There are many ways to create a herringbone (or chevron, zig-zag) quilt.  This tutorial uses strips of fabric pieced together first and then cross cut into sections.
Quilt #1                                                                 Quilt #2
Both quilts were made exactly the same way, the only difference being the placement of the fabrics. This tutorial will demonstrate the second quilt with notations to the first quilt where needed.
1/2 yard of 6 different prints
5/8 yard of a solid (I used Kona snow)
basic sewing supplies –  thread, pins, scissors
6″ x 24″ quilters ruler
for quilt #1, you need a jelly roll and 1/4 yard each of two solids

Begin by cutting 6 strips from each of the six prints and the solid. 
 For interest, I varied the widths of the strips.  
There is no need to trim off  the selvedges, they will be trimmed away later.
If making quilt #1, cut the solids into six 1.5″ strips

Decide on the arrangement and sew one strip of each fabric together into along the long edge.
Press seams open. (you’ll be glad you did this later)
You will have a total of 6 identical strip sets of 7 fabrics each.
If you stagger each strip by about 1 inch, there will be less waste.
IMPORTANT – 3 sets need to be staggered left to right and three need to be staggered right to left. 
For quilt #1, sew four print strips and one of each of the solid strips together in each strip set.  The placement is of each is random.

Line up the 60 degree line on your quilter’s ruler with the edge of the strip set. Get it as close to the staggered edges as possible, and trim off the extra. (sorry for the blurry picture!)

Then, cut a 6″ wide section.  Continue cutting 6″ wide sections to the end of the strip set.
 You should be able to get six sections cut from each set of strips.  Freindly tip – before cutting each set, double check that you have all the strip sets the right way up.

IMPORTANT –  For every zig, there needs to be a zag.  Cut three strip sets starting on the left side and work to the right.  Cut three strip sets starting on the right side and work to the left.

After cutting all the strip sets, there will be 18 sections left to right, and 18 sections right to left.  You will only need 16 of each for the quilt, so save the other two for another project or use them on the back.

Now is a good time to lay out the pieces and be sure that they are all cut correctly and
 are placed the right way up.  There are 4 rows with 8 sections in each row (4 zigs and 4 zags).
Quilt #1 allows you more freedom with the layout. My quilt was only 6 sections across by five rows.

Optional – add a solid section to the top edge of the top row.  This will balance the design with the solid at the bottom edge.  To do this, cut 2 strips of solid 3.5″ wide and cross cut the strips into eight 60 degree sections that are 6″ wide.  You don’t need to worry about being left to right or right to left because a solid fabric can just be flipped over.

Sew each piece to the top edge of the top row of your sections.

Now, sew the sections together vertically to create columns.
Extend the points on each end by 1/4″ as in the photo above.  Press seams open.

Then sew the columns together.  Place a pin at every seam to ensure they all match up.
Aren’t you glad you pressed the seams open?
I sewed them together into two’s (a zig and a zag) and then sewed those together to complete the quilt top.

Almost done.  Using your quilting ruler, straighten the top and bottom edges of the quilt top.



If you have any questions, please ask me in the comments or email me and I will be glad to help you!