Last Updated on February 6, 2019 by wendigratz
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Time for video #4 in the Quilt As You Go tutorial series. This is one of many to show ideas for different quilting patterns and how I do them – removing the piece from the machine as few times as possible (which leaves me fewer thread tails to clean up).
This one is all about chevrons.
I know – not very exciting. But you can do a lot with simple chevrons. Do they run horizontally or vertically? How close together are they? Are they perfectly parallel and neat? Or more jagged and cartoony?
Here are a few blocks that are quilted with simple chevrons. Click on any of them for a larger image so you can see more detail.
One thing you’ll notice in ALL of my quilting is that the lines are never perfectly straight, perfectly parallel, or perfectly evenly spaced. I do that on purpose because I want the quilting to match the hand-drawn quality of the applique blocks. (Plus it’s easy and fun.) If you’re making a quilt that demands more precision – you might want to use a special tool for making your lines perfectly parallel. You can see that in this video.
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See? Doesn’t that look like fun? There’s still lots of anchoring and spinning – but that’s easy when you’re working on an individual block. And by creeping along the edge of the applique to get from stripe to stripe you’re saving a lot of backstitching, thread cutting and restarting – plus cleaning up lots of thread tails on the finished block. Whew!
Of course, the easiest way to do it is to quilt the block before you applique. I actually do that almost all the time and I’m very happy with the results. But folks you use a lot of solids for their appliques (especially solids in light colors) may find that the quilting lines show through the appliques sometimes. If you’re unhappy with how this looks, use the slightly-more-fussy-quilt-around-the-applique method shown in this video. 🙂