Zig-Zag Quilt

I’ve had this quilt finished for quite some time yet never took a picture of it.  After it came out of the washer, it went straight on our bed and has been there ever since.  We both love it as a bed quilt because I made it larger than a normal queen size.

My husband is over six feet tall, and he usually untucks blankets from the bottom of the mattress almost immediately.  This one is almost 120″ long, so there’s a good foot and a half to tuck under the mattress, which keeps our bed nice and neat without having to remake the whole thing every morning.

There’s also a little extra on the sides for when he steals the covers during the night.  This keeps me happy.

The last part that I love about this quilt for a bed quilt is that it’s really soft.  It’s hand quilted, which gives it added softness, and I used Hobb’s Heirloom batting instead of my normal Warm & Natural.  The Hobbs is a bit lighter, and more loosely woven, which promotes the softness.  It’s great for a summer weight quilt.  I still love Warm & Natural, too, because it gives it more of a traditional weight, and it’s warmer, which is better for the winter.  It really all depends on the intended use for the quilt as to which I prefer.

Anyhow, I chose to follow the zig zags for the quilting and to use a teal colored crochet thread (size 10).  It shows off the hand quilting and adds a nice design element to the quilt.  The back especially shows off the quilted design.

I chose to bind the quilt in a coordinating solid mainly because I used every last scrap of print fabric in the quilt itself.  The back has some leftover zig zag pieces.  I would have liked to make them into zig zags, but I didn’t have enough left, so I made a checkerboard pattern instead.  Regardless, I like that the solid binding pulls out the green color and matches the quilting thread.

I originally bought this fabric to make a cathedral window quilt.  I bought it at least ten years ago from Joann’s.  I liked the stained glass look for that type of quilt, but I never made the quilt, and then I decided if I ever do make a cathedral window quilt, I’d rather have something else in the centers.  So, in an effort to clean out my stash a bit, this quilt was born.  I used a no-triangle piecing method (a good tutorial  can be found here, although my quilt is much larger).  The no-triangle method is easy, shortens cutting time, and chain pieces quickly.  If you have larger or directional prints, it’s easy to see the lines, but for smaller, busier prints, it works great.

I’ll be showing this at the fair this year in the hand-quilted category.  Until then, it will stay at home on our bed.


  1. wow that is just stunning

  2. Tracy Bygate says:

    I love your yellow and grey chevron quilt and was looking to see if you posted a pattern link. I got to the zigzag page and you said there was a no-triangle piecing method here but no link.
    Do you have a tutorial? I would love to try and make a baby quilt like the chevron quilt.


    • Here is the tutorial link. I did make mine a different size. I believe the tutorial suggests cutting the strips 2.5″ or 3″, but I cut mine 6″ wide. It will work as long as you cut all your strips the same width, whatever size you decide upon.

  3. Lori Kariott says:

    Any chance you can send the fabric requirements for zig zag quilt. I think that is great to make them bigger, I am going to try that. I have a pattern for 4 1/2″ wide and it seems like so many zig zags…look forward to hearing from you!!


    • Lori Kariott says:


    • Tara Hines says:

      I’m really sorry– the fabric requirements are kind of trial and error. The first one I did was a queen size, and I just cut and sewed and planned to make the largest quilt I could. Beyond that, when I do a best guess on fabric estimates, I just figure out the quilt size and then estimate I need half of that size in one color and half in another. I always add a yard for good measure (to account for seam allowances, etc.). Sorry I can’t be more help! It takes a lot of calculating to really figure it out. When the blocks are set on point, I always find that more difficult to figure out.

  4. Found this post from a google image search for “zig zag quilt”. I just want to say how much I love the look of your hand quilting. I love the contrast of the color and the design it adds to use the thicker threads… Just beautiful!

    This may be a dumb question, but I’m new to quilting and full of dumb questions 😉 When you hand quilt like this, do you do anything different with your binding? Or just machine stitch then blanket stitch?

    Thanks :)

    • Tara Hines says:

      Thank you! I love the look of this type of quilting, too– I’m kind of addicted! Yours is not a dumb question– most quilts are bound the same way regardless of the design. If you have curved edges or rounded corners, you’ll need to cut your binding on the bias so it will stretch. There are a couple of different binding methods, but what I prefer to do is cut as strip 2.5″ wide, and iron it in half lengthwise. Then I line the raw edge up with the edge of the quilt and sew a scant 3/8″ from the edge. After that, you flip the binding back over the edge and hand sew it to the back side.

      Other methods involve something similar but machine stitching– I think hand stitching looks a lot neater, but you can find tutorials online for both. This was just a quick explanation– I’d recommend googling for quilt binding tutorials. There are loads out there. It’s how I learned, too! Good luck!


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