Thursday, May 31, 2012

Zakka Along Week 8 :: Zakka Block Quilt

Last week's Zakka project was a simple patchwork quilt designed by Leslie Good. At first, I debated whether I even wanted to do it. It fell during a particularly busy week, and my sewing machine was in the shop for its annual exam. But I'd made it through week 7 without fail, so really it was the pressure of continuing what I'd started that motivated me on.

After reading the post by i like orange, I got busy choosing fabrics from my stash. I really wanted to pair my  Melody Miller viewfinders with the linen-colored Essex linen I had chosen for the quilt, but I didn't quite have enough. So I rummaged through my solids and chose Kona cerise, zucchini, and raisin, plus some Free Spirit Designer Solids in light jade to mix in.
Because I was working on my back-up machine, I didn't want the quilt too large to quilt on it, so I cut my blocks 5" rather than 6 per the pattern.
The linen just said organic straight-line to me, which was probably the easiest to accomplish with my older machine, plus I just plain enjoy it. I confess to being a tad ho-hum about the quilt top, but once I started quilting, it just came to life. Where it all felt a little slippy-slidey as a quilt top, it quilted like a dream. And oh what awesome texture the quilting gave that linen!
Not sure what it is, but I love the look of criss-crossing straight-line!
I chose more of the Kona Raisin as the binding, which looks black in many photos, but is really a very dark - and wonderful - purple.
When I went to my stash to find a backing for the quilt, I realized I don't really have many pieces over 1 yard in length. I finally settled on this triangle print by Brandon Mably which, with a stripe of Kona lupine, was large enough and fit with the flavor of the quilt. Final measurements of the quilt are 34.5" x 49.5".
In the end, I am quite smitten with this little Zakka quilt, enjoyed using linen and of course incorporating the viewfinders. Definitely some good Zakka style.

30 comments:

Patchwork and Play said...

The colour palette is amazing!! And you are so right about the texture achieved with the linen and quilting! A triumph!

Simone de Klerk said...

Beautiful! Ah, so the binding is dark purple. Very pretty all of it!

Elizabeth Dackson said...

Gorgeous solids! Sometimes simplicity can be so beautiful, when done this well :) Awesome finish!

megstring said...

I am blown away by the difference before and after quilting!

Darcy said...

Wow - I have my zakka quilt all ready for quilting and just couldn't decide how to quilt it - I think I may know now ;-) Thanks for the inspiration! This turned out lovely!

Sarah said...

The solids you used are gorgeous!

Melissa Corry said...

I love the mix of solids with the print!! Fabulous :) Your quilt is just so fun. And I love the purple backing!

Kelly said...

It's Beautiful Debbie! I had my Kona colour card out yesterday trying to decide the best match for the viewfinders and then ordered some of the cerise :)

Katie B. said...

This is beautiful! I love the color palette. And seeing yours really makes me want to rip out the quilting on mine and start again...

capitolaquilter said...

Your choices are right on target. Love the way it all came together. The backing and binding are perfect too.

Heather D. said...

I just love it Debbie. Looks so cozy.

sukie said...

Um this is a fabulous quilt!!! heart it!

Lisa C said...

I am learning to like solids. I think you just pushed me into the "really like" solids category. What a great way to take a print you love and marry it with solids. Whoohoo!

Heidi Staples said...

Love it, Debbie! I too was surprised at how much I loved quilting with linen. I will definitely be trying that again!

Cherie said...

Amazing quilt! So great to see that you paired up other fabrics with it too as you were out of what you needed. It's great to see all the different versions of the same pattern =D

Katy Cameron said...

Such a fun wee quilt, and love the colours

Tiara said...

I love viewfinder, this quilt really makes me smile!

Cathy said...

It looks great! The true test of a quilting geek is when we have back up sewing machines!!!!!

felicity said...

What a beauty! Nicely done!

Kirsten N said...

I love the criss-cross quilting - and the viewfinders were just right for this quilt!

Jess said...

It's gorgeous! Linen is so lovely to quilt with - I've only made a mini with linen, but I really want to make more!

elizabeth said...

I love the view finder fabric : ) I also like the backing fabric....well done, as usual!

Amy DeCesare said...

Debbie, it's awesome! I love the single print, and the linen that you chose looks great with the solids. Well done, my friend!

Kat said...

This is such a pretty quilt!

Lynne said...

This was one of my favorite projects from the book. I definitely want to make one now after seeing yours. You rocked it!

Leslie said...

this is beautiful. i love the colors.

Amy said...

Love the colors! The style is so simple and beautiful!
Amy
Sew Incredibly Crazy

Shannon said...

this is so pretty! I love the mix of prints and solids on the neutral background!

amy dame said...

this looks fabulous! i haven't finished mine yet, but i was planning to quilt it similarly. i'm using a yellow linen, and i'm glad to see that it'll look yummy once i'm done!

Jeanette said...

I love the colors you chose, beautiful quilt. It really stood out in the linky party a Canoe Ridge.