This “stained glass” fabric has been lying around moving from house to house with me since before I could drive. I bought it originally planning to do a cathedral window quilt with it, but while recently reorganizing my fabric, I decided that the stained glass pattern in that type of quilt was just too matchy-matchy, so I ended up turning it into something else.
I had recently found this tutorial on piecing a zig zag quilt without triangles. While the no-triangle method makes for easy pressing of seams and faster piecing (I pieced long strips of fabric and then cut them into squares), the actual laying out of the pieces is a PAIN. Unfortunately, I’m not smart enough to piece them correctly without laying them all out first and then stacking into rows. So this took me a couple hours:
This is a large queen size, so luckily we had just refinished our floor, and I had a wide open space with no furniture. Otherwise, I don’t know how I would have laid out a quilt this big. Once it was all laid out, I gathered up each row on the diagonal and labeled them.
A few weeks prior to piecing this quilt, I stumbled upon this hand-quilting tutorial. After it was pieced, in a moment of insanity, I thought to myself, “Wouldn’t hand quilting look great along those zig zags?” While I’m no stranger to hand quilting (in fact, it’s all I did for years, and I have that huge quilting frame in the back of my closet somewhere to prove it), I had never thought to use anything other than plain old white hand quilting thread.
The tutorial suggests using perle cotton in size 8, but since I live in a smaller town and could only find white and ivory in perle cotton, I opted for what I thought was the next best thing: size 10 bedspread weight crochet thread. It comes in a multitude of bright happy colors for $1-something right at my local hobby lobby. I bought a light teal green color that matched one of my fabrics. I’m probably about 3/4 of the way through the quilting, and I’m so happy with the way it’s looking.
Hand quilting this baby is taking for-ev-er, but I must admit that it’s kind of nice to have a project I’m able to work on away from my sewing machine. I’ve been spending most nights curled up on the couch stitching away while watching TV with my quilt snuggled over me. It makes for the perfect winter project since it’s 17 degrees outside right now, and our 1890s house has zero insulation in the walls!