Chevron or zig zag quilt patterns seem to be all the rage at the moment. For this design I have created chevrons and also brought in a butterfly theme – both with the fabric and within the quilt blocks. Actually there are quite a lot of secondary designs in this quilt – quite gratifying. It may look complex but trust me – it’s a very simple quilt block that I have used.
The quilt measures 46″ square and I have used 1/2 yard each of the lilac butterfly and yellow fabrics, 3/4 yard each of the light brown and green fabrics, 1.1/4 yards of dark brown. You can buy all these fabrics as a kit with 10% off the fabric price. Click on special offer. First come, first served.
2.1/2″ squares: fifty four lilac, fifty four yellow (these are the squares across the two diagonals), seventy two green, thirty six light brown, thirty six dark brown
2.7/8″ squares: eighteen each in light brown and green, eighteen each in dark brown and green
For the quilt borders you will need eight 2.1/2″ strips of brown fabric cut across the width of fabric and four 1.1/2″ strips of lilac, again cut across the width of fabric.
Making each quilt block
Make half square triangles with the 2.7/8″ squares. Place a green square with either a light brown or a dark brown square and mark a line along the diagonal. Sew a 1/4″ seam either side of the marked line. Cut along the line to produce two half square triangle units. Press the seam allowance towards the darker fabric and trim the corners to reduce bulk in the seams.
I think that it helps to see how the quilt block is set out in stages. There are lilac squares running along one diagonal and yellow squares placed along the other diagonal. You can see that four patch unit formed in the middle where the two diagonals cross each other. In addition there are two green squares either side of each corner, making another four patch unit in each corner. That just leaves four four patch units to be placed in the remaining spaces.
The first half of these remaining four patch units is made using a dark brown square and a dark brown/green half square triangle. Note how these are placed so that the dark brown surrounds two of the corners. I like to think that these look like butterflies – or is that just me being fanciful?
The remaining squares to complete the quilt block are a light brown square and light brown/green half square triangle. These surround the other two corners, and now you have a diamond formed from the light brown and dark brown squares – neat, isn’t it!
Sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows together to complete the quilt block. You will need to make nine of them.
Assembling the butterfly chevron quilt
The blocks can be joined together in two different ways. In the option shown on the left the quilt blocks are placed side by side so that the lilac diagonals always run from top left to bottom right.
The alternative is to rotate every other quilt block so that the lilac diagonal makes a zig zag shape. This is obviously the layout that I have chosen for the chevron quilt.
Sew the quilt blocks together in three rows of three with each row beginning and ending with the lilac diagonal running down while in the middle block the lilac diagonal runs up from bottom left to top right.
Sew the rows together.
Chevron quilt borders
I have added three borders to this zig zag quilt. The first is made using 2.1/2″ strips of dark brown. You will need two lengths of 36.1/2″ for the top and bottom and two lengths of 40.1/2″ for the sides.
The second quilt border uses 1.1/2″ strips of lilac fabric to provide a good contrast. You will need two lengths of 40.1/2″ for the top and bottom of the quilt and two lengths of 42.1/2″ for the sides.
Finally, for the third border I returned to the 2.1/2″ strips of dark brown fabric. You will need two lengths of 42.1/2″ for the top and bottom and two lengths of 46.1/2″ for the sides.
That completes the butterfly chevron quilt top which is now ready for layering, quilting and binding. You can find full details of these steps towards the bottom of the beginner quilting page.
Here’s the video:
I am absolutely delighted to tell you that Minnie and I have patched up our differences (Minnie’s my longarm quilting machine, if you’re new to the site). I’ve managed to sort out the problems that I was having with tension (hers and mine!) and you can see how we spent yesterday afternoon here.