Double Z Quilt Block Pattern

Double Z quilt block

Double Z quilt block

The double z quilt block is a stunner – and it is so easy to make!  I have made it here as an 18″ square.  You need to use fabrics with a good contrast and I have used purple and white which show the design up nicely.

Cutting requirements for the double z quilt block

6.7/8″ squares:  two purple, two white

3.7/8″ squares:  two purple, two white

3.7/8″ by 6.7/8″ rectangles:  four purple, four white

Make half square triangle units

Make half square triangle units

Making the double z quilt block

Make half square triangle units with the 3.7/8″ squares and with the 6.7/8″ squares.  Place a purple and a white square with right sides together and mark a line along the diagonal.  Sew a 1/4″ seam either side of the marked line and cut along the line.  This will give you two half square triangles for each pair of squares that you begin with.

You can see how to make half rectangle triangles on this link.

Double z quilt block layout

Double z quilt block layout

Lay the squares out as shown for the double z quilt block.  There’s a large half square triangle in each corner, with the white facing out.  The four small half square triangles are placed in the middle of the square.  The purple triangles form a larger triangle at top and bottom while the white triangles form larger white triangles on the sides.

There are two half rectangle triangles placed between each pair of corners.  They are placed so that the white triangles form larger triangles pointing towards the middle.

Sew the half rectangle triangles in pairs

Sew the half rectangle triangles in pairs

Sew the half rectangle triangles together in pairs and sew the four small half square triangles together to form a four patch unit in the middle.

The patchwork pieces now form three rows and you can sew the squares together across each row.  Sew the rows to each other to complete the double z quilt block.

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Rose

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Comments

  1. Elizabeth says:

    That is a pretty block Rose. My first thought was a bow you would put on a package.or a butterfly and only 2 colors makes it an easy choice. Now if I can just get the 7/8 cut mark correct when I cut the material I’ll have a new block. to use. Thank you.

    • Thanks, Elizabeth. That was how I saw the block as well – a pretty bow. I think it’s a lovely quilt block and can’t wait to use it in a quilt.

  2. it will make a cushion, too.

  3. Happy Friday from Connecticut, USA! I’m a fairly new quilter, and I enjoy your blog and the astounding array of quilt ideas and info on the internet. Your videos were among the first I ever watched about quilting.

    I loved the tunnel log cabin and entry about the microsculpture today. The double Z block is especially lovely and intriguing! For some reason, today I finally thought to simply copy your double Z block image and paste it into a blank document – several times. What fun to see the secondary patterns in an instant! I’d be interested in any other ways to easily do that, not having any quilt software. (I did read of someone using Excel to design, but I am not clear on how that works. I also use photocopies, mirrors or a novelty multiplier glass sometimes.)

    Thank you so much, Rose, for another wonderful Friday treat. Have a wonderful weekend.

    Sincerely,
    Barbara

    • Thank you, Barbara, for your kind comments. What a neat idea for seeing multiple copies of a quilt block. I had never thought of doing that. I’ve seen the multiplier glass things and they are very effective at showing how a quilt block looks in multiple versions. It’ll be interesting to see if anyone else has ideas on how to do it.

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