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Chevron Quilt Part 1

Progress on this quilt is a lot slower than I’d like to admit.  Ideally, this quilt should come together quickly.  It’s finding the time to get it done that is proving to be difficult.  I am determined to get this quilt completed before the weather starts to cool off.  Plus, posting progress on the blog gives me a bit of accountability.

Ok.. so here we go..

When we last left off, I was cutting fabric into triangles.  I finished that and began arranging the triangles into the chevron pattern I love so much.

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I laid out the entire quilt.  It gave me an idea of how big the quilt might be and how many triangles I really needed to create the quilt.

Then, I started putting the half-square triangles together.

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After sewing them together, I took them to the ironing board to set the seam on press it flat…

I learned a very important lesson from doing this…

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The final half-square triangles are smaller than the original square!  Ok.. maybe I should have known this, but I didn’t.  On the left is the 5in square I created all the triangles with.  On the right is the completed half-square triangle that is now a 4.5in square.

It changes things.  My original layout of the quilt showed how big the quilt will approximately be.  Now, I might have to add extra rows and columns to make it the size I desire.

Good thing I have a lot of extra triangles to play with.

I have to finish sewing all the half-square triangles together before I can decide if I need more.  I’m hoping at the next update, I’ll have a better idea of what I’m doing!

I’m doing it again.

I’m making a quilt.

This time, I’m making a traditional quilt, not a rag quilt.

There is  A LOT that I don’t know about making a quilt and I probably should have taken a real class at a fabric store, but I feel like I’ve watched enough Youtube videos that I just might be able to pull this off..

When I first got to Joann’s Fabric store, I was overwhelmed.  How much fabric will I buy for the quilt top?  How much batting will I need?  What about the backing fabric and the binding?!  I was going a bit crazy and overwhelmed with the entire process that I almost felt like giving up.

I left the store that day feeling very discouraged about the whole thing.  However, I still wanted to do the quilt.

So, I decided to just take things one step at a time.

I’m winging it…

I went back to the store and I bought what I needed for the quilt top only.

UntitledI bought half a yard of three different pink fabrics and half a yard of three different blue fabrics.  I also bought 2 yards of white fabric. I’m in the process of cutting the fabric into 5 inch squares, and then cutting them on the diagonal to make triangles. Untitled

Cutting the fabric is taking me a while since I can only do this at night when the kids are asleep.  I’m currently working on cutting the white fabric into the triangles, so I’m almost done.  I can’t wait to sew the white and patterned fabric triangles together to make some fun squares!

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