Butterfly Chevron Quilt


 

Butterfly chevron quilt

Butterfly chevron quilt

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.

Completed quilt block

Completed quilt block

Cutting requirements

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.

Make half square triangle units

Make half square triangle units

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.

First stage of quilt block layout

First stage of quilt block layout

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.

Add the dark brown sections

Add the dark brown sections

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?

Quilt block layout

Quilt block layout

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.

First option for quilt layout

First option for quilt layout

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.

Chevron quilt layout

Chevron quilt layout

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

Chevron quilt borders

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.
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Comments

  1. Sandra Barnett says:

    Rose,
    As usual this looks beautiful and easy to make. Gave my quilt to my granddaughter last Saturday, She loved it (I think, she is only one year old)
    I am going to try this quilt maybe tomorrow or Sunday. love your easy explaining.
    It will be good for your daughter to be home for a week, but where will she sleep, under Minnie??
    Have a nice weekend and a good week with your daughter.
    Sandra

    • Thanks, Sandra. How lovely to have a one year old grand daughter to spoil! My daugher still has her own bed, but she has to crawl under Minnie to get to it – much to her amusement.

  2. I have had materials in my stash and i knew one day that i would find a most suitable pattern and this is it, am i able to print this pattern with instructions
    i hope i can
    Wendy

    • Thanks, Wendy. Yes, you should be able to print – towards the bottom of the page there’s a small green box that says ‘print friendly’. Click that and follow the instructions.

  3. Hi Rose,
    I like everything about your quilt – particularly the 3 borders. Will you be adding a binding?
    Glad to hear that your daughter will be staying with you for a week. Didn’t you mention that Minnie was occupying her bedroom? And speaking of Minnie, I was happy to hear that you found what was ailing her. Hope it’s all smooth sailing from now on.

    • Hi Claire. Yes, I’ll probably use the yellow fabric for the binding. It’s lovely having Samantha home – she has to crawl under Minnie to get to her bed, but she doesn’t seem to mind.

  4. Sarah Cureton says:

    This is a beautiful pattern Rose. The butterflies and chevron together makes a quilt to be desired. Thank you so very, very much. I am going to star one right away. Thank again. Your admiring follower, Sarah

  5. Lovely, lovely, thanks. I think the brown border fabric is gorgeous. I would carry the binding in the same fabric as the border just giving it a completed look.

  6. Gail Thompson says:

    I have to tell everyone that I made a HUGE mistake when I told about the change in needles and the difference it made to my sewing. I said they were Inovis needles and they’re actually called Inspira!!! They’re made by Viking/Pfaff. In my opinion and the opinion of the sewing shop I go to they’re the highest quality available. Hopefully Rose will be carrying them soon for us all. 🙂 Again I’m sorry about the mixup with the names. (My sewing machine is Innovis!!) Gail 🙂

    • Thank you so much for looking into it for us, Gail. I am going to get some in and try them as soon as I can.

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