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Make a One Color Quilt or Use Lots of Colors to Sew a Vibrant Project
This easy patchwork quilt pattern is illustrated as a monochromatic quilt -- a quilt made using just one color. It's assembled with twelve quilt blocks that are arranged on point. Setting squares alternate with the blocks and setting triangles are used to fill in the jagged edges around the outer edges of the blocks.
The traditional quilt block is known by at least two names Double V and Double R and was published by multiple sources during the early 1900's, including the Kansas City Star... and Nancy Cabot.
Quilt blocks are assembled using easy strip piecing techniques.
What is a Monochromatic Quilt?
Monochromatic quilts are quilts made from different variations of the same color. Neutral fabrics, such as ivory or white, can be used and do not take away from a quilt's one color designation. Read more about monochromatic designs in Color Wheels Simplified,
Use as Many Colors as You Like in Your Own Quilt
You can easily change the look of the quilt by sewing with a wider selection of colors. Alter yardages below in any way you like but read through the pattern first to determine where you want to make substitutions.
Quilt Block: Finished size, 10" square
Quilt Size: About 55" x 69"
Quilting Fabrics & Other Materials
Dark blue print for blocks and outer border:
- Blocks: 3/4 yard
- Border: 2 yards for lengthwise grain strips; or 1 yard for pieced crosswise grain strips
Gray-blue print for blocks and inner border:
- Blocks: 3/4 yard
- Border: 1-3/4 yards for lengthwise grain strips; or 1/3 yard for pieced crosswise grain strips
Blue/neutral print for setting blocks and triangles:
- 1-5/8 yards
- About 270 running inches continuous binding (Make Binding Strips)
- About 61" x 76" or 2-1/4 yards (Make Backing)
Continue to 2 of 3 below.
- About 61" x 76"
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Make the Double V Quilt Blocks
Double V Quilt Block Cutting Instructions
Instructions for 43" strips refers to selvage to selvage fabric strips. Do not trim length from longer strips.
- Cut (8) 2-1/2" x 43" strips
- Cut (1) 2-1/2" x 32" strip
- Cut (2) 2-1/2" x 28" strips
- Cut (6) 2-1/2" x 43" strips
- Cut (2) 4-1/2" x 32" strips
- Cut (1) 2-1/2" x 28" strip
- Sew a 2-1/2" x 43" strip lengthwise to a gray-blue strip of the same length. Press to set the seam (always... important).
- Press seam allowance towards the dark strip.
- Square up one end of the strip set and cut (16) 2-1/2" segments from it.
- Make two more identical strip sets. Cut a total of (48) 2-1/2" segments.
- Sew a 2-1/2" x 43" dark strip lengthwise to each side of a light strip of the same length. Press seam allowances towards dark strips.
- Square up one end of the strip set and cut (9) 4-1/2" segments from it.
- Repeat to make another identical strip set and cut (9) more 4-1/2" segments.
- Use (2) 2-1/2" x 28" dark strips and a light strip of the same size to make a strip set of the same configuration as above. Cut (6) 4-1/2" segments from it.
If your fabric does not have a usable width of 43", use selvage-width cuts for all strips, rather than making two long strips sets and one that is shorter. The extra length also offers more opportunity for squaring up the leading edge as you cut.
- Sew a 4-1/2" x 32" light strip to each side of a 2-1/2" x 32" dark strip. Press seam allowances towards the dark.
- Square up one end of the set and cut (12) 2-1/2" segments from it.
Assemble the Quilt Blocks
Continue to 3 of 3 below.
- Arrange the components for one block as shown.
- Sew the three components in each outer row together. Press seam allowances towards the dark strips.
- Sew the center vertical row between the two outer rows. Press seam allowances towards the center.
- Press the quilt block. The block should measure 10-1/2" x 10-1/2".
- Make a total of (12) quilt blocks.
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Finish Sewing the Double V Quilt
Cut Setting Squares and Triangles
- Cut a 10-1/2" wide strip from selvage to selvage. Square up one end, taking as little fabric off as possible and cut (4) 10-1/2" squares from the strip.
- Cut a 10-1/2" x 22" strip. Square up one end of the strip and cut (2) 10-1/2" squares.
- Corner triangles. Cut two 8" x 8" squares from the leading edge of fabric left by cutting the shorter 10-1/2" strip. Cut each square in half once diagonally.
- Setting triangles. Cut... (3) 15-3/8" squares. Cut each square in half twice diagonally. Two triangles will not be used; save for another project, marking the lengthwise grain along their longest edges.
- Setting Triangle Basics
Arrange Blocks & Setting Components
- Arrange quilt blocks, setting squares, and corner and setting triangles in diagonal rows as illustrated.
- Sew the components of each diagonal row together (leave corners off for now). Press seam allowances towards the setting squares and triangles.
- Join rows, butting seam intersections for a perfect match.
- Center and sew each corner triangle to the four corners of the quilt.
- Press the quilt.
Use my straight border instructions to measure and sew borders, one at a time. If you are a beginner, don't be tempted to measure the length along quilt sides -- they will be skewed.
- Sew the inner borders from 1-3/4" wide gray-blue strips.
- Sew the outer borders from 4-1/2" wide dark blue strips.
Finish the Quilt
Mark for quilting if necessary. Sandwich the quilt with batting and backing and baste. Quilt by hand or machine. Trim excess batting and backing and square up edges.
Sew binding strips around the edges of the quilt.