The retro road trip quilt doesn’t qualify as a beginner quilt but I think that it shows something that you can put with chevrons so I thought that I’d run through the basics of how I made it. It’s one of my designs for Fabric Freedom to showcase their delightful Retro Road Trip quilt fabric and I can’t give as much detail in their patterns as I do in patterns here on the website.
There are two basic quilt blocks – one for the interlocking chevrons and one for the diamonds. The colours and fabrics vary in the rows, but the blocks are the same.
Making quarter square triangles
The half square triangles are made in the usual way with 3.7/8″ squares. The quarter square triangles are made using both 3.7/8″ (cut along one diagonal) and 4.1/4″ squares (cut along both diagonals.
Each quarter square triangle unit is made with one larger triangle and two smaller triangles. You need various different combinations of fabrics to make these, so the safest thing is to check the photo for the quilt blocks as you make them.
Retro road trip quilt block one
Both the blocks are rectangular rather than square – three squares across and four squares down.
The first column has a white square at each end and two quarter square triangles in the middle – these are the same as each other, just rotated to continue the lines of the chevrons. The second and third columns are made with half square triangles in two different fabric combinations.
Retro road trip quilt block two
The second block is similar, but forms a diamond rather than chevrons. The first column again has two white squares at the ends and two quarter square triangle units in the middle. These are not the same as each other – the two smaller triangles are placed differently in each quarter square triangle. The remaining two columns each contain two half square triangles and two squares.
Completing the quilt rows
When I began designing this quilt, I was convinced that I just had to make square blocks (four by four) and sew them together. It took me ages to work out that in fact the repetition comes after three columns rather than four.
However, what I did need to do to give some symmetry to the quilt was to add an extra column at the end of the row. You need to make an extra column one for each row and add it on to the end of the row.
You can see the quilt layout for a sample size quilt on the left. The layout for the full size quilt would be the same but just with more blocks in each row. In order to separate the rows from each other, I have put alternating 3.1/2″ squares in a row to act as sashing.
Add the quilt binding
Finally cut 3.1/2″ strips of a different fabric for the binding.
You can find the pattern for the full size quilt on the Fabric Freedom project page.
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