Gray’s What Matters Herringbone Quilt

By  Christa Watson  for  Christa Quilts for Camelot Fabrics

size: 63"x73"

  • Gray’s What Matters Herringbone Quilt
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  • Camelot Fabrics fabrics, 1/2 yd. each: Yellow Paisley, Yellow Whimsy Dot, Yellow Medallions, Yellow Geo, Yellow Cheerios, Gold Enchanted Solid Cotton; Gray Whimsy Dot, 2-1/2 yds.; Gray Medallions, 1-1/4 yds.; Gray Chevron, 4 yds.


  • Sewing machine with matching threads

Basic Supplies

  • scissors, straight pins, rotary cutter with mat, iron with pressing surface, straight edge or ruler
  • Note
  • 1. Fabric references are as follows: Yellow Paisley = Fabric 1; Yellow Whimsy Dot = Fabric 2, Yellow Medallions = Fabric 3, Yellow Geo = Fabric 4, Yellow Cheerios = Fabric 5, Gold Enchanted = Fabric 6, Gray Whimsy Dot = Fabric 7, Gray Medallions = Fabric 8, Gray Chevron = backing; Gray Whimsy Dot = binding.
  • Quilt
  • 1. Cut twelve 6"x6" squares each: Fabric 1, Fabric 2, Fabric 3, Fabric 4, Fabric 5. Cut seven 2"x width of fabric strips from Fabric 6. Cut sixty 6"x6" squares of Fabric 7. Cut seven 5-1/2"x width of fabric strips from Fabric 8. Cut two 72"x width of fabric panels from Gray Chevron for backing. Cut seven 2-1/2"x width of fabric strips from Fabric 7 for binding.
  • 2. Using straight edge, draw diagonal line from one corner to opposite corner across center of wrong side of each Fabric 7 square. Repeat for all 60 squares. Match each Fabric 7 square with one yellow fabric square (Fabrics 1-5), right sides together, to make 60 pairs. With gray square on top so line is visible, sew ¼" away from marked line on either side. For quick assembly, chain piece units by sewing all righthand seams on each fabric pair without clipping threads between each pair. Repeat process to sew all lefthand seams.
  • 3. Cut all squares on marked line and open. Press seams toward gray fabric. (Note: Each pair will make two half-square triangle (HST) units for total of 24.) Trim squares to measure exactly 5-1/2"x5-1/2" using ruler with 45° line aligned on center seam while trimming. See Figure 1.

    Fig. 1
  • 4. Sew four identical HST units together as shown, rotating as needed. See Figure 2. Continue to press seams toward gray fabric as HST units are joined. Press center block seam open to reduce bulk. Repeat to make 30 herringbone blocks. (Note: There should be five different yellow/gray combinations with six blocks each measuring 10-1/2" unfinished. If blocks are larger or smaller, that is acceptable, as long as they are all same size. Square up blocks as necessary.)

    Fig. 2
  • 5. Join six herringbone blocks of matching pattern combination together into vertical column. Repeat to make five yellow/gray rows. See Figure 3.

    Fig. 3
  • 6. Join all vertical rows together to complete inner quilt top.
  • 7. Join Fabric 6 strips into four long border pieces; press seams open. Measure sides of quilt (approximately 60-1/2" unfinished); cut two side border strips to this length. Sew side borders to quilt top; press seams open. Measure width of quilt top and bottom with border strips attached (approximately 53-1/2" square); cut two border strips to width. Sew top and bottom borders to quilt top; press seams open.
  • 8. Add Fabric 8 outer borders in the same manner by measuring sides, trimming to length, and sewing to quilt top. Sew side borders first, then top and bottom. See Figure 4.

    Fig. 4
  • 9. Join backing fabric panels along longest edges with 1/2" seam. Press seams open. (Note: Backing piece should measure 72"x80".)
  • 10. Layer and baste as desired. (Note: Low-loft high-density cotton batting works best to reduce bulk and eliminate shifting layers.) Quilt jagged stipple design on quilt surface, crossing over previous stitching lines with additional straight- or triangle-shaped lines to enhance angular nature of piecing.
  • 11. Sew strips of binding together end-to-end; press seams open. Apply binding as desired.
  • Tip
  • 1. Use a thin 50-weight high-quality cotton thread in a light gray color for both top and bobbin while quilting.