Monday, March 30, 2009

Zig Zag Quilt

Since I first discovered blogs several months
ago; I have bookmarked those who have
tutorials or projects that I would love to do.

I found this Zigzag quilt over at "A Quilt
Is Nice" blogspot.
It's done with half square
triangles. So last week when Joanne's store
was having a sale on fat quarters; I went
and bought a bunch.

It's one of those quilts that is really prettier in person.
I love the colors and decided that a little black and
white would look good in it.

I went to my favorite fabric shop "Zooks" to buy
the black and white fabric and some yellow for the
back. They told me that black and white and yellow
are the "in" thing this year. I also met some ladies
that came from Virginia - just to buy fabric!

I then thought that I would quilt it on the machine
using a "half circle" design - it's a decorative stitch.
Well, that's when the problem arose of puckering
in the back! I pressed and went on; the result
was the quilt was a little distorted but thought
I could live with that. Next time I'll be on guard.

You can see the stitch here in the above photo. I used
variegated thread.
When I was at Joanne's store; I saw batting that was
iron on. Never tried that before and just might use
my 40 % off coupon to buy it. I would use it on a
small project just to see how it works. Thinking that
it would not cause the puckering.
I'm wondering if it puckered because of the circled
stitch? I normally hand quilt but decided to do
the machine quilting and get more experienced
at it.

I made this little lap sized quilt for my daughter's
niece (in-law) when she sleeps over at her

Monday, March 16, 2009


This past week I took a class from my Guild ~
The Red Rose Quilters Guild with Ellie Levie
It was a new technique for me and thought it would
be fun to try. The above picture is all of our blocks
put together. My part in the process was to
applique the rose and the leaves in the center.
I draped some red tulle over it in order
for the free motion quilting to go easier. Then another
Guild member will add on the borders and yet another
one will finish the entire quilt.

The strips were cut 1" and 1 1/4". We also added
ribbons, rick rack, braiding and some lace for
different textures.

The first thing that we did was lay down and pin the vertical strips.

Then we added the horizontal strips. There are
technical terms for this process but I can't
remember them now. ( senior moment)

The blocks were worked as light, medium and darks.

We did audition a couple of different color
backgrounds but we decided the black looked
best. It really brings out the colors. We decided
to add a focal point - the red rose - for Lancaster
County - of course!
The wheels are turning in my mind for different
quilt projects that I can use this technique.
This quilt when finished will be donated to
an organization - who? - we haven't decided that