Fabric for Military Retirement Chevron Quilt
In my recent post, I shared the first quilt which celebrates a military retirement. If one quilt is good, at least two or three is better, right? This is the second military retirement quilt for another member of the family. This time, I used the Chevron Grande Quilt Pattern to make a quick quilt.
As I mention in my lectures and in the book Deploy That Fabric, when quilting, I treat the military uniform as a neutral. If green and shades of green match everything in the garden, they can match everything in a quilt. Also, the nature of camouflage is to blend in, so place it where ever you like!
Working exclusively from my own fabric stash, I pull nine fabrics that measure at least 21″ x width of fabric. I spent a bit of time trying to rearrange them in a suitable order as they will stay in this order for the Chevron Grande Quilt Pattern.
Using the very-fast No-Waste Flying Geese method and giant sizes listed in the free Chevron Grande Quilt Pattern, I got to work. The quilt top really does finish up in a weekend. Here are the highlights for construction:
- Mark a diagonal line on the wrong side of all four smaller 10″ squares.
- Lay two squares on the 19-1/4? larger square, matching right sides, to create a large diagonal line.
- Pin pieces together, perpendicular to the marked line.
- Sew 1/4? from the marked line on the right and left sides.
- Cut along the marked line.
- Open the smaller triangles and press the seam allowances towards the smaller triangles. If you’ve created two slightly-weird heart shapes, you are on the right track.
- Lay the remaining 10? squares on each of the larger triangle pieces; making sure the diagonal line points “deep in the heart.” Easy to remember, right?
- Sew 1/4? from the right and left of the marked line.
- Cut along the marked line.
- Open and press seam allowances towards the smaller triangle.
- Each pile of five fabric pieces will yield four large flying geese blocks.
Check out the entire free pattern here: Chevron Grande Quilt Pattern.
Next, sew the flying geese units in to nine rows.
To the surprise of everyone on the planet, I didn’t take pictures while I was quilting this project. I will tell you though, quilting over the military uniform pieces was a breeze with my HandiQuilter Avante and size 110 needles. I quilted over welt seams, though I did not stitch over the name tape.
I do have one image to share with you. One photo to scare you a bit.
What you are seeing is the very bottom edge of the quilt. The entire piece was quilted with a spiked swirl edge-to-edge free-motion quilting design. I was be-boppin along, and as I came to the end of the quilt, I spent a small bit of time convincing myself that I did indeed measure the quilt back. Surely. I must have, right? Or maybe I was laying it on the floor and guessing I had enough fabric. I really wasn’t sure.
The red snapper (plastic) you see in the image allows me to load the quilt onto the frame in a matter of minutes. It is also about 3/4″ wide, for reference. I’d say I definitely got this a way too close! And in the very next breath, I’ll say, “See, look- 1 inch is plenty of room. No-Waste EVERYTHING!” *insert maniacal laughter*
The fabrics are quite busy, so I’m not sure how well you can see the quilting. You can see even less on the backing, this time.