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Monday, April 8, 2013

Chevron Baby Girl Quilt

I'm so excited I finished my very first real quilt and it wasn't a Pinertest fail. Yeahhhhhh. I've had a boy version of this quilt pined on my Pinertest for awhile now and have been wanting to try it. So, when I heard I had some nieces on the way I decided to jump right in and give it a try.

The quilt and free pattern: Mod Chevron Baby Quilt by Rashida Coleman-Hale.

I wanted to share some of the obstacles I had to overcome in case you have the same.

Fabric choice

What I love so much about this quilt is that it's baby without being too nursery looking. It has a bit of a retro feel. Now for me I live in a small town and we don't have a fancy fabric store. I'm thankful we have a JoAnn but trying to find like girl fabrics was an obstacle. Rashida also has 12 different fabrics which at first overwhelmed me. This is what I did to chose my fabric and how much I bought of each.

I first started by looking for a couple of colorful patterns that went together. Right away my eye was drawn to this fabric. It was perfect cause it has lots of colors to pull from. (I loved how it was girly without having pink or being to nursery like the original quilt)

I then used this fabric to find 2 complimentary fabrics and I fond these 2.

So far so good. I then took my original fabric and started to search for more solid colored fabrics. This is what I found. I was lucky to first find the purple paisley and then find they had the same paisley in green.

Yeah, I was happy with that so instead of 11 pattern fabrics in the original quilt I have 7. I purchased 1/4 yard of each except the purple, I purchased 1/2 yard. (Because this is the fabric I used as the middle big line, so I needed more of that fabric. everything else I had more then enough with 1/4 yard)

Then I searched for the base solid fabric and that was tough, but I found the beige fabric with a light pattern. I purchased 1 1/2 yards of that. So here is all my fabrics together aren't they pretty I couldn't wait to get home and transform them into a quilt.

What you need:

Neutral fabric 1 1/4 yard (25 squares)
6 Pattern fabrics 1/4 yard
1 Pattern Fabric 1/2 yard (6 squares for middle line)
Backing Fabric 1/2 yard (no piecing required)
square ruler 6 1/2" or larger

Lets get quilting...


1. Cut neutral fabric into 5 strips at 7 1/2".
2. Cut each strip into 7 1/2" squares. You will have 25 when done. You need 24 for HST (half square triangles) and one left as a whole square.
3 Cut 24 7 1/2" squares from the pattern fabric.
The pattern fabrics make up 6 lines. I have 3 solid lines and 3 quilted lines.


1. Pair up one neutral square and one pattern square, right sides together. Draw a diagonal line on the wrong side from corner to corner.

2. Sew 1/4" seam on either side of diagonal line. 
3. Cut along the middle line creating two sewn triangle pairs.

4. Press HST open, pressing seams.

5. Use square ruler to line up diagonal seam line and trim block to 6 1/2" square. Repeat for (46) HST blocks.

6. Trim single 7 1/2" square to 6 1/2" square.

Sewing together:

7. Following illustration, arrange blocks.

8. Piece blocks together into rows, left-to-right. Each row has 6 blocks and there are 8 rows.
9. Piece rows together top-to-bottom.

Finishing quilt:

10. Layer top, batting and backing together. Pin all three layers together to prevent shifting when basting. I basted the quilt by sewing the chevron lines.

11. Cut off any extra batting. I used the backing as the binding.


12. Cut down the backing to 1 1/2" all around to be used as binding.

13. Fold backing/binding in half and press.

14. Fold backing/binding on quilt and pin.

Corner Binding

1. Fold up one side.
2. Fold corner in.
3. Fold other side in half.
4. Fold up other side to make mired corner.
5. Sew binding and enjoy.

Fluster Buster


  1. I love the colors and thank you for an awesome tutorial! :)

  2. Beautiful! One of my goals in life is to make a gorgeous quilt someday.

    1. Thanks, that was me and after finally giving it a try i see they are not that hard and i'm hooked.

  3. Thanks for the tutorial,i finally know how to make it :)

  4. You did GREAT! It looks fabulous hun. Now that you have one under your belt...go for number 2! Quilting is addicting!

    1. heheheh, already starting number 2 and 3, and eyed some fabric for number 4. what the what.

  5. Gorgeous quilt!

    Navy Wifey Peters @ Submarine Sunday Link Party

    1. Thanks so much for visiting, I joined your party.

  6. Wow great job Desiree. This is something I don't think I'd ever be able to do. I'm not a good sew-er.

  7. Very Cute! If you ever make it into the big ole SLC, I can tell where some awesome fabric stores are located!

    1. Oh yes please tell me where they are that is worth a trip into to SLC.

  8. So beautiful! LOVE all the fabrics and color choices! Jenna @ Rain on a Tin Roof

  9. This is so cute! I love the colors that you used and I really like the chevron pattern. It's not the usual but fun and unique! Excellent job and use of color :) I would love if you would link this up on Thursday @ Great Idea Thursday's :) Krista

  10. This is beautiful and so unique. I love how it turned out. I'll be featuring this on my party highlights...thanks for linking up to Crafty Tuesday!

  11. Hi Desiree,

    How adorable is this quilt? I so much wish I could quilt..:(

    Thank you so much for visiting my blog and leaving a comment, it means a lot!

    I don't know what I did but I accidentally deleted it...oh sorry:(

    But here I am to say that your blog is adorable and I will gladly follow you back!


  12. This is gorgeous! I absolutely love the colors and fabrics that you chose. I've made one quilt in my life, with the help of my mom, and know how much effort is involved. Beautiful!

    I'm now following your blog with bloglovin'! :-) Jessica