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Rainbow Zig Zag Quilt

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Rainbow Zig Zag Quilt

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Quick-Strip Paper Piecing taught by Peggy Martin

Achieve perfect points every time! Peggy Martin shows you easy and fast techniques to create paper-pieced blocks and then combine them in new ways.

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Category Quilting
Type Functional
Style Funky
JanJo on craftsy.com

What materials did you use? Since this really isn't my style of quilt pattern I had my teenage granddaughter do the fabric selection for me as I saw "teenager" written all over this quilt. Thank heaven I've gotten in the practice of washing my quilt tops before I batt and back them as several of the blocks disentagrated on me when I washed it so the quilting is not at all what I planned to do. I was going to do an overall zig zag pattern, but instead went to the reliable stich in the ditch. On those blocks that pulled apart, after re-sewing them, I quilted those with a tripple zig zig stitch that runs cross-wise across the ditch rather than along it. I used a clear monopoly thread on top and black thread on the bobbin so you really can't tell unless you know what to look for. I figure it will keep some young lady warm this winter and that's all that counts.

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I really love how your zigzag quilt turned out!! Your colors and fabric border are really beautiful! I do wonder, though, why you would wash your top before it is quilted - that is NOT what most of us do, because, as you discovered, those quarter-inch seams will unravel and sometimes come unsewn. The better choice is to either pre-wash your fabric, or wash the quilt after it is quilted. If you wash it after quilting, the quarter-inch seams cannot unravel because they are protected by being held in place to the batting and backing with the quilting stitches. The batting and backing also shield the seam allowances from the rubbing of washing that causes the fraying.

11/03/2012 Flag

Great job!

11/05/2012 Flag

The photo of your quilt jumped off the screen when I saw it. I love all the color!

11/05/2012 Flag

Love it!

04/28/2013 Flag

Thank you for your comments, it was a very fun project to do.

05/03/2013 Flag