Friday, March 7, 2014

value zig zag {all finished}


So, I did it again - stayed way too long last night basting and quilting my Value Zig Zag like there is no tomorrow :)


I quilted it on my Juki and while it was not a horrible experience it was quite challenging, to say the least. It's a pretty large quilt (72" x 72") and since I decided to back it with minky this thing weights a ton. Plus, this was the first time I gave a continuous eight FMQ pattern a try. I practiced loops on smaller quilts a while back but once this guy was under the machine I decided eights would be better than loops and I went for it.


The quilting is far from perfect, but it will do for now. I'm really glad I finally had enough courage to give it a try. There was a lot of maneuvering and pulling going on the whole time I quilted and consequently my right arm feels like it might fall off any minute but who needs two good arms when there's a new quilt to be admired, right?


I used only scraps for this quilt and the array of patterns and colors is fantastic. This quilt has it all, from flowers and geometrics to skulls, cars, deer, bears, turtles, letters, ... :)


I was so very tempted to use either black or gray binding (definitely my go to colors) for this quilt but at the end I went with this blue/ white stripe. I thing it makes for such a happy binding.


I followed Katy's value quilt tutorial and used 5" squares (leftover charm packs work great) to make my blocks. And then I came across this amazingly fantastic method for trimming them. I hope you'll pop in and have a look, this method saved me tons of time and made trimming my blocks a breeze.



And now we have three large, scrappy, minky backed quilts for our family room (the other two are Scrappy Celebration and Economy Block). I hope my kids no longer have to fight over who gets to snuggle in the softest quilt. Three kids, three very snuggly quilts. Perfect if you ask me :)

Thanks for reading this very long post. Hope you all have an amazing weekend. Svetlana

41 comments:

  1. Beautiful quilt! It's perfect for a family room.

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  2. Your quilt looks great. I have been practicing on my Juki and it's harder than it looks to keep consistent stitches. I want to rip everything out. Do you have any tips for the free motion quilting you did? Yours looks so nice.

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  3. this looks amazing - I love all the fabrics you've used - makes a great eye-spy quilt, too. Thanks for the link to the tip on trimming HSTs I will definitely be using that!

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  4. The quilt is Awesome! Thanks for the HST tip, I pinned it so I won't forget.

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  5. Gorgeous, love that happy binding! The three quilts look beautiful together :) I saw that HST trimming post and agree it is genius!

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  6. A big hooray! This turned out wonderful! ♥

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  7. Love this! I want to raid your snuggly quilt stash :oD

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  8. That is a gorgeous pile of quilts! I like the blue binding choice.

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  9. Lovely quilt - it looks so 'friendly' and wonderful. Just perfect for your children to snuggle into!

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  10. looks great! What a perfect idea to make minky backed scrap quilts for your kids to snuggle in (and drag around and spill things on) so all the other quilts can stay nice!

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  11. I just discovered that method for trimming hst's too!! It's wonderful. Lovely quilt!

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  12. It's beautiful! You're a better woman than I to undertake fmq-ing a giant quilt with a minky backing. My hat's off to you!

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  13. Wow! I love the quilt, scrappy ones are my all time favourites! But I'm equally amazed by the snow!! Jxo

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  14. Svetlanko, mas muj obdiv! Quilt je nadherny, vsechny tri jsou krasne, barevne, vesele... opravdu se ti prace moc povedla. Obdivuji i to prosivani, u vsech se mi moc libi. Ja mam problem prosit maly quilt, stehy mam ruzne dlouhe, nejak neumim pri tech velikostech spolupracovat se sicim strojem. Predstava, ze bych mela prosivat takhle veliky quilt... no, nedala bych to :) Ty tve jsou uzasne! Detem preji, at se krasne uzivaji :) Mejte moc pekny vikend! Jola

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  15. Wow, this quilt came together so quickly! Great job. Thanks for linking up to that trimming tutorial. I had not thought about trimming before pressing. Counterintuitive, but so smart!

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  16. You're going to love laying under it and admiring all your lovely stash in one place!

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  17. Absolutely marvellous!! Great job

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  18. This is a beautiful quilt! The fabric you chose for the binding is just perfect. I'm sure your family will love it. Well done to quilt it yourself!

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  19. Beautiful quilts! So this is what happens when you trim your scraps and have them organized? I really need to start trimming....

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  20. Gorgeous! One thing that I really like about scrap quilts is that even though the fabrics are scrappy and seem random, they are still a representation of our stash and I feel like I could have picked this out as your quilt just from the colors. Did you piece the minky for the backing? I have never pieced minky, how difficult was it to piece?

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  21. Turned out beautiful and looks really soft with the minky.

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  22. Very cool! Love the binding!

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  23. What a great way to use up some scraps! I'm so impressed that you quilted it on your machine! And I'm not surprised your arm is sore!! I love the technique for trimming HSTs, I need to try that!

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  24. Oh my goodness. I just went and looked at the trimming technique. how amazingly simple, wish I could think up stuff like that. But this will now be my go to method, thanks so much

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  25. Congrats on such a lovely finished quilt. I envy you your wonderful scraps! I'm sure that the lack of squabbling children will make the late night and sore arm well worth it :)

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  26. Love the quilt, so beautiful! And a very handy HST tip.

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  27. So wonderful work!
    Hugs Crissi

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  28. Such a beautiful quilt yet again Svetlana.

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  29. It looks fabulous, Svetlana!

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  30. Another fabulous quilt - perfect for all that cold weather you are having. Looking forward to seeing what your next project will be, when your arm has recovered?

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  31. Wowza! It's beautiful! Good for you, too, giving your FMQ a go. It paid off!

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  32. Such a beautiful quilt! Love your blue stripe binding - it is so very happy!

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  33. Really really nice Svetlana! Looks soft and cuddly.

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  34. Wow! It is a beautiful quilt and the quilting is gorgeous. The effort of maneuvering such a big quilt in your sewing machine really paid off. It looks gorgeous.

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  35. This is a gorgeous finish! I love the blue binding and minky back together. Your kids are lucky to each have their own to snuggle under. Great job on the figure 8 quilting. It looks perfect to me and I'm sure that's no easy feat with a minky back.

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  36. But now you need one for you! ;-) I'm so impressed that you FMQ'd a minky backed quilt this big this well!! It's gorgeous.

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  37. Oh how I love a good value quilt. Great finish!

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  38. Beautiful! Impressed with quilting that minky backing, I have not even attempted such a feat, but your finish encourages me to try.

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