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Zany ZebraZ Friday Finish

Posted on: March 20th, 2015 by Lorna McMahon

The finished ZebraZ quilt and pattern release were blogged about last Friday.  And now it’s time for the reveal of the completed Zany ZebraZ baby quilt made using these fun cheater blocks from that pattern!

I shared on instagram – mid quilt.  This scallop quilting stitch was new to me.  I had mentioned in my tutorial post for Quilting With Your Walking Foot my desire to try out some of the other decorative stitches found on my machine. This stitch comes set at a maximum stitch length and width.  I used a dark grey Gutermann thread on both top and in bobbin.

It would have been nice to have the scallops be longer in length.  But it quilted up fast!  The only thing is, with a stitch like this, you have to quilt from top to bottom.  You can’t start in the middle and quilt down to the edge then turn the quilt to finish the other end.

This time I kept the details to a minimum, using a medium grey thread to satin stitch the tiniest of eyes.

And the back of the quilt turned out looking pretty good.  I was afraid that dark grey thread would stand out like a sore thumb against the white in the backing, especially using that crazy wavy stitch.

The backing is this fun Ampersand Typography in white that I also used as a backing for this custom order patchwork baby quilt back in December.

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The Zany ZebraZ quilt finished at 39″ x 49″
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35 Responses

  1. Allison says:

    Lorna–This is so stinking adorable! I love everything about it. Isn't it so fun when everything comes together? Very well done.

  2. Super cute, Lorna! Congratulations on the finish! 🙂

  3. Karin says:

    That is really cute…and I like the quilting. Just looked at the scallop stitch myself the other day.

  4. This has got to be my favourite of all the wonderful animal quilts you have done over the last couple of months. Love everything about it. I imagine your designs will be on cots, beds and bedroom walls all over the world.

  5. Karyn says:

    I have got to finish the elephants before I start this one! PS I vote for giraffes next.

  6. Unknown says:

    Ohhh, dear Lorna – congratulations on this beautiful finish!!!

  7. Unknown says:

    This quilt looks amazing! Although I thought the eyes of the top left zebra were those flowers – its all I can see! I really like the scalloped stitch too it looks cool 🙂

  8. Ruth says:

    I love this zany version – the fabrics are perfect for it! Great quilt!

  9. Kate says:

    This is absolutely beautiful, Lorna!

  10. These Zebra quilts are just darling! You have done it again with the cutest patterns and piecing for animal quilts.

  11. This zany version is just too darn cute, Lorna! Congrats on a great finish – going to have to check and see if my machine has that stitch too!!

  12. I love the way you have quilted this!! I do not have many decorative stitches and of course the ones I do have are on a smaller machine that I do not use for the little machine quilting that I do – but I have thought to try some of them out on a baby quilt perhaps and see how it would turn out. Thanks for the inspiration that you share

  13. This is also so cute. Why are you calling it a cheater block?

  14. KaHolly says:

    I'm enraptured. This is just the cutest quilt ever… to Elephant Parade, of course. Which, I'm proud to say, I've managed to complete more than halfway in just 3 days! The more blocks I make, the more excited I get! Have a wonderful day!

  15. PegP says:

    This is so cute Lorna! Looks great with the scallop stitch too – I'm going to have to try that one.

  16. So cute! Great pattern design. I love the scallop quilting; I think it would be cute on a sweet baby girl quilt, kind of looks like ruffles. Or maybe water, for a nautical baby boy quilt… Thanks for the suggestion.

  17. Needled Mom says:

    The zebras are darling in the black and white prints too.

  18. Lara B. says:

    Zany ZebraZ is sooo fun Lorna! You chose the greatest fabrics too! Love the scalloped quilting – my machine won't do it that big. Now I can't decide which way to make your zebras when I sew the quilt – both are so cute! Maybe I will mix them up – some stripey and some patterned.

  19. I love the whole animal thang you have gonig on, Lorna! Just bought the elephants and the zebras and can't wait to make these for my cousin's kids! GREAT JOB! And the quilting you did withthe scallops looks almost 3-D. Very cool.

  20. This block using the black and white prints does not require piecing the stripes like the blocks I showed last week. So it's a little easier to make these blocks. That's why I called them cheater blocks.

  21. Ioleen says:

    This is just too cute. Working on finishing the elephant parade before starting the zebras. What about a quilt with elephants and zebras??

  22. ~Diana says:

    Sew adorable! I will make this one day~love YOUR designs, Lorna 🙂

  23. Glinda ♥ says:

    You continue to wow me! I love these cute zebras … perfect design for a child's quilt. And your quilting really is special – how fast do you go with this?

  24. Carole says:

    I am just finishing the binding on my Elephant Parade. It turned out really cute and I did the quilting with my walking foot. I bought the pattern for the zebras, can't wait to start that one. Love the quilting and your imagination. Thanks for the inspiration.

  25. Rosemary B here:Hi LornaI love these beasties. I want to make a few blocks. They are delightfulI think you are really creative and I am so glad I found your blog!!

  26. Wow. Awesome zebras!

  27. KathyinMN says:

    Wow, I love how the scallop stitching turned out. Been thinking if trying it out, but you are the reason I even tried the squiggle stitch. It turned out awesome!

  28. KathyinMN says:

    Whoops, hit enter to fast! Meant you are the reason I tried the squiggle stitch using your instructions, so I'll have to try this one coming up. Great finish, love the grey thread too.

  29. Debby says:

    The Zany Zebras are adorable. Thought cheater fabric would look cheesy – but I love the way they came out and the scalloped quilting. I need to cheat a zebra or two.

  30. I love those pink ears. This is the cutest quilt and the scallops are great. Debbie

  31. Vera says:

    It is so cute and fun and fabulous! 🙂

  32. Christine S says:

    Adorable as always!

  33. It's so cute, Lorna! Love the little bird :)-Soma

  34. My Elna has that stitch too, I've used it on a rainbow quilt and loved it. I also have a button though that mirror images the stitch so that the scallops would be on the right instead of the left(hope that makes sense). That way you can turn the quilt halfway through. Do you have the Elna excellence 760? I think it's the button underneath the mode button. You've probably already found this out though, I'm a bit behind on my blog reading.

  35. I missed this one and love that backing!!! You find the best fabric!!!