33 responses

  1. Caitlin
    September 1, 2011

    The first few quilts I made (before I ever took any classes), I sewed all the way around the outside edges of the quilt sandwich FIRST, before any actual quilting had been done. And if it was a small/baby sized one, I didn’t quilt at all. Just bound it can called it good. I can’t remember why I thought that made so much sense, but its what I did. I also used cheap fabrics and thread that I would never use today. I’ve become a total fabric/thread snob :)

  2. DakotaEssence
    September 1, 2011

    Extreme accuracy for me has come from using Inklingo–a digital file which prints shapes on fabric with any ordinary Inkjet printer. All shapes are a breeze as there are cutting lines, stitching lines, match points, etc. (Not affiliated, just VERY happy customer.) If you are interested, there are videos at this link with triangles info:

  3. kelly
    September 1, 2011

    ooh, i love the different sized zigs & zags! great job!

  4. Jackie
    September 1, 2011

    Thanks for sharing your zigzag pattern. I like the two different zigzags in this one. I think my new GS needs one of these. Maybe one like your green & blue one.

  5. nicke
    September 1, 2011

    i love this quilt… if i don’t win i will be buying it… promise! this and your seeing squares pattern… i had the hardest time with binding. the binding on my first quilt is atrocious! just terrible! i am much better now… much much better.

  6. Jackie
    September 1, 2011

    I forgot to leave my quilting technique that stumped me. Paper piecing! It took my forever to figure it out, I wish I could remember the DVD I watched that made it all click. Paper pieceing is still not my favorite but I know I can do it now if I want to.

  7. Nichole
    September 1, 2011

    Fabulous pattern! I love your fresh take on the zig zag. The smaller line of zigzag reminds me of ric rac! I would love to win a copy. The technique that stumped me most was free motion quilting. I made some initial ugly attempts and them finally broke down and took a class. I learned lots of helpful tricks, but mostly realized that it was a skill to be honed over time, not something to be learned in one sitting. I thought I was just missing something when I couldn’t do it well right out of the gate. Now, many years later, I am really comfortable with it and can produce pretty good results. Thanks for another great pattern and the chance to win. Keep up the good work.

  8. Hannah
    September 1, 2011

    Binding! The binding on my first quilt is an absolute make-it-up-as-you-go disaster. During the process of making my first quilt, it didn’t even occur to me that a) there were proper ways to do things and b) people might have written books or blogs full of this information. Even after discovering the wealth of information out there about quilting, it still took me a long time and a lot of frustration to get the hang of binding, though.

  9. Pearlie’s Girl
    September 1, 2011

    Pressing seams still makes me crazy– when to press to the side, when to press open. The directions for one quilt I’m finishing now could have saved me an hour of ripping if it had suggested the best way for this particular block. Live and learn, I guess.

  10. Emily {creative chicks}
    September 1, 2011

    I was afraid of dresden’s for awhile. When I made my first one it don’t lay flat. I was pretty discouraged but finally figured out that I needed to take in the seems a smidge. Easy fix and a beautiful result!

  11. Annette
    September 1, 2011

    triangles and points. I chose a complicated design for my first quilt after a quilting class complete with triangles and rhombuses. i cut half of them the wrong way and i had to put it away, finish some other projects before I could come back and finsh it off. i still love that quilt but i didn’t piece triangles for a while after that.

  12. Mary Anne
    September 1, 2011

    Gorgeous Quilts…all of them!

    One of my biggest challenges has been with pressing seams open. If you don’t decrease your stitch length when you press your seams open, the ends can easily come apart…especially if you’re sub-cutting your pieces. So…I try to remember to reduce my stitch length and to be extra careful when I piece because we all know that ripping out short stitches is harder than ripping out long ones! :-)

  13. Chancy
    September 1, 2011

    I had and still have a hard time with getting points to line up and getting crisp binding corners. Ack.

  14. The Lazy Mom
    September 1, 2011

    I am not a quilter, but I have followed your blog for years now because I aspire to be a quilter one day! I have saved all of my kids’ Christmas pajamas since they were babies in hopes of quilting them together to make them each a quilt one day when they are grown. So to answer your question, pretty much ALL of it has me stumped! :)

  15. Audrie
    September 1, 2011

    Oooh love this pattern! Definitely will need to order some soon!

    I think free motion quilting took the most time for me to get the hang of, just because it was a little daunting at first. But I just kept at it, and eventually it stopped being scary hehe

  16. Summer
    September 1, 2011

    Oh, I love this quilt!! I’ve not yet tackled triangles, so they scare me a little bit!! I always seek out tutorials online for help with new skills. I love all of the information available and appreciate the effort put into creating step by step photo tutorials or videos!

  17. Stacey
    September 1, 2011

    I tried to machine quilt on a regular little machine (way back in the 70s, when it was still ‘quilt incorrect’ lol) using really lofty batting. The back would actually get pleated and the whole thing looked like one of those pillowy quilts!

  18. Viv
    September 1, 2011

    Another gorgeous pattern Shea! I would be so thrilled to win this one.

    When I first started quilting I couldn’t for the life of me figure out paper piecing. I went to a class to learn how. I’m very much a hands on learner :-)

  19. Kris P
    September 1, 2011

    I love the zigzags. I’m still just learingin, so I haven’t tried lots of techniques. I have no idea what paper piecing is, and I have yet to do anything that requires triangle.

  20. Nichole Pyle
    September 2, 2011

    i really like the samples you made for this pattern. the way the smaller zig zag recedes into the background is wonderful.

  21. Alisa
    September 2, 2011

    At first the binding was the hardest. Also, machine quilting.

    Very nice quilt pattern. I’d love to win it!

  22. Sonia B
    September 2, 2011

    Lovely quilt. I love your beautiful patterns. Reading all the comments, I agree with the paper-piecing difficulty. I still haven’t figured that one out. Thanks for the chance!

  23. Kirsten
    September 2, 2011

    Love this pattern!! I had a hard time matching corners and points but lately have seen an improvement in them as I learned to press seams to opposite sides and line them up.

  24. Paula
    September 5, 2011

    The quilts look fabulous. Love the shot cotton and paperweight quilt. Shot cottons have such depth of color and I know how you love them! Every technique was tough at first. Even a straight seem can go wonky on you! I learned to take my time, cut carefully and accurately, square up if you get the chance. Practice may not make perfect but I have gotten better with time!

  25. Jetgirl
    September 5, 2011

    For me, the combination of learning how to sew a scant 1/4″ seam along with taking the time to trim after each seam has made a huge difference in the accuracy of my blocks!

  26. Shari
    September 5, 2011

    Pressing. Such a seemingly simple thing. Pressing the seam before pressing it open and to the side…and then open or to the side. I think pressing to the side is key when you have a pattern where the seams meeting up are key to the pattern..and open is key when you have a large number of pieces coming together at a point.

  27. pat sloan
    September 6, 2011

    I SO LOVE this!!! your version is fabulous and i’m addicted to zig zags…. congrats!

  28. Dianne Mitzel
    September 26, 2011

    I love each and every quilt, especially the rose colored flora, that’s more “me”. I think my hardest challenge in quilting would be accuracy. I keep working toward perfection, but it may not happen in this life!! Would adore this pattern…thanks for the chance to have one gifted to me..

  29. Elizabeth
    October 1, 2011

    I love this pattern, Shea! And Jamie’s quilt IS fantastic, I’m going to need to buy some crossweaves!

  30. Pat C.
    September 4, 2012

    I really love your quilts, I think the hardest thing for me when I first started quilting was accuracy in my 1/4 seams and pressing my seams as I sew. I use to press my seams by gliding my iron along the seam lines and wondering why my seams would never match I now have learn that ironing your blocks or seams stretches the material and causes the pieces not to match up instead I now use the up and down approach thereby avoiding stretched pieces that don’t match.

  31. tiffany m
    September 9, 2013

    I’m absolutely new to quilting and this pattern caught my eye more than any other I’ve seen. I haven’t made a quilt before so I still have to discover all of the joys and stresses that go along with this fabulous art. Can’t wait to get started! I’m going to make this for my best friend’s new baby. I think I’m going to use different shades of dark blue, bright green and mocha. Thanks for all you do to help us newbies.

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