The Zoomer Quilt in Modern Solids: Part 3

Hello quilters!

In this post, I’ll show you some piecing and finishing tips for your Zoomer modern quilt! (Click to read Part 1 and Part 2 of this series.)

Piecing

This quilt uses many half-square triangles that require careful piecing to match up the seams correctly. I do press my seams open to achieve a flatter look, but this is definitely personal preference. After pressing my seams, I pin the seam at 1/4-inch and fold back to make sure that my pieces are properly placed so that I don’t lose any points.

Once I’ve checked placement, then I add some extra pins so I don’t have any fabric wiggle when stitching.

 

Piecing the Zoomer quilt.
Piecing the Zoomer quilt.

This quilt pieces together very quickly. As you complete each row, place it on a design wall or the floor and take a step back. It can be easy to get the half-square triangle shapes facing the wrong direction.

 

A design wall helps when arranging your blocks.
A design wall helps when arranging your blocks.

I pieced all my rows individually, and then I made sure placement was correct before sewing the rows together. I trimmed up any extra background fabric and pressed the top before quilting.

 

The pieced top!
The pieced top!

Quilting

For quilting, I decided on two techniques: straight-line quilting in the negative space (green, in my quilt) and free-motion swirls in the exploding star block portion of the quilt. I really love how the contrast of these quilting styles create some movement in the quilt without detracting from the piecing.

 

The quilting process.
I quilted using straight lines along the green fabric (negative space)…

 

quilting process
…and used swirls on the star blocks.

For binding, I decided to use the same green fabric that I used for the background. The binding helps to frame in the exploding star block while, at the same time, creates the illusion that the background does not have a defined edge. The negative space seems to float.

 

The finished Zoomer quilt!
The finished Zoomer quilt!

I hope you enjoyed seeing my progress on this fun modern quilt!

Happy quilting,
Jen
@nwquiltedcat

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