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Zakka Style Project 8: Block Quilt

Zakka Block Quilt

Zakka Block Quilt    Finished size = 46 X 60 inches

Yippee!  I got the quilt done and I LOVE it!  I thought I had gotten a jump on this project by deciding the layout a few weeks ago.  However, all the sewing, quilting and binding was done this week – mostly in the past 3 days.  Luckily my husband was out of town and I didn’t have too many other responsibilities.

Blocks and stitching

Blocks and stitching

I used a charm pack of woven japanese fabrics which are 4″ square.  There were 70 squares in the package and I needed 72.  I supplemented by cutting some similar fat quarters that I had.  I used cream colored linen for the rest of the top and a cotton fabric for the binding and back.

serged quilt back

Serged quilt back

I put the quilt together with my serger.  The linen and the woven fabrics were a loose enough weave that they were fraying like crazy so I thought this would be a good idea.  Look at how neat the back is!  I’ve only used my serger for garment construction and edge finishing (150 cloth napkins for my daughter’s wedding) in the past.  This project was the PERFECT project to serge because of all the straight lines and it went together very quickly this way.

Finished corner

Close up of binding and hand stitching

I did stitch in the ditch with thread that matches the linen along the seams on the top and bottom of the blocks.  This did a good job of stabilizing the quilt.  This loosely woven linen really wanted to lose it’s shape.  Next I did the hand stitching with a thick pearl cotton thread.  The hand stitching was definitely the most time consuming part of this project, but I’m SO happy that I did it because I love how it looks and it reminds me of sashiko stitching which seems appropriate with my japanese fabrics.

Finished Quilt

I wonder how many other Zakka Sew Along sewers are scrambling to get their quilts done today in order to link up for this weeks “prize”.  Good luck everyone!


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Studio Gatz – handcrafted gifts and more!

Check out Studio Gatz.  My daughter, Sandy,  just opened this online store and it has some wonderful handcrafted items including cards, pillows, glassware and dishtowels.  She is also mixing in some vintage items. If you need a special gift, this is the perfect place to look.

Studio Gatz

Studio Gatz – Vintage Finds & Classic Designs

I was the pillow maker this past week.  These pillows are made out of linen or other textured fabrics.  I covered the cording and added it to the edges (I was told the pillows HAD to have this).  Most have a hidden zipper in the back with a decorative fabric strip doing the hiding.  Sandy wasn’t sure she would like the look of this but we both loved it once I did the first one.

Linen Hexagon Pillow

Linen Hexagon Pillow – Front

Linen Hexagon Pillow - Back

Linen Hexagon Pillow – Back

I used this tutorial from Sew Mama Sew to insert the zipper.  It made the zipper a breeze and so beautiful.  I  think the back looks just as good as the front.  Don’t you?

Black Hexagon Pillow Front

Black Linen Hexagon Pillow

Back of pillow – hidden zipper

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