Project Design Team Wednesday~ Simple Chevron Throw

Posted by administrator on Wednesday, February 6th, 2013

Hello! I'm Melissa from the Polka Dot Chair Blog! Today I'm going to be sharing with you how to make this simple quilted throw. Be sure to stop by and say "hello" today, because I'm giving away a Chevron Fat Quarter Bundle on my blog! One of the most frequent comments I get is "I'd like to make a quilt but I don't know where to start". With this in mind I designed this simple quilted project that would be a great place to start if you've never made a quilt before. If you are an experienced quilter, it would be a fun way to show off some of your favorite fabrics. I designed this throw to go on the couch in my living room. With all of the chilly nights we have been having lately, I wanted a warm quilt to cuddle up with. Hopefully it will also keep my kids from dragging their blankets into my living room from all over the house (they can just use this one)! This quilt is made from 12, 18" squares of fabric. When you are selecting prints I would suggest using prints that have a large scale, meaning they have BIG elements. Ones that are either very graphic (like the quatrefoil print above) or have large over-scaled elements (like the peacock fabric). Fabric Requirements: 1 yard each of 4 different prints. Mine are from the Serenata Line by Riley Blake (make sure you get a full yard, if you are short it will mess up the measurements, buy 1 1/4 yards if you want to be sure) You could also buy 12 Fat Quarters assuming they are cut to at least 18" wide. 3 1/2 yards fabric for the back 1 yard fabric for the binding 100% cotton batting (I like warm and white) The finished quilt is approx 54"x72" Walking foot for sewing machine Begin by cutting 18" squares from your 4 fabrics. To do this with selvage edges together, measure over 18" and cut. Then cut that piece again, going the other way (still folded over) so that you have 2, 18" squares of fabric. Repeat. You will have a total of 4, 18" squares of fabric. (you only need 3 squares of each print for this project, you can make pillows with the other squares). You should now have 12, 18" squares of fabric to make your quilt. (3 each of 4 different prints) Arrange the squares into rows of 3. Just in random order, but without any 2 squares of the same print touching each other. Sew the 3 squares together in each row. Use a 1/4" seam allowance. Press the seams to one side. Now sew the 4 rows of 3 squares together. You have a completed quilt top. Next you will want to cut your backing fabric. Cut it into 2 equal pieces - each 1 3/4 yards (63") wide. Now sew the two pieces together along the selvage edges. Press this seam open. You will have a piece of fabric that is 63" x 84". Lay this fabric (the backing) right side down, on the floor or a large table. Use painters tape to secure it to the surface. Spray the entire surface with spray basting. Next lay out your cotton batting, cut it an inch or so smaller that your backing fabric. Lay the batting on top of your backing. Spray the batting with basting spray. Now lay your quilt top (right side up) on top. Smooth out all of the wrinkles. When you've got it like you want it, remove the painters tape and roll up the quilt. To quilt this, I would recommend a walking foot and a standard sewing machine (or you can free motion quilt it like I did, if you are comfortable with that). Quilt it along the chevron lines in the back (use them as your guide, I quilted every other chevron). When you are done quilting, using a quilting ruler and a rotary cutter trim all of your quilt layers even. To make the rounded corners, use an embroidery hoop or a plate and trace the curve. Cut off the excess fabric at the corner. Repeat for all 4 corners. Next you will need to bind your quilt. Since you have curved corners you need to cut your binding on the bias. There is a great tutorial here on how to do that. Thanks for letting me share this project with you today! Stop by my blog and say "hello" sometime!

Category: Project Design Team Wednesday


  1. {~!~LOVE~!~} Okay, I've NEVER made a blanket of ANY variety before, but this is going on my list of 'things to do/make/buy' for our LVRM makeover! THANK YOU! (o:
    by Brandyn
    February 06th, 2013 at 12:08 a.m.
  2. Thanks Melissa great tutorial...I m going to give it a try.
    by Sharon Griffith
    February 06th, 2013 at 5:37 a.m.
  3. Melissa, This is so lovely!
    by Simple Simon and Co
    February 06th, 2013 at 8:16 a.m.
  4. So simple - a perfect place to start for beginners - thank you! LOVE your fabric choices.
    by kathy
    February 06th, 2013 at 9:40 a.m.
  5. I love the idea for a fast,easy and cute quilt to leave out in the family room. I end of sending my kids back to their rooms with quilts in tow before school each morning. I love the fabric.
    by Lenis
    February 06th, 2013 at 2:54 p.m.
  6. Love the modern simplicity of this quilt.
    by Ameri
    February 06th, 2013 at 4:47 p.m.
  7. I love the fabric selections in this quilt! Thanks for sharing.
    by Lisa Dunshie
    February 07th, 2013 at 8:56 p.m.
  8. Simple yet beautiful quilt. Love the chevrons on the back of the quilt.
    by Malini
    February 08th, 2013 at 4:54 a.m.
  9. What a nice throw! Love how the chevron fabric was used to make it!
    by Tambra
    February 08th, 2013 at 2:19 p.m.
  10. Ordinarily I don't care for chevron but this adds a different dimension to both face and back of a lovely family treasure!
    by Nancy Dowhower
    February 19th, 2013 at 4:21 a.m.
  11. WOW I never thought about rounding the corners! So much easier and in my opinion it looks a lot better too! Thank You!! : )
    by Diana
    February 19th, 2013 at 6:26 a.m.
  12. What size chevron was used on the back - small, medium or large?
    by Andrea
    February 23rd, 2013 at 2:20 p.m.

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