a winner!! and a mini zig zag quilt

Thanks so much for all the wonderful comments on the giveaway post! I’ve had such a nice week reading them over and checking out some new blogs. This morning I used random.org to select the winner of the mini quilt –


#266, Rachel, who is new to quilting and is in the process of building up a fabric stash! I’ve sent you an email Rachel!

And speaking of mini quilts, here’s another I made this week…


This started out as a test – I had been thinking about zig zags again, and I kept coming back to the idea of a thin white strip between the zig zags. I thought I’d give it a try, so I grabbed a few larger scraps from my scrap bin. As you can see, I managed to get a bit of the thin white zig zag, but when they were sewn together, I lost a bit of the tip of the point of each zig zag in the seam.


It still gives the look I was after though, so I decided to keep going with it and turn it into a mini quilt by adding white to either side of the zig zag section.

The quilting is my favorite part – I started by stitching 1/4″ away from the zig zags in the patterned section. Then to create some interest in the solid white sections, I echoed the zig zag lines 1/4″ apart through most of the white sections. The top portion of white is a larger area, so after doing several quilting lines, I measured out a zig zag section and left that part unquilted. Then I continued with the same zig zag quilting lines all the way to the top edge. (My explanation may not make sense – here’s a photo!)


This little quilt is going to my sister, who plans to make a frame for it and hang it. I’m glad it’ll be nearby so I’ll get to see it!


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23 Responses to a winner!! and a mini zig zag quilt

  1. 1
    Whitney says:

    Oh, I’m so in love! Thanks again (I’m super thrilled to have a totally original quilt design, even if it was just a test design!) and can’t wait to have it on my wall so I can look at it daily.

    And it would have been awesome if you had picked the winner by rolling those blocks, though perhaps not the most fair way…Congratulations to Rachel!

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    Kate says:

    I LOVE the quilting on it. Fabulous.

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    Cristin says:

    Interesting concept putting a white stripe between each zig zag, I love it! I didn’t even notice the white points were missing until you mentioned it 🙂 Well done!

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    Amanda says:

    It’s just lovely!!! You’ve inspired me to tackle a zig-zag mini quilt. I have a fondness for zig-zags…I think it goes back to my childhood of watching those Charlie Brown specials on CBS (his shirt!) and my mom used to doodle zig-zags when she talked on the phone.

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    Liz says:

    Darling – I love the zig zag quilt!

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    Claire says:

    Once again, YOU AMAZE ME!!!! I’ve already done a ZigZag (August: Zigity Zag) and I did mine in rectangles instead triangles. I liked the quilt so much, that I’ve decided to do another one with the same material, but only bigger (my twin or full size)…..And I hate to say it, but I might have to borrow your BRILLANT idea. Keep up the great work!

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    Sally says:

    I think I’m going to have to try the zig zag quilt. It will be perfect to sit under this winter while feeding my baby late at night. Plus it will be great for late night movie watching too!

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    Lana says:

    That is a neat effect for sure…I think the white unquilted section looks like the other quilted (colors) portion, but just solid white…ok, you get it right?

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    lana says:

    Oh, and I loved it!
    Congratulations #266 Rachel!!!!

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    julie green says:

    the quilting is my favorite part, too. LOVE LOVE LOVE.

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    Brady says:

    Your quilts are always so cool. How do you get them done so fast? Do you hand stitch the binding? I’ve been working on one moderately difficult quilt for three months and I’m maybe one third of the way finished…

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    CJ says:

    This is really nice! Love the zig zags surrounded by all that white and your quilting really is amazing!! Love the unquilted zig zag.

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    kate says:

    Fantastic quilting! Those zig zag lines really highlight the prints x

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    Terri says:

    Congratulations to Rachel, lucky gal! I love how you added the narrow white strip in between each zigzag print, and then how you quilted it. Both those things really make the prints and the white zigzag pop out. Cool effect!

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    Kyla says:

    Love that you used the blocks to represent the numbers. it was very creative and matched the baby theme. the baby quilt and building blocks. i love the quilt. the polka dot fabric is sooo cute!!! i adore the zig zag pattern. the quilt will look adorable on whit’s wall. im sure ryan will love it also.

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    Sorrel says:

    LOVE it! I love the quilting. How did you do it so precisely?

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    Sara L. says:

    Wow, so lovely! I love the “ghost” zig zag the most, definitely an idea I’m going to try to emulate someday.

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    amandajean says:

    the zig zag quilt is fun! congrats to rachel!

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    pamela says:

    This is a wonderful, amazing quilt. Congrats to the winner.

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    Kim D. says:

    Congrats to Rachel. Love the mini zig zag quilt.. Beautiful!!

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    Joanna says:

    I’m trying to make something similar to this-how much fabric did you use on each row of “zigs” (or “zags”)? How large was the finished quilt?

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    Maria Elena says:

    Que patchwork tan hermoso realizas te felicito..Mary

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