I have a great FQ friendly quilt pattern to share with you today. It’s called Zed (I suppose if you’re American you’d call it Zee :) )
I am on a bit of a mission to reduce my stash so FQ friendly patterns are foremost in my mind at the moment.
The Zed quilt pattern uses two FQs for each row. I’ve gone for a light/dark matching pair, but you could use whatever takes your fancy. Or just use a half yard to make the whole row out of the same fabric.
I’m also considering sewing up the version below (with Carolyn Friedlander basics) and I’ll use a half yard for each of the colours featured in two rows. (This is very convenient for me as the majority of my stash is in half yards.)
Zed is a lap sized quilt that finishes at 53″ x 68″ and is suitable for a confident beginner and beyond.
The Zed quilt pattern is made with HSTs and HRTs (half rectangle triangles). And yes, if you love Bloc_loc rulers as much as I do, then you can trim the HRTs with their large 2:1 HRT ruler.
But if you don’t have that ruler, don’t worry. The pattern includes a link to very clear, photographed steps that show you how to trim your HRTs with a regular ruler.
I’ve included a pro-tip in the instructions to show you how to keep your printed fabric’s pattern facing the same direction across each individual block. This really satisfies the details-nerd inside of me! See – all the same direction:
And for those of you who like to try and get away with as little pinning as possible (yes, I see you there!) you’ll be happy to hear that thorough pressing instructions are included to ensure seam nesting. This makes it quick and easy to sew your blocks together.
The lovely Tara of Tara Sews made a version of the Zed quilt pattern in this Uppercase FQ bundle by Windham fabrics.
I love Tara’s bright, happy version. And so does her cat:
Tara did some great straight line quilting to echo the diagonals in the blocks.
For my Zed quilt I went with my favourite wavy, organic lines.
For binding, I used a mix of toothy prints by Carolyn Friedlander to add a stripe-like feel.
And for my backing I had a short run of an IKEA bird print which I matched with some half yards of green from my stash.
I’m not done visiting with this Zed pattern yet. I’ve had a family request for a purple version, so I’m working on that this weekend.
I really like the Tequila Sunrise vibe this quilt is giving me.
If you’d like to make your own Zed quilt then come on over to the Pattern Shop and buy yourself a copy!
Hope you’re having a fantastic weekend!