Zed Quilt Pattern

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 :) )

Zed quilt pattern with HSTs and half rectangle triangles

I am on a bit of a mission to reduce my stash so FQ friendly patterns are foremost in my mind at the moment.

Zed quilt pattern with HSTs and half rectangle triangles

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 quilt pattern with HSTs and half rectangle triangles

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.

Half rectangle triangles for a Zed quilt by Bonjour Quilts

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:

Zed Quilt pattern includes tips to make sure the pattern in your fabric is the same across the block

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.

Tara's version of the Zed Quilt by Bonjour Quilts

I love Tara’s bright, happy version. And so does her cat:

Tara's version of the Zed Quilt by Bonjour Quilts (with 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.

Quilting on Zed quilt

Organic wavy quilting on Zed quilt

For binding, I used a mix of toothy prints by Carolyn Friedlander to add a stripe-like feel.

Binding on Zed Quilt

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.

Backing of Zed Quilt

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.

Purple version of the Zed Quilt pattern by Bonjour Quilts

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!

And don’t forget to show me what you’ve made (either email or Instagram or Facebook). I really love to see what people make with all my patterns.

Hope you’re having a fantastic weekend!



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7 thoughts on “Zed Quilt Pattern”

  1. I love this quilt so much! I’ve been looking for great stash/scrap busters, and I think this is totally going to fit the bill! Thank you!

  2. Just curious- from an appearance perspective what I see are blocks constructed from half square triangles made from two other triangles. But in close up I notice the center rectangle with the other triangle – modified flying geese, aren’t you afraid of consistent triangle construction with all those seams, wouldn’t you get more predictable squares with fewer seams and introduction of sewing and trimming error?

    • Hi Barb, it certainly could have been done that way. However I’m not a fan of paper piecing or using templates, so I chose to make mine based on HSTs and HRTs. I haven’t done the calcs but I think making it with paper piecing or templates would take up a lot more fabric as well, due to the size and angles in the pieces. Hope that explains my reasons for my choices.

  3. I really like this pattern and the simplicity of it. I have amassed a number of miscellaneous FQs that I intended to use as fillers, blenders, or zipper pocket linings in bags…..but now they just sit there. This might be the perfect project! I am thinking I will make them all into blocks, and make one (or more!) scrappy versions!

    • It always feels great to put fabric to good use! I’m trying to get my FQ stash down to a more manageable level too – it’s a journey :)


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