Tuesday, 5 November 2013

Chevron pattern with no triangles- A free tutorial


*** This is my interpretation of THIS tutorial by CrazyMomQuilt
The reason for my tutorial is because of the request by my readers for the details of this quilt I had made and pinned. I had linked to the original tutorial but it had disappeared and I was inundated with emails asking for the details. Amanda from CrazyMomQuilts has since reposted the original tutorial if you would like to visit click the link above. ***

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!

Step 1.

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!


Step 2.

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.


Step 3.

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.


Step 4.

Now trim your strips into square blocks at 4 1/2" each. 


Step 5.

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)


Step 5.

Sew your blocks together diagonally.


Step 6. 

And then each row together, matching block seams. You will end up with a quilt top like this.



Step 7.

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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10 comments:

  1. Thank you so much for sharing! I've been looking for ideas for my second quilt and this will be perfect! This is much simpler than the chevron patterns that use triangles, but looks just as amazing. Thank you again for sharing!

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  2. Wonderful! Doing this right now for a Christmas present. Thanks so much for sharing this tutorial.

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  3. Thank you so much for this pattern. I am going to get started right after Christmas. I think this is a pattern both my granddaughters will love!

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  4. Maybe you aren't aware of the fact that this exact (wildly popular!!) tutorial was posted in 2009 by crazymomquilts. I think you would be wise to add a link to her post in yours.
    http://crazymomquilts.blogspot.com/2013/10/how-to-make-zig-zag-quilt-without_30.html Moda even created a pattern sheet based on the pattern.
    http://www.unitednotions.com/fp_bella-solids-zz.pdf

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    1. Thanks for your comment. I had a link to crazy moms quilts but I was inundated with emails when she deleted or moved the post and no one, including myself, could find it. I appreciate your email but I never mentioned this was an original idea and I'm sure I wont be the last one to make this tutorial. Ill be sure to add any links I feel need to be added including the Moda sheet. Thanks again for bringing this to my attention.

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  5. This is my first quilt, so bear with this probably silly question. Before sewing the strips in their diagonal strips, I sew the pieces of that section together, correct?

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  6. I've only made one quilt before (with explicit directions in the pattern) and I'm horrible with calculations so.... if you could help, please?
    I'm going to attempt to make this pattern into a twin size spread. If I'm going to go with the bigger blocks (I think the 7.5" sounds good) I know I need to cut 4" strips ... but how much fabric overall should I buy? How much of each color?

    I'm sorry if this a dumb question. :-/

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    1. An extra-long twin, 68"x90"
      Thank you

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  8. Awesome tutorial.. used it and it came out perfect! LOVING it! Thanks :) Kathi

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