Friday, November 5, 2010

The Zig Zag Quilt - Bloggers Quilt Festival

I've always liked the ROYGBV color scheme in quilts and one day last September (2009) I needed to sew.  I had just had Grahm and was desperate to get back to feeling like myself, to get myself back doing something that I loved, something just for me.

3 pictures for you

Between the hourly feedings and in between naps and diaper changes I pulled out some of the cheerful Recess line and started making half square triangles.

planning the layout & backing

After kiddo bedtime and before I crashed I would spend a few minutes every night sewing and putting these little triangles together one by one.  Triangles became squares and squares became a carefully planned out top.

zig zag quilt top

The top was constructed and a bright, happy, orange fabric for backing was picked out and quilting began.  Nothing fancy, just straight lines that I could do easily in my exhausted state and with a newborn strapped into the Bjorn on my chest.

up close

A stripey binding was assembled and sewn on, and the finished quilt was tossed into the wash.  Probably with some spit-up soaked clothing.

finished!

But it came out just fine.  The quilt is simple.  It's small.  It's not a complex pattern.  But it means a whole bunch to me.  It's special.  It's well-loved.  It's perfect.

folded

Just like the baby it was made for.

G

(This post was written for Amy's Bloggers Quilt Festival -- go read some of the awesome stories posted and beautiful quilts featured at her site.)

Amy's Creative Side - Blogger's Quilt Festival

24 comments:

  1. Love the ROY G BIV of it all. Zig Zag quilts have all that energy and fun at the same time--just like a baby! Thanks for sharing your quilt's story (and the adorable Grahm :)

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  2. I love this! Love the bright colors! The baby is pretty adorable too!

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  3. Fabulous! Love the quilt, love the colours, love remembering the quilt that I made when similarly exhusted with my first baby!

    Thanks for sharing.

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  4. Very nice!...the zig-zag is always a great pattern...love your colors!
    nichi

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  5. I love rainbow quilt too! Simple and beautiful, the colors stand out wonderfully on the white.

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  6. It's gorgeous! And I am in awe that you made it all while caring for an infant. I bow down to you!

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  7. LoVe this design and the scrappy look!! I have to quilt with kids running around, too, so I totally understand what it took to make this one :)

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  8. I love me a ROYGBIV as well, looks great!

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  9. Such a happy little quilt! Perfect for such a special little guy!

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  10. Your quilt is beautiful!! The name of your blog...priceless :) I've become a follower just so I can virtually share the joys of "just a second!"

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  11. What a special quilt and I love how you wrote the blog entry. So heart felt. What a lucky boy G is to have that quilt and the meaning behind it. xo

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  12. What a cute little man!
    Also, cute quilt! Love the rainbow color quilts! :D

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  13. Awesome! Even in your new baby, tiredness you ROCK!

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  14. I love those fabrics Beautiful quilt.

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  15. Man I wish I had your quilting skills. LOVE LOVE LOVE your quilt! It is so cute. You always pick out such fabulous fabric.

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  16. Soo FUN!! I'm going to HAVE to use that design to use up some of my charm packs - thanks for the inspiration!!

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  17. Beautiful quilt! I'm just getting my start into quilting, but I'm really enjoying it. I would love to try a zig zag quilt next!

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  18. I love this! I such and American Jane fan. So cute - the perfect baby quilt. :)

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  19. I love the zags! I have been wanting to make one, beatiful layout!

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  20. Your quilt is great. Love the colours in this design!!

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  21. I have a two week old baby and completely know what you mean when you wanted to sew to do something just for you. When I get to sew for a few minutes in between feedings for my son and taking care of my 2 year old daughter, I love that it makes me feel like I am doing something just for me. For my sanity and it makes me a better mom.
    Love your quilt- going to do one of those one day when my stash gets big enough!
    :)

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  22. I love ROYGBIV color patterns and zigzag too so I love your quilt. I'm working on a loose interpretation of ROYGBIV paper pieced hexagons at the moment.

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  23. I'm so in love with your quilt
    Great pattern, in a pretty color sequence, just lovely !
    Btw, I'm your new follower now :)

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  24. This is very cute, what size did you make your triangles/squares. I think as simple as it is it would be great for flannel.

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