Z is for zig zag

I'm slowly knocking items off my Finish Before Sewing Summit checklist, and I'm really happy about the finish I'm sharing with you this morning. Ta da!!

Red and white zig zag quilt


I've just finished up my second red and white zig zag custom order quilt, yay! I've gone down this road before, so I knew what I was getting into, but wow, I truly underestimated how monotonous it can be to piece a zillion half-square triangles! For the record, there's 528 of them, pieced via my favorite method (the 4-in-1), pieced into 24 rows.

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I stuck with truly simple straight-line quilting on this quilt, quilting strictly in the white zigs here, creating a cool outline effect. The quilt has been pre-washed for its new owner, to hopefully trap any possible loose dyes. I just love the crinkly texture of a quilt after it comes out of the wash!

Red and white zig zag - detail shot


Inspired by Holly's recent photography post chock full of tips, I stuck this quilt on my bed for a photo shoot, got everything dusted and looking lovely...only for a huge thunderstorm to roll in and totally take away my sunshine! I tried to internalize Tim Gunn telling me to make it work, and pulled it together as best I could.

Red and white zig zag - overhead view


I'm so excited to get this quilt packed up and shipped off to its new owner hopefully later today! I hope you all have a wonderful Friday!

WiP Wednesday: The one with the mad dash

It's officially chaos in my sewing room now, as it's barely a week before Sewing Summit now, with boatloads of Sewing Summit-related deadlines approaching fast, as well as a few other non-Sewing Summit deadlines! Eeek! How did it get to be October 3rd already??? Didn't school just get started?? It's going to be a week with a lot of late nights and early mornings, clearing off my sewing plate this next week, but I know I can do it. Now I just need to stop signing up for more deadlines!!

Working on:
Red and white zig-zag - I spent the bulk of the last several days on this project, making 528 half-square triangles and then stitching all of them together. The quilt top is done and basted and ready for some simple straight-line quilting. Stay tuned for a finish on this one soon!

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Sidekick tote - I really love how this bag is coming together so far. I'm waiting on some strap hardware to come, so I've saved this fun project for when I'm so tired of HSTs that I want to scream ;) Isn't that pocket just darling? Can't wait to finish this one off and put it to good use!

Sidekick in progress!

Sewing Summit class samples - I finished quilting all of the samples, and I'm really excited to share them soon. The binding is half on all of my four samples now, so I'm in the homestretch here. Just need to spend a few nights on the couch, catching up on TV with the husband and hand-stitching to wrap these projects up.

Time to pick some binding...

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New this week:
Pillow Talk Swap - After sitting out several rounds, I'm back on the wagon for the ninth round of the Pillow Talk Swap. Every time I sit out a round, I watch from the sidelines and marvel over the things that are being made in the swap. I'm glad I'm participating this time around, it's going to be a lot of fun! I've gotten my partner's information and stalking has officially begun. I've got a good sense of what she's into, I think, now I just need for inspiration to strike. Here's the mosaic I made to inspire my partner, of some of my current faves...

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4x5 Modern Quilt Bee - Now that the summer is over, the 4x5 Modern Quilt Bee is back in session (and full), with shorter rounds, which I think will be nice. Short and sweet, but with plenty of time to make blocks. I'm excited about this one, it's always fun to see the amazing things that everyone makes in this bee.

Bee block for Katie - Katie sent some gorgeous Field Study and Indie fabrics this month for the {Sew} Beautiful bee, for feather blocks. I'm looking forward to working on this one this weekend, hopefully.

Bee block for Cindy - Cindy is working on a Halloween quilt in the Stash Trad bee, and we're all making Great Granny blocks for her, in shades of black, purple, orange, grey and lime green. I've never made anything Halloween-themed before, so this should be a fun one!


I haven't forgotten about these, but haven't had time for them either:
Washi tunic
Space Dust quilt

So now, it's back to my sewing machine, time is slipping away from me super fast this week!! What are you sewing this week? Write it up and share it at today's specially guest hosted WiP Wednesday, with host Debbie of A Quilter's Table.