"Big Zigzag" top finished

Sometimes simple gets the job done!


I needed a break from upcycled blues or even something not upcycled but using lots of little pieces. 

So, I took out some of my leftovers from some clothing items - I suspect scrubs - that we bought in 2015 from the lady from whom we bought her stash. We think it was a manufacturing plant - these are all new fabrics.

These are the pieces I had to work with - the biggest pieces are about 11" wide at the widest. I didn't begin to use them all up in this quilt top - 

This is the top I came up with.

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This one is 57.5"x 68.5".  It feels like a very quick, small quilt to me after making all these big, heavily pieced "upcycled blues" quilts - or my 2" series.

I used a beautiful purple batik fabric I purchased in Kenya a few years ago when we went there - after I washed it two times first.  However, I have my doubts that it is finished bleeding so I opted to leave all white out of this quilt top. And yes, I will be sure to wash the finished quilt with several color catchers. I may even try Retayne with the quilt though I'm not sure it is necessary with these colors.

Here's the layout.

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My sis told me she thought it would be better with three zigzags. I told her I couldn't as a lap quilt - not with such a BIG design.  And I wanted BIG! 

So I worked up a simple BIG zigzag with three zigzags. It ended up being a queen size since I know very few people who have full size beds it seems! It would be easy to adjust that though, by varying the border size.

This is the layout for a queen size quilt.

This queen size is 93.5"x 93.5" as a finished top.

This queen size is 93.5"x 93.5" as a finished top.

This one will definitely be part of my "Easy Block" series.  I am trying to do several a year that don't involve a lot of piecing but still have some pizzazz. This would be my first for this year.

The pattern is here!  I hope someone can use it!  I'd like to make this one up again - maybe as a queen size for a quick but effective gift!  I included the necessary information in order to make a queen size quilt as well.

Let me say, it was wonderful to work with these colors!  A nice change for me!


Don't forget to check out what my sis has for you over in the store!