How to Make a Chevron Quilting Design

I’m not an expert by any means but I did manage to figure out what I wanted to do and thought if I shared, it might save one one else some time.  I’m sure there are many other ways to go about getting the same design.

I made this quilt following instructions from a Craftsy class.  Since the quilt had such intense straight lines, I wanted straight line quilting.  I could have just simply stitched straight across the quilt but I’ve done that before and quilting at this point for me is all about learning something new.  Therefore, I settled on the chevron quilting design because I had never done that before.

I started with a triangle ruler.  If you don’t have one, you could just as easily cut a triagle from a piece of cardboard and use that as your template.  (Sorry I already started quilting it when I thought maybe someone else might like to know so pretend there aren’t any stitches yet).


I started by laying the triangle ruler on the quilt and tracing the outer edge.  It just so happened my evened fairly evenly but for this quilt it wouldn’t have matter if it did or didn’t.  If you wanted it to end evenly you will have to do some math to figure out the base of the triangle.  I traced the large triangle the whole length of the quit butting one triangle up to the next.


To make my first row inside the main triangle, I just dropped the ruler done and traced again.


For all the remaining zigs and zags, I marked the peak of each triangle only so that it was easy to see.  Taking a regular see thru quilting ruler with diagonal markings on the end, I lined the marking up with the line I had drawn and traced to the point.


Once that line is drawn to the point, move the ruler to the valley of the zig zag.


Draw a line in the center of the valley as shown. Again, line the diagonal line on the ruler with the line you have drawn and trace to the next peak.


You just keep doing this till the quilt is filled with lines.  It was very easy and very quick.  I varied the thickness of the rows for a little added dimension.

A little tip: Only trace – if you are using chalk like I did – 3 rows at the most.  The chalk disappears and it is hard to see after 3 rows.  I would draw 3 rows, stitch 3 rows, draw 3 more rows and stitch 3 more rows.

I have a homemade mid arm machine that I did the quilting on.  My lines may not have been perfectly drawn but if you stitch at a nice consistent speed, they will stitch straight.  This stitching could just as easily have been done on a home sewing machine.  You could also start with one triangle and use your quilting guide for all other zig zags as long as you marked your peaks and valleys for your pivoting point.

Wow I like that

I love how my quilt turned out.  I hope these instructions helped and I hope you give this a try.

Craftsy Quilt at

If you have any questions, let me know and I’ll be happy to answer and help.

See you next time.


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