Monday, May 14, 2012

Sharing Another Zig Zag Quilt Idea!

Recently, when I was at a quilting retreat, I created another Zig Zag Quilt using the Zig Zag Block.  
When I made my Primary Colors Quilt, last year for a Project Quilting Challenge, I used the Zig Zag Block.
This year for another Project Quilting Challenge I used the Zig Zag block. This quilt is named Ziggin' Outside Block. I also made the Kissing Quilt and two other Zig Zag Quilts.
The Zig Zag Block is a construction method used to frame a block and is used by many quilters. 
I named the block that is formed from that method, the Zig Zag Block. 
The quilt I am sharing today was made with over dyed fabrics from Quilts by Barb.  It is for a quilt challenge from her quilt retreat. You can read about her retreat here.
I started with four over dyed fat quarters that are required to be in the quilt for the Quilts by Barb Challenge.
I added two more over dyed fabrics.
I chose three fabrics for my block fabric.  The three on the bottom - a pattern light green and a hand dyed fabric from Chris at Dye Candy Fabrics and a light green striped fabric.
I cut several strips (1 1/2" to 2 inches) from the fat quarters.  Saving some of it for the borders.
I cut a couple 4 inch strips from the three block fabrics.
I used the strip method to construct the Zig Zag Blocks.  I stitched a skinny strip to each block fabric strip in no particular order.  Just grabbed and stitched.  I cut some of the skinny strips in half, so I would get more variety as I stitched them to the block strips.
Cut the block fabric across at 4 inches.  You now have blocks with one strip stitched on one side.
Stitch a skinny strip on one side of the block - not the opposite side, an adjoining side.
It is ok to have some of the strips of the same fabric on the same block, but they all could be different too.
Trim the blocks at an angle to 4 1/2 inches square as shown in the photos.

I put the blocks up on the design wall and tried to create some kind of a pattern.  I tried a couple possibilities until I came up with something I liked.

Then I stitched them together in lengthwise rows.

I really like the pattern it created! I added borders next.
I used the leftover scraps from the fat quarters.  The strips are 3 inches wide.

I had fun taking some photos at some weird angles.

I turned the quilt top sideways.
And then flipped it upside down to get another perspective.
It is ready to quilt. I plan to quilt it yet, in May, if I can find some "Me Time" for quilting!
Another fun Zig Zag Quilt Top completed!
Want to read more about the Zig Zag Quilt Challenge? Click Here.
Simply make a Zig Zag Quilt Top and enter in a giveaway for a chance to win FREE Quilting, FREE Batting, and FREE Thread!
Enjoy your day!

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Carrie P. said...

such a cool quilt.

Snoodles said...

That is so neat - I'm glad you showed the picture of using the square to make the block....I'll need to refer to that, I'm sure! :)

Lesley said...

You are really having a lot of fun with these zigzag blocks...wonderful quilt and instructions!

Miss Hillbilly said...

Very fun!

Connie Kresin Campbell said...

What a neat quilt Marcia, thanks for sharing how you made it!
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The Cozy Pumpkin said...

Great twist on a zig zag! Those colors work great together. I saw it on the link up at Pieceful Life and had to come and check it out for myself. :)


elizabeth said...

What a neat idea...very inspiring : )

Winnie said...

Amazing and very beautiful work!

Marsha Cooper said...

This is too cool! I really appreciate you showing us with pictures how they are made too!