As promised, I've put together a tutorial on how to make a chevron quilt with no half square triangles.
In my opinion this is a much simpler and easier way to get the chevron pattern, and it is a huge bonus that you don't have to wrestle with the bulk you usually get with the HST method.
In this tutorial I've only made a few blocks which I've turned into a cushion for M's bed, but you can make as many as you like to make up a quilt.
Let's get started... it's super easy, I promise!
Most obvious, pick your fabrics. You will need at least 1 neutral colour but the rest is up to you. I've chosen 4 different prints but you can do more or less, completely your choice!
For this size block, 4 1/2" square, I cut strips at 2 1/2" wide, which also makes this tutorial jelly roll friendly.
You will need as many neutral as coloured.
Sew one neutral strip to a coloured one. I've used 1/4" seams for this project. If your using a light neutral you will want to press your seam toward the coloured fabric.
Now trim your strips into square blocks at 4 1/2" each.
In this step you will start to see the chevron pattern. Lay out you blocks as shown below.
(click on image for a closer look)
Sew your blocks together diagonally.
And then each row together, matching block seams. You will end up with a quilt top like this.
Now just trim the edges to finish up your quilt top. I always trim my quilt top 1/4" from the last corner to give it a nice clean edge.
And that's it. Super easy... no fuss, no muss!
If you would like to make bigger blocks change the measurements in step 2 and step 4. For example,
3" strips = 5 1/2" blocks
3 1/2" strips = 6 1/2" blocks
4" strips = 7 1/2" blocks
and so on
If your after a different block size, all you need is this quick formula...
double the strip width, minus 1/2".
If you have any questions please feel free to email me, I would be more than happy to help.
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