Thursday, October 28, 2010
Blogger's Quilt Festival! Zigzags in Voile
When I was on vacation in Vermont this summer, I bought some fat quarters of Anna Maria Horner's Little Folks voile from Nido. I would take it out and pet it from time to time, but I was a little afraid to do anything with it. I don't know, I guess because it's so silky I thought it would be hard to work with. So I decided the only sensible way to conquer my fear was to keep buying voile whenever I could find it on sale. (This makes sense in my head. Really.) Finally I decided to suck it up and start sewing.
So I started cutting up and sewing together rectangles to make a zigzag quilt. AMH's fabric seems a natural fit with zigzags. I used the tutorial from Crazy Mom Quilts (no piecing triangles!), and it was really simple.
The voile didn't give me any trouble either. It can be difficult to tell "right" from "wrong" side, but I guess if I can't tell, it doesn't really matter! (I think Ashley mentioned this in a post about voile, and she knows her stuff.) I used a smaller needle and increased my stitch length a little bit, and it really wasn't much different than quilting cotton. It really presses beautifully too.
(The cream fabric is AMH voile in Froth.)
And here's a picture of my quilt artfully draped over a bench.
The binding is voile in RiverRock. (Do you think the voile will hold up as binding? I guess time will tell.) For the backing I used the Forest Hills in Sea print. I got it for a good price from an Etsy shop that was closing. The voile fabric is pricey, but don't forget it's 54-inches wide so you get more of it. (I'm really good at rationalizing.) The fat quarters are, like, huge.
I didn't want the quilting to interfere with the softness of the fabric, so I just quilted in straight lines along the zigs and zags.
I'm pretty sure my son thinks all moms take quilts on field trips to the park.
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I'm posting this as a part of The Blogger's Quilt Festival on Amy's blog. Be sure to check out the other entries for hours and hours (literally) of inspiration.