zig zag


starting a quilt is pretty easy, almost too easy. just grab some fabrics and cut, cut, cut. it’s the sewing and finishing that are hard. piecing, pressing seams, actually quilting, and binding. that’s a lot of stuff for a procrastinator. on a side note, how do some people finish two or three quilts a week!?

zig zag quilt

let’s just say thank god I started early. how early? sometime in july. I didn’t mean for this to be a christmas present, it was just a happy accident. I started with guns a blazing. I cut out the fabric and started piecing the rows. but then my ocd got the best of me when I noticed that some of the zigs weren’t matching up with some of the zags. I figured it was my wonky cutting and ran to the store for a 4″x4″ ruler. after cutting all the squares down they still didn’t really match and now my quilt was a lot smaller than I wanted it to be.

zig zag quilt

last week I got myself motivated and decided that some sashing and extra squares would do the trick. the fabric is hello betty in the ’30’s palette with kona cotton in white. the binding is from momo’s wonderland and the back is some kaffe fassett ikat dots I had in the stash. the batting is a bamboo / cotton blend that is super soft. I was really tempted to get some flannel to make it a snuggly baby blanket, but I didn’t feel I had time to go out and search for it. I really love how it turned out though. the front is vintagey while the back and binding modernize it.

zig zag quilt binding

I stuck with some simple quilting because I don’t feel I’m ready for anything beyond this yet. and to be honest, I really couldn’t picture an all over pattern over this quilt.

zig zag quilt

the finished size is about 36″x48″. I have to admit I was scared of throwing it in the washer. I kept picturing all the quilting getting ripped out and the whole thing ending up a sad mess. thankfully my fears were laid to rest when the quilt was nice and wrinkled out of the dryer. .

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  • Kirsten December 23, 2009 at 7:31 pm

    I have been so tempted by all of the wonderful quits I’ve seen lately to make one myself. This one is no exception! I love the vintage-y fabrics you chose. I should heed your words though and know that I will never ever finish.
    Very sweet.

  • Lisa December 23, 2009 at 8:37 pm

    I’m with Kirsten on this. I love seeing the quilts and get all gung ho in my brain about them. But being the world’s biggest procrastinator, it would end up in the heap of unfinished projects taking over my little office! I will love yours vicariously.

  • grumperina December 23, 2009 at 8:43 pm

    Wow, it’s gorgeous! Awesome!

  • Nicol December 23, 2009 at 9:22 pm

    Wow!!! Care to share the pattern? You did a great job!

  • Mandy December 23, 2009 at 10:10 pm

    Wow! I just love the zigzags, natch.

  • sandy December 23, 2009 at 10:51 pm

    I love that zz pattern … I must make one in 2010.
    Merry Christmas

  • Carrie December 23, 2009 at 11:46 pm

    this is SO awesome, Yahaira. I love the Hello Betty line so so much, and I love the zig zags and the way you did the colors. it’s PERFECT. and I think the simple quilting is amazing.

  • kris December 24, 2009 at 5:28 am

    oh wow, yahaira – it’s beautiful! me! me! i want one! me! over here!

  • CraftyCripple December 24, 2009 at 6:35 am

    Gorgeous quilt. I love the zig zags.

  • Kate December 24, 2009 at 10:05 am

    Love this! What a great design idea.

  • Allyson December 24, 2009 at 10:07 am

    SOO beautiful! Well done! My mom quilts and I’ve always been fascinated. One of these days I’ll do it 🙂

  • Allegra December 24, 2009 at 12:44 pm

    oh i love it! it’s lovely. i especially love the brown and blue edging. very sweet.

  • penny December 25, 2009 at 2:11 pm

    simply beautiful

  • Kirsten December 25, 2009 at 8:14 pm

    This quilt came out BEAUTIFUL. I keep seeing so many lovely quilts on the internet and my fingers are itching for a new hobby. Perhaps I will have to buy a sewing machine and try quilting, next. xoxo

  • carrie January 2, 2010 at 10:20 am

    So simple and so lovely. I need to get back to quilting.

  • Oiyi January 8, 2010 at 12:16 pm

    Oh, I love this so much! If only my sewing table isn’t covered in yarn and fiber.

  • jaybird January 8, 2010 at 1:39 pm

    hey! i’m starting the philly modern quilt guild.. check out my blog to join us!

  • kittykitty January 12, 2010 at 12:39 pm

    It really is beautiful. I love how complex the fabrics are, yet the clean lines. Makes me want to start quilting again. I use to have a quilt business when I was in college, but I just got burned out.