Sunday, March 25, 2012

Zig Zagging, Kissing, Quilting, and Cooking?

Remember, I made too many blocks, so I made three little quilts.
Quilt Number One: The Kissing Quilt
Quilt Number Two: Ziggin' Outside the Block
Quilt Number Three: Straight Line Zigging
No binding on this quilt, because I will take it with me to a Quilt Retreat in April and make it into a zipper bag.

Quilt Number One: The Kissing Quilt
I used a green fine point sharpie marker to write the words that I wanted to thread paint.
First I overall quilted the center of the quilt and wiggle line and zig zag quilted the border.

Next, I started the thread painting on the lettering.

Stitched my name and year in the bottom right hand corner of the quilt.
All done quilting - trimmed and ready to bind.
I chose black fabric for the binding.  Wrapped it around to see how it looked.
Stitched on the binding.
Flipped it over so you can see the back of the quilt and hanging sleeve.
I hung it up on the wall to get a vertical photo.
Maybe it should have said: I quilt better than I cook!

Quilt Number Two: Ziggin' Outside the Block
I used two thread colors for this quilt too. A lite tan and olive green.  I started with the tan thread - zigging and zagging in the open area. I triple wiggle line quilted around the green strips.
Then I zig zagged with the green thread shadowing the tan stitching lines.  I also zig zag on the green strips.

A couple up close photos of my crazee zig zag quilting and the triple wiggle line quilting around the strips.
 I really had fun with the quilting on this project.
Flipped it over to the back side for a photo.
Ready for the binding. 
Up close of the corners.

The back side of the quilt.
A full view at an angle!

Quilt Number Three: Straight Line Zigging
Before Quilting it looked like this.
The quilting on this one was all little zig zags going in and out of the zig zags.
 An up close photo of the stitching.
Keep in mind these are little zig zags, as the blocks are only 2 3/4" in size.
Up close of the back side of the quilt.

Full view of the back of the Straight Line Zigging Quilt.
I like the backs almost as much as the fronts!
I folded this one in half, so you can imagine how it will look as a zipper bag.
Quilt Number One and Quilt Number Two are my entries for Project Quilting.
Ziggin' Outside the Block and the Kissing Quilt
I think of my Kissing Quilt as my Bonus Quilt.  I used the leftover scraps to make it.  I guess, I would have to say the Straight Line Zigging is a Bonus Quilt too.
If you missed the post about the construction of the quilts - Click here.
I will be proposing a May for Me Quilt Challenge in mid April.  I am seriously thinking of using the construction method for the zig zag block as the challenge.  I am still looking for input about that.  You could use up all those little strips and scraps.  It would make a great baby quilt or a lap quilt.  
I tried another arrangement and came up with a little maze quilt.  Just think of all the ways you can arrange the blocks to make an even more complicated maze!  I did not quilt it yet -- maybe next week.
I will be adding my entry and bonus quilt to the Project Quilting Flicker Photo Stream group at:

All the Zig Zag Quilt entries are due at Noon on Sunday March 25th.

Hope you are having a relaxing weekend!

The Zig Zag Quilt Block is available in a PDF Downloadable Pattern at Click Here.

Linked to:
Project Quilting - Challenge Number Six

This week I will be Linking with: 

Pieceful Life: Little Quilts Monday


Richard Healey said...

That is Cute I love the kissing quilt. Though I think I Cook better then I kiss.

Lesley said...

Your little quilts are precious. I did not know what 'thread painting' was 'till I read this post. You are a master at the craft. Thanks for showing all these great made for wonderful viewing and educating!

Quilter Kathy said...

Great job on the zigzags! I loved the close up photos and explanations of your stitching and quilting!

Belinda said...

You sure do have a lot of fun with your quilting! Always a surprise and pleasure to see what you come up with!

Connie Kresin Campbell said...

Beautiful quilts and your thread painting is wonderful! I think my favorite is the one you'll make into a pouch!

Cherie said...

Woooooow what a lot of quilting! It all looks amazing! Love the kissing quilt!! =D

Carolyn J. said...

Love the little quilts....very creative and inspiring!

elizabeth said...

Cute, cute, cute, I can't wait to see the finished zipper bag ; )

Jessica said...

Very cute! Ive always been interested in quilting but have never sat down to tackle it. Love your work! If you have a chance please check out my friends blog. He's new to blogging and would love a few readers :) Thanks so much!

momto8 said...

wow...what a beautiful work of art!!!

Miss Hillbilly said...

You just thread paint words end not applique? I need to try that! And not end. Om on the kindle. I'm not om. Lol

Melissa Corry said...

Just loving those zig zags!! I really love the colors!!

Lori said...

That is soo much work...amazing! It is beautiful and "sew" well done :) I'm glad I found your blog at The Shady Porch party. I'm a new follower too, so I can keep in touch. I would love if you stopped by and followed back on LF and GFC. Nice to meet you, Lori

Finding Fifth said...

I am so glad that you included all the process pictures otherwise I would never had known how you managed all those effects. Thanks for linking up with TGIFF today and being my #3 linky.

Michelle Ridgway said...

Amazing! Wonderful quilting. I can only imagine the havoc I would create doing that. Great quilts.

Janine @ Rainbow Hare said...

These are fab and I really enjoyed seeing your step by step descriptions of how you made them :)

The Nifty Stitcher said...

These are great - i love them all!

The Thompsons said...

Too cute! I love all 3 quilts and their quilting is so unique and individualized. Great work!

Kat said...

I can't even choose a favorite, but I do love that thread painting! I just recently starting doing FMQ and I love how it adds so much to the quilt. Your examples are fabulous, I'm inspired to try some more "free" FMQ now.

Sue Daurio said...

Those are great quilts, I agree the backs are just as gorgeous as the front. LOVE the kissing quilt :)

gail@My Repurposed Life said...

I love the Kissing quilt!! sooo sweet. I love the stitching of the words.

M-R Charbonneau said...

What a great idea to thread paint letters -- I haven't seen that before! It looks great, Marcia. I really love the quilting on the zigzag quilt too. Thanks for linking up to TGIFF!

Shay said...

The thread painting on the first mini is AMAZING!

Staci said...

What a great block! Love how different it looks with all the different arrangements!

Sarah Craig said...

Very cool little quilts! Whoop whoop!!

Kristy QP said...

These all look so great! I really love the thread painting - that looks fantastic!

Doni said...

Those are really amazing! I love the zigs and zags, and I agree with you...I love the backs as well!! You did an awesome job on those!
Thanks so much for linking up with me for Pearls and Lace Thursday!!
Blessings, Doni

Diann said...

Oh, I love that Kissing quilt! how cute is that!! Thank you for joining TTF this week. And have a great day!

Heather said...

These are so great! The kiss quilt is my favorite. :o) Incredible thread painting!

beaquilter said...

did you long arm those words or on the domestic? what a great idea!