Bella Butterfly Zig Zags for baby by Rebecca

Summary

Category:
Quilting
Pattern:
Status:
Complete
Started:
2012-06-26T00:00:00Z
Finished:
2012-08-01T00:00:00Z
Tutorial:
None

Description

Making this for a special baby girl on the way!  Zig Zags using quarter square triangles. 

Top and back are pieced and ready for basting.


Blogged: *bella-butterfly-zig-zags-for-baby and *zig-zags-a-finish-and-a-roundup

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Comments

Kirstenblake

This is adorable!

True

Omg I love how the fabric is now showing!!! And I so love this fabric...

Rebecca

Thank you Kirstenblake and True !

Terryt1955

Rebecca I love pink and green together for a baby girl. Sooo pretty. I've been seeing so many zig zags lately and want to try one but have no idea what pattern to use that would give the best/easiest results. Any recommendation?

Caribousmom

gorgeous Rebecca! Love the fabric choices!

Rebecca

Thanks Caribousmom and Terryt1955 !

Rebecca

Terryt1955 There are 3 methods I know of for creating the zig zag pattern on a quilt. Half square triangles, rectangles, and the quarter square triangle method I used - each gives a slightly different look on the finished quilt. I would say either the half square triangle method or the rectangle method is probably going to be easier since it doesn't involve any sewing on the bias where your fabric can easily stretch and shift, and they also allow pieces to be more easily matched up. On the quarter square triangle method you are piecing slightly offset due to the seam allowances and have to find the center of each triangle when sewing the strips so everything matches up so it's overall more detailed. I know there are tutorials out there for the rectangle method and half square triangle method. I'm sure if you start a forum post others will have advice and suggestions too. Good luck!

Terryt1955

Rebecca Oh My! Sounds like your method is by far the hardest. Thanks for the explanation , now I know what to be on the look out for.

Donnad

wow, I love the fabulous color of the fabrics

Mymble

Beautiful and the pieced back adds just the right touch!

Terryt1955

The pieced backing against that beautiful aqua is sooo pretty.The mom is going to cherish this forever.

AllPatchedUp

Beautiful!! Love your pieced back. :)

Quilt455

I love this and love that you pieced your back. It is like having two quilts in one.

Mrsdmvh

I love how this quilt came together!! I didn't even realize how it was peiced together until I saw the close up photos, neat!!

raesimp

This a beautiful quilt, I was hoping you could tell me how big the square were that you started with.

Rebecca

raesimp I can't recall right off the top of my head. I think I may have a scrap around I can measure from though. I'll look.

raesimp

Thank you, I am trying to decide what size to make my quilt. The one you made looks great for cuddling, playing or hanging.

Rebecca

raesimp Ok, I am pretty sure I ended up going with 9.5" squares cut into 1/4 square triangles based on one of my scraps, which should result in a quilt around 40x50. My mother in law made one with 8.5" starting squares and her quilt turned out about 32x44. Hope that helps!

bless2behome

I just happened to stumble upon this quilt and your site by accident on pinterest. Its beautiful. I am a beginner quilter and would love to make this quilt. Is there step by step instructions that I am not seeing.

Rebecca

bless2behome Welcome! No I'm sorry there isn't a tutorial for this. I adapted this technique from the instructions from a little zig zag panel on a bag in a book. It's made using 1/4 square triangle pieces sewn into horizontal rows and then the rows are attached together. I would not recommend this as a beginner quilt though for two reasons - the number of bias edges that need to be sewn and the offset matching that happens when sewing triangles. You may want to look at the HST (half square triangle) method or rectangle method of creating a zig zag quilt which is much more beginner friendly.

rhapsdy

I've been looking at this, and maybe I'm mistaken (I am new to quilting) but aren't those actually half square triangles just offset, not actually quarter square triangles?

Rebecca

rhapsdy The triangles are actually cut as quarter square pieces so that your bias edge is on the short sides that are sewn individually, not on the long sides of the triangle where you are trying to piece an entire row.

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