Friday, January 19, 2018

Arrow Point Path - Chicopee Version

It is rare that I remake a pattern, there are so many new quilt designs on my to-do list, but I had so much fun making a second version Arrow Point Path as a Christmas gift.


I decided to make my son's cub scout leader a quilt for Christmas.  He has been the leader of the troop for 5 years and with my son bridging up to boy scouts in the spring, I wanted to make him an extra special thank you.

I needed a quilt design that would be a relatively quick make and one that I thought he (and his family) would like.  I had a bunch of charm packs of 6" square (yes, strange size) of Chicopee by Densye Schmidt.  The Chicopee line has been one of my all time favorites and I was looking forward to making it into a quilt.  I was also excited to see how the design would look using prints versus the blue and green solids of my first version.


My pattern Arrow Point Path, which I designed as part of Quilt Theory, fit the bill perfectly.  The pattern requires 6" sq prints along with a background fabric.  I had the white background fabric and the Tim Holtz Documentation print from the Eclectic Elements collection for the backing fabric in my stash so I was already to go!

The blocks came together easily and soon the quilt top was done.  At this point, I needed to gift the quilt in 4 more days so a quick quilting design was a must.  I love stippling a quilt so I stippled using the soft white (2021) 50 wt Aurifil thread.  I had the entire quilt quilted in less than 2 hours.


I bound the quilt using another Densye Schmidt print I had in my stash, from Shelburne Falls, I really like the look of the plaid printed on the bias.


After taking some pictures, I washed the quilt to give it that crinkly, soft look.  I am always worried if I gift a quilt without washing it, the recipient will think that they did something wrong washing it when it comes out of the dryer looking so different.  Here is a picture of the yummy texture of the washed quilt (sorry for the indoor shot, it was super windy out and I had to gift the quilt the next day).


My son's cub scout leader and his family loved the quilt.  He was amazed at how I had quilted it.  It was a good reminder to me that to those that do not quilt and are not familiar with quilting, simply moving the quilt under a stationary needle to create a quilting design (no matter how simple the design is to us) is truly impressive to others.

Quilt Stats:
   Name: DS Arrow Point Path
   Size: 60" x 70"
   Fabrics: Chicopee by Densye Schmidt for FreeSpirit (prints) and  Moda Bella in White
   Batting: Warm & White by the Warm Company
   Thread: Aurifil 50wt white 2021 for piecing and quilting
   Quilting Design: stipple

Thanks for stopping by!





32 comments:

  1. Yess! We have a special and awesome skill set. The prints really make your design stand out. He'll treasure it, I'm sure!

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  2. Love the quilt in the patterned fabrics, it has such impact. Makes me think it would be a good scrap quilt too. I'm not sure if I can purchase the pattern, some sites don't allow purchases from the UK. Only one way to find out though. Wonderful finish Cheryl, and for someone who really appreciated it too.

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  3. That is pretty gift for sure! Well done!

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  4. Wow, Cheryl, is it ever nice! Looking at it, I wouldn’t have suspected it to be a 'quick' quilt! Your fabric selection is magnificent! Thanks for sharing!

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  5. These prints were perfect for this quilt.

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  6. This is such a fun version of this quilt! It seems like the perfect way to use those precious fabric lines we sometimes are hesitant to use!

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  7. I love this pattern! It's on my to-do list. Love seeing it in a print version.

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  8. It's such a neat design! I really like the static-y movement of the prints. It's a great color combo too... perfect for a guy and his family. Mostly, it's a lovely gesture on your part. I love gifting to someone who doesn't expect it. Truly a display of appreciation. Well done on your part! (Applause.)

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  9. I bought the pattern last week and was trying to decide which fabrics to use. This is a great way to showcase prints vs. solids of your other quilt. So glad you did - it's lovely! And the quilting is also a great reminder of that simplicity is sometimes best.

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  10. Quilting a quilt in 2 hours is awesome, Cheryl! It turned out beautifully and I'm glad that the quilt was so well received. The binding frames it perfectly.

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  11. I am a sucker for prints and I love this one using prints! This was a sweet gift for you son's cub scout leader. I'm super impressed at how quickly the project was able to come together.

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  12. It's so beautiful! I've always wanted to know how this quilt looks in rainbow colors. Turns out, it looks great! Quilting a quilt in 2 hours is really impressive.

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  13. I love Denyse Schmidt fabrics and this quilt highlights them perfectly! What a wonderful way to say thank you to someone who has been a part of your sons life!!

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  14. Love your quilt, very interesting design!

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  15. WHAT a wonderful gift, Cheryl! Love this pattern, and super-love the binding!

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  16. 2 hours!!! Great quilting job on a great quilt. I love the pattern and think it’s fantastic for a male.

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  17. It's lovely!! I try to explain the actual quilting process to non-sewers and they look at me like an alien landed on my head :) Your work is always beautiful.

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  18. Your pattern is definitely looking great in those fabrics. Really beautiful quilt and gift! I am glad it was received well. And yes, non-quilters sometimes take time to "teach" our vocabulary and methods. But even my Dad is starting to understand :)

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  19. It's gorgeous and I love how it looks like a mirror hall picture, all sharp angles and reflections!

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  20. Chicopee is a favorite of mine, too, and it is looking fantastic in this quilt!

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  21. Your quilt is a winner. I love what you said about the recipients not realizing the skills that are needed for quilting and are still amazed at the results of simple quilting. Many times "less is more".

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  22. What a great gift for a scout leader!

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  23. What a beautiful gift. I really like the prints in that design, you could go pretty wild there with all the white to tone them down a bit. Wonder what that would look like if you went with a dark background? Hmmm. OK I need to stop thinking that direction, I do NOT need another project!

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  24. This print version is just lovely. I'm always partial to prints it seems. Fun to get a good look at the before and after washing too and see the crinkly effect.

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  25. What a great gift. Sometimes we under-estimate the effect of a simple stipple.

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  26. I've loved seeing glimpses of this on IG. The finished quilt is really great. It would appear that I need this pattern, the print version was the final nudge. Glad the recipient liked it.

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  27. What an awesome gift! And your design looks amazing in prints too!

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  28. I love this pattern in prints. Somehow Chiccopee seems very apt for a scout leader. Six inch is an odd size for charms!

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  29. This is an awesome quilt! I was wondering how wide the prints were, and if you could use a jellyroll?

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    1. Thanks! Though the instructions are not written for a jelly roll, you could make one work I think but how thew block is constructed would be pretty different. Cheryl

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