Friday, March 23, 2012

Ziggin' and Zaggin' - Part One

I started with the left over strips from my scrappy green courthouse round quilt.  
Those strips were 1 1/2" wide and I cut some more green strips 2" wide. I cut some 6" squares from a cream quilter's blenders.
I stitched the skinny strips on opposite sides first and then pressed.  
I stitched the wider strips on the other two sides and pressed.

I sliced the block in half both ways - see photos. 
I now have four squares with green strips on two sides from every block.
I squared all of them up at an angle to 3 1/4" square - see photos.

I started laying out the blocks and tried several different arrangements. First all going in one direction.
 Then opposite directions.
Then with an extra cream block in between the blocks with the blocks placed opposite from each other.

I liked this arrangement and started sewing them together in rows.
All pressed and ready to quilt.
Oh, no!  -  I made too many blocks!  I stitched a few more blocks together creating a different pattern.
I love the zig zag border.  I will have to quilt a cool design in the center.  All pressed and ready to quilt.

There are still more blocks left!  I tried another pattern.  I like this one too.  I will have to quilt a zig zag design inbetween the blocks. I like that idea.
All pressed and ready to quilt.
I started quilting all three little quilts late this afternoon.  I will share the quilted photos tomorrow.

I used a similar block design last year, when I made a baby quilt, but I used the strips as lattice strips, not to create a zig zag pattern.
This was my first project last year for project quilting. I experimented with zentangle quilting designs for the quilting. Click here to see the posts about the quilt.
Do you like the zig zag block?
There could be tons of different arrangements for the blocks.  I am looking for a challenge quilt for the May for Me Celebration.  This could be one of the possibilities.  
Help me decide, let me know if you would want to make a small quilt using the zig zag blocks to create your own design. You would use leftover strips and scraps to make the quilt. 

Thanks for your input!


Vroomans' Quilts said...

I',m always up for a challenge and find this block facinating - so many ways to play with the blocks.

Linda said...

These look so fun!

Maria Kievit said...

Really nice way to get different patterns fast. My daughter was very impressed by the zigzag ones. Thanks for showing it to us.

Pippa Parsons said...

I love the zig zag border, great for framing a stitchery :O)

Belinda said...

Oh that's wonderful! I love the zig zag and you made it look so easy!

Richard Healey said...

I love how your doing this quilt and the baby quilt you made that is such cool spunk it has.

Connie Kresin Campbell said...

Looks like fun, I like a challenge! I really like the zig zag border, playing with leftovers can be so much fun!

barbara woods said...

i love your zig zag

Cherie said...

Wow all those quilts look great! Love the various patterns! =D

Miss Hillbilly said...

How di you come up with such neat ideas? I would have never thought to cut at an angle like that.

Miss Hillbilly said...

How di you come up with such neat ideas? I would have never thought to cut at an angle like that.

Unknown said...

Love this what a great idea. Thanks for sharing.

Kelly said...

When you make blocks, you really go all out! I really love the ones that look like repeating hills/valleys -I've pinned it to my "Quilty Goodness" board on Pinterest (with proper credit, of course!). Feel free to follow me if you'd like: