What a FUN project this has been!
I had been wanting to do a chevron quilt when I saw that Rachel at Stitched in Color was planning a quilt along (QAL) with Leila (Where the Orchids Grow), Amy (Badskirt), and Jolene (Blue Elephant Stitches). I thought joining the QAL would be a great way to make that chevron quilt.
I learned so much about value from these amazing quilters!
Converting a color photo to black and white, I learned, is a great way to see value. Isn't that cool?
Until making this quilt, I didn't give value a thought. I would just choose fabrics that I loved - usually bright, bold (and relatively dark) fabrics. The way I chose to study value in this quilt also involved a color study. I wanted it to have a simple and clean look.
The inspiration for this quilt came when I saw a very bright and colorful Mexican serape blanket like this. I wanted to do something similar using colors I loved and a chevron pattern.
Learning something new in sewing (in this case making a chevron top) takes so much mental energy for me that I didn't want to have to also worry about numbers. I just purchased the smallest cut of fabric my fabric store would cut and that determined the size of the quilt. I chose a dark in value patterned fabric then 3 solids in the same color but each differing in value for each color: orange, green, blue, purple and pink.
After using white in my last quilt and not really loving it (love the quilt, not the white), I knew I was going to use a natural linen to make the colors stand out. Linen isn't soft and isn't that much fun to work with, but I absolutely adore the rustic and natural look next to the bright colors.
I will set this quilt aside for a week or so while I work on some Christmas doll orders. In the meantime, I'll decide how to finish the quilt. I am trying to decide whether or not to add a linen border. Do you think I should add a border or leave the top as is? I'd love to hear your input.
As always, the kids and I had fun taking quilt pics!
Here they are throwing rocks in the desert:
My quilt holder finding a good spot to stand:
My totally-not-photo-shy 14 year old: