Friday, February 16, 2018

Zee Quilt

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Another Improv Patchwork quilt finish!


Zee Quilt by QuiltFabrication

Introducing Zee Quilt! Aren't those curvy, wavy stripes awesome?!

So why the funny name? Well, a few posts ago, in New Improv Stripes Project, I mentioned how the striped strips were really making me think of zebras. And Bonnie commented about how zebra stripes go up and down,


Zebra stripes

and suggested I try turning the quilt.

At first, I thought, nah, I like it vertical,


Zee Quilt hanging vertically

and proceeded with the quilting that way, plus the first round of pictures. In this direction, I was going to name it Z-Legs, because the strips could be legs, and zebra stripes go horizontal on their legs. So the name would make sense.

After snapping away, I thought, hmm, what does it look like horizontal? Well, I found out it looks just as awesome! Uh oh, now what?


Zee Quilt with improv freehand cut stripes

Time to involve hubby in the which-way-does-it-go decision. 
me: Hubby, which way looks better - vertical?



Z-Legs, the Zee Quilt in vertical orientation


Hubby: that's nice
me: or horizontal?


Zee Quilt horizontal orientation

Hubby: Oh!
Guess that answers that question!

me: but now what do I name it?? I still think it looks like zebras.
Hubby: just call it the Z Quilt
me: the letter Z by itself is weird. I'll spell it Zee. 
Hubby: sounds good!
And all of that took under 30 seconds Wednesday night. Was it the right decision? I think so, but that hanging sleeve isn't on there yet!

Let's look at the quilting, which is a bit hard to see due to blending of the green thread. Leaf and pebble texture fill in the green areas, and stitch-in-the-ditch brings out the stripes.


leaf and pebble quilt fill closeup


leaf and pebble quilt fill

And for backing, I choose a black and white print from the stash.


Zee Quilt closeup and backside

The making of this quilt has garnered quite a number of views, including the making of the wavy stripes and the in-progress pics of the blocks. Though popular, I won't be writing a pattern for this one. But if interested, I suggest reviewing the above two posts to make the wavy striped fabric. Measurement for the blocks are as follows: the stripes are 2 1/2" x 12 1/2", and the two sides (green) are 3 1/2" x 12 1/2". Black separating sashing is 
1 3/4" x 8 1/2". Feel free to ask me any other questions about this quilt!

Happy Quilting!



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18 comments:

  1. It's a fun quilt, whichever way you decide to hang it!

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  2. Love the Zee quilt. You always find the most awesome fabrics for your projects.

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  3. Hi Susan,
    I love, love, LOVE this quilt! The gradation in the fabric just looks fabulous. It reminds me of peeking through a fence and seeing a zebra through the slats. It is funny how different it looks just turning it! Really lovely and so is the name. ~smile~ Roseanne

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    1. Thanks Roseanne! That ombre was the perfect choice - adds interest without distracting. Sometimes they can become the main feature of the quilt. But here, it's those awesome wavy stripes - I'm loving those!

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  4. Looks awesome!! You could put hanging sleeves on two sides because that rotation actually produces a completely different looking quilt! Thanks for the measurements on the sashing! Love the ombre fabric!

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  5. Oh Zee Quilt is zee wonderful! It does work well both ways but, um, er, I sure like it horizontal! Great finish.

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    1. Well, thank you for the suggestion - it worked out well!

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  6. Super quilt; I love it!!! (... and I don't even like green!) How very talented you are!

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  7. Amazing. I love that green fabric. It sparkles. Well done.

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  8. LOVE the horizontal orientation of the quilt! Nice work. DH's reaction was priceless!!

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    1. Thank you so much! And yes, it's that's kind of reaction, the gut one, that needs to be trusted.

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  9. OMGosh! This quilt is one of my "favoritests"! I really really like it!

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    1. Thank you! As soon as I get the hanging sleeve on, it's going up on the dining room wall.

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  10. I couldn't see it before but it turned out wonderful Susan. Love the improve strips and they look just like on a zebra, so clever.

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    1. Thank you! I'm really loving those wavy lines - they add so much interest to this quilt.

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  11. Congratulations on a fun finish! So classy, yet fun! Great balance of color and style! Awesome quilting!

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    1. Aw, thank you so much for the quilt love!

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