Sunday 18 August 2013

A Zipper in Time: A Finished Quilt

My dear father-in-law celebrated his 60th birthday August 12th with the big party yesterday, August 17th. I got the idea to make him a quilt a long time ago and chose the perfect pattern...Zipper by Thimble Blossoms (Camille Rosekelley's pattern company of Bonnie and Camille).

I opted to use a jelly roll of Reunion by Sweetwater that I have had for ages (I don't even remember buying it) along with lots and lots of Kona Steel.

It took a long time. And it is huge. And there are 480 parallelograms, which almost drove me insane. I planned to make a big one for my own dad for Christmas but I think he is getting a lap size after dealing with this beast!

Here is A Zipper in Time:
The front. I love the effect of the parallelogram "zipper" look.

Pretty cool, right?

The back is mostly a print from Reunion (also from my stash, by the way, and also don't remember why I have so much of it), some Kona Slate(I think? I will have to check on that one)Kona Ash and a bit of leftover grey and white graph paper type of material used on the backing of Giraffe Love. (Wasn't I so good about using stash for this one?)

I did straight-line quilting using my walking foot using Aurafil grey and loosely  outline the zigzag pattern of the parellelograms. It took a long time. It was tiring. Every five seconds I had to pause, lift the presser foot, shift the direction of the quilt and sew again. But I think it looks cool!

The binding is mostly a solid red from stash (not sure the colour or brand) and this snazzy striped red print from Riley Blake. I think the pop of red looks awesome against all that grey.
I know my FIL will love it (and I commented to my husband that even if it was ugly and girly with pink flowers my FIL would still make a big deal of appreciating it) but I think I have chosen fabrics well for him and that he will actually, honestly like this quilt.

Since I'm writing this in the past (pre-gift) I will have to update you on his reaction!



  1. It looks awesome! Congratulations on making such a large quilt. I'm sure he will love it.

  2. This turned out great! Love a stripey binding :D

  3. Awesome, awesome finish, Lynn. I'm sure it will be truly appreciated.