The other zig zag


I wasn’t going to blog this quilt since this is the ump-teenth time I’ve shown you a quilt like this…..but after sitting through an agonizing hour(s?) of quilting I needed someone to grumble too.  And you my friends…are that someone.
I love the look of straight line quilting but it is torture for me.  Seriously…I hate it.  Next time I need to get a good book to listen to.



I actually made this quilt awhile ago…but it wasn’t until I was boxing it up and sending it off to its new owner that I remembered how much I like the finished quilting.  Luckily straight line quilting is kind of like having a baby for me….pretty soon I’ll forget all about the pain and want to do it again.  Or not.  We’ll see.   Also…
The winner of the giveaway is Mickey White ( I sent you an email!).
And I have to say hello to my new friend Pam from North Carolina that I met in Joanns on Friday who is getting married today! Congrat’s Pam!  :)

67 Responses to The other zig zag

  1. Tiffany May 30, 2011 at 7:11 pm #

    So funny… "Luckily straight line quilting is kind of like having a baby for me….pretty soon I’ll forget all about the pain and want to do it again"

    I haven't had a baby but it sounds pretty awful so if straight line quilting is that bad, maybe I want to avoid it too haha.

    Love this quilt tho! The quilting and the colors are beautiful. Please keep showing them to us :)

  2. Teresa May 30, 2011 at 7:14 pm #

    Haha! I turn on Bob Seger when I have a torturous quilt job to do. Works every time.

  3. Jennifer May 30, 2011 at 7:17 pm #

    Ooohhhh…I love this quilt! And I agree about the straight line quilting! It looks fantastic and is boring to do. That's the time I turn on books on tape (or CD as the case may be).

  4. Sara May 30, 2011 at 7:21 pm #

    Zig zag top have a special place in my heart:) The listening to a book while quilting is a wonderful idea. I tortured myself with straight line quilting recently too!

  5. sonia May 30, 2011 at 7:31 pm #

    Lovely, lovely! I don´t know hw you manage to keep your lines soooo straight. It may be painful but it surely is worth it! Congratulations!

  6. diane May 30, 2011 at 7:34 pm #

    I like the quilting and the quilt.

  7. Rhanda May 30, 2011 at 7:34 pm #

    I love that you show us your zig zag quilts. It's great seeing the different color combos. I hear you, though, about straight line stitching. I so love the look, but it can be sooooooooo boring! Thanks again for sharing.

  8. Sima J May 30, 2011 at 7:36 pm #

    YAY!! It's my FAVOURITE quilt!! THIS is the quilt that inspired me to start quilting again :-) I haven't made it yet – but have been slowly collecting up fabrics for it! It think I'll just do ONE zig and zag on the white – it looks SO cool with lots .. but sounds like I might go mental if I try recreate it!! haha

  9. Betty Lou May 30, 2011 at 7:40 pm #

    The quilt was certainly all the effort, it is beautiful. A quilt your can give away and never see again——–a baby, I don't think you can do that, although there are some days it might be nice.

  10. Ariane May 30, 2011 at 7:44 pm #

    I love it!!! I'm so glad you blogged about it. It's gorgeous!!!

  11. Cille May 30, 2011 at 8:02 pm #

    As long as the quilts rock like yours do I don't mind to se even 100 more zig-zag's. Also, I love the straight-line quilting on this pattern. It enhances just perfectly.

  12. jednoiglec May 30, 2011 at 8:04 pm #

    I just can't take my eyes of your zig zag quilts – everything is perfect! I'm beginner and still my zig zag quilt are far away from yours!

  13. Jennifer at Ellison Lane Quilts May 30, 2011 at 8:05 pm #

    Oh I love it. And it's funny- I love straight line quilting because I think it's easy. Might be because I still haven't gotten the hang of FMQ. Love the look of yours!

  14. The One and Only May 30, 2011 at 8:14 pm #

    I know exactly how you feel about straightline quilting but the end results are always amazing!! I love your end result!! It's absolutely breath-taking!!

  15. The AfterCraft May 30, 2011 at 8:25 pm #

    HILarious. I totally just blogged about how boring it was too.. LOVE the look.. HATE the quilting.

  16. afwifemomcrafter May 30, 2011 at 8:29 pm #

    This is a beautiful quilt! I hope you can find a book to listen to for the next project. I feel the same about straight line quilting but think it's beautiful in the right application such as this.

  17. Modern Amish May 30, 2011 at 8:40 pm #

    Oh this is a very cute quilt. I love the zig zag quilting too. You can complain anytime you want:D We all know you still really enjoy the finished product as much as we all do. The work you put into your quilts is sooo worth it! Keep 'em coming!

  18. kelly May 30, 2011 at 9:14 pm #

    straight-line quilting is sort of zen for me. i love that i can just sort of turn my brain off.

  19. Siobhan May 30, 2011 at 9:40 pm #

    It's beautiful.. How do you keep your lines so straight?

  20. Anne May 30, 2011 at 9:54 pm #

    First of all the straight line quilting is AMAZING! Secondly what is your backing fabric it is fantastic and just what I am looking for!

  21. Venus de Hilo May 30, 2011 at 10:00 pm #

    Lovely quilting! Worth the pain. And I'll add my voice to those saying you are not alone. Straight-line quilting is so tedious. I try to talk myself into FMQ instead for everything. But sometimes straight lines are what the quilt wants. Glad you stuck it out on this one.

  22. Happy Cottage Quilter May 30, 2011 at 10:16 pm #

    I LOVE the quilting! I love geometric shapes for my quilting. Your quilt is very stunning.

  23. Libby May 30, 2011 at 10:26 pm #

    Beautiful Quilting! I just finished doing some hand quilting…straight lines…I truly wanted to stab the quilt with my scissors. and I love handwork. ugh

  24. SewHappyGeek May 30, 2011 at 10:26 pm #

    I must admit I don't like SLQ either, at least not the sewing. But it does look awesome on your quilt. I really need to make a zig zag quilt.
    Since I started quilting, I started getting 2 audio books per month from for £8. I buy books that are at least 25 hours long. The longer, the better. It makes even tedious quilting quite pleasant. I've built up a mini library of great listens, all for free or £4 each! If you want some recommendations let me know! As much as I hate audible's DRM thingy on my laptop, cheap audiobooks are sooo nice!

  25. Rebekah May 30, 2011 at 10:27 pm #

    Beautiful! Do I dare attempt this for a second quilt, or is it too ambitious?

  26. Emily Elizabeth May 30, 2011 at 10:32 pm #

    The quilting totally makes the quilt! And I love those little monkeys peeking out of the red blocks :)

  27. Live a Colorful Life May 30, 2011 at 11:04 pm #

    I love your zigzag quilts. And just when I was getting ready to start the straight line quilting thing, you compared it to childbirth. Now I'm not so sure…

  28. paulette May 30, 2011 at 11:13 pm #

    Stunning…keep bringing them on!! Love 'em!

  29. Kim May 30, 2011 at 11:16 pm #

    Love it!!!

  30. sandra May 30, 2011 at 11:20 pm #

    I don't mind straight quilting but no matter how much I baste or pin I still end up with tucks on the back. Do you have any suggestions how I can prevent this.

  31. tmgrable May 30, 2011 at 11:44 pm #

    Love this quilt! Do you mind sharing your fabric choices?

  32. Mary on Lake Pulaski May 30, 2011 at 11:52 pm #

    But it looks so cool when you do all of that straight line quilting!!!!!

  33. pinkpatrice May 31, 2011 at 1:15 am #

    That is one beautiful quilt! :)

  34. Adele May 31, 2011 at 1:29 am #

    You've inspired me…. I'm going to start a HST zig zag quilt tonight!!

  35. CitricSugar May 31, 2011 at 1:45 am #

    So cute!! Hmmmm, has this lessened or increased my fear of half-square triangles?

  36. Linda May 31, 2011 at 2:44 am #

    It turned out beautiful!!! I love the quilting. It's perfect!

  37. Sarah Craig May 31, 2011 at 2:47 am #

    It may be tedious, but it is gorgeous!! Great work!

  38. iluvmybugs May 31, 2011 at 4:38 am #

    Just beautiful!!! Love the colors!!!

  39. madebymum May 31, 2011 at 6:30 am #

    This has got to be one of my all time favourite quits. Love it.

  40. Alex Duenkel May 31, 2011 at 11:06 am #

    Looks fantastic! Great job!

  41. Mary May 31, 2011 at 12:01 pm #

    I never get tired of seeing your zigzag quilts. Making one is at the top of my list of gotta-makes. So keep on showing them to us!

  42. Heidi May 31, 2011 at 12:13 pm #

    me too, I'm not tired of looking at those quilts.
    Beautiful !

  43. quilterfaye May 31, 2011 at 12:27 pm #

    Hi, thankyou for posting this. Zigzag quilts have never appeal to me always thought they were boring; this is beautiful. you did an awesome job.

  44. joannelesinski May 31, 2011 at 12:57 pm #

    All I can say is, Georgeous !!!

  45. May 31, 2011 at 1:52 pm #

    I am loving the effect of the quilting! I can see that it would be pain staking and yet so worth it!

  46. deshacrafts May 31, 2011 at 3:27 pm #

    Love this quilt. I really like straight line quilting. Free motion scares the beejeebees out of me. I use 505 spray on my quilts and that helps a lot with puckering on the back. It keeps the quilt sandwich together and washes out.

  47. Ruth May 31, 2011 at 5:23 pm #

    Lovely, lovely. Thanks for showing us – I will never tire of quilts this attractive!!

  48. Diana May 31, 2011 at 5:26 pm #

    SO beautiful!!!

  49. Lauren P May 31, 2011 at 7:04 pm #

    I love it!

  50. Purple Quilter Queen May 31, 2011 at 8:23 pm #

    Oh I love it!! But I see no pins! How do you do it? Spray baste?? Do tell. Jenn

  51. Maddie Kertay- The Domestic Anarchist May 31, 2011 at 9:40 pm #

    Ohhhh love it.. I don't do a lot of straight line work on my longarm but would love to do you one some time… on the house of course!.. Looking at your colors just makes me happy! So it seems like it might be fun to quilt it!


  52. BJ May 31, 2011 at 9:41 pm #

    This one is really lovely. The quilting really enhances the pattern, I think. Don't you just love HSTs? They are so versatile.

  53. Kelsey June 1, 2011 at 3:15 am #

    I LOVE this design and the quilting is awesome. This is for sure on my to-do list…

  54. Kari June 1, 2011 at 6:24 am #

    Oh my goodness I love love love this quilt! You did an amazing job and I love the straight line quilting! I've been inspired!

  55. Kim Apted June 1, 2011 at 10:16 am #

    I recently did this kind of crazy zig-zag quilting on a disappearing nine-patch quilt (inspired by pics on your blog, in fact!), so I feel your pain! It required lots of music and lots of deep breaths… Thanks for blogging this one, I really enjoy seeing your work.

  56. Mari Angeles Iglesias June 1, 2011 at 6:57 pm #

    Hi Allison.

    I love this new quilt. I love the colors you use.

    A few days you do not say anything, but here I am again seeing all the beautiful things you do.

    Greetings from Granada, Spain. from
    Patchwork from the Alpujarra "

  57. Theophanie June 1, 2011 at 8:42 pm #

    So gorgeous! This is my favorite of the zig zags.

  58. kim June 2, 2011 at 2:07 am #

    You can never show us too many zigzag quilts. I've made 2 because of your blog and I will be making more for sure :)
    Thanks for an inspiring blog!

  59. Suzy June 3, 2011 at 11:20 pm #

    Love the color combo and the straight line quilting too! I HATE doing straight lines…do you have a tip on how you keep yours so straight? Do you mark them or use your sewing foot as a guide?

  60. Colleen June 3, 2011 at 11:47 pm #

    Just gorgeous and, dare I say it…the straight line quilting makes it "pop"!

    I can totally relate…I HATE straight line quilting but I do it because I can't FMQ!!! LOL.

  61. Brita June 4, 2011 at 11:52 am #

    Straight line quilting is just perfect for this quilt, it looks great! Did you mark between lines? What a job!! And "reading" via my Zune takes me away from mundane techniques, I don't know that I could chain-piece, for example, without listening!

  62. Julia O'Connell June 4, 2011 at 1:13 pm #

    oooh now you've gone and made me want to quilt today! Supposed to be doing nothing but can't resist a go at something with these quilt lines!

  63. June 7, 2011 at 6:29 pm #

    This is a gorgeous quilt it's so bright and cheery, and the straight line quilting really works. It's funny because it's stippling that makes me break out in a cold sweat – most of my quilts are straight line :-)


  64. Side Stitches June 10, 2011 at 2:16 pm #

    I just finished a zigzag quilt with straight line quilting so I totally feel your pain. And yes, listening to books is such a great way to pass the time! I listened to most of Lord of the Rings and a few others. Maybe that will get me going on the quilting I'm working on now. I'm struggling with motivation.

  65. Bridget ~ Cleveland, Ohio June 13, 2011 at 12:39 am #

    Luv luv luv your quilt ! The straight line quilting is perfection, I can imagine all the time that took, impressive. Wanted to ask how large each square is . . . . Thank u. ; )

  66. handmadebyclairebear June 25, 2011 at 3:46 pm #

    Now I've recovered from the first quilt I ever made, I want to make a zigzag quilt just like this one. I love all of your zigzag quilts, but I'm so scared to make one in case I get the lines wrong. I guess I'll have to start with something really small, like a cushion or something!

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