Guest blogging for us today is designer Heidi Pridemore from The Whimsical Workshop. Her Blueberry Pie chevron quilt pattern displays the great versatility of our GO! Strip Cutter dies. This awesome and unique chevron quilt pattern is great for the intermediate quilter.
This quilt features the GO! Strip Cutter-2 ½” strips with Angled Guide Lines (55017). This die is so easy to work with to create accurate 2 ½” strips and diamonds that you’ll want to keep making diamond projects. The die is also perfect for creating your own 2 ½” strips. There are so many projects available from the different fabric companies that use 2 ½” precut strip packages. Now you can make 2 ½” strip sets quickly and easily with your own stash. Then you can take it one step further to create accurate diamonds by following the diagonal lines that are printed on the die. This is just what I did to create the fun chevron borders on our Blueberry Pie quilt.
For this chevron quilt pattern I used the GO! Strip Cutter-2 ½” strips with Angled Guide Lines die and the GO! Half-Square Triangle-2” finished Square Multiples die (55063) to create the diamond units. We have made a video showing how to cut the diamonds and I will also show you the step-by-step process in this posting.
The Chevron Quilt Pattern has all the instructions you need to make this lovely chevron quilt. You can make one quilt for each of your favorite pie flavors . . . Blueberry, Raspberry, Banana or whatever your favorite flavor may be.
On to cutting the strips…….
First, I cut my fabric into 8 ½” x WOF (width of fabric) strips. I layered up three cuts (6 layers) onto the die, aligning the bottom edge of the fabric with the horizontal line on the die and then sent it through the GO! Big Electric Fabric Cutter to get three 2 ½” x WOF strips.
Next, on to cutting the diamonds…..
First find the diagonal line marked 45 degrees on the die. Then align the long side of the stacked strips with this line. Make sure that the excess fabric with the folded edge is hanging off the left edge of the die and the bottom of the strip (selvedge edge) is just past the right vertical line. Cut off the excess edge with the fold just past the left vertical line. Cut off the excess fabric with the fold. Unfold the excess strip to make another strip to cut diamonds from. Align the strips with the 45-degree line and then send it through the GO! Big Electric Fabric Cutter to get 45-degree diamonds. I got nine diamonds from each strip using this method.
Then I used the GO! Half-Square Triangle-2” finished Square Multiples die (55063) to cut the top and bottom units for the diamond blocks as described in the pattern.
To sew the units together…..
For the chevron quilt border you will need to sew the light diamond units in one direction and the dark diamond units in the opposite direction. The beauty of the 45-degree diamond is that it rotates for either direction so we do not need to fussy cut them for each side of the chevron. You just need to rotate them as shown in Figure 1.
Align on 2 ½” triangle on the dark diamond as shown in Figure 2 and sew in place. Repeat to sew a triangle to the bottom of the dark diamond to make the dark half of the chevron unit. Repeat to make the light diamond. Sew one light diamond unit to one dark diamond unit to make the chevron quilt blocks. Easy as Pie!!!
I hope you enjoy this project as much as I did. I found this quilt so much easier to make with die cut shapes. They are much more accurate than hand cut shapes and that helped when sewing them together; it seemed like the pieces just popped together. I found my points came out every time.
With the die cut shapes this project is much easier to make and that makes it a nice project and perfect for advanced beginners and intermediate sewers!
I would love to see what you come up with using this technique, so please feel free to share your creations with me. Make sure to visit my blog each month where I will share with you some tips and tricks on cutting and assembling the project of the month. Please visit us at www.TheWhimsicalWorkshop.com to see all of our patterns and fabrics.