half square triangle chevron quilt

July 21, 2014 by Angie

Chevrons have been all the rage for some time now. I’ve made three small projects out of half square triangles (HSTs). They’re a relatively easy and versatile way to create quilt blocks. I couldn’t miss out on the (tail end of the) chevrons-made-from-HSTs trend so I made this quilt for my niece’s birthday. I followed this tutorial from My Quilt Infatuation to make the quilt top. I gave it to her a little early so I could see her with it in person. I’m glad I did.

Caitlin displays her quilt

Caitlin holding up her quilt. It’s bigger than she is!

happy Caitlin

Caitlin and the back of the quilt. I think she likes it 🙂

Quilt Top Fabrics

Kona Steel – twenty 9″ squares
Ty Pennington Impressions Roscoe – four 9″ squares
Ty Pennington Impressions Plaid –  four 9″ squares
Pink polka dot fabric from the Lola’s Posies by Lila Tueller Designs collection for Riley Blake – twelve 9″ squares

Sookie sniffs the chevron quilt

Sookie checks the quilt out with a sniff sniff.

Following the tutorial, the first step is to cut out forty 9″ squares of fabric to make 80 HSTs. Below is a photo of my big stack of fabrics.

stack of 40 9" squares

Step Two is to pair your fabrics (always a print with the solid gray) in the order you want for the final quilt. I made a diagram for myself then got to pairing.

Step Three is to sew a 1/4″ seam all the way around each pair of squares. Face them right sides together, I pinned, then I used my quarter inch foot to sew all the way around. You’ll have to do this twenty times.

sewn square pairs

Step Four is to slice through each sewn fabric pair diagonally twice to get four HSTs from each fabric pair. Now there are 80 HSTs. The pattern is designed to allow you to skip squaring up each HST but mine were radically different from one another so see Step Five.

unfinished half square triangles

Step Five was supposed to be just pressing the HSTs then trimming off the little dog ear ends. Mine were not going to line up nicely so I ended up using the very handy HST ruler my parents got me for Christmas to make all eighty 5 1/2″ square HSTs. It took a lot longer than I would have liked, especially since it wasn’t supposed to have to happen at all.

HST squaring station

HST Squaring Station

80 HSTs!

Eighty beautiful HSTs!

Step Six is to make sure you’ve got the HSTs laid out as they should appear in your final quilt then begin sewing them together in rows.

a row

Step Seven is to sew the rows together. Above are two rows ready to be sewn together. There’s a lot of seam pressing involved.

sewing the rows to one another

 Coming together

The quilt top is complete!

chevron quilt top

Finished quilt top

Now to baste, quilt, and bind. I did straight line quilting that echoes the chevrons. There is a quilting line a 1/4″ below and above each chevron edge, so twenty lines total.


 Ready to bind

Quilt Stats
Finished size: 39.5″ x 50″
Quilt top fabrics: Kona Steel, pink polka dot fabric from the Lola’s Posies by Lila Tueller Designs collection for Riley Blake, Ty Pennington Impressions Roscoe, Ty Pennington Impressions Plaid
Quilt back fabric: Kona Steel
Binding: Moda White Bleached
Batting: Warm & White
Quilting: straight line echo
Label: handmade from Moda White Bleached and scraps of Ty Pennington Impressions Roscoe and Plaid

closeup of the quilting

A closeup of the quilting

quilt back and label

I added the label last this time by blind stitching it by hand just before washing the quilt. I think I made this label a little too large but overall I think I prefer this to the quilt over it method I used previously.

Hot Florida Yard

This is not the best photo of the quilt but I thought the sky looked nice.

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