Friday, February 16, 2018

Zee Quilt

Another Improv Patchwork (affiliate link) 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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  1. It's a fun quilt, whichever way you decide to hang it!

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

  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

    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!

  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!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  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.

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

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


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