How to Sew a Double V Patchwork Quilt Block

  • 01 of 03

    Making a Monochromatic Double V Quilt

    Got Blues Quilt Pattern
    Janet Wickell

    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 1900s, including the Kansas City Star and Nancy Cabot.

    Quilt blocks are assembled using easy strip piecing techniques.​

    Monochromatic Quilts

    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.

    Use as Many Colors as You Like

    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 and 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
    • Binding: About 270 running inches of continuous binding
    • Backing: About 61" x 76" or 2-1/4 yards
    • Batting: About 61" x 76"
    Continue to 2 of 3 below.
  • 02 of 03

    Make the Double V Quilt Blocks

    Double V Quilt Block Instructions
    Janet Wickell

    Instructions for 43" strips refers to selvage to selvage fabric strips. Do not trim length from longer strips.

    Dark Blue

    • Cut (8) 2-1/2" x 43" strips
    • Cut (1) 2-1/2" x 32" strip
    • Cut (2) 2-1/2" x 28" strips

    Gray-Blue

    • Cut (6) 2-1/2" x 43" strips
    • Cut (2) 4-1/2" x 32" strips
    • Cut (1) 2-1/2" x 28" strip

    Now you can assemble the patchwork. 

    1. 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).​
    2. Press seam allowance towards the dark strip.
    3. Square up one end of the strip set and cut (16) 2-1/2" segments from it.
    4. Make two more identical strip sets. Cut a total of (48) 2-1/2" segments.
    5. 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.
    6. Square up one end of the strip set and cut (9) 4-1/2" segments from it.
    7. Repeat to make another identical strip set and cut (9) more 4-1/2" segments.
    8. 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.

      Note: 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.

    9. 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.
    10. Square up one end of the set and cut (12) 2-1/2" segments from it.

    Assemble the Quilt Blocks

    1. Arrange the components for one block as shown.
    2. Sew the three components in each outer row together. Press seam allowances towards the dark strips.
    3. Sew the center vertical row between the two outer rows. Press seam allowances towards the center.
    4. Press the quilt block. The block should measure 10-1/2" x 10-1/2".
    5. Make a total of (12) quilt blocks.
    Continue to 3 of 3 below.
  • 03 of 03

    Finish Sewing

    Sew the Rows for the Double V Quilt
    Janet Wickell

    Blue/Neutral Print

    1. 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.
    2. Cut a 10-1/2" x 22" strip. Square up one end of the strip and cut (2) 10-1/2" squares.
    3. 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.
    4. 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.

    Arrange Blocks and Setting Components

    1. Arrange quilt blocks, setting squares, and corner and setting triangles in diagonal rows as illustrated.
    2. Sew the components of each diagonal row together (leave corners off for now). Press seam allowances towards the setting squares and triangles.
    3. Join rows, butting seam intersections for a perfect match.
    4. Center and sew each corner triangle to the four corners of the quilt.
    5. Press the quilt.

    Add Borders

    Use our 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. 

    1. Sew the inner borders from 1-3/4" wide gray-blue strips.
    2. 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.