Monday, May 27, 2013

Ziggy Strings finished!

Sometimes a quilt doesn't feel quite right until it's finished.

Ziggy Strings finished!

My Ziggy Strings was that kind of quilt.  Today it feels just right!

a zig zag quilt with string scraps

The bright clear colors, the sharp zigs and zags, all those happy fabrics... it feels like summer at last.

 Ziggy Strings back

And the log cabin back... I've got to do more of those!

 with Aurifil 12 wt thread

But it's quilting that really did it for me on this one.  I pulled out some Aurifil 12 wt thread, a thicker yellow thread, which makes gorgeous noticeable stitches.  Setting my machine for a longer stitch length (# 4), I zigged and zagged straight lines following the path of my strings.  No marking! Then, I added some regular thin thread quilting in white, to give it some depth and not overwhelm things.

Ziggy quilting!

It really shows ziggy from the back.  What do you think?  It's a bit hard to see, in the pictures, I guess.  But in person, the yellow thread has a great texture.

I think, I'd like some more 12 wt thread...

Chicopee voltage binding

And the binding is Chicopee Voltage Dot (here and in Canada here), a great funky dot print I've been saving for just the right moment.  Bing!

summer love

So now I'm all ready for the Festival of Strings, which opens tomorrow.  Looks like we'll have some lovely weather!

Liam in the meadow

Thanks to all  - the sunshine, our meadow flowers, and family members big and small - who make photoshoots possible, especially on holidays.  Enjoy your day!

p.s.  My cupboards advise that I find miss Ziggy Strings a home away from home.  This one's for sale at my Etsy shop!

39 comments:

  1. This is wonderful! Now I am motivated to get downstairs and use up some of my strings just like this.

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  2. Love! Love! Love~ your quilt! I think the little one with the dandelion bouquet is dear, too :)

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  3. BEAUTIFUL!!! (...and inspirational)

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  4. It has turned out beautifully. Thanks for letting us know what fabric the binding is - I think it looks like something I need to invest in. Also what a beautiful setting for your show off photos. I do have to ask as someone who lives in a country with no snakes - do you have to worry about them in meadows like that.

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    1. No, we don't generally see snakes around. It's been years at least since I've seen one and when we do they are harmless black rat snakes.

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  5. The quilt is is wonderful. Love the front and the back. You should be super proud of yourself.

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  6. ooh, this turned out great! i think the quilting is perfect. i've been too nervous to every try machine quilting in something other than white, but this just might convince me to give it a try.

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  7. Wow!! I absolutely love it!! You're right- that log cabin back rocks!! Can't wait for String Fever!

    -Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation

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  8. The Chicopee binding is perfect for this quilt! Wish I had taken pics of my two projects today but I'll remember to do it tomorrow!

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  9. It's beautiful! I love the back and the quilting - just perfect!

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    1. Thanks! It was one of those straight-forward quilting moments. Nice when the obvious turns out to be right!

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  10. R: It is FABULOUS and that black binding print just makes it! Bravo
    Cat

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  11. Rachel, I just want to say that this is one of my favourite quilts ever! I love how even though there's lots of pieces and movement, the limited colour palette and white lines keep it bright instead of too busy. I love it. x

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    1. Thanks, Jodi. I have hardly ever used white in my quilts (for practical reasons), but it can be so powerful!

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  12. Yippee! I love the setting for the photos and really appreciate pint sized helpers. I relied on one of my own just the other day to shoot pictures of a recent quilt too.

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  13. Oh, Rachel, it came out wonderfully. I love the back, too. Such an inspiration.

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  14. Beautiful! LOVE the thicker thread quilting. Your pictures are so gorgeous too! I have a hard time getting good pics in the sunshine, do you use a flash?

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    1. Nope, no flash! I never, ever, ever use flash unless I'm desperate and must take pictures at night.

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  15. Beautiful - I absolutely love the colors you used!

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  16. This is so pretty! I'm going to have to find some size 12 thread as I really like that look... it shows off those beautiful Juki stitches so nicely.

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  17. Gorgeous quilt, I love everything about it! The log cabin back is so beautiful too!

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  18. Well Rachel, I ABSOLUTELY ADORE IT! If I still lived in sunny SC I´d pay you a visit and get it for me! Congratulations! By the way, I´m entering a quilt based in one of your tutorials. Hahahaha, I just remembered! When I was blogging about it and looking for the link, I found out it took me back to your site again. I have the memory of a snail. (none) x

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  19. A perfect setting to display your beautiful quilt!

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  20. I just ooo'd and aaah'd when I saw your picture. Love it!

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  21. Your post was shared with those of us on the HeartStrings Quilt Project Yahoo group. (www.heartstringsquiltproject.com) Your design has inspired us!

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  22. Gorgeous! The design, the colors, the binding, the thick quilting and then there's your photo background. :) Looks fabulous!

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  23. This is a fabulous quilt! Love the design and the beautiful way you made it all come together.:)

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  24. well, I think it's perfect! and i'm sure that gorgeous wildflower field to shoot in helped it feel right, too. =)

    lovin' the log cabin back. definitely need to try that one.

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  25. I love the front AND the back. A big, bold log cabin on the back is a great idea.

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  26. I love it - so pretty. The fabrics are great and I like the small line of white between the zigzags :-)

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  27. I am here after hearing about the Stitched in Colour Festival and love your zags and zigs!
    Fabulous quilting too with the yellow being more noticeable....great idea that.

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  28. I like it 'though I wished the white strings had points, too. Maybe when you sew a white piece to the ends of one block, too? A little planning is needed for this for sure.
    Nevertheless it's wonderful and really vibrant.

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  29. You inspired me to dig through my scrap bag and pull out a variety of strings and cut some more. I've done four squares so far and love how it is turning out. Trouble is, you need to make sure you have a variety of strings of one color so it is variegated all over. I keep cutting more orange. It really helps you to use up some of those cheap fat quarters we get and wish we didn't. Also, I am using a thin piece of batiste fabric for my foundation rather than paper. No tearing necessary. Just have to keep it straight which the center white piece helps.

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