Workshop: A Maze Zing
This is a unique variation on a jelly roll quilt. It is one of the most popular classes I teach when travelling to quilt guilds, and one of my top selling patterns. You can make this quilt bold, bright, and very modern looking, or calm and serene. You can go to Quilt Designs by Candace on Pinterest to see many color combinations of class participants on the “Photos From my Classes” and “My Designs Made by Others” boards.
This class is rated for confident beginners. Though I would not recommend this for your first quilting experience, it is not very difficult, or complex. The main thing is you will need to sew a consistent straight seam. We will discuss strategies for doing that. A good working relationship with your sewing machine is a must. You will learn some good tips for adding borders to your quilt.
My quilt is 48” by 70”
For the whole quilt: I used the equivalent of (27) 2 ½” strips that are 40” long. For variety, I cut all of my strips in half. You may want to wait to do that until we discuss it in class, but I would say it is unnecessary for your strips to be selvage to selvage. I think anything a foot or longer will work, so if you have leftover partial strips, they will work just fine.
• (32) strips that are 1½’ wide, and 40” long, or an equivalent amount of fabric
• A sewing machine, threaded with your regular piecing thread
• Ruler (if your strips are already cut, you won’t need a large one)
• Tape measure ( I found it useful to use a 120” tape measure, once my quilt got larger than 60” on a side, but we may not get that far during class, so a 60” tape measure will work for much of it)
• Rotary cutter
• Marking pencils that will show up well on all of your fabrics
• Iron and iron board
• A Maze Zing pattern (available at etsy.com/shop/quiltdesignsbycandac)