Friday, May 18, 2012

Zigzag Baby Quilt


Here is my latest quilt and incidentally Bloggers Quilt Festival entry. This is a quilt I started making on a whim a couple weeks ago. When I was at the Paducah Quilt Show I stopped by the Moda Bake Shop booth and they gave out little packs of 2 1/2 inch squares---I'm not sure if there is a name for these--don't most of Moda's pre-cuts have dessert names? Mini layer cake? No...it should be a diet layer cake! ;) Anyway, they were 2 1/2 inch squares from the line California Girl by Fig Tree Quilts. My first thought was, "Yay! Free fabric...how cute!" and my second thought was, "What the heck am I going to do with just forty-two 2 1/2 inch squares?" Thinking I probably wouldn't really be able to use them, I let my girls play with them on the ride home...and they had a great time...scattering them all over the car. Once we got back to Minnesota there were several quilts I needed to start working on, but I kept looking at that little pile of squares...trying to figure out what I could possibly make with them...this is what I ended up with:


I had been wanting to make some type of zigzag quilt for a while but I just hadn't gotten around to it. So I decided to cut my squares in half and arrange them into a couple of zigzags on a (surprise!) white background. I knew piecing the zigzags was out...unless I wanted my finished quilt to be microscopic. So I opted to applique the triangles to the single piece of background fabric. I first drew some guide lines with a water-soluble pen and then laid out the triangles. For the applique, I wanted to try something new.


While at the show I bought some Bo-Nash bonding agent (it's fusible powder). I had heard great things about it for repairing holes in quilt tops, but after seeing the demo at the show I was excited to try it for applique...I hoped it would be a quick and easy way to stick the triangles down before sewing. Once I figured out how to shake it on without the powder going everywhere, it did work like a charm! To make applying the powder easier, I folded a piece of paper in half, dumped a little of the powder in the crease and then used that to shake it into the space where I wanted it...that made it easier to control how much was applied and where it went. After I ironed it all down I stitched around everything with a blanket stitch.


When the top was all done, I decided it needed a cute matching back since the front was so simple. So I ordered this pretty aqua print from the line for the backing, and one of the green prints for the binding. Good job, Moda...your marketing is obviously very effective--you got me to buy more fabric I was never planning on buying! ;) 


For the quilting on this one I planned on just doing this zigzag all over...I got a new right angle ruler at Paducah that I was dying to try out...and this was the perfect quilt for it. I drew some guidelines, but somehow it got a little crazy --some of the zigs and zags were different widths in a couple places. I'm still not sure exactly where I went wrong-- it isn't super obvious, but next time I will have to be a little more careful! The right angle ruler made it a snap though, it is my new favorite ruler!


Once this quilt was all finished, I congratulated myself on killing like 3 or 4 birds with one stone...I used the little squares, tried out the fusible powder, tested my new ruler, used a good excuse to buy more fabric...oh yeah and made a baby quilt that really needed to be done. That's like 5 birds with one stone! Yay! This quilt is going to be gifted to one of the six people I know who are pregnant with baby girls right now! Fun, fun! 

Now, as always, check out all the amazing quilts at the Blogger's Quilt Festival! 

Amy's Creative Side

43 comments:

  1. "Unless I wanted my finished quilt to be microscopic" You kill me, Cynth! Why could I not get your funny genes? Way to kill lots of birds with one...um...quilt. :)

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  2. I absolutely love this! It is the perfect fabric for a baby quilt and the way that you have quilted it is ideal! Dare I say that I now need to add this to my list too? So nicely done.

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  3. I have a stack of Chocolat Moda mini squares that came with a pattern. Now I know what to do with them. Your great ideas never fail to impress me!

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  4. Wow, aren't you the smart girl! Wonderful quilt!
    glen

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  5. What a great idea. I love this quilt. Sound eazy enought to make and turns out great. Your quilting is great too.

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  6. Another wonderful quilt for an incredibly lucky baby! It looks fantastic and I love the idea of appliqueing the triangles instead of piecing! The zig-zag quilting makes the quilt look even better.

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  7. Your little zig zag quilt looks wonderful! I really like that fabric collection. FFun story how this little quilt came about too.

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  8. Cute! Great "learning new things" project. Thanks for the tips on appliqué.

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  9. I'm so in love with minimalist, modern quilts--and what a smart use of applique! Love it.

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  10. It's a beautiful quilt! I love how you followed the zig zag design with the quilting.

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  11. Really beautiful! Love your fabric choices!

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  12. I think I read that these moda 2 1/2" stacks are called candies! And I love what you did with them! Inspired!

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  13. Hi Cynthia, like your choice of colors...very beautiful!

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  14. your quilt is way cool!

    Check out my blog if you can...

    Margaret Gunn
    www.quiltsoflove.blogspot.com

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  15. I love all the wee stories behind this quilt. So clever to use those tiny pieces, I wouldn't have thought of appliquéd zigzags. And there's nothing wrong with white! Juliex

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  16. Love it! What a great use for those little packs. I've heard them called petit fours. That is such a beautiful baby quilt.

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  17. This is a lovely quilt and a great post telling about it. Lucky you to go to Paducah. And that bonding powder sounds intriguing. Thanks for sharing.

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  18. Love your use of white space on this pretty little quilt. I've never heard of bonding powder. Learn something new everyday. Nice blog and wonderful quilt designs.

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  19. This quilt is beautiful...very modern and classic at the same time. Love the California Girl fabric too!

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  20. I really need to get back up to speed on my quilting projects after seeing all the stuff you have accomplished lately!! This one is so simply cute;)
    Happy Quilting!!

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  21. Another home run Cynthia...Love it!

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  22. Wow, the simplicity is so perfect!

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  23. Letting the creative juices flow yet again Cynthia!Cute quilt. I am back from MQS-awesome time. And I am working on a modern table runner!

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  24. What a great idea! I love the bright crispness. Beautiful!

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  25. Wow! I love your quilting!

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  26. Love this quilt!!! Fairly new to your blog but will visit often! I would love to make this quilt only slightly bigger. Can you give me some basic instructions, or is there any kind of pattern?

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  27. One more thing..what is the name of the right angle ruler? Sounds like I need to get one!

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  28. The zig zag quilting looks so lovely with these pretty fabrics.

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  29. love the simplicity... sometimes we can over think things a bit! The quilting is nice too ;)

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  30. Beautiful! The quilting really makes the zigzag of fabrics stand out. That will be one lucky baby girl!

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  31. love this quilt. zigzags floating on the sea of white and your quilting is lovely, too. thanks for sharing and have a great day

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  32. Awesome! The zigzag design is simple but amazing, with such pretty fabric. I love the print you used on the back, too. Great story about how you put it all together!

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  33. Love your quilt, just voted for it....good luck. I also became your follower so I can see what else you share.

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  34. Too many great quilts to see them all!
    Now that it's been narrowed down, you got my vote!!
    I love that you solved the dilemma of what to do with the tiniest of pieces!!
    (And forget what those tiny 2 1/2" pieces are but they were just released, is what I understood. Lucky you!

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  35. The 2 1/2" pieces are usually called mini charms.

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  36. Cynthia! I guess I didn't get to see this one before you left. I love it so much! Great job.

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  37. I just found your blog, and I love your quilts! I'm curious on this one--did you trim off the pinked edges from the pre-cuts on this one before you appliqued/blanket stitched?

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  38. I stumbled upon this tutorial via pinterest and had to give it a shot instantly. :)
    Wonderful idea!

    http://greta-sushi.blogspot.se/2014/07/easy-peasy-zigzag.html

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