I spent a long time looking for the perfect bedding for my boys room. They are 3 and 6 years old and everything I found either looked too babyish or was very themed. (Enough with the balls already!) Or was way out of my price range, since buying 2 instantly doubles the price!
One day in the depth of the search I stumbled upon these black and white quilts on clearance at Target. Sure they look like hotel bedding from the 80’s, but check out that price tag! Just $7.48! The other side was a solid black and the wheels in my head started turning. I just couldn’t pass up a quilt for $7.50–since you can’t even buy batting for that much. And they were already quilted and bound!
I decided to add a design on top of the black in an applique type manner, to make the black a little less black and a little more like a little boy’s room. I stopped by My Girlfriend’s Quilt Shop and left with some great advice and some cute fabric from Michael Miller’s Mini Mikes line. It is boyish without being baby.
First, I ironed Wonder Under on the back of each piece of fabric. (Wonder Under is a fusible web with a paper backing that allows you to iron it on your fabric, cut out the shape you want, peel off the paper and iron in place.)
Then I folded the fabrics accordion style as wide as I wanted each of my chevrons to be and cut at the angle I decided to use. It was necessary to piece together the strips of chevron so they would reach the width of the quilt. You do this by sewing at a 90 degree angle, like you do when making a binding.
After I had my chevrons all cut I was able to arrange and rearrange them on the quilt until I found the pattern I liked best. Then I simply removed the paper backing, ironed them onto the quilt, and zig-zagged stitched around the edges to keep them in place.
One quilt has a wider pattern covering the entire length of the quilt, and the other has the chevrons concentrated in the center of the quilt. I have a definite favorite of the two. Which one do you prefer?