Friday, August 7, 2015

The Shattered Chevron Quilt Top

Oh my, has it really been so long since my last post? I guess so.... Well. Summer is moving rather quickly and we're already getting prepared for the back to school season. Do I dare admit I chuckled a little when I wrote that? 

On Instagram, quite awhile back, I posted the start of a really pretty quilt pattern. A shattered chevron layout with the 'arrows' off center. Even though it was extremely easy to make and piece together, I didn't complete the quilt top till this past week. And I'm going to tell you why.

When I buy fabric, I usually get it because it's on sale or it's one of those 'gotta have it' moments. Is it horrible that I'm admitting not all my fabric purchases have a purpose or project planned? Talk about a fabri-holic..... Anyway, I originally purchased navy kona cotton just 'to have' with the possibility of starting something new. Little did I know I was going to learn a tough lesson... I did start something but as the project progressed, I saw that I didn't have enough navy left. So, I went back to Joann's and to my surprise, the navy swatch from home and their current bolt were 2 different shades. Seriously. I asked the store clerk how it could be and she said something about when the manufacturer mixes the dyes, every batch may slightly differ in color. What!?!?!?!?! You mean, I'm half way into this project and now nothing! No, no, no. I didn't want to turn this into another table runner. I went to all 3 Joann's in the surrounding areas and no luck. All I did was waste a bunch of gas! Until.... I went on and noticed that they have every kona color out there!! And I probably shouldn't be advertising this to the public but I messaged Kimberly and asked if I sent her a swatch, could she match it for me? To my surprise, they did!!! She matched it perfectly and within 10 days I was finishing up my project. Yahoo!! Thank you thank you thank you so much Kimberly and Kim for helping out! This is just another reason why I love this online shop soooo much!

The contrast on this piece is stunning and I already have family wanting dibs on this one;) Quilting lesson learned... always buy more fabric than you need.... I don't think my husband likes the idea of that:) 

And I almost forgot to tell you how fast you can make one at home. For this project, I cut 8, 9" squares of each art gallery fabric pattern, (except for the top and bottom ~ I only cut 4 of those prints). 32 ~ 9" squares of the solid color.  Solid on print, with right sides facing, pin the block and draw a diagonal line from corner to corner. Sew a 1/4" seam on either side of the line and then cut on the drawn line. I got 2 hst's from one pinned square. 

The total quilt top measures 65 x 65:)

Happy trails till next time!

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