Ever since I surprised my Mom with a quilt for her birthday earlier this year, the rest of the family has been hinting (like text messages in bold letters hinting) that maybe, just maybe I could make them quilts, too.
Recently it was my step-Dad’s birthday (which also fell near Father’s Day) so I decided to surprise him with his own quilt.
I spent some time searching for something more masculine for his quilt (Mom’s was flowery) and finally settled on a chevron design. I used some of the basic techniques I had seen for chevron (using half-square triangles – HSTs) and just kinda made this up as I went along.
It came together very quickly.
I spent considerable time trying to figure out the appropriate fabric to use as the border for the quilt. I was originally going for a neutral, solid grey when someone suggested that might result in too much negative space (and also the quilt shop was out of the matching grey I had used for the HSTs). I appreciated that tip and the polka dot Riley Blake I picked out ended up working perfectly!
My free-motion quilting still needs more practice but I’m determined to master this! I would LOVE to take a class either in-person or Skype – if you have any suggestions, let me know. My biggest issue is getting the tension set correctly. And then mastering even stitch lengths. To work around that, I ended up quilting this project using some echoing techniques. (Using aurifil thread, of course! This time in a grey tone.)
My step-Dad really appreciated the gift. And I’m glad my little brother’s birthday isn’t till December.