My Christmas Zig A Zag Quilt is ready for the longarm! This is an Eleanor Burns, Quilt in a Day pattern. Although it looks complex, It is easy to piece from 2 1/2" strips. It is pieced in diagonal rows which contributes to its simplicity. Below is a photo of my completed top. I pieced it from the Merry Minis fabric from Connecting Threads. I have had the material for a while so it probably isn't still available. However, it is easy to find a coordinated jelly roll of fabric to make the quilt. If you want to have a complete zag a zag out of one fabric, then you will need a jelly roll that has two of each fabrics included in the roll. Read you package carefully! You can also just cut your own strips. That is what I did. Here is a photo of the completed top and a close-up photo.
I had hoped to get the quilt on the longarm yesterday, but I ran into a bit of difficulty. I chose a snowman backing from another line of fabric. I thought it would fit the winter/Christmas fabric in the top. I had just finished cutting the fabric to piece the back of the quilt. However, as I was getting ready to sew the two halves of the backing together, I found two small holes in the middle of one of the fabric pieces. I had already used all of the fabric that I had. I couldn't buy more fabric because it had been aging awhile in my stash.
Then, I remembered that I had some 2 1/2" strips of fabric leftover from piecing the quilt top. I cut a 14" strip of fabric off the backing fabric to eliminate the hole. Then, I pieced 7- 2 1/2" strips of fabric length-to-length to make a 14" wide rectangle the same width as the backing fabric. I sewed them together rather randomly, only varying fabric colors and taking the time to make sure that the directional fabrics were all right-side up. The I substituted the pieced strip for the fabric I had cut off. Here is a photo of the result. I am pretty happy with it.
I hope to get the top on the longarm tomorrow. I am excited about quilting it because I am going to try some more free-motion quilting. I think that I will follow the zigs and zags using a meandering loop across the width of the quilt. I am trying to learn free-motion quilting. It is a bit scary, but as my Dad used to say, "No guts, no glory." Wish me luck!
By the way, if you are interested, I can teach a Workshop on the Zig A Zag pattern. Please contact me if you are interested. I live in Oklahoma, but I do travel!
Finally, don't forget our free I Wish you a Merry Quilt-A-Long. It starts on August 1st with the first block and tutorial by Vanda at Quilt in Piece. See the link below for more information.
This post was originally published at JANDA Bend Quilts.
Want to get a jump on the holiday season and finish a Christmas quilt before Christmas? Well do we have a quilt along (QAL) for you! I hope that you will join me and a dozen bloggers for the "I Wish You a Merry Quilt-A-Long!" You will be able to make 12 free, original Christmas blocks with online tutorials by the Designers and tips from the QAL Hosts. There will be giveaways and support through Facebook and Instagram as well. Best of all, the last block and tutorial will be presented December 5th, well before Christmas!
The QAL starts August 1st. Every other Tuesday, a new , free 12" quilt block pattern and tutorial will be released. If you complete the block before the next pattern release and post it on the group's Facebook Page, on Instagram with the hashtag #iwishyouamerryqal, or on the designer's linky party, then you will be entered to win some giveaways! There are bi-weekly awards and a mega grand award too!
All the bloggers that are participating in the QAL met through the 2017 New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop. They are:
Abbie at Sparkle On (Host)
April at JANDA Bend Quilts (Host + Block 2 Designer) That's me!
Becca at Pretty Piney (Host)
Bobbi at Snowy Days Quilting (Host + Block 9 Designer)
Diane at Cwilt Fabrics & Haberdashery (Host + Block 10 Designer)
Jennifer at The Inquiring Quilter (Host + Block 4 Designer)
Karen at Tu-Na Quilts, Travels, and Eats (Host)
Kathleen at Kathleen McMusing (Block 11 Designer)
Laura at Slice of Pi Quilts (Host + Blocks 3 & 12 Designer)
Sandra at Sandra Healy Designs (Block 6 Designer)
Sandy at Sandy Star Designs (Host + Block 7 Designer)
Sherry at Powered by Quilting (Host + Block 5 Designer)
Sola at Alice Samuel's Quilt Co. (Block 8 Designer)
Vanda at Quilt in Piece (Host + Block 1 Designer)
How can I participate?
There are several ways to join the fun!
What skills do I need to make these blocks?
Techniques used in the blocks range from piecing, to appliqué, to foundation paper piecing, to a little bit of embroidery. Hosts and designers will give you tips on their blog posts, and you can always ask for assistance from them on their blogs, in the Facebook group, or even on Instagram. This is a chance to learn a new technique while getting advice from the QAL Designers and Hosts. Plus, you can choose which blocks to make. However, you can only be eligible for a bi-weekly giveaway if you post your completed block on the Facebook Group Page, Instagram with #iwishyouamerryqal, or on the Designer's linky party.
How much fabric will I need?
The amount of fabric you will need depends on your fabric choices and how you decide to lay out the blocks. The blocks will each be 12" finished (12 1/2" unfinished) and there will be 12 of them. You might be able to make the whole quilt from fabrics you have in your stash! I have chosen to select focus fabrics from Purely Christmas by the Henry Glass Company and supplement from my stash. By starting with a coordinated group of fabrics, I can select compatible fabrics from my stash with more confidence. I can already see that I will need more green fabrics, but I like the bright feel of Purely Christmas and will want to maintain that.
If you choose to make a lap size quilt with all 12 blocks and use a classic 3" lattice with 6" border for the layout, then you will need approximately 1 1/4 yd. for the lattice strips, 1 1/4 yd. for the border, 3 1/2 yd. for the backing, and 2/3 yd. for the binding. However, these are approximate yardages and depend on the exact size of your lattice and borders. I am going to wait until later to choose my layout and finishing fabrics. As have discussed before, I like to design as I go. It helps to motivate me.
When will the blocks be posted?
The QAL starts August 1, 2017. Every other Tuesday, a new, free 12" (finished) quilt block pattern and tutorial will be released. A couple of dates have two block releases (8/29 and 10/10) so you can get them all done before Christmas. The last block and tutorial will be posted on December 5, 2017. Since it's a mystery quilt, you won't know what to expect until each block tutorial is released! It's a Christmas surprise!
What are the giveaways?
The giveaways include patterns, batting and other products from The Warm Co., thread from Aurifil, a gift certificate to The Fat Quarter Shop, signed quilt books, precuts, and much more. International participants are eligible to enter for all prizes.
You talked me into it! What next?
First, join the Facebook group so you'll know when each block is released. Second, gather the fabrics you might want to use for your quilt. The quilt along starts August 1, 2017. Finally, invite your friends! Share the quilt along graphic on Instagram and use #iwishyouamerryqal. Share this blog post or a post from the Facebook group on your own Facebook account and in your quilty groups. The more, the merrier!
Do I have to make every block?
No! This is laid back and meant to be fun! Make the ones you want! You will be eligible to win the bi-weekly giveaway for each block you complete and post.
Is this for experienced quilters only?
No! The quilt-a-long is for everybody! Every block is unique and uses various techniques. That's why we started a Facebook group - so we can all help each other be successful! Whether you're new or seasoned, I'm sure you'll find this an exciting and fun experience!
Can I see the blocks beforehand?
Sorry, no. We are only releasing one block at a time. It is a Mystery QAL.
Who can participate?
Everyone! The bloggers are scattered all across the globe, so we hope to have participants from many countries around the world too! International participants are eligible for all the prizes!
Can I still participate if I'm not on Facebook?
Absolutely! If you're on Instagram, use #iwishyouamerryqal to be entered to win. Each designer will also have a linky party on their block post so you can link up blog posts or Flickr photos there. If you want to sew along, we will find a way!
Please join me here August 1st to see my version of Block 1 and suggestions that I have for completion. In addition, I will have a link to Block 1 Designer, Vanda of Quilt in Piece. You will be able to find her pattern and tutorial there.
Hope you join us!
Welcome to a special edition of Thursday's Threads! Today I am guest hosting Thank Goodness It's Finished Friday! (TGIFF!) this week for the first time! For those of you who are new to TGIFF!, it is an is an intercontinental Canadian-Australian initiative by M-R of QuiltMatters and Laura of Quokka Quilts. Each Friday bloggers link up their finishes with this international linky party. The hosts allow different bloggers to host TGIFF! as well. That's where I come in. I am the guest host this week.
Today I am sharing a finish that I have been working on for some time. It is definitely a "Finally Finished!" This quilted wall hanging will be a gift to the Department of Natural Sciences at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. I am a former chair of the Department. When I left that position, I promised the new chair that I would give her a quilt to replace my quilt which had hung in my office. For more details, including how I made the quilt, please see my previous post. Here is the finished quilt
I quilted leaves in the outer border for the Biologists. The overall pattern reminded me of crystals. This seemed appropriate for the Chemists and Geoscientists. The fabrics seem to have a tech influence for the Physicists, and I also included standing waves in the inner border for them. It was difficult to decide how to quilt the pinwheels. I finally decided to quilt each pinwheel with the same design to enhance the crystal theme. I used stencils and powdered chalk to mark the quilting pattern on the quilt and quilted it on my longarm. The photos below show an example.
I hope that my colleagues enjoy the quilted wall hanging!
Now it's your turn! Show us your Fabulous Finishes by clicking on the link-up. Be sure to include the TGIFF link in your blog post so that others can see the finishes and link up their own as well. You might also like to visit the other Fabulous Finishes and leave an encouraging comment. The upload link is below.
I am so excited! I am hosting Thank Goodness It's Finished Friday! (TGIFF!) this week for the first time! For those of you who are new to TGIFF!, it is an is an intercontinental Canadian-Australian initiative by M-R of QuiltMatters and Laura of Quokka Quilts. Each Friday bloggers link up their finishes with this international linky party. The hosts allow different bloggers to host TGIFF! as well. That's where I come in. I am the guest host this week.
This is how it works: on Thursday evening EST July 13, I will show and describe my finish and open the link-up for you to show your finishes as well. The link-up will be open until Saturday at 3:00 am EST. You are also invited to view and complement the finishes of others by following their links. In your blog post, please include the TGIFF! link so that others can see all of the beautiful finishes as well.
That's all for now! Look for the link-up right here at JANDA Bend Quilts.
This post was originally published by JANDA Bend Quilts.
I am a quilter who is starting a new adventure. After retiring in May 2016, I became a certified Quilt in a Day Instructor. I am certified to teach workshops using Quilt in a Day patterns and techniques. In addition, I am designing my own quilt patterns.
-Coming August 1st!
A Christmas Mystery Quilt Along featuring 12 original Christmas blocks! There will be tutorials by the block designers and giveaways for participants! Links to all the blocks will be available here. My block will be released August 15th. Stay tuned! We Wish You a Merry Quilt Along!