Monday, August 3, 2009

Zig Zagging and the tools it takes...


I sure hope slow and steady finishes the race... that's the pace I have been going on for the last week. Sometimes when you are working on multiple projects simultaneously you feel like you are getting nothing done.

I have been working on my Zig Zag Quilt for the Old Red Barn Quilt Along. I cut 256 - 5 inch squares that I have been marking, matching, cutting & ironing for the HST units. The photo above shows my bottom row laid out, other than my table is not as wide as the quilt will be.

I have been using a new marking pencil and it is working really well. Sorry the photo is a tad blurry... it is labeled as Ultimate Marking Pencil for Quilters and Crafters, I bought at my LQS for about $3. So far the process seems to be going well, though slower that I'd like.


There are a lot of great tutorials out there on HST. Here are a few links of interest: Minick & Simpson had a recent post to marking vs thangles, a tutorial on HST and QST, HST Tiger Tape, and these are the quilt along directions here. Additionally, I have seen on a few blogs recently (just can't recall whose) showing templates that are adhered to your machine to guide your sewing for the HST.

Do you have any favorite marking tools or tricks for HST? If you'd like to share, leave a comment and it would be fun for all of us to read them!

So here is peak at a quilt back that is almost done, I just have to piece (& match) the top section to sew on above the blocks... this is the bottom. Sometimes, I wish I didn't have such tedious ideas!


Don't forget to leave a comment regarding your favorite marking tools & HST tips... and if you haven't entered my honey bun giveaway click here, the contest is open until Wednesday night!

6 comments:

Anita in Florida said...





I am also making the zig zag quilt...with batiks...and they are killers to pin. I have just completed putting together the 6th row. What I have found is that you definetly need to press the seams OPEN...makes the matching of the points, not to mention the bulk being slightly less, as easy as possible. Put the straight pin in at the point and then into the other block...keep this pin straight up and down and pin on each side of it. When you sew you will cross over the point that you inserted the pin and have a perfect point. This is all clear as mud...right!!! LOL It does work though, if you can figure my directions out!

Needled Mom said...





I always mark my HSTs with a pen since you cut on that line anyway. It stays nice and clear. The zig zag is looking great.

Susan/FlossieBlossoms said...





I have been using a pen, also- it marks nicely and I don't end up using up my good disappearing markers, which are ridulously expensive, IMO. I use the pink Clover marker for lights and the white Clover marker for darks(heat fades this one). It seems like they run out at the worst times and after not a lot of use, too. So if I'm marking on the back of fabric, I use either a regular pen or pencil.

Your zz quilt is going to be wonderful! Oh, I sewed up the HST for my other one the other day and I saved myself a lot of time- I used my walking foot to sew them and didn't bother to pin at all. Wow, was that faster! And they didn't shift one iota, either. What a time saver.

Susan/FlossieBlossoms said...





I should add- that was just sewing on either side of the marked line, not that actual assembling of the HSTs together into rows. For that, I shall pin, pin, pin!

SandyQuilts said...





I want to make a ZZ quilt too. Have you seen this tutorial where the ZZ is made with blocks no HST
http://beesquarefabrics.blogspot.com/2009/03/how-to-make-zig-zag-quilt-without.html

free indeed said...





I'm making the zigzag quilt too. I only finished cutting my 5" squares today, so I am a tad behind. I normally eyeball the sewing of HST and it shows in that things are quite accurate. I would like to buy that vinyl film that you can put on the machine bed and do them all without marking...that just takes too long. I also saw the tute for making the zigzag without HST, and mentioned it to parkcitygirl, but she was wanting to teach HST so people would be more comfortable with them.