Z is for ZIG-ZAG

Zig Zag: A line or course that proceeds by sharp turns in alternating directions.

DSC00226Also, zig-zag is a stitch frequently used in appliquéd quilts, adhering one pattern piece to the base block.

None of the pieces in this set of blocks from Athelstan, Iowa incorporate zig-zag stitches. Most of the blocks were entirely hand-stitched. A few blocks have some machine stitching on them: Betty and John Balch, and Leona and Darlene Booher.

However, Jean Marie Carroll’s block has a zig-zag design in the hat embellishment.

My favorite set of quilt blocks didn’t disappoint me; they carried me through the A to Z blog challenge, one letter at a time.



  1. We have some beautiful antique American quilts at the American Museum near us in Bath, England. I love going to see them.

    You have the same theme as me, it’s interesting to see what someone else has done with it!

    Congrats on getting to the end of the A-Z! Liz ~ http://www.lizbrownleepoet.com

    • Thanks Liz! Never can be too many quilts, quilt blogs or quilt lovers in the world!
      Thanks for stopping by. Will check your blog out also.
      I hope you enjoyed A to Z. I know I did, even if I had to do some catch up work the last two days to get to Z.
      Have a great day!

      • Hope to see you soon!

      • Thanks for stopping Liz.
        Happy ‘poet-ing’!

  2. Thanks for stopping by. Zig zags are great (especially when I’m looking for a ‘Z’ word to finish up the challenge!)


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