Quilt Uber-fest Day #8 – Chevron Dreams

Welcome to day #8 of Quilt Uber-fest! I’m excited to show you my block, and tell you a little about it. First though, I need to thank Scott of Blue Nickel Studios for all his hard work, and his unfailing dedication to making this little blog hop all work out. He’s been great at coordinating and putting up with all our questions. Thanks Scott!

Now on with the show!

When we were given the requirements for our block, we were asked to design something using only log cabin construction and/or half-square triangles. My mind immediately jumped to the oh-so-trendy and oh-so-fashionable chevron pattern that is all the rage right now. (Don’t believe me? Check this out over at Pinterest.) I’m not sure why, but there’s just something so unfailingly classic about a chevron pattern, and that’s how log cabin blocks and half-square triangles feel to me, too. I mean really, where would quilting be without either of those two elements?

Then, I received my fabric. I’ll be honest, I wasn’t sure if my little old block design was going to be able to hold its’ own with such vibrant, busy prints. But hey, I’m always up for a challenge, and hey again, I have a seam ripper, so I got to work. And let me just say: it speaks volumes about the talented Nel Whatmore that these several showstopping fabrics can coincide so excellently within the same block.

I explained the chevron part to you already, and as for the dreams? Well, the fabric line we’re working with is called Sleeping Beauty. So, here’s how I like to imagine it: A princess, asleep for a hundred years. A prince, instantly enamored the moment he sets eyes on her–she’s beautiful, of course, but also has killer taste–her outfit? Chevrons, perhaps. Or maybe that’s her curtains. He kisses her, she wakes up, they get married, have their happily ever after. She excels at being a trendy, fashionable princess even though she’s missed hundreds of thousands (millions?) of pins on Pinterest. Silly? Yes. But hey (again), she had a heck of a lot of time to dream up any number of classic styles and trends, so it makes perfect sense to me.

Classics are classics for a reason, and some girls stay trendy even in their sleep.

(And some girls sleep in yoga pants and a t-shirt. Just saying.)Click here to download the PDF (sans my silly ramblings).


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  1. 1
    Judy says:

    Wow-great block, thanks for the challenge.
    (still like the stash buster!)

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    Melody says:

    These just keep getting better. I love your design. I got the first 4 done and then had to go back to work so today and tomorrow am going to try to catch up. Mine are in Sunkissed

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    Laura says:

    Love the block, love the fabric & love your instruction page. I might have to face my fear of triangles with this one :)

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      April says:

      Aw, shucks. Thanks! Triangles aren’t too bad, just be gentle with them. You can do it! (And be sure to show me if you do. ;)

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    Shelley says:

    Beautiful block, it is definitely my favorite so far – love your use of what are challenging fabrics.

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    *LyndiLou* says:

    This is great! I love the colors… and it’s great to see how the patterns really do work together well. How fun!

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    Linda says:


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    Michelle M says:

    Love. I was just thinking about a chevron quilt yesterday, now I have instructions. Thank you!

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    Kathy says:

    Great block! Super excited for you!

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    lisa says:

    so pretty…I’m not able to quilt along, but am saving all these to do as soon as I get time. My vacations are quilt-a-thons, lol

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    Deb says:

    Quite, quite elegant block! I love the pattern with the fabric.

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    daisy says:

    thanks for the block pattern april – gorgeous

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    MarciaW says:

    This uberfest block will give me a chance to see if could handle lots of HST for a zig zag quilt. I like this one, and so does my mother. The two strips remind me of a chevron log cabin.

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    patty says:

    I love your block. This is going to be a wonderful quilt!

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    Mindy says:

    Great job on the block!

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    Jodi R says:

    What a great block design. Thanks for sharing it.

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    Dot says:

    That is super cute!! I am going to show my grandma Mitchell, she will love it!!

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    tusen says:

    Lovely design. It could also make a nice quilt on it’s own.

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    Annmarie says:

    Love, love, love your princess story! Love your block too – thanks!

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    Gill says:

    I love the fabrics you’ve used – they really work well together don’t they? Thanks for the link to the pattern

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    IrishJillian says:

    Oh, I’m in love with this and the colors too! Chevrons remind me of the motor ways in England. They have signs that say “stay two chevrons apart” and have chevrons all down the highway. I love the Sleeping Beauty story you have on here too. Makes me happy!

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    amorette says:

    i love this block best of all, and i think your fabric choices are spot-on!

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    Lynn Wood says:

    Chevrons, Oh how I love you!

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    Rebecca Makas says:

    April this block is just so pretty! I know that chevrons are all the rage now, but you’ve really put them together in a very modern looking way.
    Well done.

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    Amy L. says:

    Gorgeous!!! You always come up with something amazing! If only I had a fraction of your talent!

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    Judy says:

    Love it! Starting to cut right now. Will look great for a pillow block!

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    Linda says:

    Wow – nice block! You made those bold prints look really feminine. Well done.

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    Inge Lise says:

    Beautifull – thanks, I love it

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    Jillian says:

    Just so you know, I’ve been seeing chevrons everywhere after you posted about them :)

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    Nel Whatmore says:

    Hey…well I am just sitting here waiting for my son to finish his physics lesson and so was browsing the net and came across your really lovely block using my new collection Sleeping Beauty for Freespirit. I love it ! Thanks so much for doing it. Warm wishes from Nel

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    Alanna says:

    each time i used to read smaller articles which as well clear their motive,
    and that is also happening with this article which I am reading at this place.

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