Friday, March 18, 2011

A Zig Zag Baby Quilt

A friend is having a baby and what better gift that I can make than a baby quilt?


I have thoroughly enjoyed making this baby quilt; sitting down today to finish the piecing as well as quilt and bind it.  It isn't big -  24.5 inches x 28.5 inches - and is made entirely from fabrics salvaged from my scrap bin (except for backing and binding - which are from stash).  Even the batting is a scrap from a larger quilt.  It's truly satisfying to know that saving all those bits and pieces is worthwhile even if it is a messy task to search through the scrap bin!


This baby quilt is very much inspired by a pillow as seen in the book:  Fresh Quilting: Fearless Color, Design, and Inspiration by Malka Dubrawsky.  This is a wonderful resource if you're ever in need of  colorful inspiration!


Pictured below is a snippet of the Zig Zag Pillow from Malka's book.  I have adjusted the pattern to make up my own block size and number to make the baby quilt. 

Zig Zag Pillow by Malka Dubrawsky from the book Fresh Quilting
I particularly wanted to try out the zig zag quilting lines seen here and I have used a walking foot rather than free motion stitching to quilt the lines.  I love how it has turned out, and how the quilting lines have made the overall design more obvious.  Quilting a zig zag design is very manageable for a small project, any larger though and I would strongly suggest using free motion stitching to quilt the zig zag lines.


The yet to be born baby is a little boy and although I have used some floral and pink prints I do think this baby quilt is gender neutral.  The quilt backing is a solid fabric in yellow (which really accentuates the quilting lines!), and I have used a blue fabric with white polka dots for binding.


Ready for posting together with wishes of a safe and healthy arrival.

Rita

61 comments:

  1. I love this one Rit. Great quilting x

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  2. That is beautiful. I'm just starting my first HST quilt, and and often inspired by your beautiful work and selection of fabric.

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  3. This quilt reminds me of the my recently photographed terrazo tiled floors in my bathroom. Very nice.

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  4. Malka's book arrived in the post here this week - it is fantastic! Love the zig zag quilting too.

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  5. Lovley quilt Rita! I'd be very excited if my baby were the recipient of such a great quilt, the zig zags are fab!

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  6. que bonita te ha quedado... me encanta¡¡¡

    un beso

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  7. I love the quilt - it so beautiful and the colour choices were fabulous. I love how flat and neat your binding looks. Do you hand or machine stitch the back of the binding?

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  8. This is so gorgeous Rita! The quilting really does make the quilt pop... you've done a beautiful job!

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  9. It's really lovely - Best gift ever

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  10. I really like this quilt, the zigzag gives it a great look. I often find quilting lines too heavy, but these zigzags are combined so well with the rest of the quilt. Perfect balance.

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  11. Another beautiful little quilt, rita!
    Hugs - Lurline♥

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  12. This is really beautiful. Essentially a simple pattern going on, but really effective with your fabric scraps. Gorgeous Jxo

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  13. How strange!
    I am making a practice zig zag quilt, but using hst its quite tricky?
    I'm using white and beige and binding it with the same fabric as yours, thats too bizarre!!!

    Clare

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  14. Beautiful! Doesn't the zigzag quilting really finish it nicely!

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  15. I love the mix of plain neutrals, as well as the impressively neat quilting! Baby quilts are the only time when I'm remotely interested in doing any kind of labour intensive quilting.

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  16. Hi!
    I absolutely love your quilts.
    What kind of batting do you use for your quilts? I really like the feel of this one.
    Regards,
    Sona

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  17. Awww, that's so cute! I've got 3 baby quilts to make in the next few months, so thank you for the idea! Your quilting is always so lovely :)

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  18. Love the zig zag quilting. Very effective.

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  19. They will love it! It is beautiful!

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  20. Very pretty. I love straight line quilting on small things.

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  21. It's beautiful!! I sure do love the way it's quilted. I need to spend some time browsing that book today.

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  22. The quilt is wonderful, but I love the quilting, it really finishes the quilt. Wonderful!

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  23. I really love the zig zag quilting on this! Very sweet quilt, it will be much loved.

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  24. I love the colours in this quilt - and the zig zag quilting? Fabulous! It just sets the whole quilt apart!

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  25. Gorgeous quilt - lucky baby! I love the zig-zag quilting - fabulous job!

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  26. Love this quilt. Love the quilting on it. I'm just finishing up your mixed tape baby quilt which I LOVE.

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  27. Love the zig-zag! I'm going to have to try that on a quilt one of these days.

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  28. Oh, this is beautiful!!! I am getting ready to start a toddler blanket, and this may be just perfect. And, as always, I love-love-love that straight-line stitching!! :)

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  29. What a great baby quilt that will be cherished for years to come!

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  30. Beautiful quilting. I would really have to practice to get even straight quilting by doing it free motion, though!

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  31. I like this quilt. It is really satisfying to use up your scraps. I make scrap quilts all the time.

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  32. SEW sweet!! Love your quilting too!!
    Paulette

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  33. oh my, this is going on my to-do list. I seem to be into quilting more in the winter months, so maybe this will have to wait until fall.

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  34. It's just gorgeous, Rita! I especially love your quilting on this one. Great job!

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  35. The quilting is especially beautiful here and so nicely seen on the solid yellow! I'm surprised to read that you don't normally use a walking foot for your quilting - now I'm even more impressed with your precision!

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  36. Rita, you've done it again! The colors are lovely--I'm in love with the mix of neutrals. And the quilting is absolutely to die for. Bless that scrap bin of yours!

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  37. Beautiful quilt and love the way you quilted it. Great use of scraps.

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  38. Oh the quilting is beautiful. If only my scraps came together like that!

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  39. This quit is adorable! I love the modern design combined with the fabulous mix of fabrics and colour. Have you ever thought of putting kits together - I would be first in line! Colour is my biggest challenge in quilting and your blog is my go-to site for inspiration.

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  40. That is one adorable baby quilt and of couse those quilting lines are impeccable. It must take you ages getting them to look so perfect. I tried straight line quilting after seeing yours but I was so disapointed and unpicked the whole quilt! mind you I did a rushed job but you are sure one talented lady!

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  41. I love this -- so sophisticated but yet whimsical too. I have a question about the quilting (p.s. I am a HUGE fan of your straight-line quilting): How does the narrow quilting affect the texture of the quilt? I mean, if you do this particular amount of quilting (which I love, by the way), does it make your quilt more like a mat? I'm not using the right words, but can you describe how you think the quilt changes depending on how much quilting is done? I am also interested in the other commenter's question about what batting you prefer. I have been using Warm n White or Natural, but they seem so thin!

    Thanks! I'm a n00b, and I get a lot of inspiration from your blog!

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  42. The quilts that you make from your "scraps" are so incredible! I wish I lived in Australia so I could just dive into your scrap bucket. Your inspiration is never-ending.

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  43. Love the zig-zag quilting on this one. Lovely use of scraps.

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  44. The quilting is amazing! Your lines are so perfectly spaced. Really a work of art.

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  45. So cute! What a cool interpretation of Malka's pillow. The scraps are happy to have there moment to shine, I'm sure!

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  46. Love the quilt! Does your quilt show the same sizes used in the pillow? This same pillow is in the book? I will buy the book just for your quilt! That's how much I love it! Your quilting is so amazing. Thank you Rita

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  47. Your quilt is gorgeous! A quilt teacher I know keeps telling us that a quilt with straight lines (squares, rectangles, etc.) must have curves in the quilting and a quilt with applique must have straight line, gridded quilting. Your quilt mightily disproves that. I am just getting ready to quilt a large quilt and I really want straight lines on all those rectangles and squares. Thank you, thank you!

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  48. It's beautiful! They will love it, so much hard work and love!

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  49. Turned out adorable! I love that you used up scraps.

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  50. Just love the crispness of your quilts!!! And quilting!! Very lovely!!!

    Then I just noticed (or remember....can't remember) that your name is Rita.. That was my grandma's name. I always loved it but she hated it. But now I feel an extra connection with your blog because of your name!! :D

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  51. I love your quilt! The quilt really makes it pop!

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  52. I really like the look of that zig zag quilting.

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  53. This is gorgeous- so not surprising that the recipient is so very happy with it! I think it's wonderful to use the off-cuts from other projects to create something so beautiful.

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  54. I am so impressed! This is a beautiful quilt.

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  55. Thank you so much for this because i love your version of it.

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  56. I lOVE this quilt! What is the name of the binding? Thanks!

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  57. Hi Rita,
    I have always loved this quilt and a friend of mine just asked me to make a low-volume quilt for her little girl and I was wondering if you'd be willing to share the dimensions of the blocks you used for this? I'd be so grateful :)
    ~Rebecca

    rktunnell {at} gmail {dot} com

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