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Paper Quilting 105: The Chevron

By: Shelly Newkirk, Artistic Guide

The first thing you are going to need is a chevron punch.  I have punches from three different companies.  Punch Bunch, Emaginations (no longer in business) and Family Treasures.  As you can see from photo 1, the chevron punches vary widely in size.  The punch you use will depend entirely on how much time you want to invest in your paper quilting.

In photo 2 you can see the difference in how the colors and the patterns work.  In the first photo all the chevrons point the same direction and the color placement is random.  Photo 2 is an example of a definite zigzag pattern in the chevron and the color usage.

Photo 3 is the paper quilting part of a border or ribbon.  A border or ribbon would be what I would use with a small chevron punch.  You would get the pattern without the extreme amount of time it would take to put together a whole card front.

Photo 4 is an example of how to get two ribbons of quilting off one 4.25" x 5.5" piece of card stock.  You can clean up the edges with your paper cutter or straight edge when cutting the quilted ribbons apart.

In the following examples you will find some ideas for the borders and for an entire card front that is paper quilted.

Stamp credits: Stampendous and Inkadinkado
Punch credits:  Punch Bunch, Emaginations, Family Treasures, Fiskars, Martha Stewart Punch Around the Page by EK Success

For previous projects in this series, click on the links:

Paper Quilting 101

Paper Quilting 102

Paper Quilting 103

Paper Quilting 104 


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7 Responses »

  1. OK! Add another punch to my wish list! Awesome effect!!

  2. Oh what a GREAT idea!

  3. Thanks for another great punch utilization inspiration. I never thought of using my chevron punch with those "border type" designs. thanks so very much for the examples and ideas.

  4. You enabler, you!! You know now one thing we're gonna have to go shopping for next month!!

  5. Love it......I have some chevron punches and have used them maybe once. Thanks for the inspiration. Love the examples with the borders.

  6. I think I forgot to mention that this technique is a great one to take when you travel. You can have all you need to create the "quilts" in a fairly small container. Beware, this is addictive.

  7. That is a great technique and love the final look you achieve. I don't have a chevron punch, so perhaps that will be another thing I should look into.