Zig-Zag Cut Quilt Tutorial for Beginning Quilters (I Sewed a QUILT!)
I usually try not to brag about the projects I make (because typically half the people that see them love them and half will hate them, but so it goes in creative-land). This project though? It might not be expert sewing and it certainly is not the gold standard of quilting, but gosh darn it -- I am going to BRAG!
This took me longer than ANY project I've ever embarked upon and is certainly the most ambitious sewing project I've ever tried. (I consider myself an EXTREME amateur sewer and typically I "cheat-sew" not "real-sew"). In any case, the quilt is FINISHED, it is super duper soft, it is sweet and has a host of quirks thanks to my novice skills. Ready to learn how YOU can make your own (probably BETTER than I can?!?) Let's go!
The idea for this quilt is to create frilly layers (chenille if you will) on one side while the other remains flat. You are using 4 (or more) flat pieces of fabric instead of piecing fabric as you would a typical quilt. The first few steps are tedious, but very important to getting a workable result.
Once you have your first line down the center of the quilt, move on to the left and the right of the line, sewing parallel lines down the length of your quilt. This part takes a LONG time and I would break it up into half hour segments so that I wouldn't get super sloppy with my sewing (note stitching above...)
One more note: If you DO happen to cut through your quilt when cutting the loose "chenille", all is not lost! I actually really love the quirky patches I ended up making for the little "accidents". Once the quilt is complete and the binding is done, I simply went back over the couple holes with a contrasting thread (see yellow in above photo) and one larger hole actually ended up right in the center and I was able to cover it with a "patch" made from a cutout from my scrap sheet fabric (see second photo below).
17 hours and counting...
Update: She is HERE :)