We are excited to announce Ziggy by Jackie Shaprio of French Bull is in stores. Ziggy is inspired by the vibrant tribal colors and seductive rhythms of Africa. Chevrons are extremely popular and Ziggy certainly has a variety to choose from. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and Ziggy's optical illusions twist and turn with every view.
Today I would like to share a tutorial from Alison Robins of Little Island Quilting using Ziggy. She is a blogging quilter from a tiny little island between England and France who is obsessed with making quilts!
So without any further ado here is a special treat from Alison:
Ziggy Tutorial by Alison Robins
I hope to show in this tutorial that by taking a very simple block design and tweaking it here and there, you can make your own individual quilt.
So my starting point was these fabrics - Ziggy by French Bull for Windham Fabrics. I had decided that the fabrics on the left should be the star of the show and the ones on the right would play supporting roles.
The whole quilt is based on a 9" block. ( 3 different 9" block styles)
- You cut the center square 5" and then the four strips as in the image below:
- The second square you take one of the 'star of the show' fabrics and cut a 6 1/2" square. You then add white strips (like above) with the following measurements and all 1 3/4" wide: 6 1/2", 7 3/4" (you need two) and 9 ''.
- The final square is just plain white and is 9" square.
- I think the first thing to consider when sewing the squares together is are you going random or are you going for a fairly ordered pattern. I like random!
On a couple of the blocks I added in
little random scraps of fabric in
the white border.
The options are endless. You could:
- Resize the dimensions of each block width entirely
- Put the blocks on a wonk/angle
- Add in tiny scraps of fabric to the white squares
- Strip piece the squares they are made of varying numbers of strips
- Sub-divide some of the squares into smaller squares so, for instance one of the squares is made up of four smaller squares
- Etc etc
When it came to the binding I also tried to liven that up a bit too. I chose green as there were only small bits of it in the quilt and I wanted to bring this colour to the fore. I also added in a bit of the grey ziggy fabric and as you can see in the image above, I managed to get it to go across one of the grey blocks.
Quilting was loads of straight line (ish) to give it some real texture. Most were on the vertical but again, just to mix it up, I did some horizontally too.
And the back?
I took a piece of my absolute favourite piece from the collection and set it into a white background.