Quick Herringbone Quilt Tutorial

scrappy chevrons herringboned quilt top title

One of my complaints with chevron quilts is all those half-square triangles (and yes, there is a rectangle version that is much easier than triangles), but I sat in bed wondering one night if I couldn’t just angle my pieces and take the figuring out of it.


I saw these on Pinterest (click on the picture for their links) and got bitten hard by the “make it into a quilt” bug… especially the far right picture and the little blurby on the bottom left. I was going to make it, darn it!

So I did.  I’m such a copy cat. I still need to make one in solids… beautiful.

I made a few practice cuts and figured out what size/angle I liked best, and this is my preferred look. I’ve put together this Herringbone Quilt Tutorial to help you make it too!

You can get 14 cuts out of a fat quarter.  I used 6 different fat quarters for this small baby quilt. Fold your fat quarters so the selvedge is folded onto itself, Wrong Sides Together.  You’ll be cutting along the 21” side.

3 inch cuts

Cut your fat quarter into (7) 3” cuts.  Then, keeping the fabric wrong sides together, sub-cut those into 9” pieces.

SUPER Important: Stack and keep your fabric wrong sides together when cutting this next part.  SUPER important :)

60 degrees

On my (ghetto old) cutting mat, I have a few angle markings.  The typical HST uses a 45 degree angle for the chevrons, but this go-around I wanted a different look, so I used the 60” angle, or the dashed line, as my cutting guide.

60 degree cut

Square up your fabric on the mat where the 60 degree angle ends, and line your ruler up to the 60 degree angle and the corner of the fabric. Cut here.

parallel cuts

Now cut the other end the same way.  You’ll end up with a nice parallelogram. :)

separate angled pieces

After you’ve cut all your fabrics this way, separate the pieces into piles according to angle direction.  This is why it was so important you had the fabric wrong sides together when you cut it, or you end up with problems at this step!


Using fabrics that angle the same way, place them right sides together.  Overlap the sides by 1/4”, like in the picture above.  Sew here, and just keep adding pieces.  I sewed 14 pieces together per row, and used a repeating order.


You’ll end up with this pretty row!

Repeat with the stack of the opposite angle.  I ironed the stacks in different directions so when I sewed them together the seams nestled really well and made it easy to match seams.

rows together

Sew the rows together, being careful not to pull to much as you go, since the angles are cut on a bias.

stained glass

Iron your row seams open, and you’ve got yourself a quilt top.

scrappy chevrons herringboned quilt top

You can either leave the points at the top and bottom (you will need bias binding to easily finish it up), or you can square it all up by chopping them off, which is what I’ll be doing. This way, it finishes at 36″x38″, a perfect little baby quilt!  I’ll show you the finished product when I’m all done! (Here it is!)

This was SO EASY because it was just like a simple coin quilt, except with an angle thrown in the mix. I think I spent 3 hours total on this, including picking fabric from my little stash and ironing it.

Technically, this isn’t a chevron because the stripes are broken up with different prints, so that makes it herringbone, but call it what you want! I love love love it.

And maybe someone will get me a new cutting mat after seeing these pictures. ha!

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