Monday, April 23, 2012

Quilt Top - half way there!

There has been a lot going on lately and I haven't had much time to commit to this years quilt.  Between biking 100+ miles last week, continuing training for the triathlon coming up in June, and life in general...there has just been no time!!

Until tonight.  And now, half of the quilt top is sew together...woohoo!!

This year's quilt is employing a new method of sewing zigzags.  Last year used squares and triangles sewn together and positioned appropriately to make the zigzags.  This year, I'm trying something different.  This quilt involved cutting strips of fabric and sewing them 2 by 2 together.  Each long strip was then cut into 7 squares of 6.5 in by 6.5 inches.  Then those squares were positioned to create the zigzag.   The squares were then sewn together in a diagonal strip, and then each strip was sew together.

Half of the diagonal strips sewn together
While easier to put together, this method does create a lot of "waste".  The edges of the quilt are currently zigzag, those will be cut to be straight when the quilt is done.  I thought about leaving it zigzag - but then binding the quilt will take another year to complete. I hope to use those cut pieces for some sort of design on the back.

*Oh, and I know there is a mistake in the quilt, for those of you who see it...but I didn't see it until I took this picture and I'm not taking all that apart.  Especially because it's mostly in the "waste" section.


  1. I see it! It's ok, the Amish deliberately add mistakes into their quilts because perfection is Godly.

    This is beautiful!

  2. Thanks Urban Cyclist!! Yes, yes...the mistake was on purpose to show that i'm only human... :-)