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Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Zig Zag Quilt

Need a great Christmas present? Or how about a baby shower present?

My husband's boss is pregnant with her first baby and my husband casually mentioned he'd love it if I made her a quilt. He just underestimated how much effort I put into it. When I was finished and I showed him, my husband said, "Wow, that's nice! I didn't expect you to make one that nice!" Haha!

My mom played a HUGE role in making this quilt. I don't know what I'd do without her. Oh wait, she lives across the country... sad. But I was visiting her while I was making this and she helped me out a ton. 

So here's the step by step on how to make this quilt.

1. First, cut your fabrics into strips. Obviously, I only used two different fabrics to create the zig zag effect. I believe my strips were 3 inches wide.
2. After you cut them into strips, cut them into a rectangular shape. I believe these were cut into 4 inch lengths. It may have been 5. Just play around with how big you want yours.
3. Once you have both fabrics cut, sew them together like in the picture. Iron them flat afterwards.

4. Next, arrange them to create the zig zag pattern. Make sure you don't get to ambitious and sew too many... we did that and took too many of the rectangles away and it took us forever to figure out how to put it back together!
5. We did a lazier version of quilting. I cut a piece of batting to the size of the top and some fabric that same size. I then layered them. The sequence of the layering is VERY important! You need to layer it with the batting on bottom, then the top (right side up), then the back of the quilt (right side down). Sew around most of the square, leaving about a 12 inch gap so you can turn it right side out.
6. After you've turned it right side out, then hand stitch the quilt closed. Then all that's left is to top stitch and make it pretty and puffy!

I wrapped it up for its new home!

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  1. Helpful hint if you want to do another quilt like this: After you cut your strips, sew the different fabrics together in the long strips, THEN cut them into your squares. It saves a little time over having to stop and start sewing each of the small pieces. It's a gorgeous quilt. And I like that you turned it inside out to bind the edges. I may have to use that for my next quilt.

    1. That's a great idea! I'll have to remember that for next time!

  2. Kathryn, this quilt is absolutely gorgeous!

  3. A beautiful quilt, oh I'd love to make one - bu I'm too lazy for the lazy version LOL


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