Tuesday, August 23, 2011

My first tutorial

In the spring, I featured this red herringbone quilt in the Spring Blogger's Quilt Festival. YOu can read more about it here.  

I was asked for a tutorial and I promised I would work on one after my busy summer... so here it is...my very first tutorial!   I first made this quilt in a class at a LQS which is now closed. The tutorial is written (and fabric requirements figured) for 5 bands like the flannel version at the end of the post.  I added a 6th band to the red herringbone above to increase its size. 

Be aware that this tutorial is picture heavy because I am a visual learner :D

Tutorial for Herringbone quilt  
finished size approx. 50” x 56”
All seams are scant 1/4”
  1. Between 6 - 12 different fabrics, fat quarters in pairs of at least 2 of each fabric or 1/4 yard cuts, totaling  3 yards. 
  2. 1/4 yard for end triangles - could be a fabric from group A or a coordinating fabric. 
  3. 3/8 yard for small squares to coordinate or contrast with fabric from group A.

Determine how your fabrics transitions from one to another. Arrange them in desired order.
Note: From each 1/4 yd cut (0r pair of fat quarters) you will get 10 pairs, enough for 2 herringbone strips across the quilt. Therefore your order of fabrics will repeat once along the length of the quilt.
        Group A:   If you have 1/4 yd cuts, cut each piece in half as if cutting into fat quarters (9” x 20”).

        Group B:   ~Cut 5 - 8 1/2" squares*
~Cut each in half diagonally to make 10 
~Cut 5 of these triangles in half to make 
10 smaller triangles.

You should have 5 large triangles remaining.

*NOTE: if you can’t get 5 - 8 1/2” squares from your WOF, cut the last 
2 squares 8” but use the 8 1/2” squares for the 3rd step above - see diagram
    Group C:  ~Cut into 6 - 2” X WOF
                    ~ cut each into 2 - 2 x 20” strips 

Sew and Subcut: 
~For each pair of 9” x 20” fabric, sew a 2” strip from Group C onto one of 
   the pieces matching the 20” sides. Press seam toward C strip. 

~Subcut both pieces into 2” strips. You will have 10 - 2” x 9” pieces and 
   10 - 2” x 10.5” pieces.

~Pair one strip of each ~you will have 10 sets.
~Arrange into 5 piles in the order that you want them to go together 
    - See  Organize.


You will be using one of your piles of strips, one large triangle and 2 small triangles.

       ~With the large triangle arranged with its point facing up, sew the 
          strip without the small square to the left side of triangle 
        - see picture. Press seam toward triangle.

~Sew matching strip with small square to the right side of the triangle, matching seams carefully ~see picture. Press seam toward strip.

~Continue in this pattern in the order you arranged your fabrics until 
   you have used all your sets.

~Add a small triangle to each each side ~ left first, then right. 

Picture for illustration only. You should have 24 rows.

You have finished the first band of the herringbone.

~Lay your band out flat on your cutting mat. Using your ruler and rotary cutter, measure 5 1/4” from the center of the small diamond to each side and trim. 
Picture for illustration only. 

Follow the directions for each of 5 bands making sure you keep your fabrics in the same order.  
Once all 5 bands are sewn and trimmed, sew bands together, matching seams carefully. 


Sandwich, quilt and bind as desired.


If there are any questions or something is unclear, please let me know and I will try to clarify.  I have made this quilt in flannel and in homespun cotton with lam′e triangles and squares. Both with beautiful results.  If you make this quilt, I would love to see it!  Thanks!

Edit: Click here for a PDF link to my tutorial.


  1. Hooray! This was just about my favorite quilt in the quilt festival and I have been waiting to see how you made it. Thank you SO much for the tutorial. I am going to try it right after I finish a couple of odds and ends that are underway. I can't wait to try it.

  2. I love this quilt pattern. Thanks for the tutorial. I will certainly give this a try. Hate to hear about the LQS closing.

  3. I think your quilts are amazing. I love the colors of the flannel herringbone. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Great tutorial! Very clear. On the list to make!

  5. what a beautiful pattern and tutorial ... I'm very tempted to try some chevron-ing ... I popped over from the name game ... we're nearly name twins!

  6. That is an amazing quilt, thanks for the tut!

  7. This is such an amazing quilt. Thank you so much. I'm always intrigued by chevron quilts like this. I have a quilt just waiting to be completed, but I'm slow on getting the braided border done. It's spectacular...but time consuming.

  8. I love this flannel herringbone quilt, the colours and patterns blend together so well.
    I wish I was at this level of skill with my quilting, but I only completed my first quilt at the beginning of this year (http://handmadebyclairebear.com/2011/06/09/the-first-quilt-i-made/), and I'm working up the nerve to start by second in the next few weeks. The fabric is all cut and ready to sew.
    I love your blog and am bookmarking it so I can come back and read some more.

  9. This makes me drool. Have it on my Pinterest page!

  10. I just finished a Halloween tablerunner with the Herringbone effect. Love your quilt!
    Quilting by the River

  11. Thank you! I saw a quilt like this in Canada and wasn't quite sure how to make it simply. Now I do.


Sweet sentiments