Friday, May 11, 2012
Creating a Pieced Chevron Pattern
Over 20 years ago when we started dating, I bet our friends were shaking their heads thinking, "those two don't go together." It might have seemed that way, but we do truly fit. We think alike on many things. We have some of the same strengths but where we differ we mostly complement, not clash.
Fitting together little pieces of paper was part of the design for this page I made for Two Peas NSD challenge using chevrons. The challenges extend through this Sunday the 13th. I know I've seen pages with this type of piecing but I could not find one to link up so I'm not sure what specific page inspired me. (I have started Pinterest boards just for the purpose of keeping track and providing credit for my inspiration. Unfortunately, I never linked one of these.)
Anyway, I still had to figure out how to do this. I wanted my little strips to look like they were quilted and all the seams to match up. I used a quilting technique based on foundation piecing where you sew your fabric strips to a marked foundation then piece the squares together. In this case, I glued my strips down and voila! they matched! I'm a little surprised as I wasn't super picky on my cutting.
Here is a video of the process. I'll warn you I was holding the camera rather than having it mounted so it is a little off in places. I wasn't sure I how this was going to turn out so I was just capturing it 'just in case.'
Watch at YouTube
To finish the layout, I stitched over the chevron and added some more stitching lines. To keep those lines in a chevron pattern, I used the cutting pattern from the video as a guide similar to how I did the argyle pattern in this video.
The large yellow flower is from the Artfuldelight May kit. I made the rest with the Cricut's Accent Essentials cartridge.
The photo was taken by my friend Karen when we visited her in Greenville, NC a few weeks ago. It was picture perfect weather and we took a crafting break for a walk around the lovely Eastern Carolina University campus.
Thanks for visiting today! I'll be back later with my Mother's day card I've yet to finish. Yikes!