) was an option. Not doing anything and seeing what happened was also an option. I decided to try something new and see if sizing the squares with the 6-1/2″ die would work. And it did–beautifully.

Trimming Blocks to Size Using 6" Square Die
Trimming Blocks to Size Using 6″ Square Die

It was just a matter of stacking four squares – rotating each one a quarter of a turn so the seams would not be too thick for the cutter and running it through the cutter.

And voila – enough blocks for a quilt top.

Sixty squares ready to make into a quilt top.
Eighty squares ready to make into a quilt top.

After these were done, four squares were pieced together into a “block” and then I arranged them on the design wall. Can’t wait to get these stitched together, bordered, and quilted. On the wall, the colors are so bright and pretty, hopefully the final pics will show how cheerful this quilt is.

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Here’s the time I spent:

Cut sash: 20 minutes

Piecing Squares: 1-1/2 hours

Pressing and Squaring Blocks: 35 minutes

And then I forgot to write down how much time I spent making 80 squares into 20 blocks, but it wasn’t more than an hour. 
 

Quilter’s Bee Giving Hosted by SewCalGal

SewCalGal is hosting a Quilter’s Bee Giving fundraiser beginning November 1 and last through the month. I am participating in that to raise funds for HopeforHH.org. As many of you know, our oldest granddaughter, Ezri– who is in first grade this year, was born with a 3.5 cm hypothalamic hamartoma (HH). This is a very rare brain tumor which causes gelastic (laughing) and dacrystic (crying) seizures. When left untreated, it causes worsening with the development of tonic clonic seizures as well as cognitive decline.

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Because the tumor is so rare, most doctors never see it in all their years of practice. It is a very complicated disorder, even after the brain tumor has been removed. Thus, HopeforHH.org’s mission is to educate the health care community, find the best possible medical care for those affected, and provide support to parents and individuals who are dealing with this disorder.

Ezri had brain surgery four times between the ages of two and four. This is a very complicated surgery in a part of the brain that is very difficult to access. We traveled to Phoenix for surgery with the one surgeon in the US who specializes in HH surgery and have been very blessed that Ezri has done so well. She is now a very self-confident, happy first grader.

Ezri and her sister, Kes
Ezri and her sister, Kes

Because of the support we have received, we want to give back and help others who are going through this difficult time. You can read more stories about children who are on this journey and the ups and downs of life with HH at the HopeforHH.org/blog. Ezri’s story is there too. 
 

Quilt Ideas

There were so many great quilt ideas from all of you, so I thought I would summarize them and show you pics of some things that Maggie Pitt has done. You suggested:

For the quilt blocks:

  • Embroider scriptures
  • Leave space on blocks for signatures

Because everyone seems to be cold while getting chemo:

  • Use a fleece blanket for the back
  • Embroider a fleece sweatshirt that has a snap or zipper front

And to help with getting there and back:

  • Make a tote bag to carry thermos, lap quilt, books, etc. to chemo
  • Make a soft hat out of pretty fabric

And if you check out my Craftsy blog post, you will see some other ideas, especially from the ladies in Australia for the breast cushion.

Here are pics from Maggie. I have to say I am totally inspired by these. The embroidery and fabrics are called On the Mend. The fabric is no longer available, but the embroidery is by Loralie Designs:

Tote On The Mend Barbara's (Custom) 100_1956 (Custom) Jacket Back On The Mend 012 (Custom) Jacket On The Mend 013 (Custom) On The Mend Hat (Custom) On The Mend Hat-2 (Custom)

  
 

Planning a New Quilt

I am going to make two quilts in the next couple of weeks. One is for Gene Black’s Quilt Angels that provides quilts to young people who are in a shelter situation. The second is a quilt for the mother of my daughter’s friend Katie. Katie’s Mom has just been diagnosed with breast cancer and will be having surgery and chemotherapy beginning right away. I am asking your suggestions for Katie’s Mom’s quilt.

Katie and Em both thought pink would be the right color. And they thought the grandchildren could make handprints with paint on fabric to be part of the quilt. My suggestion was that they do the handprints on paper and let me make jpgs of them to print on fabric as that would hold up better than paint so the quilt can be machine washed.

This quilt will be a combination of blocks that include the blocks from the grandchildren. I have the wordcloud that I put on the mug rugs and the free breast cancer awareness ribbons embroidery. Here are some links to quilts I found:

This is a very nice quilt with pink ribbons.

And here’s a Pinterest board with lots of eye candy for pink ribbon quilts. 

And this is a search of all of Pinterest for breast cancer quilts.

What suggestions do you have for the quilt for Katie’s Mom?

 
 

A little quilting

In the last couple of weeks I quilted three quilts. Although I’m pretty careful about taking pics of every single quilt, I cannot find the photos of the most beautiful black and white quilt with a red inner border. Here are the other two which are also really beautiful. Each was quilted with a pantograph. The quilt done in Fall colors is for a fund raiser for the Cancer Center.

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This quilt was quilted with a pantograph by Patricia Ritter at Urbanelementz.com

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This quilt was quilted with a pantograph called Ground Cover by Barbara Becker

The images are watermarked so that if they end up on Pinterest (or somewhere else), the origin will be visible. 
 

2 New Projects

I’ve been working on two new projects. One is to update and expand my breast cancer awareness ribbons and make some mug rugs to go with them.Here’s a quick look at the breast cancer awareness mug rugs. They are available for free in my Craftsy pattern store through the end of October.

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The other project is my effort to use up a Sesame Street novelty fabric set that I bought. With two grandsons the exact same age (born 24 hours apart), I always buy two of every novelty of this sort. I cut up the novelty print into several pieces and cut strips from the stripe and blue fizz fabric and played around with it until everything fit. It was much easier than I expected to get a rectangle out of these fabrics. It’s just the perfect size for a child to drag around wherever they go. Now, I need to get the second one done and both of them quilted this weekend. One of my grandsons has a Super Grover costume for Halloween, so this is a perfect Halloween gift for him.

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Tips for Cutting with the Silhouette Cameo

I have been asked quite a few times about tips for cutting with ecutters (i.e., the Silhouette Cameo or the Sizzix eClips–or Slice, etc.). I found several posts in the blogosphere that I think may be helpful to those of you who own one of these machines or who are considering getting one of them. I know that Brother has a new machine that is coming out soon–not sure when it goes on sale, but of course, we’ll have to try it out.

Questions come up about cutting with ecutters, and the links below should take you to some different points of view and tips. And I’ll be writing more about this in the near future.

Silhouette Cameo review by SewCalGal

An article by me on the Craftsy blog

How to Create a Cut File for the Silhouette Cameo from an applique using a jpg

Project Using Felt Shapes Cut with the Silhouette Cameo

Step by step for cutting fabric with the Silhouette Cameo

Great overview of cutting all kinds of materials and other tips for the Silhouette Cameo

And this link has a chart about cutting software:

http://www.mygrafico.com/software/info_65.html

These articles will get you started thinking about or working with your Silhouette. And, I will have some more tips for you in the next few days.

To begin, here’s my 2 cents on fusible and whether to leave the paper on or take it off before cutting. I have tried it both ways. On both the Silhouette mat and the eclips mat, I found that with the paper removed, the fusible sticks to the mat in places. It is hard to clean that off the mat without running the mat under soap and water. And if you don’t clean it off, the mat doesn’t work as well for cutting or stickiness. So, I finally have come to the conclusion that I need to leave the fusible paper on until after the shape has been cut.

I don’t use the Silhouette fusible, but use WonderUnder. When WonderUnder is first fused, the paper sticks to the fabric so well it is very hard to remove–but it’s great for cutting with the Silhouette. After a day or more, it is much easier to remove. But that also means that sometimes the fabric will come loose on the paper while cutting on the mat. I need to do some experimentation with other fusibles to see how each of them works. For me, it’s easier to use the same fusible for all the different projects I do, so buying a special fusible isn’t practical.

This is a photo of the way I feed fabric shapes into the ecutter on a 12 x 12 mat:

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