Big Zig Zag Quilt completed

I haven’t posted for a while but I have a good excuse : I went home to France to see my family for a week. Just before leaving I managed to complete the Big Zig Zag quilt. It is way too big to be photographed on my clothe line so here it is on my bed :

I enjoyed the straight line quilting (I used masking tape again for even spacing) and I outlined each colour zig zag with a hand-stitched line in pearl cotton for extra interest front and back. The good news is that it is ready well before its intended deadline !

While in France, I visited my usual fabric shops and got a lovely set of shirting fabrics for a new commission :

They are so beautifully soft and pleasant to work with. Here they are cut up into 6-inch squares.

I need 272 such squares for the double-bed quilt I am planning to make. More on it soon.


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21 Responses to Big Zig Zag Quilt completed

  1. Shelley C says:

    Love your zigzag! I did the regular sized one all in hsts; will be a while before I make an all hst quilt again! Seems I just don’t cut and sew perfectly to get matching size squares and trimming up was a pain….oh well…I’m lazy I guess 😛 I want to experiment with grey this year…it makes a great neutral!

    • Thank you Shelley ! I am like you, I can never sew a perfect 1/4 inch seam allowance, so I always have to re-trim everything before assembly… A pain indeed but it’s worth it !

  2. what a lovely selection of fabrics!

    Sew Ray Me

  3. Kathy says:

    I love the quilting you did on this. I’m planning on doing the Big Zig from Denyse Schmidt book and I may copy you quilting.

  4. Sarah N says:

    this is quite gorgeous – i stumbled across it on pinterest and immediately fell in love – the perfect pattern for my son’s bed quilt i am embarking upon. did you use a pattern or create your own? i’d love more details if you can share….i visit this page once a day getting excited to start on it. thanks!

    • Hi Sarah, I am delighted you like this quilt. I made it using my own pattern and I haven’t really documented it. To help though, I will put together some more pictures I took during the making of the quilt and hopefully it will guide you. It may take me a couple of days to publish this post. Best of luck with it and don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any more questions.

  5. Angela says:

    Absolutely beautiful! I have been thinking I may learn to quilt and this really inspires me. Such a modern design for a very old art!

  6. erogene says:

    Sew in love with that zig zag quilt! The colors/design are great!

  7. What size are the triangles you used for this quilt? I love it!

    • Thank you ! I started with 10-inch squares of fabric, so that the finished block of half-square triangles is 9.5-inch wide. It is big and goes together very quickly ! Best of luck with it !

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  9. Heidi says:

    Wow, this zig zag quilt is beautiful! I love the colors!

  10. Ashley says:

    Awesome thank you! This will be my first quilting attempt. How many yards of each colour did you use? Have you posted the pattern for this yet?

    • Thanks Ashley. No pattern yet but to get you started you need 50 squares of the white background, 20 squares of grey, 10 squares each of orange, yellow and mid-yellow prints. It works best if each square is a different print. For the large original quilt, I started with 10-inch squares, the middle one uses 8-inch squares and the small one 6-inch squares. Each block ends up an inch shorted due to the seams. I hope this helps !

  11. Jenna says:

    I LOVE this quilt!! How many triangles were used across the width of the quilt for each color used. And how many rows of colors were used? What is the overall size of the quilt?

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  14. Found this great quilt through Pinterest. I am a new FAN! I can’t wait to try this out.

  15. speechlaura says:

    I love this quilt!!! Can you share some details about the quilting? Did you use clear thread? Did you stitch in the ditch in addition to the straight lines?


    • Thank you so much for the compliments !
      The quilting is simply horizontal straight lines, about 1in to 1.5in apart.
      For each zig zag row, I used a matching thread – so one yellow, one mid orange, a bright orange and two greys.
      There are more pictures in other posts where you may see more details.
      All the best

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