Brody’s Big Boy Quilt

Chevron is all the rage, and super cute for our grandson's new room!  This was quite the process- a little more complicated than one might have expected . . .

Chevron is all the rage, and super cute for our grandson’s new room! This was quite the process- a little more complicated than one might have expected . . .

Brody's mom  picked the fabrics- a fab collection of woven plaids, with a little pop, of course!

Brody’s mom picked the fabrics- a fab collection of woven plaids, with a little pop, of course!

Using plaids in a chevron pattern requires some planning.  Using the usual 1/2 square triangle method would have caused the straight lines in the plaid to go into all kinds of crazy directions and make it just about impossible to match up lines.  Normally I wouldn't mind that so much, I like things a little off, but it just wouldn't work in this project.  So, I used the pattern "Chevy Twists" by My Lazy Daisy, which uses strips to assemble the top.  Even using strips still meant a lot of thinking before cutting, as each strip had to be "fussy" cut along the weave lines to prevent crooked plaids.

Using plaids in a chevron pattern requires some planning. Using the usual 1/2 square triangle method would have caused the straight lines in the plaid to go into all kinds of crazy directions and make it just about impossible to match up lines. Normally I wouldn’t mind that so much, I like things a little off, but it just wouldn’t work in this project. So, I used the pattern “Chevy Twists” by My Lazy Daisy, which uses strips to assemble the top. Even using strips still meant a lot of thinking before cutting, as each strip had to be “fussy” cut along the weave of the fabric to prevent crooked plaids.

Strips were pieced into pairs, then cut into squares and set on point.  Sounds easy, huh?  Ummm, I was really grateful for a design wall because the pattern tessellates, and it is easy to get somebody out of whack.

Strips were pieced into pairs, then cut into squares and set on point. Sounds easy, huh? Ummm, I was really grateful for a design wall because the pattern tessellates, and it is easy to get somebody out of whack.

Someone turned on the ceiling fan.  Ugh.

Someone turned on the ceiling fan. Ugh.

Finally- all the rows are sewn together- now to the next challenge . . .

Finally- all the rows are sewn together- now to the next challenge . . .

I haven't pinned a quilt in a long time because I usually quilt on a long arm machine, but I still don't know how to do straight lines on a long arm, so this baby had to go under my domestic machine, which requires pinning.  The only place big enough to lay it out was on my living room floor!

I haven’t pinned a quilt in a long time because I usually quilt on a long arm machine, but I still don’t know how to do straight lines on a long arm, so this baby had to go under my domestic machine, which requires pinning. The only place big enough to lay it out was on my living room floor!

Using the strip method to make chevrons means cutting off the jagged edges after it has been pieced.  I don't like to square up my quilts until after they have been quilted, so I didn't trim up the top before pinning and quilting.  Hard part- recognizing how much will get wasted around the edges!

Using the strip method to make chevrons means cutting off the jagged edges after it has been pieced. I don’t like to square up my quilts until after they have been quilted, so I didn’t trim up the top before pinning and quilting. Hard part- recognizing how much will get wasted around the edges!

All pinned- and don't let it fool you, that took all afternoon!

All pinned- and don’t let it fool you, that took all afternoon!

Marking for quilting- I used blue painter's tape to mark the straight lines I wanted to quilt.

Marking for quilting- I used blue painter’s tape to mark the straight lines I wanted to quilt.

Getting this bad boy through my machine was some kind of miracle!  We chose minky for the backing, so the quilt was very heavy, as well as large and in charge!  My arms got a good work out, but it came together beautifully.

Getting this bad boy through my machine was some kind of miracle! We chose minky for the backing, so the quilt was very heavy, as well as large and in charge! My arms got a good work out, but it came together beautifully.

Very simple quilting, but not as easy as it looks!

Very simple quilting, but not as easy as it looks!

Squaring up!

Squaring up!

Even the binding had to be cut carefully to keep the houndstooth print straight!  Although a lot of my peers are machine binding most of their quilts these days, I still really love taking the time to hand finish my bindings.  It might be my favorite part!

Even the binding had to be cut carefully to keep the houndstooth print straight! Although a lot of my peers are machine binding most of their quilts these days, I still really love taking the time to hand finish my bindings. It might be my favorite part!

Here's my spot for hand sewing the binding- I believe this was when my Downton Abbey obsession began . . .

Here’s my spot for hand sewing the binding- I believe this was when my Downton Abbey obsession began . . .

Oh how I love all of the straight lines in this quilt!  Lots of careful planning to execute, but fabulous results!  (Don't ya love how the quilting looks in the minky?!? As heavy as it is to work with, it is so great to see the results, and who doesn't love some ultra softness on the back of their quilt?!?)

Oh how I love all of the straight lines in this quilt! Lots of careful planning to execute, but fabulous results! (Don’t ya love how the quilting looks in the minky?!? As heavy as it is to work with, it is so great to see the results, and who doesn’t love some ultra softness on the back of their quilt?!?)

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