Bloggers Quilt Festival May 2010

I would like to share one of my most favorite quilts for Amy’s Bloggers Quilt Festival going on May 21-28!

I finished my zig-zag quilt this time last year with Anna Maria Horner’s Good Folks fabric collection. I adore all of her fabrics, but I especially loved the bohemian feel saturated colors in this collection, so I wanted to show them off.

I based my quilt on Nettie‘s zig-zag tutorial of making the zig-zags with half-square triangles. I would definitely use that method again, but I would keep myself better organized so I don’t accidentally sew the wrong colors together and then NOT end up with the zig and the zag, and then have to tear them apart and realign things. It’s okay, you can laugh. I know, I can be an airhead sometimes!

It took me only a couple weeks more to quilt it and bind it – ta da! I quilted lines 1/4 inch from the seam of each zig and zag. That straight-line quilting was quite fun, and I highly recommend it for this pattern.

Normally, I like to use one piece of fabric for the back (it’s just easier), but I went out of my comfort on this one and pieced the back with three sections of blues, which I’m very happy with.

You can see how much my kitties love it too!

Also wanted to give a shout-out for my shop Patchwork Trails, which is a sponsor for this Bloggers Quilt Festival!

I am offering one of my makeup bags for a giveway item at the end of the festival. Thanks so much for stopping by to check out my quilt contribution to the Festival! Make time to stop by Amy’s post to check out all the amazing quilts being featured.

Patchwork Progress

Remember a couple weeks ago when I asked for opinions on which patchwork arrangement you liked best for my sew-along project for Sew,Mama,Sew’s quilting month? The tally came out to this:

The simple triangles pattern received 11 votes.

The zig-zag pattern received 7 votes.

The diamond pattern received 4 votes.

The hourglass pattern received 3 votes.

When it came time for me to make a decision, I liked all of these patterns because they show the variety of patterns you can make with simple half-square triangles. Since I am going to make these blocks into placemats, I made one of each!

I continued with the sew-along, so the next block was a Spiderweb. I have never made a spiderweb block, but it was definitely on my list to try. It was an easy block to put together, kinda like the stringpieced blocks, which I really love making. It was magical to watch the white star shapes emerge in the centers as I lined up the pieced triangles.

The most recent block was a Dresden Plate, another patern I have always wanted to make. OMG, I adore this one!

I’m not sure which block will be next, but this is the last week for the sew-along, so I’m happy I was able to stay caught up. I can just imagine how cool this set is going to look on our table for summer.

Patchwork Arrangements

I decided to join the fun over at Sew,Mama,Sew for their Quilting Month. They are doing a sew-along series for the month of April. The first week, you make half-square triangles from charm squares, and then put them in different arrangements. It’s a cool way to teach people about the various blocks you can try with half-square triangles.

I used the charm squares left over in my stash from these mini coin quilts I made last summer. I especially love these fabrics because they remind me of sea glass. I plan to use these fabrics for the entire series, and will likely use these mini quilts for summer placemats. But I can’t seem to decide which layout to do for this first round.

Here is the triangle layout:

Here is the zig-zag layout:

Here is the hourglass layout:

Finally, here’s a diamond layout:

I’m taking a little poll – which one do you like best?

Ta Da!

It’s finished! Here is the first quilt I pieced and machine quilted myself!

zigzag on the bench

I used Nettie’s pattern, which I loved. I typically stay away from triangles for fear of matching up those points, but this was a fun quilt to make.

zig zag quilt finished!

I wanted to emphasize the zig zag motion of the quilt so I used Ashley’s quilting technique by following the zig and the zag with lines on each side. 

zig zag folded up

The zig zag quilting makes a nice effect on the back too.

zig zagged quilt backing

I was so anxious to show you pictures of it that I haven’t had time to wash it yet, but I will do that tonight.  I love it and I’m so happy it’s finished!