scrappy zig zags

by Nova on February 4, 2013

The cool change & wet weather that we encountered last weekend was just the push I needed to finish hand quilting & put this quilt to bed.

scrappy chevron quilt

it’s full of lovelies & uglies, trash & treasure, oldies & newies, gifted & swapped, selvedges I’d been saving for goodness knows what – each has a place & a reason to be in it for me. Sometimes that’s all a quilt needs to be. I love it.

scrappy quilting

I quilted it with a combination of relaxed zig zags on the machine and some hand quilting with Perle thread.

scrappy zig zag quilt

This quilt began as an effort to get a grip on the scrap stash. In truth it hardly made a dent!

scrappy quilt back

project notes:

  • inspired by this tutorial
  • triangle size 6″ finished
  • finished quilt approx 64″ x 80″
  • backed with an ikea print & a strip of scraps to make up the size

{ 55 comments… read them below or add one }

Heidi @ Fabric Mutt February 4, 2013 at 7:53 am

Everything about this quilt is incredible — the scrappy fabrics, the backing, the gorgeous hand stitching. Well done!!

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Tanya February 4, 2013 at 7:58 am

Nova, this is beautiful!! The quilting is just perfect too. What a lovely quilt to snuggle up in. X

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tiffany February 4, 2013 at 7:58 am

stunning… as always! w-o-w.

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kathyh February 4, 2013 at 8:16 am

Fun stash buster. Pity those little scrappies self-replicate like Tribbles (star trek)

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Jan February 4, 2013 at 8:18 am

Outstanding. I love your quilt and have pinned the tutorial!

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Jenny Squawk February 4, 2013 at 8:39 am

Love this make! I’ve been trying to use up my scraps and have noticed the same. Barely makes a dent every time. Maybe if it was all scraps?

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Katy February 4, 2013 at 9:52 am

Loving the scrappiness of the zig-zags!

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Rachel at Stitched in Color February 4, 2013 at 10:08 am

Oh, I absolutely, love, love, LOVE this! Would happily make the exact same thing. The quilting is to die for. Aren’t you clever to combine machine and hand quilting that way.

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Sandi February 4, 2013 at 10:28 am

I absolutely love it. Thank you for the link to the tutorial.
The handquilting really sets it off. Sandi

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Nina February 4, 2013 at 10:59 am

Argh! Beautiful! I love that you used real scraps instead of cutting new yardage into little bits. This is up there with your shirt quilt as one of my Favourite Quilts On The Internet.

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Kate February 4, 2013 at 11:50 am

This quilt is so beautiful Nova! I love the scrappiness, the brightness and all that solid. love x

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Bec February 4, 2013 at 12:38 pm

Wow, it’s great! I’ve been looking at all the square scrayy quilts and they just don’t grab me- but THIS I want! I doubt it would dent my scrap baskets either, but it would be fun to try. And I need a new couch one, my daughter ‘stole’ my other 2! Thanks for including the details, I’m off to look at them. And decide whether mine could be as nice as yours!

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Jeanette February 4, 2013 at 1:02 pm

I love your quilt and the pearle cotton hand quilting was a very nice touch.

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Desiree February 4, 2013 at 2:54 pm

Nova, this is just gorgeous. Everything about it is my favourite – favourite shapes (zig zags), favourite pleasing conflict of color filled scraps and patterns and pure pale cotton, favourite mix of machine and hand quilting … the feeling I get from your work is that every decision is significant and that every stitch is meaningful. I’m sure you have your days, as we all do, when that’s maybe not true, but there is a quality about your work that is irresistable. Joy in the small moments. Love it.

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diane stanley February 4, 2013 at 3:20 pm

I love everything about this quilt and the hand quilting is just what it needed to make it even more special

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Amy Seven-Stitches February 4, 2013 at 3:29 pm

Nova, that quilt is amazing. I love the kantha style quilting too. It really sets it all off.

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Kim H February 4, 2013 at 3:35 pm

I love zigzags, that’s good one Nova!
I’ve never seen that method before. Maybe I’ll have to put that one on the to-do list.

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Munaiba February 4, 2013 at 4:42 pm

It’s really lovely.

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Lynne February 4, 2013 at 4:47 pm

I love it!

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Rumi February 4, 2013 at 5:12 pm

Like the quilt. The back had turned charming, too. I have began a quilt from recycled shirts and think I have to add solids between all multicolored strips. Thanks!

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CitricSugar February 4, 2013 at 5:28 pm

Now THAT’S a way to do a zigzag! Wow – this is great. The construction is really interesting but the hand-quilting makes this quilt. Love it!

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Jolana February 4, 2013 at 7:42 pm

Wow, so wonderful quilt!!! I like the hand quilting too. Really great job :) Have a nice week! Jolana

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wendy February 4, 2013 at 8:56 pm

fabulous. I’m not usually a fan of scrappy quilts, but I think all the white in this really sets those scraps off. The quilting is beautiful.

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Christine February 5, 2013 at 12:10 am

I just love it. I love all the scrappy fabrics and the beautiful quilting.

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Jo @ a life in lists February 5, 2013 at 12:38 am

So beautiful! Love the scrappiness, the zigzags, the colours. And the quilting! I’m going to go now before my exclamation mark button gets tired… ;-)

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Keet February 5, 2013 at 1:32 am

That’s a great quilt!

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angela February 5, 2013 at 4:21 am

I love this !!!!!
THANKS FOR SHARING the tutorial.
ive just posted my first , ok second, finished quilt, minus that tricky binding that i cannot get a hold of!!!!
what type of backing is that? and what is the white solid on the front ? i love it.
angela

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starjumper February 5, 2013 at 4:27 am

i REALLY like that print on the back… must go to IKEA now…

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Denica February 5, 2013 at 4:34 am

This is gorgeous!

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Julie February 5, 2013 at 6:23 am

This is so beautiful! Love the selvedge edge that is included along with the hand stitching.

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Truly Myrtle February 5, 2013 at 6:24 am

Wow! It is totally gorgeous – absolutely!!! I love it. One day – I WILL make a quilt!

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Janet February 5, 2013 at 6:30 am

Stunning! I love everything about it, from the scrappi-ness to the creative combo of quilting stitches, to the unusual backing. Thanks so much for sharing:)

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mathea February 5, 2013 at 6:41 am

I love this quilt! Using scrappy triangles to make a zigzag quilt – the idea makes me happy and makes me want to have a go myself. But I hear you about not making a dent in the scrap pile… I love the combination of machine- and handquilting too. This is a quilt to cherish!

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Donna February 5, 2013 at 6:58 am

Stunningly beautiful! And thanks so much for spelling Perle correctly. Yep – I am one of those. :)

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Nancy Carr February 5, 2013 at 7:03 am

Great quilt. Thanks for sharing.

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Flying Blind February 5, 2013 at 7:13 am

Oh I love it, and can see why you do too xxx

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Meredithe February 5, 2013 at 7:38 am

I love this quilt! What a fabulous way to use up scraps. Love the hand quilting too.

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Hollie February 5, 2013 at 7:49 am

I love this quilt! You’ve inspired me to make one of my own someday soon. I have so many scraps that need to be used.

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Celtic Thistle February 5, 2013 at 8:49 am

Gorgeous quilt, and so full of memories it will be well-loved for sure!

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Michele February 5, 2013 at 9:55 am

I ♥LOVE♥ THIS QUILT! What a great idea for all those pieces you just can’t throw away. And the colorful stitching is just right. You wouldn’t be sharing the pattern anytime soon….would you? A shameless attempt at a subtle hint ;)

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Camilla February 5, 2013 at 10:58 am

Love it! Might have to try something similar for my scraps, could use the tiny ones at the apex! The quilting really makes it!

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Victoria February 5, 2013 at 1:36 pm

Just fabulous! I adore everything about this quilt!

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Lori February 5, 2013 at 11:33 pm

I love the big stitch hand quilting! I love this quilt you did a great job.
Lori

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Shirley February 6, 2013 at 5:09 am

What a great quilt, love the hand quilting.

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Pascale February 6, 2013 at 6:37 am

What a great quilt, love it, and I can see how you made it. Love the quilting as well. Superbe.

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Franziska February 7, 2013 at 5:54 am

Oh. My. God. How cool is that!!!!! Makes me want to run and immediately start something like this, too. But wait: to sew list? So many things I want to sew? argh… But really: this was added to my list, too.
I love the combination you chose. I love that you used scraps. I love that you used selvedges, too. (how great is this idea?! I had to smile at the expression “saved for goodness knows what”. :) big grin. I don’t know why I saved them, too. I guess I liked some selvedges projects.)
Oh, and almost forgot to mention: if you didn’t make a dent in your scrap stash here’s someone who likes to get scraps :) Just in case you want to give some away. :) :)
So. Where do I get those extra hours to make something like this, too? Oh, they’re sold out? *sigh* That’s really a pity! :)
And now I go back and look at your photos. :)
Many greetings from here!

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Gayle February 7, 2013 at 8:26 pm

Love this quilt. I like how you have used all those bits that you have saved over many years.
Gayle

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Fiona February 8, 2013 at 8:14 pm

Just gorgeous Nova. You are a true talent. Kick me if I ever tell you to throw out scraps….

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Susanne February 9, 2013 at 3:14 am

I love it, too! Beautiful job. I took a second, third and fourth look.

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Karen February 11, 2013 at 10:22 pm

It’s very, very, very beautiful!
I love the quilting with the mix of machine and hand quilting, it just makes it perfect.

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Lana February 13, 2013 at 10:19 am

OH WOW! I LOVE THIS QUILT SO MUCH!
I actually bought some fabric at IKEA just like your quilt back not knowing what to do with it…DEFINITE inspiration!

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Sarah February 15, 2013 at 6:55 pm

Hi Nova, I love this quilt! It’s really lovely – the hand quilting makes it!! :-)

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Rebecca W February 16, 2013 at 6:40 am

this is adorable .. I want one .. so I better get on it LOL

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Wendy February 22, 2013 at 2:19 am

Thanks for showing this! I love it and will add it to the few quilts on my “scrap buster” to-do list.

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Noveline (Nova) October 20, 2014 at 5:57 pm

I have a fondness for anything scrappy and strip piecing is the way to go. I promised myself not to buy anymore fabric until I have put a dent in my current stash..I tend to save the smallest of scraps because I don’t have the heart to toss fabric away..^_^

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