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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. Such a beautiful quilt, and you always pick the most beautiful, compatible colors/prints. Love this. Thanks so much for sharing at Inspire Me Wednesday. Featuring you in next week's issue.

  2. Question.. I started this particular quilt found on pinterest! Thanks for a great tutorial. I purchased two moda sets of layer cakes… they are slightly different I thought it was me. Has this happened to you? I had to rip the out.. frustrated.
    Denise deebriese@yahoo.com

    1. I have had that happen with fat quarters, but not with smaller cuts- how annoying! You would think after paying that much $$ you would get equal sized cuts. The only thing I can suggest in the future is to make sure your cuts come from the same "lot" and make sure to use starch on your squares, because they might stretch a bit since the triangles are cut on the bias.
      Good luck,
      Jamie

  3. This is so easy, I was astounded and now have them all machined, now the cutting and more machining! Thank you so much!! Tina from Auckland New Zealand

  4. i have been looking for a pattern like this for a baby quilt to give as a gift… thanks for such an easy one!!

  5. So cute! How much fabric would I need for this quilt? White verses patterned?

    1. I'm not sure of the yardage, since I used a layer cake. I used 40 10.5 inch squares. (20 white and 20 patterned
      ~Jamie

  6. 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)?

  7. 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)?

  8. 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

  9. 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!

  10. 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 🙂

  11. 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? 🙂

    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

  12. 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.

  13. 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!

  14. 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! 🙂

  15. Gorgeous quilt Jamie!! Shared on Pinterest and Twitter 🙂

    xo, Tanya
    twelveOeight

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

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