Quick Column Quilts Blog Tour

September 8, 2014 in News

We are ‘sew’ excited to participate in Nancy Zieman’s Quick Column Quilts Blog Tour today! This tour celebrates Nancy’s new book, Quick Column Quilts, and today, I’m sharing my favorite quilt project from the book, as well as my creative vision for making it one day!

Totally Stitchin': Quick Column Quilts Blog Tour

About the Book

Included in Quick Column Quilts are 12 bold and beautiful designs for making quilt tops in half the time. By focusing on creating columns as opposed to squares or triangles, quilters can streamline their sewing while still creating a strong visual impact. Besides lots of quilt patterns, Nancy includes a section on basic quilting skills, including supplies, tools and finishing options.

One of my favorite aspects of the book is that there notes from Nancy throughout the book that really help encourage creativity and include tips and tidbits to make the quilting process smoother. Since I am newbie quilter (aka I haven’t made a quilt yet), this notes are really helpful!

Plans for My First Quilt

Making a quilt has been on my sewing bucket list for quite awhile now, and this book was the final little push I needed to get going! I really love the Heartbeat Column Quilt pattern from this book, so I am going to use it for my first quilt! Yay!

Totally Stitchin': Quick Column Quilts Blog Tour

The Heartbeat pattern will yield a quilt that would be perfect for a baby, and since I don’t have kids yet, I wanted to make it a little larger…closer to throw size or bigger so I could snuggle up with it.

Again since I have next to zero quilt-making experience, I was a little apprehensive about trying to size up the pattern, but never fear! At the end of this particular quilt pattern, Nancy included a handy dandy section that goes over different creative options for this pattern, including information on how to create the quilt in larger sizes. I have zero excuse now not to make it!

I’m not sure yet what I want to use for the backing or binding, but I have my heart set on the fabrics for the quilt top:

Totally Stitchin': Quick Column Quilts Blog Tour

As soon as I saw Brambleberry Ridge, the new line from Violet Craft for Michael Miller Fabrics, I was in love. It’s feminine and shimmery with a bit of a hipster vibe, and I knew I had to make something with it. It’s just gorgeous!

I will use the above 8 prints (7 from Brambleberry Ridge and 1 from Glitz) to make the heartbeat strips, and I think I want to use white for the background. As far the backing fabric…I’m just not sure yet. I want to do something cool; make the back as interesting as the front. Hopefully, once I start working on the top, the back and binding will come to me. I’m a visual person, so it may help to see the top come together before deciding on the rest.

So that’s my vision, what do you think?

Now that you’ve seen a sneak peek of Quilt Column Quilts by Nancy Zieman, head over to Nancy’s blog for your chance to enter one of 15 amazing prizes, including a Baby Lock Tempo sewing machine!

Keep up with the Quick Column Quilts blog tour for tons more inspiration and quilting fun!

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09/05/14 Quilt Taffy and Simple Simon & Co.

09/06/14 Diary of a Quilter and Stitchin Jenny

09/07/14 A Woman a Day and Craizee Corner

09/08/14 Jina Barney Designz, Lilac Lane Patterns, and Totally Stitchin’

09/09/14 Esch House Quilts and The Cottage Mama

09/10/14 Designs in Machine Embroidery and Pat Sloan

09/12/14 Happy Valley Primitives, Doohikey Designs, and Quilt in a Day

09/13/14 Quilt Dad and Just Arting Around

09/14/14 Lazy Girl Designs and Marie-Madeline Studio

09/15/14 Always Expect Moore and Polka Dot Chair

09/16/14 Amy Lou Who Sews and Riley Blake Designs

09/17/14 Indygo Junction and Amy’s Creative Side

22 responses to Quick Column Quilts Blog Tour

  1. You could run them the other direction for the back, with one long spike. The binding makes it stop so try a grey.

  2. Purple is one of my favorite colors. I’m sure the quilt will be beautiful.

  3. The Heartbeat pattern looks to be a good first quilt for you. I like the colors you choose.

  4. Warning … making quilts is like eating chips … one is never enough. Have fun, I did. crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

  5. I love the variety of quilt designs, and the combination of colors also!

  6. Your fabric choice will make this a great quilt! Good for you to learn something new!

  7. I think you’re off to a good start for a new quilter. Your fabric choices are lovely. If you lay your fabrics on the piece you’re considering for the background and take a few steps back and look at it, you can get a feel for how well you like the combination. I often audition several background fabrics and I’m sometimes surprised at which one I like best. I agree that an interesting back is a great addition to a quilt — it makes the quilt more interesting and it gives you a place to play! For backs, I say anything goes! For me, making quilts is fun beginning to end — I hope you will enjoy it too!

  8. Like the column quilts. They are a good way to use more fabrics in the use more colors and similar to the modern quilts that are beginning. I always place all my fabrics on the background to see which is the best suited for the colors. I love to create my own ideas from all the patterns. That is what quilting is.

  9. I quilt to relax and unwind from a days work. Also to let the creative side of me come out of me.

  10. I love quilting and sewing columns. I have been sewing for the past forty-two years and I want to keep pursuing my hobby. I love to quilt for my family and for quilting shows. If I win this sewing machine I can continue sewing and giving warmth and happiness to my family.

  11. I looove the fabrics you have picked!! Know you will do amazing job!! Can’t wait to see it finished!

  12. I quilt to keep my sanity. My grandson is ill and if I don’t stay busy I think , If I think I get depressed. So I sew all day most every day. I have made and finished approx. 25 full sized quilts in the past year. only 3 of them is smaller than queen sized. I could use new equipment so I would love o win thank you

  13. I think that would be the perfect first quilt! It might even make you want to make another in other fabric choices – that’s kind of how it goes. It grows on you! 🙂 Happy stitching!

  14. I think your fabric choices are great and this is probably a good pattern for a first quilt. I, too, work as I go trusting that it will all work well in the end. The tip about standing back to get perspective is a good one to make a habit of as you go along. Good Luck! and Welcome!

  15. Love your vision.

  16. Will be interesting to see the quilt made in your color choices. Thanks for sharing you picks.

  17. You have a nice variety of prints with the size of the prints varying from small prints, medium prints, and larger prints. Varying the size of the prints I think keeps the quilt interesting.

  18. Good luck. You’ve picked a good quilt pattern to start with.

  19. You will become a total convert when it comes to quilting. I love the colors you chose for your first quilt.

  20. Nice job!

  21. I really like your design. I am also fairly new to quilting & don’t know as much as I should. I have made a few quilts though. I’ve made 3, for my sister, brother & mother-in-law, all with the same theme. I put the names & birthdates of all of their children, grandchildren, & great grandchildren & them on blocks. I put them in the middle & everyone else around them, in no particular order, so no one gets mad that they are not where they think they should be. I also made a couple of throws for 2 of my nieces which were large block & I put their names & SWEET 16 on them in their favorite colors. So far everyone has liked them. I make simple designs because I don’t know how do get fancy with them & I try to personalize them for whom ever they go to. I have so much more to learn. The first quilting project I made was in a beginners class & it was a table runner, which I gave to one of my nieces, The second quilting project was for my sister with all of her off springs on it.

  22. nice to read this post…i love this article

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