Sunday, February 26, 2012

Zigzag baby quilt

This past week has been busy with my parents coming to visit for a few days and the boys off school for mid-winter break (something I'd never heard of before coming to Washington.) We ate out with my parents a couple times, and went to the science museum; the 3D movie we saw was pretty good! And on Friday I ran all over town with the kids. I wanted to check out this one thrift store that turned out to be really stinky so we went to another tried-and-true thrift store in another part of town. I got the Footloose soundtrack on CD for $3 and we found some like-new jeans for kid #1 so it was a good thing we went.

My parents took some baby gifts back to Utah for my brother and sister-in-law and their sweet new baby girl. She's not even a month old; I'm pretty proud of myself for finishing her baby quilt so soon. Here it is, my first zigzag quilt:

zigzag baby quilt 
I asked my sister-in-law, Laura, what she might be interested in for this baby's quilt and she said she liked purple and green and butterflies and dragonflies. I didn't have any butterfly or dragonfly fabric on hand but was able to find some good greens, purples, and a little pink to put this quilt together. For the quilting, I did stippling in the colored zigzags, and straight lines in the white. I have since learned that I can loosen my presser foot pressure *even more* than I did for this quilt and it takes away all shifting issues. I am still kind of a beginner as far as any kind of straight line quilting goes.

Oh, and if you want to make a similar quilt, I used 5.5" squares and made them into half-square-triangles with the drawing the line down the middle method. I didn't trim the squares at all. This quilt ended up slightly larger than 36" x 44".

I have big plans this week including dentist appointments, starting the search for an orthodontist, and getting my Swoon quilt top all put together. I'll share my progress on that soon, maybe tomorrow even! Hope you're having a good Sunday.

12 comments:

Amy said...

Cute zigzag quilt! Pretty in the pastel colors.

Sonia B said...

Beautiful!!! I think I'm starting to crush on that purple/green combo. I saw two little girls at church today in purple and green and another quilt this week with those colors. Very cute!!! And I love the quilting too.

Jan said...

I love your zig zag quilt. Great job.

Mary Anne said...

Sweet quilt, Vicki! It's girly without being in-your-face pink!!! I can so relate to your comment about quilting...I learn something new with each effort.

~ Julie ~ said...

I love this quilt!!! And the colors!!! Great job for a very lucky baby!!! :)

Joanie said...

I love your colors and your quilting. Great job!

Nancy said...

Very pleasing quilt! And I like how you chose to quilt it. I'll bet it's a big hit with the recipients.

Natalia Bonner said...

It's darling! Your quilting is sooo cute too!!!

Stephanie said...

Absolutely beautiful!!! Love the colors!

Elizabeth said...

SO, SO cute! I love zig-zag quilts and you did a really beautiful job! Love your fabric choices, as always!

xo -E

Kay A said...

I have never quilted before and need to make a couple of memory quilts for my grandchildren....a year ago my oldest daughter passed and the kids really want me to make the quilts for them.....we saved a lot of her favorite clothes and I have cut them into sections....thats as far as I have been able emotionally do....I could use some ideas and tips....I do sew really well and I have an embroidery machine....any help would be appreciated .....thank you, kay

Vicki said...

Kay, I'm sorry to hear about your daughter. I suggest getting a copy of the new magazine "Quilty", it has an article about doing a t-shirt quilt that should be helpful.