Hamptons worthy Chevron column quilt, designed and made with love
Recently, I have taken on more and more sewing projects enjoying the challenge of matching and gathering material, working out what you need, where to buy it and more importantly how to make it. Taking on a challenge and trying to work out how to solve it is something I never knew I liked or enjoyed so much, especially going through fashion at university and not being the best behind a sewing machine. I have always thought that quilts are beautiful however sometimes a little old fashioned and with my previous project I wanted to design more quilts to fit into modern clean interiors today. I got given another chance to take on another challenge and better my skills, my mum always told me that “Practice makes perfect!”.
I was asked to come up with such a piece for someone’s home, a Hamptons worthy quilt with the colours of black and orange, I decided to add grey and white into the mix to try and make it look less halloween and more elegant and modern. I decided to go with a chevron pattern, getting inspiration from a mis-matched wooden floor pattern in columns, I found this easy step by step guide on how to quilt as you go in a chevron columns online. It was relatively easy once I got the hang of it but to be honest be patient with it you might have to unpick it a few times. I wanted to point out some tips I discovered while undertaking this project in case you want to take this on yourself:
- Plan your quilt – I started with the colours which you want to have in the quilt, then decide what colour or pattern you want as the backing piece. I wanted the main colour of this quilt to be black. By plotted out the design on graph paper you can get an idea of what it might look like. I also put it in the computer so I could fiddle with the colours a little bit, but at the end of the day you should see how it looks in real life and the balance while you make it. That is when you know what is going to be right. I found the fabric in John Lewis and their beautiful haberdashery department and Fabrics Plus who has friendly staff who are on hand to give you help and tips and stock lots of quilting cottons for a good price. Check out more about Fabrics Plus on their website, I recommend a visit.
- Do the ground work. Make sure you mark out how big each stripe is, I did this on the wadding layer of my quilt and I cut fabric accordingly. This enabled me to save some fabric to use on other projects and waste as little as possible.
- Sew fabric down wrong side down and make sure that you press the fabric back well. This will help with crisp edges continue until you reach the end of the column and make sure that you have enough fabric to cover all of the wadding. Making sure that everything is pressed down well will help with the accuracy of the quilt, although to be honest if it is not exactly perfect sometimes it adds to the charm of the piece.
- Having the adjacent column next to the one you are working on helps determine whether your stripes are joining up well, I kept checking and making sure that the majority of the stripes connected up. Material moves all the time through the machine so checking and rechecking is vital.
- Adding little flourishes such as top stitching takes a little longer, but it makes the quilt a little more special. Extra little design details like this take your piece to a different level, I wanted to use orange top stitching to highlight the orange in the quilt and in the border. Honestly it did take a little bit of time but it was worth it.
Seeing the finished product I am so glad that I undertook this project and I look forward to building on this new found interest and hopefully make some more amazing pieces which people love. I can’t wait to put this quilt in it’s designed space and hope that it’s owners are as thrilled with it as much as I enjoyed making it. This chevron column technique was pretty easy one with a great result.
I can’t wait to take on another project as big as this and a new design, in the mean time I have other sewing projects which has peaked my interest which I can’t wait to show you all. Watch this space! If you’re interested in a bespoke design then let me know, all you have to do is get in contact below.
If you have any tips that you would like to share with me let me know I am all for more tips. Have you tried to make a quilt before? Send me your experiences and designs I would love to see them. Also if you have any tips of places to get some quilting cotton let me know, I love going to new places to buy fabrics and trims.