Z Quilt - Helen's Closet Patterns

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Z Quilt for Zoya

Z Quilt - Helen's Closet Patterns

I finished a quilt! This ‘Z’ quilt was designed by me for my niece, Zoya. I used all her favourite colours and I love how it turned out! I’ve been doing a lot of quilting lately and have really fallen in love with the process. From design to finished quilt, I can see why people love this as a hobby! It is so satisfying and meditative. Don’t worry, I still love garment sewing too, but quilting has really opened the door to a whole new world and I’m having so much fun exploring. 

Z Quilt - Helen's Closet Patterns
Z Quilt - Helen's Closet Patterns
Z Quilt - Helen's Closet Patterns

Below is a mockup of the design for the Z quilt (side note – I pronounce it ‘zee’ even though I am in Canada). I love that this design uses many colours and you can have fun playing with the colour combinations for each ‘Z’. 

Z Quilt Mockup - Helen's Closet Patterns
Z Quilt - Helen's Closet Patterns

The Z’s are constructed using half square triangles and rectangles. This is a simple design that is quick to sew. The only part that was hard to wrap my head around was how many pieces I needed in order to have a variety of colours represented. I’m not even going to attempt to explain how I worked this out, it hurt my brain too much. 

Z Quilt - Helen's Closet Patterns
Z Quilt - Helen's Closet Patterns
Z Quilt - Helen's Closet Patterns

I used grunge quilting cotton from Moda. I like that this fabric gives the quilt some dimension and visual interest. For the back I used a tie-dye cotton print that I had in my stash. So cute! I decided to go with a scrappy binding since I have leftover fabric to use up anyways. I think it really works well with the design. For the quilting, I went for super simple straight lines, ¼” away from each Z horizontally. 

Z Quilt - Helen's Closet Patterns

I was so excited to give this quilt to my niece but I had prepared myself for the possibility of her being underwhelmed by it. I mean, do 7-year-olds care about quilts? Well, turns out they do! She loved it! She was so thrilled by it and brought it everywhere with us during her visit. She even asked me for another quilt, this time with cats on it. I better get started! 

Z Quilt - Helen's Closet Patterns
Z Quilt - Helen's Closet Patterns
Z Quilt - Helen's Closet Patterns

Do you like to quilt? Or do you want to give it a try? Let me know in the comments!
Helen 

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Helen

Helen Wilkinson is the designer and founder of Helen's Closet Patterns. She also co-hosts the Love to Sew Podcast! Helen is obsessed with all things sewing and strives to share her passion and knowledge with the sewing community.

9 Comments on “Z Quilt for Zoya”

  1. Your quilt is truly awesome! I love to quilt and just finished my ‘Covid’ quilt (sewn during that lockdown) as a memento. Looks like Zoya has great design abilities like her aunt.

  2. LOVE LOVE! I have a grandson named ZEV. I’m gettin right on a Z quilt for him:) thanks for the idea!!

  3. What a bold, beautiful, and clever quilt! I love how the simple block construction leads to such a cool”Z” design. And how fun to make this for your niece! It’s so fun to see your enthusiasm for quilting + quilt design grow. I can’t wait to see it continue!

  4. I love quilting and I have 2 grandchildren whose names begin with Z. (Zinnia and Zachary) I would like this pattern.

  5. A wonderful design and colors! I’m glad she liked it, – and I like her design in her note! so interesting how the colors look different next to various colors.

  6. Nice design and work! I have made a few quilts..very simple in design…and I do love playing with the fabrics. I do not wear quilting cottons but love the pretty designs. Sometimes, if I am not in the mood for garment sewing, I get my sewing jollies piecing quilts. And, yes, I have managed to acquire a small stash of quilt fabrics..can’t resist. Happy sewing!

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