Sunday, August 23, 2009

The finished zigzag quilt- The Morpho....

The Morpho Quilt-
I participated in the Zigzag Quilt Along at the Old Red Barn Co flickr group and from Amy at Parkcitygirl, where I learned SO much about the proper way to make a zigzag quilt using half-square triangles. It's never too late to join in, either, so if you want to learn how to make one and make some new friends at the same time, join us! We've made 2 quilts at this flickr group now and we're having a ball doing it.
I wanted something for the foot of our bed where the cats hang out most of the day, resting up from a busy night of hunting and prowling around. I'm sick to death of the towels that I keep there, trying to capture the cat hair before it wafts up to our pillows where we puff and spit at night, cat hairs in your mouth are very hard to catch! Since the cats all seem to like the other quilts I've done so much, I thought they deserved a couple of their own. This is the first one of two. The next one will coordinate but be completely different.
This is how you start out- first- pick out your fabrics and lay them out in a pleasing fashion. Then cut the fabric up into little bits. :) I used 5" squares. Start laying out your squares in the order you want your rows of zigzags to be. It was very confusing at the beginning but once you've done it, you're better able to picture how the squares will look as zigzags. Charts, notes and photos are very helpful in keeping you organized and on track.
Then you sew the squares together on the diagonal and cut them apart, press and you have your blocks ready to sew together to each other.

Once the top is all pieced, you're ready to make a quilt out of it. You lay down the backing, put the batting on that, lay the top on it and pin the snot out of it. :) Then you quilt it. I wanted something fast and easy and not terribly time-consuming, but also wanted it to be able to stand up to many, many launderings. So I was inspired by a doll quilt with long swoopy lines of stitching and that's what I did on this quilt.

I love these swoopy lines.

The Morpho quilt is named after the Blue Morpho Butterfly, an iridescent blue butterfly that is incredibly beautiful. Since there are butterflies in this quilt and the quilting is reminiscent of the lines in butterfly wings, I named it Morpho. Murphy will love it, he'll think it's named after him. He's our goofy boy.
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Tracy Golightly-Garcia said...

Beautiful colors and I love the pattern.
Tarcy :)

MaryAnn said...

I love it! You are so good at putting together designs and colors.

Susan said...

Thank you so much, Tracy/Tarcy! lol

Ah, MaryAnn, you are so nice to me. I'm glad you like it, and truth be known, I'm pretty tickled with it, too. There's not a single thing I'd change about it, really. Come on! Join the next quilt along, I could even send you the fabrics if you'd agree to make the blocks! I think I've changed my mind about what fabrics I'm going to do. I am going to imitate these, I think..... and I'm going to put little owl fabric pieces in the center blocks.

Now, are you tempted?

MaryAnn said...

Thanks fot the offer. I've sent you an e-mail explaining why I think I'll wait a few months before I attempt a quilt. I do plan to follow the quilt along at that time. I feel like I will be starting kindergarten. :o)

Cassie@You Go Girl said...

Yum! I'm typically not a quilter, but I've been admiring everyones' Zig-Zag quilts. I might have to give this a try.

Happy Day!