Day Z Dozen Blog Hop – ‘EZ DayZ It’ Quilt by Holly Holderman

Lazies, I can hardly believe that today is the last day of features in our Day Z Dozen blog hop. All of the participants have had a great time offering this hop. Tomorrow we’ll post a full-color click-n-print guide for all of the projects in the hop as well as a ‘Thank You’ listing of everyone who has supported, promoted, and participated in bringing the hop to you. If you have enjoyed the hop, please post a comment and tell us what you think, where you tuned-in from, etc.

Holly Holderman of LakeHouse Dry Goods made today’s ‘EZ DayZ It’ quilt. This is the last of twelve daily features in the ‘Day Z Dozen’ blog hop.


Here’s Holly:
One thing that I noticed very early on when laying out the “Ez DayZ It” quilt was that if I didn’t add some different sized pieces, that the quilt top was going to be easy, but a little clunky and static.

corner.jpgThat’s why I added the piano key border, it adds a rhythmic rainbow of colors that move the eye all around the outer border. The piano key border is echoed in the pieced binding, which is made out of several colors of my favorite little stripe: LH04036 New Tiny Ticking…it’s a bit like a miniature version of the piano keys, don’t you think?

I try really hard to make the best use of the fabric, to add thoughtful design details that use the fabric in interesting ways, “to make the fabric do most of the work” rather than lots of intricate, less modern piecing details, whenever possible…I’ll probably always try to push the envelope a bit…it’s just my nature.

There’s a relatively “hi tech” way that I lay out quilts…I work with all of the fabrics at a reduced scale on my computer desk top. This allows me to pick and choose and refine my fabric selections in an afternoon’s time, instead of the entire weekend or more it might have taken me working on a design wall at full size. For a quilt as simple and graphic as this, my technique is the easiest way I know to preview what my final quilt top will look like. I so respect people who assemble all of their quilt tops on a design wall, but I find this method exhausting.

flower.jpgOther than trying to design a relatively easy quilt top, the one other conscious thing I did was to put in some fabrics that were uncommon colors that I love. For example, remember the Crayola 64 pack..the one with the sharpener in the back that it opened like a multi-tiered display case in the front? That childhood treasure trove was the smallest Crayola collection that you could buy and still get my favorite color “Sky Blue” crayon. LH 03035 Frosted Dots: Sky is based on the happiness that crayon made me feel…

So it’s that easy really…more perspiration than inspiration, but that’s about all the conscious thought process that I can think of that I needed to draw upon for the “Ez DayZ It” quilt….OK so there is a bit of fussy cutting, but once you’ve ironed your fabric well, and made a quickie template out of an over sized clear ruler, it’s clear SKY ahead, right?…

About Holly:
Holly HoldermanWe met Holly Holderman, owner of LakeHouse Dry Goods, in two earlier posts here and here.

You can see the all of the quilt designs inspired by the DayZ One and the Dayz Deux collections, on our new website. We hope to have pattern covers and magazine articles for many of our recent projects uploaded onto our new site by the end of next week! Megan and I will share our inspirations, irritations and salutations sometime shortly after that. We hope you’ll join us…

Here’s all the product information for today’s feature ’EZ DayZ It’. Check quilt shops to purchase the pattern and fabrics.

LakeHouse Dry Goods
‘EZ DayZ It’ Quilt
52 1/2″ x 65 1/2″
Pattern No. 06013 – 19 fabrics

12 Full Focal Point Flowers Needed:
3 Rows LH 06006 DayZ Deux: Rainbow
2 each Orange, Pink, Peri, Turquoise
1 each Lime, Orchid, Magenta, Yellow

12 Focal Point Sashing & Colored Piano Keys:
1/4 Yard LH 03035 Frosted Dots: Bubblegum, Lime, Sky
LH 04011 Bubbles: Melon, Orange
LH 04013 Lotta Dots: Tulip
LH 05014 DayZ Dukes: Berry, Lime, Mango, Purple
LH 05025 Polka Party: Cherry, Turquoise

White Sashing & Piano Keys:
2-3/4 Yard LH 03022 Antique Dots: Snow

1/4 Yard LH 04036 Tiny Ticking: Begonia, Cantaloupe, Lime, Papaya, Tulip

– Click on ‘Comments’ below to read what others have to say, or leave a comment.
– See all the DayZ fabrics here.
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16 Responses to “Day Z Dozen Blog Hop – ‘EZ DayZ It’ Quilt by Holly Holderman”

  1. Cecile — March 16, 2007 @ 8:47 am

    Holly, I love the Crayola memory. When you were a girl, did you ever notice that nothing set off a pink or red flower like sea green leaves? I still have my very own 64 count box of crayons for coloring on fabric, and while I tend to reach more for the yellow greens when working, sometimes I pick up the sea green and find myself remembering the happy feelings of being young and creative.

    Thanks for sharing this “Easy” quilt. The world is definitely a brighter place because of your fabrics.

  2. Karina Hittle — March 16, 2007 @ 10:08 am

    What a pretty quilt Holly! I LOVE the piano key border and pieced binding!!! A fantastic way to use your collection of blender fabrics. This technique definately makes all those delightful daisies burst into focus!

    I like your “hi tech” way of laying out a quilt! A definate time saver that I need to adopt as soon as possible 🙂

    Your fabrics are GORGEOUS and yet so versatile!!! I have had the best time viewing all the ways that the Day Z Dozen Designers have interpreted your Day Z Deux fabric collection and I look forward with great anticipation, to seeing everyone at Spring Market and seeing all the new ideas!

    Thanks again for all the work that you and Joan put into this Day Z Dozen Blog Hop! It’s been FUN 🙂


  3. Lee Ann Grief — March 16, 2007 @ 10:35 am

    I just wanted to say how much I’ve enjoyed this blog hop & all the projects. The fabric has always called to me b/c of the bright, fun colors, but I’ve never made anything w/it. Now I have SEVERAL ideas & will definitely be making something(s). My 6 year old daughter is a huge fan of the daisies & the colors. Thank you for venturing out of the traditional quilting motiffs & colors. It certainly makes my projects more enjoyable!

  4. Christie — March 16, 2007 @ 10:49 am

    My 60 yr. old mom buys one 64 pack crayons for the grandkids and one for herself. I think she loves to color more than them. Anyway, I love this quilt. I love the piano keys and border. Those features are what I am so drawn to but could never think to put together. Thank you so much for this and the other eleven days of beauty! These have been the first emails I open in the morning.

  5. Lori Allison — March 16, 2007 @ 11:01 am

    Every quilt shop in the country should offer a kids class and make this pattern quilt. Young quilters would love it and a whole new generation of quilters could be cultivated. Much better pursuit than endless hours at the mall for teens and tweens!

  6. Debbie Garrison — March 16, 2007 @ 11:44 am

    I love this quilt and the reference to the Crayola 64. As a kindergarten teacher my husband bought me a new box of 64 and a new lunch box every year. The first year of retirement I asked “Where are my crayons?”
    I have only been quilting for about 2 yrs. and have shyed away from bright colors, but am now interested. Unfortunatly I only saw this hop today and missed the previous days. Will definitely be more vigilant.
    Thanks for the ideas and materials. Debbie

  7. Elaine — March 16, 2007 @ 12:24 pm

    I enjoyed the hop. What fun to see all the ideas. Thanks from Louisville, Kentucky

  8. Mary Lou Hallenbeck — March 16, 2007 @ 12:38 pm


    What a cute quilt. I love piano key borders when I see them, but as of yet, have not done one. But I think I will very soon.

    A GREAT BIG THANK YOU to both you and Joan for putting together this Blog-Hop. It was wonderful to be one of your designers for the hop and I look forward to making some new samples for you and LakeHouse for Spring Market. And Thank You to all of the other designers who participated. It was fun to get to see into your world just a tiny bit.

    Mary Lou Hallenbeck
    H.D. Designs

  9. Pam — March 16, 2007 @ 1:06 pm

    Fun happy quilt to end the hop!

  10. Holly Holderman — March 16, 2007 @ 1:08 pm

    Hey, in case any of you don’t remember the Crayola sky blue crayon…it’s the sashing color around the peri BG daisy block…left column, 3rd row down.

    Glad to hear that so many of you had fun with your Crayolas too.

    And Debbie, you didn’t miss anything, all of Joan’s blogs are archived, so just go back and take a look!



  11. Joan — March 16, 2007 @ 2:28 pm

    Bea wrote in to say:

    I have enjoyed this so much, and have add a few things on my to do list.

    I am Bea Morris and I live in Descanso Ca. I have been quilting since 1972, I have sewed since I was 5 years old.

    My Mother gave me the bug, and I have been sewing ever since. Bea

  12. Penny — March 21, 2007 @ 3:17 pm

    Holly, what a lovely quilt. I have been out of town for the last few blogs but have enjoyed this all very much. I hope we do it again! Thanks Joan & all the designers for the great work!


  13. Nancy — April 17, 2008 @ 8:04 pm

    I found this fabric and just love it!!!! I am a newbie at quilting but would love to have this pattern and directions on how to put it all together. Anyone care to help me?



  14. Nancy — April 28, 2008 @ 5:56 pm

    I was in a quilt shop and saw this quilt in a picture. I bought the top but now I need the rest of the fabrics. Is there somewhere on the net I can find all the fabrics in this quilt?
    Thanks for sharing this wonderful quilt!

  15. Easy Quilt Fanatic — August 11, 2010 @ 11:40 am

    Holly, I love what you’ve done with the piano key border. It adds so much playfulness to the piece! My grand-kids would absolutely love this quilt and the fact that it is an easy quilt to make…well that makes it right up my alley! Keep up the brilliant designing.


  16. Christine M — August 6, 2011 @ 8:26 pm

    hi! just bought this sweet pattern at my local quilt shop from their sale bin… now if only i could find the fabrics! could someone here maybe point me in the right direction?? it would be SO appreciated! merci à tous! 🙂