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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Chevron Quilt (the easy way...)

Make a chevron quilt the easy way!

I am sure you have all been waiting on pins and needles to find out who the winner of this quilt was!!  The winner was Leanna O.  She has claimed her prize and hopefully is having picnics on it already...  Congratulations Leanna!

I have had a few people ask about the pattern I used.  Chevrons are surprisingly easy, you don't need a pattern!  (Though if you want to make a quilt to a specific size you will have to do a bit of math.)

Make a chevron quilt the easy way!

Since this was my first chevron quilt, so I figured it would be easiest to use precut fabrics.  I used 2/3 of a layer cake form Moda called Hello Luscious and 1/2 a layer cake of solid white from Moda's Bella Solids line.  Using precuts can make a project expensive, so on my last trip to the fabric store I picked up a 10.5 inch square ruler to use with my next project.

Make a chevron quilt the easy way!

I wanted to demonstrate how easy to is to piece together a chevron quilt....



With this method, you first cut your fabric into squares.  Any size you want, though mine were 10 inches, since I used the precuts.

Line up 2 squares of alternating colors, right sides together and sew all the way around the square.  (It's kind of hard to see what I did since I used white thread on white fabric, sorry about that...)


Then use a ruler to cut the squares from corner to corner.


 When you flip the pieces over, you will have 8 half square triangles.


Just arrange your fabric pieces into the chevron pattern.


Keep going and you will see the pattern come together:

I snapped this shot w/ my phone late at night...
The great thing about this method, is that you can create many different patterns, like a pinwheel.


Or diagonal stripes.  (I love these stripes...)


One thing to keep in mind when cutting half square triangles this way is that you definitely need to use spray starch when pressing the triangles flat.  The fabric is cut on the bias and could potentially stretch out when sewing.  I used spray starch and didn't really have any problems.

You can definitely make one of these!

Make a chevron quilt the easy way!

I can't wait to make another one for myself!

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44 comments:

  1. Your quilt is beautiful. I love the magic square method of making half square triangles!!!! Playing around with this technique and mixing it up a lttle, I found a few more designs you can make. http://closetcrafterohio.blogspot.com/2013/05/magic-square-pinwheel-and-more.html

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  2. Love it!! Pinned it!! If we have a girl I want to make a quilt like this for her!! :)

    Helen
    Blue Eyed Beauty Blog
    Exercise Encouragement Group Blog

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  3. Absolutely gorgeous. Oh how I was hopeing to win it along with many others I am sure. Congratualtions to the winner

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  4. I've been wanting to learn how to quilt and this is gorgeous inspiration to start me off! I love chevron and florals- it has great vintage modern appeal- just my style!

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  5. Wow, really what a prize! So pretty!

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  6. I love the chevron pattern. Beautiful colors, too!

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  7. Very nice quilt, so fresh colors!Thank for a tutorial!

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  8. Your quilt is so beautiful.

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  9. great chevron quilt! I like your echo quilting along the chevrons!

    -Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation

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  10. hooray I had seen a pinwheel quilt I liked and had pondered how best to build the patch, now I know. Thanks!

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  11. Would love to invite you to my link up that goes live at 7am in the morning. We pin all those who join to our party board on pinterest.
    http://myfashionforwardblog.com/2013/05/23/all-things-pretty-9/

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  12. Beautiful! Thanks for showing how to make the half square triangles. I have a few vintage sheets that I have been thinking would be fun to turn into a quilt and this has inspired me!

    Heidi @ handmadefrenzy.blogspot.com

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  13. WOW, it looks wonderful. I am glad you showed how to make the half square triangles. I am thinking of doing a jean chevron with some flower scrap fabric.

    Jenny @ http://jennylynndesignz.blogspot.com/

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  14. I just found your blog through Shine on Friday and I'm so happy to be here. I love your blog! I just pinned this tutorial. New follower here via GFC and google+. I invite you to visit my blog and I hope that if you like my creations you will consider to follow me back.
    Nice to meet you.
    Marisa from
    http://passionetcouture.blogspot.ca/

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  15. I have got to make one of these! Love your fabrics.

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  16. This seems easy enough! Thanks for the tutorial. I love all of your projects!

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  17. Thanks for the instructions--I love this technique! It is so easy and looks great. I just came across this on the Pity Party linky. I'm so glad you posted this.

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  18. WOW thank you so much for sharing this easy technique and i am so heading to the fabric store...wow you made it look so easy..i am so excited
    thanks

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  19. Thanks for the great tutorial for making the chevron blocks!

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  20. Fabulous work!Love it! ! Thanks so much for sharing the great tutorial!
    Have a great week!
    Hugs from Portugal,

    Ana Love Craft
    www.lovecraft2012.blogspot.com

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  21. This is absolutely beautiful! Thanks for sharing. I'm visiting from "i should be mopping the floor" link party.

    Rachelle S.
    www.stitchesbyrachelle.blogspot.com

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  22. As I'm fairly new to quilting, I'm always looking for "easy" quilting ideas. This looks great and is something I'd love to try! I saw this on Get your Craft on link party and thought I'd say hi! Thank you so much for sharing!
    Sarah @ Domestically-made.com

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  23. How pretty!! Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday!

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  24. This is pure genius! What a fabulous tutorial!! I am so excited to give this a try, thanks!

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  25. Gorgeous quilt Jamie!! Shared on Pinterest and Twitter :)

    xo, Tanya
    twelveOeight

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  26. This is GORGEOUS! I've been collecting vintage sheets to make a quilt just like this, so I'm sure I'll be referring back to this post as I get started. Pinning for later! :)

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  27. This is absolutely beautiful, Jamie! You are one talented girl.

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  28. I loved this quilt and I totally wanted to win it! I am sure the winner is really enjoying it this summer! Since I didn't win - I think I'll take your tutorial and make my own! Thanks for sharing!

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  29. Jamie I've been asking my mom to make me a chevron quilt for a couple of years now...I'll have to show her yours! It is beautiful. Love your fabric choices.

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  30. Hi there! I absolutely love the ease of this tutorial! I have not made a quilt in nearly six years now. This would be a great idea for my daughter's nursery room! My only question for you is how did you FINISH the overall quilt? :)

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    1. By, "finish" I am guessing you are asking how I quilted it? If so, I used my sewing machine and stitched along the chevrons (which was kind of a pain, since I had to keep maneuvering the quilt back and forth) and I also stitched in the ditch where the squares came together. I used my sewing machine for the binding too.
      ~Jamie

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  32. Love this tutorial and made a chevron for the upper middle back of my quilt ... will be posting pics soon! Thanks for a great tutorial to make this super fun and easy :)

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  33. I love this quilt. I am new to sewing, like brand new! I really want to make my boys these chevron quilts for their twin beds for a xmas present. I'm wanting to give myself plenty of time so I'm trying to get started. I have been through tons of blogs and directions, but I can't find how much fabric I would need for that size. Looks like most are lap or baby blankets. Does anyone have any pointers for me? I would greatly appreciate any help. Thank you!

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  34. Too funny, I knew the method for getting all those hst's and also for the piecing - but this seems magical anyway. Must be your dreamy colors. What a stunning little quilt. -Lettyb

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  35. Love your quilt! :) just wondering what the end quilt measurements?
    Stephers.s@gmail.com

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  36. Your quilt is beautiful! I'd love to make one, but a quick question first! Do you have any issues with your small squares coming apart since there's no backstitching (after cutting from corner to corner)?

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  37. Your quilt is beautiful! I'd love to make one, but a quick question first! Do you have any issues with your small squares coming apart since there's no backstitching (after cutting from corner to corner)?

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  38. I love this! Can you explain how you quilted it? Did you stich in the ditch?

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