Scrumptious Scrappy Chevron Picnic Quilt

Hi Everyone!  I’m Rhonda from Patchwork Sampler and I’m thrilled to be sharing my first Moda Bake Shop project with you.  This is an easy project that’s perfect for a baby quilt, throw or bed topper.  I used the beautiful “Scrumptious” line of fabric from Bonnie and Camille for this quilt and it turned out to be a wonderfully bright, happy project!

One layer cake-Scrumptious by Bonnie and Camille
1 yard of background-Bella Porcelain (9900-182), Scrumptious Cream Solid (55078-17) or similar fabric
2/3 yard binding-Scrumptious Diagonal Stripe Aqua (55071-12)
3½ yards backing-I used Scrumptious Aqua (55073-12)

Rotary cutter and ruler
Basic sewing supplies
Sewing machine

Use ¼” seams throughout this project unless otherwise noted.  Pressing directions are given when it makes a difference in piecing units or sewing blocks together. There are two squares of the cream solid in the Scrumptious layer cake.  I did not use those in my project because of the similarity to the background fabric.  Just set them aside and use them in another quilt!

This quilt is made from two easy blocks.  We’ll start by making Block A, the chevron block first.

Cut each of the remaining 40 squares in half so you have (2) 5″ x 10″ rectangles from each. Make two stacks of rectangles.  One set will be used in block A.  Set the other set aside to use for Block B.

Cut each of the rectangles from the Block A set in half, making two 5″ squares from each.

Select 42 of the 5″ squares to use for the half-square triangles (HST) in Block A.  Be sure to select squares that contrast with your background. Trim each of the selected squares to 4⅞” square.  Set the remaining 5″ squares aside to use in Block B.

From the background fabric cut (6) 4⅞” strips.  Sub-cut into (42) 4⅞” squares. Draw a diagonal line on the back of each background square.  Pair each of the background squares right sides together with a print square.

Sew a ¼” seam on both sides of the drawn line.  Then cut apart on the drawn line.

Press seams toward the print fabric and clip off the “dog ears.”  Your HST units should measure 4½” square.  Make 84 HST blocks.

Select four HST units for each block.  Try to choose four different colors and prints for each block.
Layout a set of four HST units as shown below.  Make sure the triangles are placed correctly to form the chevron.

Sew the units together into pairs.  To reduce bulk, press the seams open.

Sew the pairs together to make the block.  Again, press seams open.  Make 21 blocks.  Your blocks should measure 8½” square at this point.

Now gather up the 5″ x 10″ rectangles you set aside along with the remaining 5″ squares and get ready to do some more cutting to make the “B” Blocks.

Cut each of the 5″ x 10″ rectangles in half lengthwise to make two 2½” x 10″ rectangles.

Select 56 of these rectangles and sub-cut them to 2½” x 8½“.
From the remaining 2½” x 10″ rectangles and 5″ squares, cut (112) 2½” x 4½” rectangles.

Sew pairs of 2½” x 4½” rectangles together along the short side.  Press seams to one side.  Make 56 pairs.

For each B Block select two 2½” x 8½” rectangles and two units from the previous step.  Try to get an assortment of colors and prints for each block.

Sew the blocks together as shown.  Press all the seams up toward the 2½” x 8½” rectangle at the top. Make 28 blocks.  Blocks should measure 8½” square at this point.

Now you should have 21 “A” Blocks and 28 “B” Blocks and you’re ready to lay out the quilt.  It has seven rows of seven blocks each.  The odd numbered rows are “B” blocks and the even numbered rows are “A” blocks.

Every other block in Rows 1, 3, 5 and 7 are rotated 180 degrees (just turn them upside down!).
Lay out four rows that look like this and sew them together.

Now lay out three rows that look like this and sew them together.  All blocks go the same way on the even rows.

Sew your rows together to finish your quilt top.  Press the seams toward the odd rows.

Cut your backing into two 1¾ yard pieces.  Cut off the selvages and sew the pieces together for the backing.  Layer quilt top with batting and backing, then quilt as desired.  This is how I quilted mine.

In the odd rows I simply quilted continuous up-and-down lines.

In the even rows, I got a little fancier (but still very easy) and quilted little pebbles in the background.  The chevrons were quilted with three wavy lines. I quilted in the ditch to outline the chevrons and on the seams between rows.

Bind your quilt and enjoy!  If you need help binding, there is a MBS tutorial here.

One quilt, approximately 56″ square.
A limited number of Scrappy Chevron Picnic Quilt kits are available in my Etsy shop here. Sorry, kits are now sold out.

Rhonda Roberts