Chevron fat quarter project - improvised piecing table runner

Chevrons are so addictive because they are just plain fun fabrics.  I loved the yardage project so much that I decided to buy some fat quarters and maybe I got carried away.  OK, no maybe about it, I did get carried away.  I ordered a pack of 24 fat quarters, 24!  That's a lot of chevrons!  These fun guys are all Riley Blake and I got them from Southern Fabric.  I had them in hand, now what to do?  Make a chevron fat quarter project!  Here is my first one of what I am sure will be many.  (And yes, I will tell you all about them as I make them!  You're welcome!)

chevre2I had enough black and white yardage left for the back of another table runner so what to make was decided, a long table runner for 1solidsreEmily that was about 20 inches wide and 84 inches long.  I took the greys and the purples from the fat quarters and cut them all in half which created 8" by 10" rectangles.  I was then a bit perplexed so I moved onto the solids.  I took all the purples and blacks from the Blue Underground solids and cut  20" strips which varied from 1" to 3".   (In case you have forgotten about those luscious hand dyed solids, I have put the picture here again, mainly because I just love looking at them.)

I sewed those strips together from light to dark, creating my own ombre.  None of the strips were the same size (on purpose!) but I kept the values always increasing.  Then I tf1rewas completely stymied so I slept on it.  And dreamt about it!  This table runner was part of my every waking and sleeping thought.  Oh well, I've had worse dreams!

I now had to do something with the chevron rectangles so I  sewed a solid rectangle onto each one to make it the same width as the ombre pieces.  I sewedtf2re them all together and thought, hmmm.  Then I was a bit bummed.  I wasn't impressed.  I was trying to do this improvisational piecing I had read about in Modern Quilting magazines.  I had to be bold!  Be bold Kathy!

So bold I was, I cut it into 2 lengthwise strips, flipped it and sewed it back together.  Then I cut it down the middle and flipped them tf3reto the opposite side.  How's that for improvisational piecing?  Well, not that bold, I am not a modern traditionalist for nothing.  Those fabrics might be modern but it sure looks pretty symmetrical to me.  Even when I try to be bold, I am not quite as radical as I think.  But I liked it!tf4re

I sewed the ombre to each end which made the back and also the batting just about an inch short.  I finally got to use that batting "tape" I had purchased to piece on a bit of batting and I added a solid strip to each end of the back.  Ready for quilting.

tf5reI stitched in the ditch on each lengthwise seam and then inbetween each of those seams.  Not a ton of quilting but enough to keep it all together.  I quilted it on my domestic machine and used the same delicious purple Aurifil thread I had pieced it with.  For the binding,  I used the purple geometric I bought last week with this project in mind and tf6retada, all done!  My first improvisational piecing and I like it!

I didn't have a space long enough to photograph it so I took it outside and snapped a picture.  I have the back flipped over on the one end so you can see the black and white chevron back with its strip of dark purple.

tf7reHere it is on Emily's table.  Lucky her that I was itching to do another chevron fat quarter project!  And what is even luckier is that I have lots of chevrons and solids left and I am dreaming up new projects as you read this.  Maybe I've been talking about them around the tf8rehouse a bit too much.  When my husband saw the table runner he remarked, oh more chevrons.  Ha!  I think he's the only 6'6" guy in the transportation field who would be able to say that!

Sew happy!

Chevrons and more are all being discussed, pictures are being posted and sewing capers continuing on my Facebook page. Like the page and join the conversation! If you want to keep reading my blog, you can subscribe. To do so, type your email address in the box and click the "create subscription" button. That's all, you're done. My list is completely spam free, and you can opt out at any time.

If you missed the other two chevron table runner postings you can read the easy one here or the more complicated one here.

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