We are always on the hunt for new and exciting patterns so you can always find something to take your quilt to the next level, but one trend that never seems to go out of style is chevron. This zigzag print can be found everywhere, from pillows to bathing suits and everything in between! Even holiday items are following suit, so it’s no wonder this popular print has stuck around as a top trend.
The word “chevron” itself refers to the inverted “V” which makes up this pattern. The singular chevron is often referenced as part of military or flag insignia, usually for denoting time of service. It should come as no surprise that the popularity of this simple pattern continues to be high. Like stripes or polka dots, the classics never go out of style!
For quilters, this simple fact makes chevron patterns a wonderful choice for pieces that you create with the intention of passing down through generations. A well-made chevron baby quilt will look just as great in your grandchild’s nursery as it does in your child’s.
A chevron quilt is very easy to piece, and can be made with only half square triangles (hst’s) pieced together. The predictable patterning that comes with chevron fabric is designed to look great with complementary pieces in either solid colors or organic patterns such as florals. You can therefore use a chevron quilt in any room of the home and it will always look like it was made to be there. By carefully selecting your color and specific chevron pattern, you can create a beautiful, one-of-a-kind item that you’ll be proud to display.
Chevron quilting fabrics have two features that make them perfect for quilting projects: they are fun and simple. The zig-zagging pattern is easy to piece, making it a wise choice even for beginners. And the design lends itself well to any number of color combinations, with each one looking different from the next. The simple style is perfect for everything from baby blankets to quilted comforters. Plus, chevron quilts make great gifts, even when you don’t know much about the recipient’s style. Simply put: everyone loves chevron.
Not only has the chevron trend not gone out of style, it has actually increased in popularity over recent years. Well-known popularity surges include Missoni taking chevron to the high-end clothing market beginning in the 1950s, and then refusing to give up any ground in the fashion world, as Missoni remains popular to this day. The chevron makes for simple coordination with other pieces, and is easy on the eyes. The same pattern that your grandmother used in her quilts now looks great on everything from clothes to walls to furniture.
The chevron quilt has always been, and will continue to be, one of the most popular choices for quilters, sewists and DIY fans of all ages. As you consider your next project, take a look at the gorgeous options available on our chevron page.
For simple styles, you can choose a single-colored pattern on a white background, such as this grey chevron option. Or, for something a bit brighter, this Riley Blake Rainbow Flannel is a fun choice. You can choose from thin or wide designs, with varying “zigs and zags” to make each of your creations one of a kind. All of our chevron fabrics are 100% cotton or cotton blends, making them breathable and soft - two features that are well-suited for blankets and other frequently-used home items.
Chevron's strength as a quilting and home decorator fabric isn’t going anywhere. If you are looking to buy fabric online, chevron is a great choice as the design is familiar, letting you focus on color and stripe patterns to find the print that is right for you. Choose chevron for your next quilt, and be confident that you’re sure to create something beautiful.