We are Part of Nancy Zieman’s Quick Column Quilts Blog Tour!!! Yay!


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 Hi!  Thanks for stopping by!

Be sure to keep reading so you can see which quilt sample I chose to make from Nancy’s AWESOME new book!  Drum Roll, Please! …………………………………….

My name is StitchinJenny and this is where I blog about all the fun things I’m doing as an educator at my favorite sewing shop:

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This week, I’m taking part in Nancy Zieman’s Blog Tour to help get the word out about her latest book.  Let me tell you, it’s FULL of great quilt projects that will delight the novice to the expert quilter with it’s easy to follow instructions and tips.  You are definitely going to want your own copy of this one!

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PRIZES! PRIZES! PRIZES!

Enter to Win a FREE Copy of Nancy’s Newest Book!!!

Would you like a chance to win a free copy of Quick Column Quilts?  Just leave a comment on this blog post and a random winner will be chosen from the comments at the end of Nancy’s blog tour on Sept. 17th.  We will ship your book to you once we receive our copy from the publisher!

MORE PRIZES! PRIZES! PRIZES!!!

Nancy Zieman will be hosting a grand giveaway of 15 prizes!!!  If you would like to enter to win PLEASE follow the instructions below:

Readers must comment on Nancy’s September 4th blog posting to qualify for the giveaways. Click this link and make a comment on her quick column-quilts post.                 http://www.nancyzieman.com/blog/blog-tour/quick-column-quilts/

I chose to make the Happy-Go-Lucky Chevron Column Quilt:

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First, I had to decide on which fabrics to use.

First, I had to decide on which fabrics to use.  I got these fun prints from my designer friend, Erin Schlosser.

Then I had to cut the fabrics into strips as directed in the handy dandy instructions.

Then I had to cut the fabrics into strips as directed in the handy dandy instructions.

Next, I sewed the strips together using a really neat method to create a staircase effect.  This helped eliminate waste when creating the chevrons....

Next, I sewed the strips together using Nancy’s method to create a staircase effect. This helped eliminate waste when creating the chevron columns….  See next photo for my fabric “Stairs”

Downstairs Strips!

Part of my Downstairs Strips!  I love those big,colorful flowers….

Once my strips were sewn together, I followed Nancy's very clear instructions for cutting my "Stairs" into what would become the chevron columns.

Once my strips were sewn together, I followed Nancy’s very clear instructions for cutting my “Stairs” into what would become the chevron columns.

My first Chevron column!

My first Chevron column!

Once I had all my columns prepared, I needed to decide on a layout for my quilt.Preparing the columns was so easy. (There's some cool steps involved that save fabric and give great results.)

Once I had all my chevron columns prepared, I needed to decide on a final layout for my quilt. Preparing the columns was so easy. There’s some cool steps involved that save fabric and give great results.

Next, I stitched the narrow strips in between and around the columns.

Next, I stitched the narrow strips in between and around the columns.

I love how this quilt top turned out!

I love how this quilt top turned out!

So, I must confess, I’m not done with the final steps such as adding the batting, backing, binding, and actually QUILTING my quilt.  (Yes, I’m one of those quilters who loves to make the tops and procrastinates the finishing….)

BUT, I was relieved to see that Nancy included a lot of helpful illustrations and instructions to help newbie quilters like myself get this job done and done WELL!  I’m looking forward to finishing this and improving my skills in the process.

If you’d like to see more from Nancy’s Blog Tour, just visit the links below:

Here is a listing of all the wonderful bloggers on the Quick Column Quilts Blog Tour:

09/04/14         Nancy Zieman

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 DesignzLilac 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 PrimitivesDoohikey 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

Thanks for reading!

Jenny Gabriel alter ego:  StitchinJenny

41 thoughts on “We are Part of Nancy Zieman’s Quick Column Quilts Blog Tour!!! Yay!

  1. Brenda Howard

    Hi Jenny, I love the fabric you chose for your quilt and that pattern is great. I can’t wait to get my hands on it. I am like you in the being a topper. I love making tops but I hardly ever finish them.

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  2. Julie in WA

    Love your chevron fabric choices! It shows me that a few special prints work well with solids to make an exciting quilt! I seldom use solids as I am afraid it will make the project look dull.

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  3. dlamastus

    this looks like a great way to get a chevron quilt. I too am a “topper”, I have a stack of tops that are done, who knows if they will ever become a quilt, but for now, I like to just look at them and admire what I have accomplished 🙂

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  4. sewinbear

    Loving your Quilt! ‘Specially the Fabrics you used!!! Besautiful!! Can’t wait to see all finished! I am pretty new to quilty world too…Want/neeeed…to learn how to FMQ on my regular machine…and am such a chicken! lol Stitch in Ditch is only kind I have done.

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  5. sherrym2

    I LOVE your quilt top – the colors are perfect for that pattern! I can relate to the making quilt tops and procrastinating the quilting – I’m the worlds worst!!

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    1. Jenny Gabriel Post author

      Dear Liz,
      You are the winner of the Quick Column Quilts Book give-away!!!!!!
      Contact me at hsc.jennyg@gmail.com with your mailing address and I’ll ship this out to you!
      Thank you so much for participating in the blog tour!
      Happy Stitching!!!!
      Jenny Gabriel alter ego: StitchinJenny

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  6. craftygramma

    Yay! you made the quilt i want to make first! It’s beautiful! you even used colors i love, so its like a sneak peek into the future for me… thanks!

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  7. Christine

    Love the colors on your quilt. I usually don’t buy quilt books but I may have to buy this one!! Thank you for the opportunity to win one!

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  8. Karen Thurn

    Your chevron tutorial makes it look very easy. I am a new quilter and have made several tops but have not quilted any by myself yet.

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  9. Laura Lynch

    Hi Jenny! Great job on picking the colors of your quilt . . . I’m like you . . . great at making tops . . . but not so great at quilting them. I’m ready to start pawing new, beautiful fabric for my next project!

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