Wednesday, November 16, 2011

A Zig and A Zag - Completing the Quilt!

a Zig and a ZagThis post is part of an ongoing series of posts for A Zig and A Zag Quilt Along I'm hosting here on my blog. You can join in at any time! You will find the links to all previous steps above my header.




Well, this is it folks! I've had this quilt completed for a while now, but it's surprising how long it can take to share things sometimes on the blog. I know that none of you were waiting on these directions...really there aren't very many directions at all! But it's always fun to see a finished product.



A Zig and A Zag




If you remember, the last steps of the quilt along ended with a fully basted quilt, ready to be taken to the sewing machine and quilted! Well, I did share briefly that I chose to use a free motion large pebble quilting on this quilt and this particular quilt took 15 bobbins to complete! I just kept winding them in bunches and using up any thread that looked remotely similar to what I started with! lol


A Zig and A Zag - Close up on circular stitching



By the way, if you really want to see what is going on with someone's free motion quilting, you need to see the back. That is where all the tension issues will show up. I've had quilts where the tension was COMPLETELY off for the quilting style I was doing. But I'm getting better...



A Zig and A Zag - Complete!




I guestimate that it took me about 8 hours of quilting time to do this whole quilt using this method. Roughly a half hour of constant movement per bobbin. Let me tell you, it gets a little hard on your eyes! Especially when you do all of that quilting in 2 days.



A Zig and A Zag - Quilt Back




I love how the back has the same brightness as the front but is calmer in a way because it is block pieced. I was happy to use up all the rest of those fabrics and give them a happy home with this quilt. I'm definitely going to continue to use fabulous fabrics for the backings...it's not a forgotten side of the quilt!



A Zig and A Zag - Complete!




I couldn't resist using a rainbow fabric for the binding. It was just too perfect. This is one of the many fabulous fabrics of this type by Ann Kelle. Now of course I should know exactly how many strips of binding I cut for you all...but I've already sent the quilt away and didn't write it down. I do believe that it was (8) 2.5" wide strips of fabric for the binding. But if you have 3/4 a yard of something you should be good!



A Zig and A Zag - Binding





I'm finding it a little emotional to share the finished quilt with you all. I'm just so happy that it worked! lol. Intellectually I knew that it would...all the math was correct, the colors were there, I had the ability to make it... But actually seeing the finished product is something entirely different. My proof to myself, if you will.



A Zig and A Zag - Complete!




From a design idea floating in my head last year, to a finished quilt already gifted to another special person...my zig zag quilt is complete! I do hope that this inspires you all to give this a try. (It's easy to make a smaller version for a little boy's baby quilt. wink. wink.) Come see the progress of quilts you all are making over at my flickr group, Cut To Pieces.



A Zig and A Zag - Complete!



19 comments:

  1. Love it, Angela! This one's going on my (admittedly lengthy) to-do list!

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  2. Beautiful Angela! Love the quilting, big big pebbles is next on my quilting list.

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  3. it's really beautiful! and i agree with the back of the quilt thing as far as tension goes. i just finished some pebbling on a quilt (but i'm doing a mix of pebbling and straight line, so i still have the straight line part to do), and the front looks really cool, but not so much on the back.

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  4. So beautiful, I really love it! You did a great job on the quilting!

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  5. I like it so much and I especially like how the back ties it all together. Two sided quilts are my favorite.

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  6. I still love this pattern and it is so nice to see your quilt all finished. The quilting is such a nice choice for the angular quilt and I love the binding. Thanks for inspiring me to think about getting back to my plan for this quilt.

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  7. It's really pretty Angela! I just might have to use this for a new baby quilt for my BFF!

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  8. Love this quilt. I have the posts bookmarked cuz this is still on my to-do list!!! Thanks for taking the time to do the quilt along.

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  9. This is a gorgeous quilt!! I love the back too and that binding is beyond perfect :)

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  10. It looks fab, love the bright colours, and the alternating patterns in the coloured zig-zags

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  11. I have a jelly roll of kona solids on pastel rainbow colors and I can't find the perfect project to use them yet, maybe this quilt! I love the fabric choices you made! Great quilt! I will let you know if I attempt this one.

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  12. A possible gift for your daughter - play kitchen with little fabric napkins for her dollys.

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  13. Love the fabrics with tiny people busy doing everyday things, so sweet. Each tells a story.

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  14. Wow, I am so impressed! I love your take on zig zag and the rainbows are just perfect!

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  15. Hi Angela. Did you ever get any comments on anyone using fat quarters?

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