Zig Zag Quilt

It is finally finished!

Can I get a HOORAY!

Zig Zag Quilt - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

I have had this quilt pretty much finished since Christmas. Everything BUT the binding. I was completely exhausted after all the Christmas crafting and was really sick for about a week and a half. I just couldn’t bring myself to finish it.

My sister is the recipient of this beautiful quilt and has been asking about it everyday, so I finally got into gear and finished it!

Zig Zag Quilt - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

I LOVE the colors in the quilt. And if you think you love the front, check out the back!

Zig Zag Quilt - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

Zig Zag Quilt - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

These beautiful fabrics come from three different lines.

The beautiful red fabric is Cherry Flowers in Lollipop by Sandy Gervais for Moda.

The turquoise fabric is Dark Sea Dotted Swirls in Cosmopolitan by Exclusively Quilters.

The back is Orange Medium Dot On Cream in Just Dreamy by My Mind’s Eye.

Then I just used jeans that I had laying around the house that I came to the conclusion I would never fit in again. :) I DO NOT recommend using jeans for your first quilt, especially stretchy ones. Do it if you really want to take the time and are okay with not having perfection. :)

I did not have to cut out or sew one triangle for this Zig Zag Quilt. I basically cut out long strips 3″ wide and then the length of the fabric. Then I sewed together a jean strip and a fabric strip together. After sewing and pressing, I cut the strip up into squares 5.5″ wide. To make the zig zags you arrange these squares in a certain way. I used about 16 squares per zig zag. After reading tutorials on zig zag quilts using triangles, I am happy I did this way for my first quilt. :)

Then I sewed together the rows starting in the corner. After I finished sewing all the rows, I sewed all the rows together. Then I cut off all the points on the quilt to make straight edges.

I didn’t have enough fabric for the backing so I used leftover squares. I am so HAPPY that I didn’t have enough because I love how it turned out. So cute!

I machine quilted it together by sewing along the zig zag lines on each side of the colored strips. I tried using my meandering stitch, and this just seemed much cuter.

Zig Zag Quilt - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

I did the binding by cutting out 2 1/2″ strips of fabric, sewing them all together, and then pressing the strip in half. I sewed the edge of the binding onto the edge of the quilt and then sewed the other side by hand (my fingers still hurt!) If there is an easier way to do this, please let me know your secret! :)

Zig Zag Quilt - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

Zig Zag Quilt - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

I just love this quilt and wish I could keep it for my own. What a good sister I am to be giving it away, right? :) At least I know it is going to a home where it will be loved.

If you have any questions or would like more information regarding how much fabric to get and how much to cut of it, please leave a comment. I will reply in the comment and if you want me to reply in an email, just let me know. :)

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3 Comments

  1. Tiffany Y
    Posted January 13, 2011 at 10:09 pm | Permalink

    Wow!! I LOVE this!! You are so talented!

  2. Posted January 14, 2011 at 8:18 am | Permalink

    I LOVE it! :) The colors are great and so are the designs. I really dig the backside too! :) Great work and thanks for sharing. :)

  3. Posted January 22, 2011 at 1:49 pm | Permalink

    It came out so great! And it doesn’t look like a first quilt at all, at least not like my first quilt! You did a great job and can proudly call yourself a quilter! I love the denim with the bright colors. It really pops. And the back is great! Your sister is one lucky girl…

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