I’m so happy to have finished another version of my Charming Chevrons pattern! This layout is called Feathered Chevrons, and I made it using my Kona Designer series charm packs, plus Kona Coal.
Feathered Chevrons by Christa Watson, 64″ x 80″
This is the third version of Charming Chevrons I have made, and all three layouts are available in the original pattern, along with 4 different sizes.
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I love it when the quilting shows up well on the back.
I used some leftover chunks of Kona solids to make a pieced backing. I love how the quilting really shows up on the back. I stuck a label on the lower back corner before I put the binding on so I would only have to hand-sew it along two of the sides.
On the test sample, I quilted the swirls flowing in opposite directions. On the quilt, I quilted them all flowing in one direction. Other than that, I stuck to the original plan.
Like I do for most of my quilts, I made up a test block so that I could see how the quilting design and thread color looked before diving in. Even though it’s a little more effort to do this, it saves me a lot of aggravation in the long run. If I like how this piece looks, then there won’t be any surprises when I’m quilting the quilt, and I can just relax and enjoy the process.
I filled in all of the gray background areas with switchbacks, one of the motifs I teach in my book Machine Quilting with Style. Notice how I stitched an area of relief inside the block, by quilting straight lines about 1/4″ away from the seams. This allows the different sections to pop, and also shrinks up the amount of area I need to quilt.
Next, I filled in the chevrons with a motif I call “swirl-feathers.” It’s a new design for me, made up of swirls that branch off of each other rather than filling in the whole space. Then I filled in the spaces in between the swirls with pebbles.
I quilted it entirely on my BERNINA 770 QE. I anchored the quilt by quilting straight lines with my integrated dual feed (which works like a walking foot) and then the free-motion sections with my BSR (BERNINA stitch regulator.)
You’ll be hearing more about some of my favorite Aurifil thread colors in the coming months.
I love to use Aurifil 50 weight cotton for piecing and quilting all of my quilts. It’s lightweight yet strong and I never have any issue with thread breaks. I used Aurifil 2920 Light Brass for the swirls and 2605 Grey for the background.
If you make your own version of Charming Chevrons, please share it in my Facebook group: Quilt with Christa. I’d love to see you progress! I’m also happy to chat about machine quilting over there and answer your questions in the group for all to see.
7 thoughts on “Feathered Chevrons Finish”
The quilting is lovely! Thanks for sharing.
This version of Charming Chevrons is so fantastic, and your quilting is spectacular! When you did your quilting with the walking foot inside the gray, is it a continuous line or did you get to bury threads in a bazillion chevrons? I love how it looks, but I’m lazy and don’t like burying threads any more than I have to.
Gorgeous as usual, Christa! You’re such an inspiration.
Feathered Chevrons is so striking Christa and your quilting is amazing! The swirl feathers are awesome.
Beautiful finish, I love the quilting!
Christa, thank you for sharing the quilting details! I’ll have to try the swirl-feathers, just beautiful!
Thanks, Christa. It’s like having you in the room with me. I really enjoy your blogs and videos. Please, keep up the good work and happy trails to you.