Friday, February 20, 2015

Needs to be said

Actually, it needs to be shouted from the rooftops, but this will have to do.

This is a chevron

This is NOT a chevron

Neither is this,*

or this,*
or this.*
Nice try, so close...but still
NOT a chevron.*
These are *ZIG ZAG* patterns.


These ARE chevrons -
Heck, even this configuration is closer to actually being a true chevron than a ziz zag.
Want to know how you can discern the difference quickly?  Does your material design or quilt block layout look like this? (notice the Private, Corporal, and Sergeant bars)


I don't care what some quilt pattern 'creator' huckster boob calls their design, and I do not give a tinker's doggone for the naming convention of a fabric company.  A zig zag is a never-ending series of lines - think Charlie Brown's sweater.  True chevrons are PAIRS of lines, forming a 'v', whether inverted or 'right way up'.

There, I almost feel better, but not happy knowing there will still be SO MANY people calling a zig zag patchwork quilt a "chevron-something-or-other" when it's not correct.  Help me spread the word, to correct the misuse of a word.

Whaddaya say?

Monday, February 9, 2015

Appreciatively speaking

Finding it truly odd that I have several more friends on that facebook thing. . . not because they want to be friends so much as they want to follow the progress on my latest CQ project.

Ha! My handwork is more popular than I am.

Thank you for appreciating my work.  I appreciate that. 

Sunday, February 1, 2015


Managed to finish laying out the last quarter panel for the final Dresden, and have only the blue corners to decide on and baste in place!  (you can't see it, but I am doing cartwheels and handstands)  Those are not critical mass sorts of issues, though - the blue corners, not the handstands - so I am taking a little mental holiday from that end of it.

Yes, it still needs doing, as does some basting and over-edge stitching to keep everything delicate from fraying during the embroidery work, but I am reveling in the short term accomplishments.  I'm also taking my time sorting through the scraps from the build phase of this top, and thinking I may have the opportunity to add some of them into the border - although I am still deciding if there will even be a border.

Ah, indecisiveness.

I feel liberated - to a point.  There's still a LOT of stitching to get moving on, but the feather is coming along (what a huge lesson it's been).  I can now freely begin to apply colors anywhere and everywhere to balance it out and fill it all in.  The real fun is under way!  Soon enough I'll have to add the corners, and I'll let you know when that happens.

What are you doing with your needle and thread?