Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Pink & Gray Zig-Zag Quilting

Of course I have to post something pink for the month of February, right?
What can be better than a pink & gray zig-zag quilt. Here's another 'play around' project I did using simple strips and piecing them together.

If anything, I feel that tiny projects like these are perfect for getting the 'not so accustomed' quilter better at hand. There are so many things I did not know prior to learning about quilting. For example, I never use store bought patterns on the aprons I make. I create my own... and part of that means 'ah, seam allowance... it's gotta be between here & here.'   But quilting... is a different ball game. 

You have to make sure your sewing machine is set for a 1/4 inch seam...every time. Every single piece of fabric should be cut precise. A millimeter here and there could result in a 1/4" off at the end. 

And... an even feed foot. I've been sewing since I was 14 and I still cannot believe that manufactures will not give this presser foot out with general purchase. I mean..... it works on everything!!! (This includes working with velvet & satin layering, which I do for making my girls' folklore costumes.)

Lori Kennedy's blog is so helpful and I'm pretty glad I came across this article on Pinterest.
If anyone wants to get better at quilting, this is a great start.

The funnest part was laying out different designs. 
This is what I love so much about quilting.... it's possibility.
I found the zig-zag pattern worked the best. 

Now... all that's left is some backing & batting. My younger daughter already called dibs on this one!
I can't wait to show you the other one I'm working on:)

I'll be stitching away.... Happy Trails!

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