24 Jul

Happy Birthday Dad

The zig zag quilt started out on a whim, but as I worked on it, the taupe and scraps told me that it would be a nice gift for my dad. The timing couldn’t have been better — I finished it in time to get it to him for his birthday.

In my mind, the quilting was to be a lush forest of free form critters and odd forms.

What came out of my hands was a sampler of sorts of the overall patterns I am comfortable with. The scale compliments the echo quilting on the zigzags themselves and it all looks good, so I’m not complaining.

I used various colored threads in the zigzag section. From afar you wouldn’t notice, but up close it’s a nice detail. The free form in the solid areas is taupe to match the fabric.

The repurposed duvet cover I used for the backing had a hole in it. I “darned” a patch over it and it’s one of my favorite parts of the quilt — besides the zigzags, of course!

17 thoughts on “Happy Birthday Dad

  1. Happy Birthday to your Dad! It is a beautiful quilt. As Gerrie said – simple, elegant, and fun! The quilting is gorgeous. Way to go! I also was so touched by the card Art sent you. What a sweetie! Cheers.

  2. A great big THANKS, kiddo. The more I study the detail, the more I find. But I won’t give up the American flag quilt you did for me years ago, nor the Ester Parkhurst quilt that’s in the guest bedroom, so I guess I’ll just have to build another bedroom for this one.

    Thanks Kristin, it’s perfect.

  3. Wow! I love how you placed the zigzags as a center stripe. I might have to try that myself. Happy Birthday, Opa!

  4. I think I already told you how much I love this quilt–still do! And it looks like the recipient is warmed and warmed again by such a thoughtful gift.

  5. This is wonderful, Kristin! Those stripes of zigzags against the neutral background really pop. What a fabulous gift…lucky Dad.

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