1.25.2012

Rainbow Chevron Twin Quilt: A Tutorial


FOR THIS QUILT YOU WILL NEED:
5 fat 8ths in each of 7 colors (red, red-orange, orange, yellow, lime green, green, blue).
OR assorted scraps (at least 7 x 7 inches in size or 3.5 x 14 inches long) - enough to make 14 per row or 98 total chevrons.
AND 6.25 yards white for chevrons, sashing, and borders. (A generous amount.)

These instructions are for a twin quilt. You will make 14 chevron blocks per row. There are 7 rows. So there are 98 chevron blocks total.

MAKING THE CHEVRON BLOCK:

Step 1
Cut 1 white rectangle 3.5 x 6.5 inches
Cut 1 print rectangle 3.5 x 6.5 inches
Cut 2 white squares 3.5 x 3.5 inches
Cut 2 print squares 3.5 x 3.5 inches


Step 2
Mark a diagonal line through the middle of the square - like the photo below. Do this to all your squares.


You'll have 4 squares with diagonal lines marked.


Step 3
Lay the white square on the printed rectangle - right sides together - lining them up on the left side with the diagonal line oriented like the photo below. 

Lay the printed square on the white rectangle - right sides together - lining them up on the left side with the diagonal line oriented like the photo below.


Step 4
Sew on the line for both pieces.


This is what your pieces will look like sewn (below).


Step 5
Trim each piece 1/4 inch away from the stitch line.


This is how your pieces will look (below).


Step 6
Press the triangles open.


This is how mine look from the back - with the seam pressed to the side toward the triangle. You could also press it open.


Step 7
Lay the white square on the printed rectangle - right sides together - lining them up on the right side with the diagonal line oriented like the photo below. 

Lay the printed square on the white rectangle - right sides together - lining them up on the right side with the diagonal line oriented like the photo below.

Sew the squares to the rectangles along the diagonal line.



Step 8
Trim each piece 1/4 inch away from the stitch line.


This is how your pieces will look (below).


Step 9
Press the triangles open.


This is how mine look from the back.


Step 10
Sew the 2 blocks together making sure that you sew right through the point to get a nice point on the finished block.


This is what your block should look like. Notice where the stitching meets the point.


Step 11 
Press the whole block. I pressed my seam to the side and toward the top (as shown below) because when you start sewing the blocks to the sashing it is easier to see where the points will be. Pressing this seam open would work too.


And here is your finished block! 


I am not going to go into great detail about how to put the blocks together into a quilt. But here are the dimensions for the rest of the quilt.

8 strips of sashing (including side borders) - 3.5 wide x 84 inches long. (I'd measure each chevron strip and take the average to find out exactly how long to cut the sashing)
2 strips for top and bottom borders - 3.5 x 66.5 inches long. (I'd measure the top and bottom of the quilt to see exactly how long to cut these.)

The quilt should finish at 66.5 x 90.5


Good luck! And if you make a quilt using this tutorial, be sure to send me an email with a photo link. I'd love to see!

p.s. I apologize if there are any problems with this tutorial and would appreciate it if you'd let me know if there are. Thanks!



14 comments:

  1. Wow, you're fast. This is brilliant. Thanks so much.

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  2. I love it! Excellent tutorial; even a non-quilter can understand it and see how it will come together thanks to your great pics & explanation. Really great quilt; are you giving it away or keeping it? I hope you're keeping it! How's it quilted?

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  3. Leigh! this is awesome!! wow!!!!
    I can't wait to use your tutorial!!!

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  4. I would like to buy this... seriously. Name the price to make me one! Email me at pennyscrapbooks at aol dot com! Thanks!!!

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  5. (I am not kidding either! I have this "pinned" and will be bothering you again soon! :) )

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  6. FABULOUS tutorial...I have one question and please don't take offense, I'm a newbie sewer....When looking at your orange chevron that you did, will the sashing on either side make the chevron "more tight"...if that makes sense? just wondering....<3

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  7. Thank you so much for the tutorial! I pinned it and am anxious to try it this summer!

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  8. This quilt is awesome! Thanks for the tutorial! :-)

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  9. oh my word. this is lovely. and thank you for: a) sharing it, b)creating a tutorial, and c) inspiring me.

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  10. Leigh, I am loving your blog, and now I want to make this! It looks amazing.

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  11. I am confused, in the second part of Step 3 and Step 7 you have said to put wrong sides together, but the picture shows right sides together. I am sure it should be right sides. Otherwise this is a beautiful quilt

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    1. I'm certain she meant RIGHT sides together also!

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    2. You are both right, it's right sides together. I changed it. Sorry for the confusion.

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