Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Zakka Block Quilt (finally)

So I started this quilt for the Zakka Style Sew Along the actual week of the project and then life happened and it just got finished a couple of days ago. Finally. I'll admit I love it when a project goes quickly but this just didn't happen that way. More like lots of sewing in 15 - 30 minute windows (think the length of a PBS kids show), so it seemed like it took forever to get it done. If forever is 10 days - what can I say? I'm an instant gratification sewer, or I try to be anyway ;-)

The front is Essex Linen and a Kaffe print - can't for the life of me remember which one (and it might even be Brandon Mably) but as soon as I saw it at one of my LQS I fell in love with it. LOVE. Plus it only took a yard, so it wasn't too much of a splurge. I added two extra blocks on each row to make a slightly larger quilt.
I wanted to make us a couple of quilts to use for picnics or hanging out at the Farmer's Market on the weekend and this is the one I made just for me :-) I backed it with denim for a little extra protection from that hard Georgia clay we're usually sitting on.
I had to piece together two pieces of denim (due to my ongoing quilt math issues) and I was truly annoyed about it. But then in a lovely turn of events I decided to add a decorative stitch along the seam and it turned out to be my favorite part of the whole darn quilt. Too bad it's on the back but it still makes me happy just knowing it's there :-)
Binding was a Kaffe spot print. I couldn't decide how to quilt it until I saw how Debbie quilted hers and the organic straight lines on just the linen seemed so perfect that I had to be a complete and utter copycat and do the same thing. This also helped to camouflage some of my wonky piecing. Thankfully.
I think it's going to be a great size for lounging on! My husband liked it but declared it "too short" for two people to sit on together, which explains why he'll be sitting next to the quilt if you happen to see us together ;-) Also teddy approved!
Shortly after taking the photos outdoors we discovered that it is just right for tent making too - how lucky are we? Also please appreciate my child who is already so weary of being photographed at age 2 3/4 that she treats us like paparazzi. Geez.

Thanks to Lindsey for organizing the Zakka Sew Along, Michelle for her tutorial and tips and Debbie for the quilting inspiration! NOw, even though I am behind I'm still moving on to my MOST favorite project in the whole book - Larissa's leaf messenger bag! No idea how long it'll take me but SO SO excited anyway!


  1. love how it turned out. denim is a great idea for a picnic backing, note to self!

    Can't wait to see your messenger bag, totally my favorite project too! I know yours will be a beauty.

  2. I thought the messenger bag would take longer than it did. When you do it in a few days it seems to go faster. :) Be sure to note corrections on Errata. I followed the directions in the book, and my corner came out way too wide. It's still a great bag, though!

  3. oh your zakka quilt looks great - love the quilting obviously(!) and fun with the decorative stitching on the back! Thanks for adding your lovely to my flickr group - awesome! Good luck tacking the bag - it's a fun one!

  4. This is beautiful, Darcy! I love that print. Great choice! And I love the back, too. Isn't it funny that a mistake can turn into something so wonderful?


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