Friday, August 30, 2013

striped chevrons quilt top (and tutorial)

If you would like to make a larger version of this quilt, or if you are looking for more detailed instructions that include fabric requirements, the pattern is now available on Craftsy and Etsy.  

I had some jelly roll leftovers sitting around and I needed to work on a project to help maintain my sanity, so I thought I'd put together a quick baby quilt.  And while I was at it, I thought I'd share a (really) rough tutorial.

1.  Choose four strips that are 2.5"xWOF.  I alternated white solid with prints, but you could do whatever you want.  Piece them together along the long sides.
2.  Take half of these and set them aside.
3.  With the other half, line up the 60 degree mark on your ruler with one of the seams, and cut along the left side of the ruler.  
 4.  You could make the chevrons any width, I made mine 5 inches, so I lined up the cut edge with the 5 inch mark on my ruler and the 60 degree mark with one of the seams.  Cut along the right edge.
5.  You end up with one of these.  Keep cutting until you run out of fabric.
 6.  Grab the other half of blocks that you had set aside and cut them the opposite direction.
Piece your diamond shaped pieces into columns and then sew the columns together.  Trim along the top and bottom so that you have a straight edge (I didn't completely trim mine since I am going to trim again after I quilt it).
This was surprisingly quick and is jelly roll friendly.  And it definitely helped my sanity.


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46 comments :

anyadahab said...

I really love this. I might try this with a variety of scraps.

Heidi Staples said...

This is absolutely adorable, and I love the tutorial! Thanks for sharing, Erica!!

Janet M. said...

This is such a great pattern! Beautiful colors.

Heather D. said...

Oooh, this is great Erica! I have a jelly roll that I don't know what to do with and this one really appeals to me. Thanks for posting it! Hope you're hanging in there.

Hilary @ Young Texan Mama said...

This is super cute :)

Renee said...

What a cute little quilt! I bet it comes together really fast.

Tracy said...

Lovely quilt, and what a great tutorial. This could be really handy in a quilt emergency, I can definitely see me making more than one of these cuties, thanks.

Svetlana said...

gorgeous, thanks for sharing!

Richard Healey said...

What a neat quilt top.

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Lorna McMahon said...

Oh, Erica.... Very sweet! Your method makes it hard for anyone to resist. It looks sew easy! Hope you don't mind if I share this, with a link back, on my facebook page at http://facebook.com/sewfreshquilts.

Carla said...

Very cute quilty. I like the simplicity of it.

I am Just One Mom said...

Gosh, this is a terrific quilt and tut! Thank you for sharing your clever, clever jellyness.

Debbie said...

I'm all for sewing for sanity! Very sweet quilt!

ThirdMargaret said...

Darling quilt! Thank you for the tutorial!

Cloud CouCou said...

Very pretty quilt and great tutorial will be trying this on a smaller scale :)

Jan said...

What a delightful quilt top! Your tutorial is great.

Adrianne said...

This looks awesome! Good way to maintain your sanity :-)

Sarah @ FairyFace Designs said...

Wow, I love this! Thanks for the tute :-)

mle said...

This is brilliant Erica!

Sfredette said...

This would be really amazing to make with binding leftovers. Thanks for the tutorial - I definitely see this in my future.

harleywife57 said...

this is awesome ! thanks for sharing !!

Sarah said...

It's so pretty! And a great look for jelly roll strips. I'm bookmarking the post for future ideas. Thank you!

Christine S said...

This is great, thanks for sharing!

Jan Tomasek said...

I love this! And your directions and pictures explain everything. Thanks so much. I am sharing this on my facebook page, Organic
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Barbara C. said...

Hi Erica,

Love this quilt, but I had one question. You said to divide the strips in half, but it appears from the photo that 60% of the strips are going in one direction & 40% are going in the other. Could you please explain? Thank you.

Janice said...

This is a very sweet pattern, but am I understanding this correctly that it requires only 4 jelly roll strips and 4 solid strips to make the whole quilt?

Kelly said...

Did this take an entire jelly roll and if not, how many strips did you end up using of the patterned fabric? I have a jelly roll that is only 30 strips and I'm trying to find a pattern to use with it.

Love this quilt! Thanks for the tutorial! :D

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Unknown said...

Love it!

Unknown said...

Great quilt idea and very helpful questions.

Unknown said...

I really like the chevron quilt

Unknown said...

I really like the chevron quilt

tamarasw said...

This is probably a really stupid question, but what does the "WOF" mean in this phrase: Choose four strips that are 2.5"xWOF

I love the quilt, by the way!

GmaSandy said...

WOF width of the fabric

Barbara Lyons said...

Could you please let us know how much solid fabric is needed for this pattern?

Beverley said...

I love your blog. All of the quilts are absolutely gorgeous! I am going to attempt this one. Thank you for sharing. :)

Carol Stearns said...

Really cute and I have a ton of 2.5" strips waiting to be used up!

rlauguston said...

I am a new quilter. This my second quilt. I have made all the striped chevron blocks. I am having trouble trying to sew the blocks in a column. When I sew two together the seams do not match. What am I doing wrong?

Hoping you have an answer

Thank You

Barbara Lyons said...

Rlaugustan: I found this quilt very deceptive. It's definitely not as easy as it looks. I, too, struggled to get the seams to match. I pinned and basted, and then ripped it out & tried again. I was successful in the end, but it was very slow going, and by the time I finished, I never wanted to see it again, and donated the to to Quilts for Kids.

If someone has a "secret" to getting the seams to match on the first try, I'd really like to heat it!

Erica said...

The seams need to cross 1/4" down from the top. One tip that might help is inserting a pin 1/4" down and making sure it goes through both seams. Make sure to place a pin each time there are seams to match. I hope that helps!

Erica said...

I'm so sorry you had trouble! The seams need to cross 1/4" from the top and using lots of pins helps.

rlauguston said...

Thank you so much for the help, (Barbara Lyons & Erica.) With some trial and error I was able to get the first column done. Now on the the rest of the quilt top (queen size). I will post picture after it is finished.

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