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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, a rainbow of colors or a seasonal color theme. (this chevron quilt pattern would be perfect in halloween quilts. 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.

For the shades of blue chevron quilt shown below, 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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80 Comments

  1. SuperMomNoCape says:

    Thanks for the great tutorial for making the chevron blocks!

  2. 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

  3. 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.

  4. quiverfullofblessings.com says:

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

  5. The Sassy Quilter says:

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

  6. Marisa Garcia says:

    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/

  7. Amber Heidi says:

    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

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

  9. Kelly Young says:

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

    -Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation

  10. Your quilt is so beautiful.

  11. OMG, it's so beautiful!!

  12. anastasia anezinis says:

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

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

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

  15. 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!

    1. Does anyone out there know what WOF means in quilting? I am stuck on this one.

      1. I believe it means width of fabric.

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

  17. Helen @ Blue Eyed Beauty Blog says:

    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