Thursday, September 30, 2010

ZigZag Quilt

Making quilts from your stash: Quilt #1

So, if you are like me you buy fabric at random, sometimes you have a certain pattern in mind for it, most of the time you just “love” the fabric and know that if you don’t buy it now, you may never see it again. Some people buy 2 yards if they “love” it, some buy 1 yard… I buy a half of a yard if I “love” it. I realized after stashing fabrics for awhile I bought a lot of fat quarters and soon got frustrated with my stash, there wasn’t enough of it when I finally decided to use it. So now if I “like” the fabric I get the half yard.

Now, the stash has been growing for the past few years. I realize it’s pretty small compared to a lot of my fellow quilters, but honestly… I don’t need more (who does?) I decided to embark on a mission to make three quilts from my stash. I’m not saying who they are for, but they are Christmas gifts, I have until mid-December to get them finished.

I’ve showed the beginnings of the “Americana” quilt, asking you what layout to use with my half square triangles. I decided on the zigzag layout. My friend Charissa said it is like a waving flag! Perfect right? I even had a nice flannel for the backing in the stash.

If you are interested in making a quilt out of half square triangles, I’ve found an excellent tutorial at the blog P.S. I Quilt on how to make them, they are so simple and leave no waste… which is why I love them.


This quilt top used A LOT of fat quarters I’d been stashing for years of Americana prints. I love Red, White and Blue quilts. There was also random yardage here and there from previous quilts I used up. So, this took up quite a bit of fabric (I am not sure on exactly how much, I didn’t keep track, I just started cutting) The quilt size is: 70" x 70" This is the bigger quilt I was doing the straight line quilting on. Love the grid! It also lays really flat, which is nice.

Quilt #2 and #3 are in the works, both tops are completed, now I need to baste and quilt.

9 comments:

KarenV said...

That's lovely! I love the zigzag pattern and I love the backing fabric :)

I tend just to buy fat quarters, since fabric is quite a bit more expensive over here and I don't do much that needs more than a fat quarter. It has been frustrating though, to see a pattern I'd like to do (even a tote bag) and realise that fat quarters just won't be big enough...

Kathy A. said...

Love love love that quilt. It does indeed look like waving flags!
I must remember your advice and buy 1/2 yards instead of fat quarters. When I think of it - fat quarters are never enough.

Karen said...

I love your quilt! It is absolutely gorgeous! I buy fabrics based on price and potential use... sometimes it's half a meter and sometimes it's 2 meters.... I rarely buy fat quarters, they just aren't large enough for my crafty needs.

Meredith said...

Heather- This is a gorgeous quilt! Love the Americana colors! Can't wait to see #'s 2 and 3 :-) Your quilts are always so beautiful. Meredith

John'aLee said...

What a great quilt! I love your header too.

Just Jenn said...

Looks great - as usual! I do love a scrappy quilt.

Deb said...

I really like your quilt! And thanks for the link for the tutorial. I think I've found a way to use up my old scraps!!

Marie-P said...

Seriously, I love this quilt! I also like your idea of making three quilts from your stash, I will give that a try. :)

rachel griffith said...

your quilt turned out SO pretty.
thanks for linking to my tutorial.
:)