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Zigzagged Quilt Pattern

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I am so excited to share a new quilt pattern with the world! Zigzagged is a quilt that had been bouncing around in my noggin for a while now. I love zig zag quilts (hence the zig zag quilt I made for our friend’s baby, Oliver). I wondered what it would look like to change up the scale of the zigs (or zags, if you will) and that is how this quilt came about! [Be sure to read to the end for a giveaway!]

I love a good fabric saving shortcut and this pattern uses a no-waste method of sewing up the zig zags. They aren’t made by sewing up a ton of half square triangles. Rather, they are made with flying geese blocks.

Designs with ‘points’ from triangles can give some beginning quilters the shakes. I know I chopped off my fair share of points as I was learning to quilt! Because of that, I’ve included a page of tips for achieving perfect points and I hope people who buy the pattern find the tips useful and applicable to all kinds of sewing situations.

The quilts shown here were made by myself and a slew of pattern testers! Every single size was fully tested. Did I mention that there are four sizes? No? Well, there are. Baby, lap, twin and full. The pattern also includes detailed instructions for a pieced backing.

All of the quilting was done by my friend, Angela Walters. The photography is by Kelly Jackson, a local Kansas City photographer. My friend Sarah (and usual photographer) was taking some much needed time off. It just so happens that she shares a studio space with her best friend who has a different photography business! Both Angela and Kelly did an amazing job and I can’t thank them enough.

This is one of the quilts that I made. It’s a lap size made with a few shot cottons and a Kaffe Fassett paperweight print. It is going to land on the couch in our future house!

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Paula, a tester, made this baby size Zigzagged quilt. It is made from some beautiful Art Gallery fabrics.

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Another tester, Carla, made a lap sized quilt from some gray quilter’s linen and a couple of bright prints.

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My mom tested the full sized version by making a pink Sherbet Pips quilt. You should see the quilting that Angela did on this one! It’s a post for another day. Trust me, it is adorable and sweet and thoughtful. She quilted phrases into the quilt!

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Have you had a chance to sew with some Moda Crossweaves yet? I love that they are like a shot cotton, only a little more thick. Jaime made this twin sized quilt and it is so incredibly soft and the Crossweave adds extra dimension to the top. She did such a great job picking those colors and the backing, an Anna Maria Horner Loulouthi print, looks like it was made for the colors in the top!

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If you have a hankering for a Zigzagged quilt, you can find the pattern at many of the stores listed on my Patterns page, under “Where to Buy.” If you are looking for an online source, Pink Chalk Fabrics carries my whole line. I’d love to see one when you finish it! Marmalade Fabrics is actually where the cover quilt fabrics came from! Tammy, the owner, is a fellow KCMQG member and Jaime and I were able to get some input from her on what would look best as a backing with Jaime’s Crossweave color picks.

If you are a store owner, you can purchase my patterns from your Brewer, Checker United Notions or Petersen-Arne rep.

And now, a giveaway! When I was first learning to quilt, sewing triangles/points wasn’t easy for me. I just didn’t know some of the great tips out there. What quilting technique or style left you stumped at first? What helped you figure it out? I’ll pick three comments at random on Wednesday, September 7th. Winners can take their pick of the five patterns I have available now!

33 Responses to Zigzagged Quilt Pattern

  1. Caitlin September 1, 2011 at 6:57 am #

    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 at 7:14 am #

    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 at 7:20 am #

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

  4. Jackie September 1, 2011 at 8:06 am #

    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 at 8:15 am #

    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 at 8:17 am #

    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 at 8:35 am #

    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 at 9:08 am #

    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 at 9:29 am #

    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 at 10:59 am #

    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 at 1:02 pm #

    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 at 1:34 pm #

    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 at 3:25 pm #

    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 at 3:46 pm #

    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 at 5:25 pm #

    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 at 5:46 pm #

    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 at 5:47 pm #

    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 at 6:34 pm #

    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 at 8:47 pm #

    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 at 7:32 am #

    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 9:54 am #

    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 at 11:25 am #

    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 at 9:06 pm #

    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 at 5:06 am #

    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 at 2:21 pm #

    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 at 6:21 pm #

    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 at 9:54 am #

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

  28. Dianne Mitzel September 26, 2011 at 4:58 pm #

    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 at 9:29 pm #

    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 at 8:49 am #

    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 at 6:20 pm #

    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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