Cover Girl!

I am over the moon about this. I am a cover girl. Well, really my quilt is, and it looks much better closely cropped than I do. :-) My Chevrons quilt is on the cover of the Nov./Dec. 2013 issue of Quilty Magazine.

Quilty Cover

I was beside myself when the folks at Quilty accepted my submission many months ago. I set to work diligently cutting and piecing this labor of love and giving little hints whenever I could. I was thrilled that someone wanted to publish it. Not that I don’t take pride in my work. It’s just that seeing it in print is somehow a validation of everything I work for.

Quilting Practice I pieced it on my older Bernina 1630 and quilted it on my brand new Bernina 710 . (Buying a new machine mid-deadline can be a pretty stressful experience, LOL!)

I practiced on a bunch of scrap pieces before I was happy with the quilt design. I basted my quilt with lots of pins and anchored the rows by stitching in the ditch. I quilted straight lines about 1/4 away from the seams, using painter’s tape to help keep them straight.

SITDHere’s a closeup of the back after all the rows were quilted. This is technically enough quilting for this quilt, but since I tend to go a little crazy when it comes to machine quilting, I decided to add quite a bit more.

Chervrons BackI filled in all the Chevrons with straight lines using a blending thread. I added pebbles and echoed lines in the background, leaving some un-quilted areas to create a textural “relief”.

Chevrons DetailI was unsure how this would turn out, but once I flipped the quilt over to the back side, I was happy with how the texture was looking.

Chevrons BackingI’m still learning how to photograph my quilts so that the quilting can show, but it’s a work in progress. For some reason, I get better details when the quilt is flat on a table rather than a straight shot. I know it has something to do with the lighting.

Closeup QuiltingThe down side is that since I can’t get a straight on shot, you get to see my messy sewing room with ugly chairs, plastic bins, and cords sticking out everywhere, LOL!

Finished Chevrons

Chevrons Front

It took me several years to get the quilting part down. It may be several more before my photography skills catch up to my quilting skills. Be sure to pick up your copy of Quilty so you can see it professionally patterned, styled, and photographed. :-)

I almost forgot – I owe a huge thanks to the folks over at Micheal Miller who supplied their gorgeous Cotton Couture Solids to me to make this quilt. I simply adore solids!

Chevrons Back

Chevrons Back

Here’s a shot of the back. I’ve written up a separate tutorial on how to make your own colorful strippy backing here.

149 thoughts on “Cover Girl!

  1. Betty says:

    I love your quilt !! Congratulation. Could you tell me how many colors you used in the quilt. My Husband said 6, I said 8, not counting the backing, I sure hope I am right.

  2. 8machinesJudy says:

    This quilt is so amazing! It has such depth as if the fabric is going up and down. The quilting is so gorgeous. Wow, and congrats to the cover of the magazine! What an inspiration!

  3. Katelyn says:

    This is just stunning! I love your use of solids (something I keep telling myself to work on in my piecing, but I just keep buying prints). And the quilting is gorgeous! I hope that some day I can make something this lovely (with lots of practice on my part)!!

  4. Amy says:

    Congrats on the magazine and big kuddos for approaching them. I am a chicken when it comes to putting myself “out there”. The quilt is great and I love the quilting.

  5. Kirstie Irving says:

    Oooo…I have a subscription to Quilty and can’t wait to see your design up close….all the way over here in the south of England!! You’re international!!

  6. Books_Bound says:

    Wow! I love your quilting! It’s so gorgeous, and I can’t decide if it looks cooler on the front or on the back! How do you establish what a “blending thread” is, or do you have one that you always go to?

    • Christa says:

      Great question! I always try a few different threads. I unwrap several inches off the spool and lay them on top of the quilt. Whichever one is hardest to see is the one I use. It’s harder for multi-colors like my chevrons so I stick with a thin cotton (like Aurifil) and usually go for some kind of taupe or light brown or grey. That seems to work :-)

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