Oil Pastels come to mind when I see this quilt.
It's made of total of 81 blocks, Nine HSTs per block. I made total 739 of them.
Oh and the HSTs are finished 3".
This is how my design wall looks right now.
The quilt measures 81" X 81". I am debating whether to add another row at the bottom so it is long enough for the bed.
Here is a close up of the quilt in progress.
Click on the picture to see it in full screen. And, don't look for perfection.. You wont find it here. The fabrics varied in content and in counts. There is even one piece with polyester in it.
After sewing first few blocks I figured out that this quilt required two different blocks. In other words, a mirror image of the first block.
It is set with nine rows, each containing nine blocks.
Row 1,3,5,7 and 9: made with block - A
Row 2,4,6 and 8: made with block - B
I drew out the illustration for those who might be interested.
Let me know if you are impressed with my high-tech drawing.
You may want to pay close attention to the direction of pressing the seams.
It might make piecing of the quilt a lot easier later.
Block - A
Press the seams in the direction of the arrows.
Once the rows are sewn, press the seams in one direction. Make total of 45 blocks.
While setting the blocks, simply rotate alternating block upside down.
Refer to the illustration or the close up of the quilt.
(In the picture Block - B is on the top and bottom and block - A is in the middle)
Press the seams in the direction of the arrows. Once sewn in rows, press the seam in the same direction as Block - A
You will need 36 of Block - B
Again rotate each alternating block upside down.
Super easy, simple and quite graphic.
I love my 'Painted Zigzag'.
At first I though I should call it 'Summer Storms'
The floral prints, all the thunderstorms in past week or two, sewing with the view of the garden and the original name in the book, Bold Improvisation "Streak of Lightening", all were pointing towards that name. But once I put the blocks on the design wall, all I could think of was old paint boards with paint chipping off. Layers and layers coming through those chiseled zigzag..
And so, 'Painted Zigzag' it is.
LeeAnn thought it would be a good idea to start a quilt-along. I think she already did.
Wouldn't you agree?
I will be happy to answer any question you may have regarding this quilt. Just send me an email.