The One Where Hard Things Were Made Simple

Last week I had been thinking about the post I was going to do about the zig zag quilt. I told myself ‘Don’t worry, you have plenty of time. You don’t have to write it until Monday.’ It wasn’t until the end of the week that I realised that hey! It had been Monday! So if you’re wondering why there wasn’t anything last week, it’s because my procrastination skills are so epic that I can even alter what day of the week it is.

So this zig zag quilt… I love making quilts with geometric shapes, triangles, hexagons, diamonds, for some reason I really love shapes. Unfortunately, I don’t have a very analytical mind. See, with quilting there is always an easy way to do things. Incredibly complex looking designs have a deceptively simple solution and while most quilters seen to have the inside track on these little tips and tricks, I think I must have missed that class in Quilters 101. I learn things the hard way. No, let me rephrase that. I do things the hard way repeatedly before it occurs to me that maybe there’s an easier way.

So when I was laying out triangles that I had sewn into the pattern I wanted I realised something. I didn’t have to follow the shape of the zig zag, dealing with fiddly corners and bunchy seams. I could just sew the triangles in rows, rotating the triangles to get the pattern.

It. Was. So. Simple.

I nearly cried.

All this time, I had been struggling with my machine, trying to line things up properly and failing again and again. I just had to do it in rows *thunks head on desk and begins sobbing.

All the quilters are looking at their screens right now, thinking ‘umm, that’s right. Didn’t you know?’ No, I didn’t! This one is for everybody out there like me, may this simple tip save your sewing mind.


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