Monday, September 30, 2019

ZuZu Squares 2 is done!

I've finished my September One Monthly Goal, and just in time! My second version of ZuZu Squares is quilted and bound. I'm excited to be teaching this pattern at Bernina Sewing Center and Quilt Shop in Kalamazoo on Tuesday, November 5th. 

My first ZuZu Squares quilt was machine quilted by the talented Diane Oakes. I decided to quilt this one myself. It's not perfect, but I'm happy with it.

Here are some block close-ups:

Gotta love a striped binding!

Such a fun burst of color, isn't it? The quilt is made using improv piecing techniques. I've pieced the black and white skinny strip, but you can use a printed stripe (or other fabric) if you prefer.

A few more blocks:

Friday, September 13, 2019

Hello, tulips!

Back in the spring, I designed a few quilt options featuring the cheery feedsack prints from Windham's Sugar Sack II collection. I fell in love with one of them immediately, and received the fabric to make it a couple week ago. 

Yep--it's pre-cut friendly! I designed the quilt specifically to be made with 2-1/2" wide strips. Half the cutting work is done before you even start. 

Today, I'm happy to introduce both the quilt top and the pattern.

Here's Tulip Row!

Each tulip is made from four different strips and a pieced stem; the leaves are appliqued in place. 

The pattern includes instructions for two different sizes; the 46" x 58" size shown here, which uses approximately half of a pack of 2-1/2"-wide strips, and a larger 60" x 72" size. 

Purchase the pattern in my Etsy shop.

Saturday, September 7, 2019

Time to Quilt ZuZu Squares!

I'm teaching my ZuZu Squares pattern again, so I need to finish up my second sample. I pieced this quilt top in Florida, and then took it to Epcot for a quick photoshoot. 

My One Monthly Goal for September is to quilt and bind this nine-block version of ZuZu Squares. Here's what the first quilted block looks like: 

Want to make your own ZuZu Squares? Purchase the pattern in my Etsy shop

Want me to teach an improv piecing class or workshop based on ZuZu Squares? Contact me at lisaeruble (at)!