Monday, December 21, 2015

The Peachy Chevy Quilt

2015 has been a very trying year for a friend of mine.  She’s borne everything thrown at her with such grace that I wanted to make her something to keep her spirits up.  Introducing the Peachy Chevy Quilt.

I’ve had this Rock’n’Romance fat quarter bundle for ages (Heartbreaker palette) from Moona Fabrics on Etsy and it seemed the the perfect pairing with Cluck Cluck Sew's Pow Wow patternThe flirty feminine fabric seemed to soften the sharp corners of the chevrons.  The chevrons are meant to guide her through the next phase of her journey – sounds a bit like marketing (I can’t really turn off that part of my brain, even on mat leave!) but it’s true.
It was a very simple pattern but looks so effective!  I also really prefer making Throw size quilts as they’re big enough for adults to enjoy but not so big they’re a nightmare to quilt.
Instead of using plain cream cotton for the sashing I wanted something that would really sing and I found that at East Coast in the Art Gallery section.  It's Frilly Flutter Creme from the Winged collection. It’s just the right mix of cream stalky pattern through soft taupe.  I also took the time to cut and then position the sashing so the stalks would always point up.  I'm very glad as it gives a more professional look to the quilt.  (I used the leftover sashing fabric for my log cabin cushion

I also found some of the Heartbreaker fabrics at East Coast and picked one for the binding.  While I usually prefer the look of a dark or patched binding (it forms a nice frame), the peachy worked better here.  

As it happens, my friend tells me that peach/coral is her favourite colour and, now that I think about it, she does wear a lot of that colour!  Perhaps my subconscious picked up on the clues ;)

This was also my first attempt at free motion quilting and I’m absolutely THRILLED with the stippling result.  It took some practice but, with the help of YouTube and Pinterest, I managed to work out how to do my swirls without going back over myself.  A big thank you to Mum for lending me her open toe quilting foot!

I love all the beautiful rural fences near Mum’s place so I took a drive out there to stage my photos this time. I am a bit obsessed with old fences and trees.  They’re my favourite things to photograph other than my kids LOL

It even looks great all balled up (which, let’s face it, is how most kids leave a quilt!)

So did you guess?  Yes, this quilt was the sneak peak but the way it was folded makes it appear to be a cushion!

I’m loving this new way of folding my quilts – the tuck fold.  You can see both the front and backing designs this way.  Very cool!  Check it out here

Here it is in situ

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