Sneak Peek: Striped Zig Zag Quilt


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Can you believe after two days this is all I have to show you? 😀

I spent 1 1/2 days thinking, pondering, changing my mind (twice) and slowly cutting. My original plan was to do HST’s. Half Square Triangles. But cutting the strips on the diagonal would give me wonky bias pieces. And I was so not wanting to deal with misshaped half triangles.

So… I decided to cut the striped blocks in half horizontally. Then I added a black and white half block. I added one half block of tangerine in the oddball spaces on the left side.

It is really going slow. For now. I think once I am comfortable with my decision, I will go faster.

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Finally… Quilt Top #1 Is Getting Quilted

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It had to happen… eventually, right? I just can’t keep making quilt tops without completing the process of actually quilting them.

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This is the first one I made. So, it gets quilted first. I struggled sewing it. Makes sense that I struggle quilting it. It took me about 3 hours getting the “sandwich” just so and pinning the layers.

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I haven’t purchased an extension table yet for my sewing machine so I had to improvise. My mini ironing board to the rescue. It actually is working out great.

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The fabric for the back is some blah brown print I got for half off several months ago. It is ok for the first one. And was just the right size. That is after I took 3 yards and sewed them side-by-side to another 3 yards. I had read somewhere not to put a seam down the center of the backing fabric. Too late!! But I did do a French Seam and reinforced the seam TWICE when starting it AND double stitched it again for the final seam. Nothing is going to pull out those stitches!!

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I decided to free motion quilt it using the stippling design for all around the outer part and in between the Drunkard Path circles. For the circles, I am going to attempt curved lines.

Here is what it looks like after two hours. I am showing you the backside so you can see my handiwork. I am half way around.

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My bobbin ran out three times. My left arm was getting heavy and my shoulder was starting to hurt. Break time!!

After I wind some bobbins I will get back started. Tomorrow. 😀

Dresden Plate Wall Hanging Is Finished!!

Come on in and looky at my quilted wall hanging. I even put a label on it. I never want to forget my first quilted item.

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I spelled it right. It just looks all weird. I need more practice with sewing fonts and figuring out how to put in a space. I had to use dashes.

Drumroll………

Binding is on.

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Everything that needed to be hand stitched is done.

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It measures 22″ by 21 1/2″.

No Brown In This One

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Not quite the look of Spring but no brown either!! 😀

Black, green and mustard yellow with a touch of white. But first, before I go into the details of my newest Dresden Plate, let me ask you this…

Anyone remember this?

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They were really popular in the 70’s and 80’s. Country themed fabric panels. I can’t remember if you bought them by the panel or by the yard. But I remember buying up a bunch of them in the early 80’s. And making up a bunch. Wall hangings on wicker mats and circular wooden hoops. I had the panels in green, blue, peach and of course, BROWN!!

Can you believe after all these years, I found 3 panels in my stash!! I fussy cut around the geese to get some flowered green pieces. Then I cut strips for borders where I could.

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And after all that… I ended up removing what I thought were the prettiest blades. The ones I used to make hearts. Oh well. The plate was too large and some wedges had to go.

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Which border arrangement do you like best? Or maybe I won’t add one.

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Quilt Top #2 Finished

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Ready for Stitch In The Ditch!!

Finished sewing on the borders yesterday. I settled on the beige and giraffe print fabrics since I was out of the gold color and couldn’t find anything I liked on-line or in the stores.

I bought 6 yards of the giraffe print to use for the backing and binding. Any leftover, I think I will make a couple of pillows or pillowcases.

I have learned so much. Between getting tips from my quilter friends and the net, there were tons of resources to help guide me. Such as, the correct way to square up my fabric, measure and cut it. The different techniques for sewing on borders.

If you are thinking about learning to quilt, do a Google search or You Tube search on the quilting process. Hundreds, thousands of useful tips at your fingertips.

And so many pretty quilts. I have probably 40 quilts bookmarked. It will take years to make up all the ones I like.

But I am enjoying it.

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Quilt top measures 82 1/4″ by 82 1/4″.

16 Blocks

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All finished sewing my 16 Drunkard Path blocks.

Blocks? More like Miles!!

And what a trip it was!! From sweating over the first block to Easy Street on the last one. It took me almost one day with the 1st one. And only one hour with the last.

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When I started sewing the first block, I hadn’t yet discovered I had cut the fabric pieces all wonky. When the seams didn’t line up and the “pie” pieces looked off, I just shrugged my shoulders. Kept sewing, making corrections on the fly.

Halfway through, I finally decided to research why every block required surgery.

The answer?

I had ignored the direction arrow markings on the templates. The arrows meant to cut in that specific direction for each piece. It seems like it shouldn’t have mattered all that much. BUT it did. One side of the block was correct but the other was 1/8″ larger. EVERYTIME.

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Thank goodness I figured out the problem. The last 8 blocks were easier to sew, though some pieces had already been cut during the Clueless Period. I recut a few. But was just about out of the fabrics I was using so had to make do.

For the last block I sewed, Block 14, I had to piece together a brown corner in two spots. You can see it here. Bottom left.

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Hopefully most of the patch disappears when adding the border. But before I can even think about a border…. I have to square off each block to 14″ and sew them together.

And then the “sandwich process” begins. Yay!!