I have a Zed quilt to show you today – this one is twin size.
The pattern has now been amended to include the twin size instructions as well, yay! Two for one.
Zed is a fat quarter friendly pattern and is a great introduction to making half rectangle triangle blocks. The HRTs are 2:1 size ratio and easy to trim either with a Bloc_loc HRT ruler or with a standard ruler (instructions are given for this).
The twin size can be made with half yards if you are careful. A half yard will make one colour row, as long as you don’t make any cutting mistakes.
When I write my patterns I always make sure to bump up the fabric requirements to include the ability to cut an extra of the widest strip required. This is so if you make a cutting mistake you’ll have enough fabric to cut that one strip again. (If you mis-cut 2 strips, you’re on your own 😂)
I don’t know about you, but when I’ve had 3 glasses of wine and decide to start a new project, I’m always grateful there’s a little fat built into the fabric requirements. (Are you the same, or does it annoy you? I hope you can see that it comes from a place of love!)
This is why you’ll see the fabric requirements show 5/8 yd for the single color row of the twin size quilt – just in case you need that little bit extra. But if you’ve only got half yards in stash, know that you can make 9 different colour rows from 9 half yards in a pinch.
For my twin size version I used a sunset colour palette with white-on-white background fabric. It’s a bit hard to see here but I used a mix of several different low volume Carolyn Friedlander fabrics that I’ve had in stash for a while. You can find similar fabrics on Etsy here* and here*. They give interesting texture to the background, but because they’re white on white they don’t detract from the colourful piecing.
I sent this quilt out to be longarm quilted as I just wasn’t up to the job. Above you can see the large scale looping script-like pattern I chose. I thought it was a nice counterpoint to all the angles.
There was good long strip of the wide back fabric left over after quilting so I used it to put together a complementary cushion.
I used my Scrap Magnet pattern for the cushion front. (The pattern includes instructions for a stand alone block, perfect for cushions, as well as the throw quilt pattern).
I chose a cheery centre square of the yellow fabric from the quilt.
Quilting was a simple cross hatch design through the diagonals (no need for marking lines of any sort).
I made a plain fabric (unquilted) cushion back from the wide back fabric and used a black zipper. I love how easy envelope cushion backings are, but I always feel they are a little insecure. Putting in zippers isn’t my favourite, but I think it’s worth the time.
The twin size Zed quilt and matching Scrap Magnet cushion are now in their new forever home, on the bed of my lovely niece.
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