Friday, 18 January 2013

Pink Chevron Quilt Tutorial

This is a little quilt I made for my newest grandbaby and I promised a tutorial for all of you.

Materials required:
50 pink charm squares (5")
50 white or cream charm squares (5")
Batting
Backing
Binding - approximately 170" length

(Here's a great place to get your charms - SewFunQuilts on Etsy - $6.85 US for a pack of 30 squares)

I used a fat eighth pack of 12 different pink fabrics and a piece of pink from my stash. It was enough for the 50 charm squares and the binding. A fat eighth is 9"x22" and you can get four 5" squares and one 2.25" binding strip from each with a 2" - 2.25" strip left over.
Match each pink charm square with a white charm square. Draw a diagonal line through the center and sew a quarter inch seam on either side of your drawn line.
Cut apart on your drawn line and press towards the pink fabric.
Take all your pink/white squares and lay them out in a chevron pattern. There will be no need to trim to size if you started with all identical squares and piece with a consistent seam allowance. You'll be making a grid of 9 blocks by 11 blocks to make a 36"x44" baby quilt.
Sew your squares together to make rows, and then your rows together to finish the top. Almost done!
Quilted & bound!
Layer your backing, batting and top together and pin. Quilt as desired & add binding! (I quilted in the ditch along the diagonal lines of the blocks to emphasize the chevron design.)
Minkee backing - so soft!
I used super soft Minkee fabric for my backing and took special care not to stretch it during the layering and pinning process. And pinned with about twice the pins as I would with a flannel back. And took my time with the quilting to keep the stretch factor down.

--Ann

PS Leave me a comment & a link if you've made something with this little tutorial! I would love to see what you make!

Edited 26 Aug 2013 to add: THANK YOU SO MUCH for the awesome response to this tutorial! I am so overwhelmed by the amount of people who have stopped by to take a look and follow along! 
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