Saturday, April 19, 2008

All Shook Up!

Unusual sounds woke me early yesterday morning. I thought my son must be stomping around his bedroom, the way doors and windows rattled with each footfall. But at 4:30 A.M., he wouldn't even be awake, let alone roaming the house.

Over breakfast, he and I speculated about the noise. William admitted to thinking it was a tornado or terrorist attack (just before rolling over and falling back to sleep). Prowlers had crossed my mind, or more likely, an animal trapped in the garage.

Later that day, the TV news revealed that an earthquake in southern Illinois had sent its tremors as far north as Wisconsin. It was a minor quake, but a pretty big deal to us, since the earth so rarely moves in these parts. And so, this quirky, quaky, Zig Zag quilt is what I chose to share today.

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I made it a couple years ago and don't recall if the color scheme inspired the choice of backing fabric or vice versa. Either way, Michael Miller's retro cartoon "Dysfunctional Family" fabric was the perfect backing.

There are several ways to create a zig zag design in quilting, using half square triangles as I have done here, half square triangles set this way, equilateral triangles, or even rectangles. My half square triangle units finished at 2" and the little quilt measures 18" x 24".

I so enjoy hearing from you. All your comments are appreciated and I'm trying to be better about replying. Please understand though, that writing sometimes zaps my energy. If you don't hear back from me, it doesn't mean that I haven't smiled or laughed or cried or learned something new or been touched by your words. Millie recently left me wonderful words of encouragement for dealing with “empty nest syndrome.” Millie, thanks for taking the time to share your experience!


  1. Congratulations on winning Little Faithy - she is a dear! We are all envious - of course!

    Your quilt is a perfect illustration of the earthquake. Out here we definitely know what one feels like!

  2. I love your little quilt! So bright and cheerful! I need to make another little doll quilt now that Samantha (granddaughter) is here.

    We felt the quake here in mid-Michigan, too. Pretty odd, wasn't it?

    Caron in Michigan

  3. Yeah, I saw you won and was thrilled for you. How neat!!!

    And what a trip - you woke to the Quake. Amazing.

    Enjoy the day, *karendianne.

  4. yikes! What a great quilt! I must have missed the car talk post earlier...I teared up thinking that there will be a day when the kid mayhem will quiet down. Maybe I will have to run around the house screaming a by myself...You are a wonderful internet friend!

  5. I don't know if my house is more sturdy or if I was just sleeping more soundly than others. I did wake up and look at the clock but wasn't conscious of any quake. I feel like I missed a big event!

    Congrats on winning the doll. She will be perfect in your house.

    I like your zig zag quilt.

  6. Hi Diane,

    I love your mini and so also your shaker boxes. I want to let you know that Little Faithy is traveling 6634 kilomters to you right now :-)

  7. Hope you are all settled again after the tembler . . . it can sure be an upsetting feeling. Congrats on being the lucky draw to have Faithy travel to your home . . . can't wait to see pics of her in her new digs *s*