I'm so excited I finished my very first real quilt and it wasn't a Pinertest fail. Yeahhhhhh. I've had a boy version of this quilt pined on my Pinertest for awhile now and have been wanting to try it. So, when I heard I had some nieces on the way I decided to jump right in and give it a try.
The quilt and free pattern: Mod Chevron Baby Quilt by Rashida Coleman-Hale.
I wanted to share some of the obstacles I had to overcome in case you have the same.
What I love so much about this quilt is that it's baby without being too nursery looking. It has a bit of a retro feel. Now for me I live in a small town and we don't have a fancy fabric store. I'm thankful we have a JoAnn but trying to find like girl fabrics was an obstacle. Rashida also has 12 different fabrics which at first overwhelmed me. This is what I did to chose my fabric and how much I bought of each.
I first started by looking for a couple of colorful patterns that went together. Right away my eye was drawn to this fabric. It was perfect cause it has lots of colors to pull from. (I loved how it was girly without having pink or being to nursery like the original quilt)
I then used this fabric to find 2 complimentary fabrics and I fond these 2.
Yeah, I was happy with that so instead of 11 pattern fabrics in the original quilt I have 7. I purchased 1/4 yard of each except the purple, I purchased 1/2 yard. (Because this is the fabric I used as the middle big line, so I needed more of that fabric. everything else I had more then enough with 1/4 yard)
Then I searched for the base solid fabric and that was tough, but I found the beige fabric with a light pattern. I purchased 1 1/2 yards of that. So here is all my fabrics together aren't they pretty I couldn't wait to get home and transform them into a quilt.
What you need:
Neutral fabric 1 1/4 yard (25 squares)
6 Pattern fabrics 1/4 yard
1 Pattern Fabric 1/2 yard (6 squares for middle line)
Backing Fabric 1/2 yard (no piecing required)
square ruler 6 1/2" or larger
Lets get quilting...
1. Cut neutral fabric into 5 strips at 7 1/2".
2. Cut each strip into 7 1/2" squares. You will have 25 when done. You need 24 for HST (half square triangles) and one left as a whole square.
3 Cut 24 7 1/2" squares from the pattern fabric.
The pattern fabrics make up 6 lines. I have 3 solid lines and 3 quilted lines.
1. Pair up one neutral square and one pattern square, right sides together. Draw a diagonal line on the wrong side from corner to corner.
2. Sew 1/4" seam on either side of diagonal line.
3. Cut along the middle line creating two sewn triangle pairs.
5. Use square ruler to line up diagonal seam line and trim block to 6 1/2" square. Repeat for (46) HST blocks.
6. Trim single 7 1/2" square to 6 1/2" square.
7. Following illustration, arrange blocks.
8. Piece blocks together into rows, left-to-right. Each row has 6 blocks and there are 8 rows.
9. Piece rows together top-to-bottom.
10. Layer top, batting and backing together. Pin all three layers together to prevent shifting when basting. I basted the quilt by sewing the chevron lines.
11. Cut off any extra batting. I used the backing as the binding.
12. Cut down the backing to 1 1/2" all around to be used as binding.
13. Fold backing/binding in half and press.
14. Fold backing/binding on quilt and pin.
1. Fold up one side.
2. Fold corner in.
3. Fold other side in half.
4. Fold up other side to make mired corner.
5. Sew binding and enjoy.