I contradict myself all the time.
I say, I’m full, but I still eat.
I tell people, no problem, but there are problems.
And, after I made my last quilt, I said, I wouldn’t make another large quilt, but I did.
This queen-size quilt is a wedding gift for my cousin and her fiancé. They are both doctors and probably have everything they could need already, but I’m 100% certain they don’t have a handmade quilt from their beloved cousin!
I did a chevron pattern for this quilt, using this method of assembling your quilt on the diagonal.
And although I can’t sew with that much precision, imprecision annoys me. So, I decided to make a large chevron to minimize the number of possible mismatched seams. Each rectangle measures 10.5″ x 20.5″.
Since I wasn’t following a specific pattern, I made myself a handy, scaled drawing of what the quilt would look like composed of each rectangle. I then colored them according to how I wanted it to look and was easily able to count how many of each color I would need.
Download the template, which you can customize/color coordinate for your own quilt.
(For the quilted side of this pattern, I needed approx 5 yards of blue fabric — 24 full rectangles, 7 half rectangles and 4 small pieces; 2.5 yards of yellow fabric — 14 full rectangles and 2 small pieces; and 2.5 yards of grey fabric — 14 full rectangles and 2 small pieces.)
I sewed each diagonal individually, and then sewed them together, trying to get the seams to match as precisely as possible.
For the other side, I used a plain dark grey, queen-size sheet.
I stacked the plain sheet, batting and quilted top, applying the spray adhesive to hold it all together.
To keep the layers together, I sewed along the chevron edges – 1/4″ away from both sides of the “ditch.” This gave it a really nice look.
After I sewed the layers together, I carefully trimmed the excess batting and quilted top along the edges of the plain sheet.
And as my personal touch, since this is a wedding gift, I sewed a little name plate with their names and wedding date in the lower corner of the plain side.
This is the perfect quilt for newlyweds to snuggle up under and read.