Before I was crafty, I was a quilter. My grandma was a seamstress and taught me to sew before I knew how to read. I made my first quilt in high school. In the decade since I’ve made, on average, more than one a year. Mostly I give them away. I’ve made them for my parents, my mother-in-law, and for friends. I have only kept one (well, two if you count the unfinished quilt top I have up in my sewing room because I just can’t decide what to do with it). And I use it every day. Like, EVERY day.
If I’m home, and not asleep, there is a 99% chance I’m sitting under my quilt, I love it to pieces and there is nothing cozier. The only problem is… I literally loved it to pieces.
Yep, that is a huge 8 inch hole in my quilt, and it isn’t the only one. The fabric has been so used, and washed so many times, that it is just disintegrating. I think it is almost time to say goodbye. The issue is, nothing else is the same. I made my afghan a few weeks ago and it is beautiful, but it isn’t the same as a quilt. I’ve bought throws, I don’t like them. So now I get to do something I haven’t done in almost a decade: Make a quilt for me!
In the past I’ve tended towards classic quilt patterns. Sometimes I stray into modern fabrics but mostly I like to make quilts that DON’T scream “this was made by a 20 something chick in 20-whatever. But this time, I think I do. I think that is EXACTLY what I want to do. Lately I’m embracing the trendy. I’m not seeking it out, but if fall in love with a trend I’m not shying away for the sake of being different. If I make a quilt and in 10 years it looks SO 10 years ago… well…. it was. (But let’s be honest, I’ll love it to pieces before that anyways most likely!). And if by some miracle it doesn’t disintegrate I’ll stick it in a box somewhere and my granddaughter will think it’s super cool and vintage. So 2013. Ya know.
So what is more 2013 than chevron? If there is something, I don’t know. I started sketching out options. And you wouldn’t think there would be a lot of options once I think I want chevron because like… just do zig zags yes? But you’d be wrong. Lo and behold
Option A: Big chevron (4×6 12-inch blocks)
Option B: Medium chevron (6×9 8-inch blocks)
Option C: Small chevron (8×12 6-inch blocks)
Option D: Maybe 3 colors? (6×9 8 inch blocks) (This could also be done
with the small chevron, but not the big I don’t think)
Option E: OR maybe I get all crazy and do more herringbone than chevron? Big (4×6 12-inch blocks)
Option F: Medium Herringbone (6×9 8-inch blocks)
Option G: Small Herringbone (8×12 6-inch blocks)
So um… help? Try to ignore the colors. I haven’t decided yet what colors to use. I keep going back and forth on favorites, personally. I think C, D, and F are the current front runners, but if you asked me again in 10 minutes? Who knows. I’d love any opinions on favorites!