quilting 911 - sewing the zigs and the zags

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

i've started sewing the zigs and the zags!  weeee! i was so happy to finally have some time to work on my zig zag quilt at my modern sewing group on sunday.  what i wasn't happy to find out was that it was going to take me soooooo long to trim the corners of my hst's. wowsa! massively time consuming, or at least it was for me...lol.

these are the parts i don't enjoy about quilting but then you all know how crappy i am with a rotary cutter and that cutting is my least favorite part of any craft..lol.  i literally got only 3 rows all stitched up at the group and attached the 4th row this morning.  it took me way longer than i thought. 

i LOVE the sewing of the quilt though.  i really enjoy sitting down at the machine with a big stack of squares and sewing them all together.  it's methodical, rewarding and so much fun.  i'm addicted.  i just don't like doing the grunt work that leads up to it - i need the fairy craft mother to come in and do all my cutting for me.  the step that i'm most excited about is the quilting.  i'm dying to put that quilt sandwich together and give er'!!!

i'm planning, for the moment, on doing 1/2" lines following the zig zags on either side of the seam.  i've seen a few done like this online and love the look that it created on the front and back of the quilt.  so purdy.  one thing i am pondering right now is the color to do that and also if i should add a border to the quilt.  now that my rows are stitched up i realized that the quilt may be too small for my liking.  my only worry is that the border would detract from the style of the zig zags. what do you guys think?  would you add a border?  what color would you quilt in? or leave it be?  my backing fabric has a print that i think would not look good on the front as well.  wouldn't like it. 

doesn't it look like a stained glass window in the sunlight?  sorry....couldn't resist the pic....caught my eye while and i thought it was cool.

now don't judge me on my ironing.  the rows are not pressed perfectly yet.  i got a tad lazy at the very end and haven't pressed them all perfectly after i sewed the rows together so everything is slightly poofy still.  i did good with my ironing for everything else.  it was nice being able to work on this in a big space with room to move and lots of equipment.  i just don't seem to work on my quilts at home due to lack of space etc. it makes it even more time consuming.  i just don't know where i would fit myself in my condo while working on it.

so i've got 6 rows left to do and in those six rows i still have to trim the hst squares :(  but then i get to sew! yippee! and that part goes fast and then i'll have a quilt top! yeehaw!!!! so excited!  and you know what comes after this quilt is done? one for me!!!  yay!!! this one is for my daughter but momma's gotta have a quilt for herself too right? i'm dying to get mine started. it's been waiting for almost 2 years now.  so the faster i get this one done the faster i get to work on a big one for momma.

you can read the two other posts on my zig zag quilt here:

1st post  |  2nd post

what quilty goodies have you guys been working on?  do you love hst's too?  any tips on how to trim the squares really quickly?  i could use them :)  what color would you quilt this in? white?


  1. it's gonna look beautiful!!! i absolutely love it! xo

  2. Well, I think that a nice solid yellow for the border would look fabulous, it would certainly add to the charm and sunny disposition of the quilt. I doubt that it would detract from the quilt. Though if you found some diagonal striped fabric in the right colors I believe it would look amazing for a border.

    Still, Becca's right it's gonna look beautiful :)

  3. oh my gosh i love it! those yellows are my favorite:)

  4. Thanks guys! Glad you like it so far. I'm torn on the border. I just am not feeling it for this quilt...so I'm gonna finish the top then decide based on the size when it's done. Cross your fingers for me.

  5. Yea! The trimming takes forever but it's so worth it when you see the quilt coming together. If you put a border on I think you should stick with white like your HST's then the zig zags will still pop.

  6. Love the post today. I myself am looking into quilting more. How is the Ambition treating you? I traded my old machine in for one. So far so good.


  7. Beautiful--love the colors so very much! You cold try a thin (1") solid-colored inner border around the quilt top as a separator, and then do another round of zig zag units as an outer border. Could be fun... could be a pain! But it'd bump up your quilt size in a unique kinda way.

    You rock, by the way. :)

  8. If you want to do a border but you're not sure if you even like the idea of a border, why not keep with what's going on and do it white? As for the quilting thread colour, I like the buttery yellow colour that's going on, but it would also depend on the backing fabric and whether that colour would work nicely on it too.
    I really want to know what kind of quilt you're going to do for you!

  9. Oooh! It's looking SO beautiful!!

    I love the way this lady quilted her zig zag quilt: http://chasingcottons.blogspot.com/2011/07/quilt-class-101-big-reveal.html


  10. it looks awesome! what if you quilted with white so that the zigs echo the zags? or any of the colors from the fabrics would be nice too... blue, pink, yellow? and depending on what you use for the back, you could make that thread color contrasting so that it stands out. as far as border... hmmm? tough call, though i think it would look great either way. how's that for helpful?

  11. I agree with Amy! Maybe do a white border? What are you thinking for binding? I think if you have any scraps left to do a pieced binding that would tie back into the zig zag?

  12. I generally don't like borders on zigzags, but a solid yellow one does sound promising, if you go that route. I think white would be great for quilting!

    Wish we could be sewing real-life buddies! Hey, what Pfaff do you use? I remember her name is Polly...

  13. This looks great - I want to do one too - add to the giant sewing wish list :) Like some other commenters, I'd go with a white border especially if you want to add a decent border to increase the size. Can't wait to see the finished piece.

  14. I don't quilt but my mom and sister do. I'm not sure if its one I'll do anytime soon but I love them. Quilts are from the heart. And so many options. The colours you have going on are wonderful. The oranges, reds and then turquoise. So inviting and happy! Good luck with it. :)


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