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Chevron Quilt (the easy way…)

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If you are looking for a fun and modern quilt pattern that is easy to sew, you will love this free Chevron Quilt Pattern. This chevron quilt is made using a layer cake and half square triangles (made the easy way – four at a time.) 

It’s a perfect quilt for beginner quilters (or someone just looking for quick and easy quilt patterns!)

chevron quilt pattern

Chevron Quilt Pattern

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 made 2 of these quilts and gave one away.)

I have had a few people ask about the pattern I used. Chevron quilts are surprisingly easy to make! All the quilt pattern is, is various half-square triangle blocks, turned in different directions and sewn together

Why You Should Make This Quilt

  • The Chevron Quilt Patter is a beginner quilt pattern, that looks like it could be complicated, but is actually super simple to make.
  • The free quilt pattern uses all 10-inch squares (to make half-square triangles) – and that is it!
  • The pattern includes a printable template for you to save and use.
  • The short-cut half-square triangle method I show you in the quilt tutorial uses 2 different colored squares to easily make the half-square triangles.
  • The pattern includes 2 sizes: lap, and twin size, so you can make whichever suits your needs. The pattern would be very easy for you to make even larger if desired. Simply add more squares or a border.

how to make a chevron quilt

Precut Friendly

This Chevron Quilt Pattern is made using all ten-inch squares. So you can use layer cakes or cut your own 10-inch squares. It’s completely up to you! Personally. I love using layer cakes for all the different prints, they provide a variety of coordinating fabrics I would not normally have on hand. 

For today’s quilt, I used 1/2 of a white layer cake set and 2/3 of a layer cake set called Hello Lucious from Moda Fabrics. (Which is no longer available, (but there are so many other pretty sets to choose from on Amazon and the Fat Quarter Shop.)

Using precuts definitely speeds up a project, but I also need to work on using fabrics from my stash, so on my last trip to the fabric store I picked up a 10-inch square ruler to use on future projects.

chevron quilt pattern

How to Make four Half square Triangle blocks at a time

Part of what made this chevron quilt so quick and easy to put together is this fantastic method to make 4 half-square triangle blocks at once.

With this method, you start with two fabric squares cut to the same size.  Any size you want, though mine were 10 inches since I used the precuts.

Instructions:

Step 1: 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…)

Step 2: Use a ruler to cut the squares from corner to corner.

When you flip the pieces over, you will have 8 half square triangles already sewn into 4 blocks!!! All you will need to do is press and trim.

I just love half square triangles- You can get so many different patterns just by how you arrange the blocks.

Chevron:easiest way to make a chevron quilt pattern

Pinwheels:

Diagonals:

And the list goes on!

Quilt assembly Tips:

  • Press and starch squares before sewing and cutting. One thing to keep in mind when cutting and sewing half-square triangles with this shortcut method is that it is recommended to press your fabric squares before sewing and cutting. I also recommend using spray starch to help the squares from stretching out during the sewing process. The fabric is cut on the bias and could potentially stretch out when sewing, causing your squares to become “wonky”. 
  • Scant quarter inch seam allowance: When sewing your half square triangles together, I recommend using a scant quarter inch seam allowance. This will give you a smidge of extra fabric when squaring up the half-square triangles.
  • Squaring up: Do not skip the step of squaring up your half-square triangles! I currently use this template (I love that you can use it on multiple sizes) but this one from Bloc-Loc looks interesting as well. (interesting but pricey, lol)
  • Sewing rows together: When sewing the blocks together in a row, I recommend sewing 2 blocks together at a time, rather than one block after another, after another. If you sew the rows together one after another, the straightness of your piecing can get off.
  • If you want to make the lap size quilt slightly larger, you can add a 2-inch border for a 52 by 64-inch quilt. You will need an additional 1/2 yard of fabric for the border. (Cut the fabric into 2.5-inch strips and piece together for the border.)

Pattern Variations

There are so many ways to change up this quilt with different fabrics. Adding a border. Using different fabrics to create an ombre effect, Shades of the same color, or a rainbow of colors. Whatever you can think of!

As long as you use the same fabric for the in-between chevron stripe, you can use the pattern as written. As in this shades of blue chevron quilt, I used a grey print for the in-between chevron stripe and 4 of the same print for the colored print. (So 4 10 inch squares of dark grey, 4 navy, 4 medium blue, 4 dusty blue, 4 light blue, and 20 of the grey print.

shades of blue chevron quilt pattern

However, If you would like a different color for each chevron stripe, you will need to pay a bit more attention to how you are sewing the half-square triangle blocks. I have included a coloring page to help you figure out how many of each color and what colors to sew together. See the rainbow chevron quilt below as an example:

rainbow chevron quilt variation

Where Do I Find The Free Quilt Template?

The link for the pattern template is under materials needed. Click the link, add the pattern to your cart and check out. (takes about 15 seconds for the process.) A copy of the pattern will be emailed to you.

Chevron Quilt pattern Information:

Instructions for quilt top only, quilt and bind using your preferred method. (I plan to bind with the same color as the background and either quilt via stitch in the ditch or straight line quilting 1/4 inch from the seamlines.)

  • Skill level: Beginner-friendly
  • Pattern Sizes: Lap (48 by 60), Twin (72 by 90)
  • Time to finish lap size quilt top: 6 to 8 hours
  • Block size: The unfinished half-square triangle block is 6.5 inches

How to make a Chevron Quilt – the easy way! (easy Chevron Quilt pattern)

Materials Needed For Quilt Top:

Fabric Requirements

Lap size:

  • Quilt Top – 20 color/print 10-inch squares. 20 solid 10-inch squares.
  • Backing – 3 5/8 yard
  • Binding – 1/2 yard

Twin:

  • Quilt Top – 45 color/print 10-inch squares. 45 solid 10-inch squares.
  • Backing – 5 1/4 yards
  • Binding – 3/4 yard

Chevron Quilt Top Piecing Instructions

Step 1: Cut/Gather Fabrics

For the lap size quilt top, you need 20 10-inch solid color squares (I recommend white) and 20 10 inch colored print squares.

Step 2: Make The Half Square Triangles

(See photo tutorial above)

how to make 4 half square triangles at a time

  1. Trim/square up your half square triangles. (I like using this ruler from June Tailor, since you can do multiple sizes with one ruler.)how to square up a half square triangle.
  2. Repeat till you have the specified amount of half-square triangles needed for your quilt size.

Step 3. Assemble The Quilt.

  1. Use the provided template to lay out the quilt pattern. (I love my portable quilt wall for this. It hangs right on my wall, so no more laying my quilts out on the floor! Even better it folds up when not in use.) chevron quilt pattern
  2. Sew your square together row by row with a quarter-inch seam allowance.
    TIP: when sewing the blocks together in a row, I recommend sewing 2 blocks together at a time, rather than one block after another after another. If you sew the rows together one after another, the straightness of your piecing can get off.
  3. Sew rows together 2 at a time and then sew the row/blocks together.

Step 4: Quilt And Bind As Desired.

Refer to the fabric chart above for backing and binding fabric requirements.

You can definitely make one of these!

Make a chevron quilt the easy way!

I can’t wait to make another one with different fabrics!

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Chevron Quilt piecing instructions

Chevron Quilt Pattern

Learn how to make a chevron quilt using this free quilting pattern. This chevron quilt is made using a layer cake and half square triangles (made the easy way – four at a time.) 

It’s a perfect quilt for beginner quilters (or someone just looking for quick and easy quilt patterns!)

Prep Time 1 hour
Active Time 5 hours
Total Time 6 hours
Difficulty easy/intermediate
Estimated Cost $50

Materials

  • Quilt Template
  • Fabric
  • Rotary Cutter/Ruler/Cutting Mat
  • half quarter triangle trimming ruler
  • Iron
  • quarter-inch seam allowance foot
  • Basic Sewing/quilting Supplies

Instructions

Step 1: Cut/Gather Fabrics

  1. For the lap size quilt top, you need 20 10-inch solid color squares (I recommend white) and 20 10 inch colored print squares.

Step 2: Make The Half Square Triangles

  1. (See photo tutorial in post)
  2. Trim/square up your half square triangles. (I like using this ruler from June Tailor, since you can do multiple sizes with one ruler.)
  3. Repeat till you have the specified amount of half-square triangles needed for your quilt size.

Step 3. Assemble The Quilt.

  1. Use the provided template to lay out the quilt pattern. (I love my portable quilt wall for this. It hangs right on my wall, so no more laying my quilts out on the floor! Even better it folds up when not in use.)
  2. Sew your square together row by row with a quarter-inch seam allowance.TIP: when sewing the blocks together in a row, I recommend sewing 2 blocks together at a time, rather than one block after another after another. If you sew the rows together one after another, the straightness of your piecing can get off.
  3. Sew rows together 2 at a time and then sew the row/blocks together.

Step 4: Quilt And Bind As Desired.

  1. Refer to the fabric chart above for backing and binding fabric requirements.

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75 Comments

  1. This is awesome! Thanks so much!

  2. Absolutely lovely! Just finished a baby size quilt in your easy method in a fabric by Elizabeth Hartman called Adventure, it has Lemurs!!
    Will have to share a pic on IG once the intended recipient receives it!

  3. I like your site, but I am finding it hard where to get the printable pdf. I scrolled the Chevron Quilt several times, but cannot find a link.

    1. Currently, this post does not have a pattern. It just shows you an easy way to make chevron out of half square triangles.

  4. Kathleen greer says:

    Inspiring I think I will try making a chevron border for a log cabin quilt I am making. Thanks.

  5. Thank you for your generosity in sharing this DIY chevron pattern , you rock!

  6. Hi! Love the pattern. How much batting did you use? What type of backing did you use and how much of it?

  7. How do I figure how many “white” squares I need to cut, and how many “other fabrics” I need to cut? I’m making a CA King quilt. Help, please. Thanks!!!

  8. I just found this chevron pattern and love it! I got all my pieces cut and sewn together and then made the diagonal cuts. BUT, I cannot figure out how to sew it together! I laid it out like I want it to look, but since I am so new to quilting, I am at a loss for how to actually sew it together without having some seams on top!! Help, please!

  9. Irma Gonzalez says:

    Thank you Jaime, for easy to understand instructions! Gonna try making a quilt using this method.. Your blog is awesome!
    Irma

  10. Hi Jamie
    I’ve finally finished making a chevron quilt for my 15 month old daughter, using your guide. I can’t thank you enough for sharing this online – I’m going to write a post on my own blog soon, linking back to yours so others can see how I managed to make mine. Please take a look if you have a moment!
    And greetings from over the pond!
    Best wishes
    Laura

  11. Hello!

    I am just finding this amazing quilt and pattern now! It is amazing and I would love to try it. I’m new to quilting so I have a couple questions for you if you wouldn’t mind answering them.

    You said that buying the layer cakes can get expensive so you got the 10.5 ruler. If I was to do this with out the layer cakes, around how much of each fabric would I need? It seems like getting the layer cakes is cheeper..but like I said, I don’t really know much about quilting yet. About how much would this whole thing cost if you bought the fabric separate instead of the layer cake?

    Thanks!

    Megan

    1. I’m not sure, it will definitely require a little math to figure out.

  12. Good morning. I have been searching and searching looking for a chevron pattern. I have been so intimidated because of the angles and triangles. I have to tell you that you just made this so simple for me! My eyes have been open to the simplicity of it! Thanks for writing it out in simple terms and putting it out there!

  13. Absolutely STUNNING Jamie! I'm just getting into quilting and am even more amazed with beautiful projects like these after knowing the amount of work that goes into them! Definitely pinning and sharing! Thank you SO much for linking it up at the Frugal Crafty Blog Hop this week!

  14. Jamie,
    Your quilt is beautiful and how can you not love someone who shares how to make it easier. I found you thrrough show me Saturday.
    Happy Creating,
    Karen Marie

    1. Thank you Karen! You are so sweet to stop by with such a nice comment!
      ~Jamie