I just couldn't resist making the Zig Zag Block in the Red, White, and Blue! Since I am a long arm quilter, with a whole quilt shop full of extra wide fabrics, it makes sense to use them. I chose the Red from the Quilter's Blenders Fabrics and the Blue in a Colortone Floral Fabric. The white is a white on white fabric. This white is similar to the one I carry in the extra wide fabrics. I love the textures in each of the fabrics!
Stitch blue and red strips on opposite sides of the white strips. Some with both blue and both red and some with red and blue. No photo of this step, but you should be able to understand it. It will make sense as we go along.
Press/iron the red and blue strips with the seam allowance away from the white. Rotary cut them 5 inches across to make several blocks that have strips on two opposite sides.
Stitch red and blue strips to the other two sides.
Remember, it doesn't matter if they are 2 inch or 1 1/2 inch strips. Just stitch them on. It doesn't matter which colors either.
At this point, you should have white squares that have strips stitched onto all four sides. Press/iron.
Don't worry about trimming the ends of the strips. You could even cut them with a scissors, as we are going to rotary cut again. They are also all different sizes, because we used different size strips.
Press/iron. Then, we will slice - rotary cut the block into four sections.
Here are the 4 sections.
Trim the right side and the top. Make sure the square is lined up, so you can cut a 3 1/4" or a 3 " block.
Then flip it around and cut the bottom and the left sides.
I put the trimmed pieces around the block, so you can see how I cut it.
That's it! The Zig Zag Block!
Another option, would have been to start with little squares of the white fabric and just added strips onto two of the sides and then angle squared it up.
OK, so what is so cool about the Zig Zag block?
It's fun and easy!
No matching of seams!
A perfect block to use up scraps and strips!
Forms cool designs with the zigs and zags when you layout the block to make a quilt top!
Here are a few layouts:
I placed a sheet down first, so I would not have to lay out all the white squares. I positioned all the zig zig blocks with the zig zag in the top right corner.
I mixed them up and started a new design. You can see I have cut some 3 1/4 inch white squares or 3 inches, if you squared up your zig zag blocks to 3 inches.
I love the red and blue against the white! It looks like a chain or a braid.
Next, I tried them in a straight pattern. This time I grabbed the ones that were all blue or all red.
Mixed them up again.
This time, I tried alternating the reds and the blues to create this pattern.
The possibilities seem endless!
Want to see more Zig Zag designs? Click here.
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