Wednesday, May 8, 2013

What's old is new...Chevrons circa 2013

From their first appearance on pottery and rock carvings in 1800 BC to coats of arms in the Middle Ages to the sleeves of letterman's jackets in the late 20th century, chevrons have been, shall we say, around the block. 

They've been popping up all over the quilt industry for the last few years, but we've never seen chevrons quite like in this quilt pattern. 

One jumbo (the quilt measures 57" x 71"!) echoing chevron, using the Manhattan Modern fabric collection. Big prints at home in a big design.

"Sketchbook" designed by Joanie Holton and Melanie Greseth,
made by Vicki Swanson and machine quilted by Naomi Polzin;
featured in McCall's Quilting May/June 2013

Joanie and Melanie gave us the inside scoop on their super-sized design.

How did you come up with the idea for this design?
We were asked to design "modern quilts" with the Manhattan Modern line… we love the modern look but are also a fan of angles.           
What do you like best about the quilt? 
We love that it isn’t made up of your traditional square blocks--the angles give it some attitude and flair.

What are the solid-looking prints in the quilt?
We originally designed it with Broadway Textures in the solid areas but made the quilt with Benartex Home linens….just to try something different. We liked the look of linen, but cotton worked better with the angled piecing, so the kits include cotton instead. 

See the entire Manhattan Modern collection here and Broadway Textures here.
Find the kit for this project (and learn more about designers Melanie and Joanie) here.
Find McCall's Quilting here.

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