DIY Chevron Baby Quilt

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May 16, 2016 by bridgitgillis

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Chevron is a popular pattern these days, and can be easily included in a quilt design.  I made this gender neutral baby quilt for a friend whose nursery theme is forest animals.  The fun part about this design is that you can choose fabrics in any color scheme or print that you like.

Check out my post on creating your own quilt design HERE, then come back for some more tips on making this particular quilt.  Don’t worry, I’ll wait!  🙂

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This is an example of a fabric pattern that you may want to all face the same direction.  If so, you will need to cut your squares in two different ways, Square A and Square B.

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This is an example of a fabric pattern that can face any direction.  Your squares can all be cut the same way.

Once you are ready to cut your fabric, keep this in mind.  If your fabric needs to run a particular direction and you want the images all to be the same way, you will need to cut your squares differently!  Some will need to be cut like square A and some like square B.  If your pattern is more forgiving, or if it doesn’t matter which direction your pattern faces, go ahead and cut them all the same direction!

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Square A and Square B, both cut in different directions to allow for the correct direction of fabric.

For this particular quilt, I wanted to have a finished square size of 5 inches, so I cut 5.5 inch squares.  I needed 48 stripe squares (16 squares per stripe) and 48 solid/background squares.  You could choose to have 6 different stripes as well, just remember that there are 16 squares per stripe.  (If you haven’t already read the tutorial on how to design your own quilt, now is the time!  I’m not going to go over that information in this tutorial.)

To figure out how many squares of each cut to make (Squares A and B) you will need to look at your drawing and count them up.  For this quilt, I needed 8 Square A’s and 8 Square B’s per stripe.

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Assembling the guilt can feel like a jigsaw puzzle.  It helped me to actually draw in the diagonals of the squares on my drawing, which is’t pictured here.  It just made it easier to put together with them drawn in.

Once completed, I used a low-loft batting, and because this quilt was made for a crib, I was able to use one piece of fabric for the backing.  I machine stitched along the lines of the chevrons and hand sewed the baby’s name and year on the back corner.  After adding the binding, I was done!

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