Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Ombre Chevron Cutting Recap

A while back, Karen had left a comment asking if I could show how I did the cutting for the ombre chevron quilt I made during Sew Fine Fabric's Sew Along.

Better late than never (where did the first two-thirds of May go?!?!), here it is.

I don't have any of the fabric left to demo on, so I'll show you what I did using the photos I have from the project.

 So you've got your (hopefully less wrinkled than mine) ombre dot fabric, still folded in half, with selvedges together. I cut 6" strips, similar to the orange lines on the photo below. (The actual tutorial calls for 7", but I chose 6" instead.)

Starting by the selvedges, I cut each strip into 6" squares. If you look at the squares in this photo, you'll see there are a lot more with very few dots. That's okay--you'll have some extras if you're going for a look like mine.

Then I sorted the cut squares into three piles:
1. Squares cut from near the selvedges of each strip, which were my "darks" (or very dotted).
2. Squares cut from the middle of each strip, which were my "mediums." If you look in the photo above, my "mediums" came from both the 2nd and 3rd rows.
3. Squares cut from the upper section of each strip, which were my "lights" with very few dots.

Like I mentioned, you'll end up with more of the lights and mediums than darks--it's just the nature of the fabric design. Which is why my finished quilt only has two dark chevron rows and 2.5 each of the light and medium chevron rows.

Karen (and anyone else, I hope that helps!) Let me know if you have additional questions.


  1. As a shop owner, I know how time can get away on you, so I want to know how much I appreciate your thoughtfulness!! If you ever find yourself in western NC, stop in and say "Hey!"

    1. You are welcome! If you make one, I'd love to see a pic! And ironically, I'm heading to NC this weekend, but in the High Point area about an hour north of Charlotte.

  2. Thanks so much. It really looks terrific and it appears that you used different fabrics.

  3. Really great and helpful tutorial. I love this quilt. I want to steal it from you. LOL

  4. This is such a great quilt. Thanks for that tip on how to get the most out of an ombre fabric. I have about three such pieces and they just sit in my stash as I think they are hard to work with, but with this? I can go to town!

    Elizabeth E.