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Saturday, March 31, 2012

Project QUILTING – Ziggin & a Zaggin: A Closer Look, Part 5

Project QUILTING: Season 3, Challenge 6 - Ziggin & a Zaggin, a Closer Look, Part 5
1. IMG_2622-1, 2. Project Quilting: Zig Zag, 3. ., 4. zig zag Created with fd's Flickr Toys

Quilter:  Studio L12

IMG_2630-1I am been doing some work with continuous prairie points and noticed that if you do not fold them in half, you have a zigzag. When I read about the challenge, I wanted to use this idea in a quilt. I have place unfolded prairie points on a background of squares in which the colors zigzag across the quilt. I have name this quilt Prairie Points Play Peekaboo. I create in Moxee, WA.  Size is 36” x 36”

Quilter:  Unconventional Katie

Title: "Chase Patterns"

Project Quilting Challenge: Zig Zag
Size: 17"x32"
Created in Moorhead, MN.

I had been contemplating a mini quilt using HSTs from these Oakshott cottons that are in this piece the day before this challenge was posted. Upon seeing the challenge, I knew I would use that idea with this.

I started thinking about how animals of prey run in a zig zag to get away from a predator and also how my dogs chase each other. Two different ideas, but the same pattern of movement. I originally was going to do some appliqué of animal silhouettes, but as the week went on, I changed my mind and keep this with just the haphazard zig zags here. I thought adding the animals would be too literal and unnecessary.

More information here.


Quilter:  Way Moore Fun Quilts

ZigZag in the Bumby Road of Life

.This is the best I could muster after having had open heart surgery last Monday, March 19. I did not think I would be able to participate, and though my finished project is necessarily small, the theme was perfect for what I had just been through. It is called a ZigZag in the Bumpy Road of Life, and is 6x8-1/2" ; made entirely by hand as I cannot ascend the stairs to the 2nd story sewing room for awhile. The piece is a sober reminder of how close to the wire this surgery came, and it will always be hanging where I will see it daily. It was made in Tucson, Az.


Quilter:  Vicki @ Dotty Jane

zig zag

zig zagProject Quilting Challenge 6 Zig Zag

Vicki in Tennessee

"Mountain Reflection"
12" x 5"



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Friday, March 30, 2012

BOM’s & QA’s – Friday Update

Since I had such a crazy busy week last week I made basically no progress on my BOM’s & QA’s until this week so that’s why I waited until today to show you my progress.  I’m pretty excited about what I’ve done so far!  So let’s take a peak:

Home Sweet Home Quilt Along

Two new block tutorials were posted this week -

Block 13 – Three Trees from Around the Quilt Block

Block 14 – Under the Apple Tree from Lilac Lane

Home Sweet Home Quilt Along - Blocks 1 thru 15 - WIP

I can’t believe that the last two blocks are going up next week! 

Block 15: April 3rd - Samelia's Mum
Block 16: April 5th - Sally's Ponderings

There will be at least three more *bonus* blocks posted so if you want your quilt to have 20 blocks you can. 

Date TBD - block created by Love Affair with my Brother
Date TBD - blocks created by Marcia's Crafty Sewing & Quilting

I also have TONS of more sashing/cornerstone tutorials to post so this quilt along won’t be done quite yet!  I’m loving how it’s all coming together and think this is going to be one amazing quilt!

Home Sweet Home Quilt Along Flickr Group:

Blogger’s BOM Quilt Along from Canton Village Quilt Works AND New York Beauty- A Paper Piecing Quilt Along, AND Mariner’s Compass Experiments

2012 BOM's - 16 blocks made so far - all from my scraps!

I have two of every block made except for the most recent one posted for the Blogger’s BOM (I do have one of those made so far though…).  I’m moving a bit slower on the New York Beauty Quilt Along and only have two made but I’m still AMAZED with myself that I’m actually doing them!

I’ve decided to add yet another group of blocks to this scrappy quilt – Mariner’s Compass Blocks!  If you look in the lower left corner, 1 to the right, you’ll see my very first Mariner’s Compass that I drafted my own pattern for AND pieced!  I was able to do this because of a class I took last Saturday from Chris Lynn Kirsch.  She talked us through her journey with the Mariner’s Compass and showed us how to draft them.  I then purchased her new self-published book, Compass Capers, and figured out the piecing at home.  It’s a fabulous book and it show’s you that you can make mariner’s compass’s in all sizes and shapes!  So cool!  I have plans to make at least one more of these for the quilt – I think a circle one next time – but who knows where this new found technique will take me!


You can see what everyone else’s blocks for the BOM look like in the flickr group:

and for the New York Beauty Quilt Along in this flickr group:

The Craftsy Block of the Month

No new progress to report but I’ll leave these up for you to drool over.  Craftsy BOM - First Six Blocks

And here’s the Craftsy Block of the Month Flickr Group if you want to see what others’ looks like:



Next up: the BOM from FabricFascination.  Sometime’s BOM’s are nice to just have the fabric all sent already precut for you – and that’s exactly what I’m doing with this one.  Nothing new from me…yet…Fabric Fascination BOM - First 3 Blocks

No new blocks for you this week – but don’t these still look beautiful?!

Do you know of any great quilt alongs i should add to my list?  I’m looking for more to do now that Project QUILTING has wrapped up!

Project QUILTING – Ziggin & a Zaggin: A Closer Look, Part 4

Project QUILTING: Season 3, Challenge 6 - Ziggin & a Zaggin, a Closer Look, Part 4 1. Zig Zag Wave Cushion, 2. Kissing Quilt 073 (Medium), 3. IMG_4536, 4. Zig Zag Twist: detail purple Created with fd's Flickr Toys

Quilter:  I’m Feelin Crafty

Zig Zag Bend


Seattle, WA
32 inches x 22 inches

Might not be exactly a zig zag, but it's my interpretation of one....

Better pictures and a story about my version of a 'zig zag' quilt will be posted on Monday!

Read the post HERE


Quilter:  Marcia’s Crafty Sewing & Quilting

Ziggin' Outside the Block

Ziggin' Outside the Block 075 (Medium)Marcia Wachuta
Marcia's Crafty Sewing & Quilting
Boscobel, Wisconsin
Size: 21” X 21”

I created my zig zag quilt with a free form block using leftover strips from another quilt. I had so much fun arranging the little blocks to form patterns, that I ended up making 4 little quilt tops. I quilted three of them. You can read more about it on my blog, where I explain the construction and shared photos of the quilting process.

I named my quilt Ziggin' Outside the Block because I again was challenged to create outside of my comfort zone. With every challenge it gets more comfortable. I cut and slice and dice and it's fun! I especially enjoy trying new quilting designs on my projects. Makes my customers happy when I have a new quilting design to share for their quilt!

I named my bonus project The Kissing Quilt. I made it with the scraps. I had a delightful time thread painting the words in the center of the Kissing Quilt. I should have wrote: I quilt better than I cook.

Thanks Kim for the wonderful challenges!


Quilter:  Quilties

Zigzag Wave Cushion

Zigzag Wave CushionThis is my Project Quilting 3:6 Challenge piece for zigzags. I got a cast off charm pack from a friend (thanks Veronica!!) and decided to try the fun half-square triangle method with two charms. I used a nice chocolate pin dot for one half of every hst to contrast nicely with all those wild prints. Then I used ric rac, ribbons and quilting in waves over the top to soften the zigs and give it a little spunk.

36" x 16" x 2.5"
Made by Emma Thomas-McGinnis, Urbandale, IA

Quilter:  For Quilts Sake

Zig Zag Twist art quilt

"Zig Zag Twist"

Zig Zag Twist art quiltMade by Pam Geisel of For Quilts Sake in Yellow Springs, Ohio, Mar. 2012 for Project Quilting Season 3, Challenge 6, Ziggin' and a Zaggin'.

22" x 22.5”

My creative process and how I made it:

Since a Zig Zag quilt is made of half-square triangles, and I got out several half-square batik triangles left over from another project. I picked out the pink, red, and purple triangles. As an afterthought, I also took out some blue ones.

I arranged them on different color backgrounds and played around with the spacing between them both horizontally and vertically. I decided use a black background and to put a thin black line between the colored pieces horizontally.

On a whim I turned the whole thing on an angle. I made four fabric mosaics using the same main colors to act as a frame around the Zig Zags. I added black borders and couched a variegated yarn to provide a visual border.

For the quilting I used black on the color zig zags and fabric mosaics, and color fabric on the black zig zags that started at one fabric mosaic and went to another. I finished the quilt with a strip-facing technique for the binding.

More details on how I made this at:


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Thursday, March 29, 2012

Project QUILTING – Ziggin & a Zaggin: A Closer Look, Part 3

Project QUILTING: Season 3, Challenge 6 - Ziggin & a Zaggin, a Closer Look, Part 3 1. Project Quilting Challenge #6 mini mini quilt, 2. Zig Zagalicious, 3. Granny's Zig Zag- Front, 4. It's All in the Lines by Sharon S. in MI Created with fd's Flickr Toys

Quilter:  Sally’s Angelworks

mini mini quilt

Spring Blessings Art CollageHere is my quilt for Project Quilting's Challenge #6! It was made to "hang" on a piece of clothesline art. I'm taking an art class with Junelle Jacobson right now called The Art of Wild Abandonment, so when this challenge came up, all I could think about was hanging that ziggy zaggy quilt on a clothesline to air out during this gorgeous spring weather.

I actually put a tutorial up on my blog with how to make this (or better, how NOT to make it! LOL!!) mini mini quilt. For the purposes of my art, I absolutely adore it. I used Sweetwater designs Hometown fabrics and even coordinated the little skirt that I "hung" on the clothesline with it!

I may not really be cut out to do intricate mini work, since my seams weren't all matching, but again, for my purposes, I love how it came out.

This quilt and project were made in Texas.
The quilt is approx 3"x4" and the whole piece of art is 12"x12".

Blogged here!!


Quilter:  Quilting Lodge

Zig Zagalicious

Zig ZagaliciousIt took me forever to figure out what I was going to make for this challenge. I sketched for 2 days and couldn't come up with anything I liked. Then this design popped in my head so I went with it. It's an 18" x 40" table runner. My lovely teenage daughter helped with the name...Zig Zagalicious. I currently live in north Texas but I'm ready to move!

Blogged here!


Quilter: (more) perfect patchwork

Granny's Zig Zag- Front

Granny's Zig Zag- FrontThis is the granny square block that has been floating around the blogsphere. i thought it would look a bit more zig zaggy than it turned out, but i still like it. it is made with 2 inch squares. 
it is 9.5 inches square and was made in charlotte, nc for project quilting season 3, final challenge.



Quilter:  Sharon H-S

It's All in the Lines by Sharon S. in MI

It's All in the Lines by Sharon S. in MI

This is a pillow case for the Linus Project. I used my stash to make a bright colorful companion. The challenge was a change on zigzags. When I did my first zig zag quilt top (see "Zig Zag Inspiration" in previous photo), I realized it's all about the lines - which way they go and how important it is to get them in the right order. So for this challenge, I pulled out my striped fabrics and did them in a random pattern, mismatched corners and all. I appliquéd with red zig zag stitch and top stitched in red over the pillow case trim. I'm planning to make a matching quilt.


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Block 14: Home Sweet Home Quilt Along – Under the Apple Tree from Melissa Stramel of Lilac Lane

I’m absolutely LOVING how this quilt is coming together!  It’s everything I imagined it would be and MORE (yes, cliché but true!)  We have ANOTHER block today (and two more next week, a few bonuses, and some more sashing – and finally a beautiful quilt)!  I’m really happy to introduce you to the sweet and talented, Melissa Stramel of Lilac Lane – the designer of today’s block.  

What is your crafting style?
I'm not sure I adhere to just one style. When I see something, I know if it's me. My friends can tell you if it's me. Lots of times my local quilt shop will say, I knew you would love this. In general, it has to be very feminine (I LOVE flowers), pink or red or turquoise, sometimes yellow, vintage feeling, and sometimes scrappy.

How did you get started creating?
Hmm. I remember sewing a little pillow with my mom when I was three.  I still have that pillow. 4-H was a huge influence in my life as well. It exposed me to almost all of the arts, including quilting, photography, baking and canning, counted cross stitch, gardening and painting.

Do you have a favorite piece? Why is it your favorite? 006.JPG
I have a favorite that I can't show. Stay tuned! But my favorite I can show is called the Road to Redemption.  I combined a pattern called the Fruit of the Spirit and one called Praying the Names of Jesus. I love this – it's VERY me!
What is your favorite crafty blog to follow/read?
Oh there's so many, but I never turn down a new post from Jennifer Paganelli.
She has such gorgeous inspiration and her fabric is completely my style.
Which part of the creating process does you like the most? Planning! I can hardly sleep when I think of a new idea. I also love finishing. :)
Which part of the creating process do you dislike the most? As a pattern designer, possibly typing up the pattern. Which I don't hate! It just keeps me away from the sewing machine.
Favorite Adhesive: Does Wonder Under count?
Favorite Movie: The original version of The Parent Trap. You just can't beat Haley Mills.
Beverage of Choice: Celestial Seasonings Bengal Spice Tea.
Sweet or Salty? Sweet. My husband says I have four sweet teeth!
Number 1 on your Bucket List: A published book! And it's coming out very soon.

Stay in touch with Melissa by following her online endeavors:
I’m not going to make you wait any longer…here’s the 14th block for our sweet quilt:

Under the Apple Tree


Click HERE to go to Lilac Lane’s website for instructions on how to create the next fabulous block in our quilt!

Don’t forget to add your picture to the flickr group once it’s complete:

Previous Home Sweet Home Blocks:
Wednesday, March 28, 2012

RAW Stimulus Show - Madison

Last Wednesday night I participated in a RAW Madison Show at Segredo’s.  It was AMAZING!  It was such a unique experience and I had a really good time doing it.  Not only did I get a new dress, new shoes, my hair done, a ‘night out’ with my hubby, but I got to meet and see some truly amazing artists.  rawstimulusmarch2012-49The musical entertainment was amazing – three different bands, a great DJ, and a dancer.  rawstimulusmarch2012-66I even saw my very first fashion show – so cool!  I really hope to attend one just as an observer at least once in the future and even be an artist again – maybe for my art quilts next time….hmmm…

Here are some of the photo’s that Angela Voell of Green Paint Photography took of me (head shots were part of being in the show and a video is being made too…I’ll be sure to post that as well)  and my booth:
rawstimulusmarch2012-52This is Samiera – the new Madison Area RAW director sporting a pair of my earrings! rawstimulusmarch2012-2-2Setting up my booth! rawstimulusmarch2012-2-95 rawstimulusmarch2012-2-96 rawstimulusmarch2012-2-135

Typewriter Rings rawstimulusmarch2012-2-136 rawstimulusmarch2012-2-137 Earringsrawstimulusmarch2012-2-138I used what I’m pretty sure are fruit crates to put my earring cards on.  Before the last Craftacular I spray painted them all with black chalkboard paint.  Now I can group the earrings by price and just mark with chalk on the display.   I think it’s been really nice for the buyers – they can see how much the earrings are before pulling them off the rack.  rawstimulusmarch2012-2-139 rawstimulusmarch2012-2-140 Coming soon to the Apple!  Eye Glass Necklaces!rawstimulusmarch2012-3-31 rawstimulus rawstimulus-2 There I am smiling!  I LOVE the picture above of me being serious but it’s so not who you see me as usually!  rawstimulus2-13 Another great thing about this show was getting to see my friends in a different than normal setting!rawstimulus2-22 I would love to go again just so I have a chance to chat and hang out a bit more with them next time!rawstimulus2-32 rawstimulusmarch2012-3-56You can see my set up in the back right… rawstimulusmarch2012-135 At the end of the night they had all the artists come to the front for picture.  Before this happened the models all joined us – as you can imagine they are all way taller than us so I just moved ahead and joined in the line!

Photography by Angela Voell of Green Paint Photography / On facebook:

And this picture was taken by another artist at the end of the night:
047Me and my hubby, Jared.  Jared is such a HUGE supporter of me!  He’s not a big fan of crowds but he still was by my side the whole night and helping me with whatever I needed.  he is truly amazing and I know I wouldn’t accomplish what I do without his encouragement and support!

Project QUILTING – Ziggin & a Zaggin: A Closer Look, Part 2

Project QUILTING: Season 3, Challenge 6 - Ziggin & a Zaggin, a Closer Look, Part 2

1. Zigged When I Should'a Zagged, 2. Spring Training - by Ashley B for Project QUILITNG - Zig Zag Challenge, 3. zig zag scrappy, 4. Zig-zag beyond the quilt Created with fd's Flickr Toys

Quilter:  JKGoldman

Zigged When I Should'a Zagged

Zigged When I Should'a Zagged21”X23”
Created in Washington, IL

I started by making a modified Convergence quilt. I added zig zag quilting with both a zig zag and a straight stitch. When looking closely at this quilt, one could see that my sewing machine got with the should’a zagged plan by skipping stitches on some of the zig zag quilting. I tried everything I could think of to make it stop but in the end I decided to go with the theme. I have really enjoyed making these challenge quilts and look forward to doing it again.

Quilter:  Ashley B

Spring Training

Spring Training - by Ashley B for Project QUILITNG - Zig Zag ChallengeI am calling my project "Spring Training."  I am headed to Phoenix this weekend to catch some baseball, and I figured I needed a warm weather shirt in the old school Brewers' colors to wear down there.  I used traditional zig zaggy pattern for the bust area, elastic on the back to make it a bit fitted and a  tie that can be worn as a halter or tied in the back tube top style.  I haven't quilted since middle
school, and it shows in my corners.  I just winged the whole top, only measuring out my squares for the quilted part.  I started this project by making the quilted portion without knowing what I was ultimately going to create.  After playing around with some different bag ideas, but decided I would probably get more use out of a top.  It is far from perfect, but it makes me happy!

I am proud to be a part of this great project, even though I only
finished this last challenge.  Oh, and I am crafting in the mountains
of Naches, Washington.

Quilter:  QuiltsbyLisa

zig zag scrappy

zig zag scrappyProject QUILTING, Season - 3, Challenge 6: Ziggin & a Zaggin

For this challenge I drew up a block that was a cross between a zig zag and a French braid. If the blocks are set side by side they make a nice neat zig zag. But by turning every other block upside down I think it makes a much more interesting pattern. I played around with colors until I came up with this arrangement. It's nice and scrappy with about 8 purple prints and about 15 of each of the other colors. It's quilted with lime green thread and has a fun print from IKEA on the back. This quilt is 42" x 64" and was made in Kentucky. I hate to see Project Quilting end as it has really been a fun and educational experience!


Quilter:  Becky’s Blabber

Ipod case

Project Quilting 6 Ipod caseI decided to make an ipod touch case for my zig zag quilt project. I first made the fabric using black fabric and zig zag stitches. Then, I cut out fabric and batting, 4.5 inches by 13 inches, made it into a quilt, then added Velcro, sewed the bottom into a pocket, the top into a flap, and a case was born! Made in Pendleton, Oregon. Thanks Kim, for such a fun time!!


Blogged here:

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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Block 13: Home Sweet Home Quilt Along – Three Trees from Anna Morrison of Around the Quilt Block

Yeah!  It’s time for another new block for the Home Sweet Home Quilt Along!  Today I get to introduce you to yet ANOTHER talented quilter that volunteered to share her talents with you.  Before we get to her block, let’s meet our quilter – Anna Morrison of Around the Quilt Block. 

What is your crafting style?

Mixed…and constantly evolving and changing. But, I do tend towards things that are symmetrical and even. I like wonky but I don’t do it well because I tend to like more straight lines.

How did you get started creating?

I have always created since I was a little girl. My mom taught me cross stitch, crochet, and embroidery. I think she tried to teach me to knit, but I didn’t really grasp it until later. I taught myself to quilt after seeing a rag baby blanket about 12 years ago…I decided I wanted to make one as a gift for someone. I’ve been hooked ever since!!!

Do you have a favorite piece?

My favorite quilt that I’ve ever made is probably the quilt I made for one of my niece’s, Myla, when she was born.MylasQuilt

Why is it your favorite? It’s not fancy or anything, but I love how the colors meld together and how it looks a little vintage. Also, the quilting on it (which I didn’t do) is really beautiful.


What is your favorite crafty blog to follow/read?

This is a hard one! I check out a lot of blogs and find them all to be different and unique. I like them all…and I’m constantly finding new blogs to check out.

Which part of the creating process do you like the most?

I love picking out fabrics and patterns.

Which part of the creating process do you dislike the most?

Binding, although I’m learning to like it more. By the time I get to binding I just really want the quilt to be finished so I can use it or give it away. I try to hand-bind all my quilts and I’m finding that it’s great to be lost in my thoughts while stitching away.

Favorite Adhesive: Don’t really have a favorite

Favorite Movie: Either The Princess Bride or The Goonies

Beverage of Choice: Water…maybe apple juice or Squirt

Sweet or Salty? Both!!!

Number 1 on your Bucket List: I’d like to have/adopt a baby


Stay in touch with Anna by following her in online endeavors:

And now I’m not going to make you wait any longer…

Three Trees


Click HERE to go to Around the Quilt Block’s website for instructions on how to create the next fabulous block in our quilt!

Don’t forget to add your picture to the flickr group once it’s complete:

Previous Home Sweet Home Blocks:


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