Jul 30

How to Make a Chevron Quilting Design

I’m not an expert by any means but I did manage to figure out what I wanted to do and thought if I shared, it might save one one else some time.  I’m sure there are many other ways to go about getting the same design.

I made this quilt following instructions from a Craftsy class.  Since the quilt had such intense straight lines, I wanted straight line quilting.  I could have just simply stitched straight across the quilt but I’ve done that before and quilting at this point for me is all about learning something new.  Therefore, I settled on the chevron quilting design because I had never done that before.

I started with a triangle ruler.  If you don’t have one, you could just as easily cut a triagle from a piece of cardboard and use that as your template.  (Sorry I already started quilting it when I thought maybe someone else might like to know so pretend there aren’t any stitches yet).


I started by laying the triangle ruler on the quilt and tracing the outer edge.  It just so happened my evened fairly evenly but for this quilt it wouldn’t have matter if it did or didn’t.  If you wanted it to end evenly you will have to do some math to figure out the base of the triangle.  I traced the large triangle the whole length of the quit butting one triangle up to the next.


To make my first row inside the main triangle, I just dropped the ruler done and traced again.


For all the remaining zigs and zags, I marked the peak of each triangle only so that it was easy to see.  Taking a regular see thru quilting ruler with diagonal markings on the end, I lined the marking up with the line I had drawn and traced to the point.


Once that line is drawn to the point, move the ruler to the valley of the zig zag.


Draw a line in the center of the valley as shown. Again, line the diagonal line on the ruler with the line you have drawn and trace to the next peak.


You just keep doing this till the quilt is filled with lines.  It was very easy and very quick.  I varied the thickness of the rows for a little added dimension.

A little tip: Only trace – if you are using chalk like I did – 3 rows at the most.  The chalk disappears and it is hard to see after 3 rows.  I would draw 3 rows, stitch 3 rows, draw 3 more rows and stitch 3 more rows.

I have a homemade mid arm machine that I did the quilting on.  My lines may not have been perfectly drawn but if you stitch at a nice consistent speed, they will stitch straight.  This stitching could just as easily have been done on a home sewing machine.  You could also start with one triangle and use your quilting guide for all other zig zags as long as you marked your peaks and valleys for your pivoting point.

Wow I like that

I love how my quilt turned out.  I hope these instructions helped and I hope you give this a try.

Craftsy Quilt at wowilikethat.com

If you have any questions, let me know and I’ll be happy to answer and help.

See you next time.


Jul 29

Another quilt made from following Craftsy

I love Craftsy.  I really do.  You can learn all kind of great things.  This is the 3rd quilt I have made from the Craftsy class Improvisation Piecing, Modern Design by Jacquie Gering.

I think there are 6 different quilts in the class and I’m going to make every one of them.  I learn something new every time I complete one and my techniques keep improving.

Quilt3 1

I love this quilt.  I love the color combination but what I love most of all is that I didn’t have not one little pucker on the back.  Hip hip hooray.

This quilt took me a little longer to make.  Not because it was harder but because I was tired.  Tired from working, not sewing.  Sewing is my peace time.

Because the lines were so straight, I decided to keep with a straight line quilting although I did use my homemade midarm to stitch it. (If you haven’t read how I made my own midarm machine, you can read about it here and here.)  I have more room to quilt my midarm than my home sewing machine.  To keep my lines straight, I drew them on.  Quilt3 2

Stop by tomorrow as I’ve written up instructions on how I made the chevron quilting pattern.

See you next time.


Jul 08

Love Knots Quilt

Sorry for the break.  I got a new job. I didn’t start it yet but I had a week’s vacation due and I took it.  Although I haven’t been blogging, I have been sewing. To enjoy my vacation I signed up for a Craftsy class.  I love Craftsy. This is the 4th class I have signed up for.  Much easier then hiking off to a quilt shop to take a class plus I can take it in my pajamas.  If you haven’t looked at Craftsy, check it out here.

Improvisational Piecing

The class I recently signed up for was Improvisational Piecing, Modern Design with Jacquie Gering.  She teaches you to make 5 different modern quilts.  I love them all and decided I will make each one.  The only problem was that she uses lots of scraps in her quilts and I just started quilting and have never saved my general sewing scraps not that they would have worked anyhow.  So I had to improvise.

Also, when I fell in love with modern quilting and decided I wanted to learn how to do it, I signed up for a quilt along.  I really, really, really wanted to participate.  I downloaded the material list and against my cheapskatebetter judgement, I  ordered all the fabric for the quilt along.  I ordered it from one of her sponsors and it cost over $170.00.  Who can afford to quilt?  I still feel ill over spending that much money but it was nice fabric.  I hated the quilt along and stopped participating after 4 blocks.  Not that she wasn’t a good instructor or the blocks great but every time you turned around she said you had to buy something else.  Then she disappeared for weeks at a time and didn’t comment on anyone’s questions or progress.  I want to learn to quilt but I don’t have lots of extra money and I prefer to make do.

Craftsy classes are about $39.00.  I have signed up for 4 but each time they were on sale. Register and they will send you notices of classes on sale too.

Lovers Knot1This quilt is the first of the quilts from Jacqiue’s class.  It required a background fabric, backing fabric and 28 different scraps.  I didn’t have any scraps.  I had a  few fat quarters hanging around but no scraps. Therefore I made my quilt from 2 fabrics.  The stripped backing fabric I bought off Craigslist – the woman had a bunch of fabric for sale at her house, it was all on bolts.  I think it was $.75 a yard.  The green fabric I got at a church sale bag sale.  I got about 10 yards of this and all kind of other goodies for $2.00.  The batting I had leftover from something.  This is my kind of quilting. Pretty and cheap.

Love Knot 3

Jacquie’s quilt was designed to have 2 rings.  I did mine using only 1.  The instructions were fabulous, and it was easy to make and modify.  You can see the shading in the fabric.  This fabric felt like cotton but has a slight nap that is magnified in the photos.  In person, the variation is slight but interesting and I intentionally made them random to add some dimension to the quilt, especially since I didn’t have all the color from different scraps.  I love it.  I did all the quilting for this on my regular Singer sewing machine.  It is all simply straight line stitching. The backing is the same as the ring, the stripped fabric.  For the binding I pieced together some green and stripped fabric, cut them into 2-1/4″ strips and used these instructions to make and apply the binding.

green binding and backing

I’ll show you project #2 tomorrow.

See you next time.


Jul 08

Sun & Stars Quilt

This is the second quilt I made from the Impovisational Piecing, Modern Design class with Jacquie Gering over at Craftsy. The class was fun, the instructions were great and best of all I completed the quilt from start to finish in 2 days.

Improvisational Piecing

Just like Quilt 1-The Love Knot Quilt which can be seen here, the instructions called for scraps. 44 of them.  I am new to quilting and didn’t have any scraps.  I did, however, have all the fabric I had bought to participate in the quilt along that I quit.  Not 44 different colors but enough to make it work if I reduced the stars from 11 to just 4.


I like the end result.  It gave me a lot of negative space to practice free motion quilting too.

Darning machine now FMQ Machine.

I free motion quilted the quilt using my mid-arm machine. If you haven’t read how I made my own mid-arm machine, you can read about it here and here. I stitched in the ditch around each star.  I then added some sun elements.  I traced the bottom of a round trash can for the circle, then used a triangle template to make the spikes.  I made a spiral in the center of each circle.  The first one was a little wonky and I found if I drew the spiral first with chalk it was easier to sew it less wonky. All the space without the sun shapes, I simply stippled my way around.  I am good at stippling or rather that is probably the sissy way out because I know how to do that.  Next quilt I’m going to push myself to try a more complex stitch.

I again used this tutorial for making the binding.  It is easy and I like making straight binding rather than binding on a bias.  I don’t know who said you had to make binding on a bias.  It is simply a ploy to make you give up quilting so that someone else can get all the glory.  Binding on the straight grain is 100 times easier than binding on the bias and it looks better too.

Threads near strips tied off.

Threads at line near stripes tied off by hand

On Quilt 1 I tied off all ends like it said all good quilters should.  Here are the instructions on how to do that.  I hated that.  Tying the threads took a couple of hours.  It looks good but I don’t think it is worth the time spent.  This quilt I followed these instructions of pulling the bobbin thread up and micro stitching in place.  It looks good too, or so I think.  I won’t be tying off threads again anytime soon.

Threads in center of circle tied off with micro stitching

Threads at center of the circle tied off by micro stitching

See you next time.


Jul 07

Make your own dip mixes – Part 5

Here are more dip mixes.  Again, these are great sellers at craft fairs, church bazaars and even flea markets.  Cheap to make, easy to put together and delicious to eat.  You can see Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4 of my dip mix collections.


Herb Veggie Dip Mix

  • 1 T dried parsley
  • 1 T dried thyme
  • 1-1/2 tsp. tarragon
  • 1-1/2 tsp. onion (minced)
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • 1/8 tsp. pepper
  • 3/4 tsp. garlic powder

Mix above ingredients and stir until well blended.  Place in ziplock baggie and seal.

To serve-combine dip ix with 2 cups sour cream & 2 tsp. lemon juice (in the bottle kind is ok).  Stir until well blended.  Cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours before serving.  Serve with crackers or fresh veggies.


Italian Dip Mix

  • 2-1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 2-1/2 tsp. onion powder
  • 2-1/2 tsp. paprika
  • 4 T Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tsp. celery seeds
  • 2-1/2 tsp. sesame seeds

Combine above ingredients well.  Place in ziplock baggie and seal.

To serve-Combine dip mix with 2 cups sour cream.  Stir until well blended.  Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours before serving.  Serve with crackers, chips or veggies.


Bacon Dip Mix

  • 4 T bacon bits (imitation ones work too)
  • 2 tsp. beef bouillon granules
  • 2 T minced onion
  • 1/4 tsp. minced garlic

Combine ingredients and mix well.  Place in ziplock baggie and seal.

To serve-Combine dip mix with 2 cups sour cream.  Stir until well blended and refrigerate at least 2 hours before serving.  Serve with veggies, chips or crackers.  

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See you next time.