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.
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.