You Zig I'll Zag LARGE

So, yesterday I had this wonderful gal, Jesilyn, contact me about how much she would need to make my MBS tutorial You Zig I'll Zag quilt into a king size. (Hi Jesilyn!)

I did some quick figuring and this might not be quite King, but it's dang close and depending on the thickness of the mattress you're looking to cover, it just might do it.

So how about we revisit this pattern that you can find on the Moda Bake Shop lap size and here on the blog (under tutorials) mini size?
 Okay so, to make the same pattern into a 97" square quilt, you'll need:

2 Layer Cakes plus 1 additional 10" square
Side Setting Fabrics - 1 1/4 yards
Border 1 - 3/4 yard
Border 2 - 2 1/3 yards (if pieced) or 3 yards (if tearing)
Backing - 9 yards (3 - 3 yard pieces)
Binding - 1 yard
(You'll still need to consult the Moda Bake Shop recipe for the full instructions, but here's the things you'll need to change to make the larger size)

From the 2 Layer Cakes and extra square, follow the cutting and piecing instructions to create 85 blocks.

Lay out the blocks in a 7 x 7 on point setting.

From the side setting fabric, cut 2 strips 13" wide. From these strips cut 6 squares 13" x 13". Cut each square in half twice diagonally. Also cut one 7" strip into 2 squares 7" x 7", cut these in half once diagonally for the corners.

Lay out the side setting pieces and blocks and sew them together in rows, then sew the rows together. The quilt center should measure around 79" square.

From the first border fabric, cut 9 strips 2 1/2" wide. Add these to the quilt, sides first. Then add the top & bottom borders.

Cut the second border fabric into 10 strips 7 1/2" wide (if piecing) or tear 4 strips 7 1/2" wide. Add these to the quilt. It should now measure 97" square.

Lastly, the binding fabric should be cut into 11 strips 2 1/4" wide or whatever width you prefer.

And there you have it! Another size option to the You Zig I'll Zag Quilt.

So which of the three sizes are you more likely to make?

Oh, and by the way, these blocks go together in a jif! I personally haven't made this in the large size, but I can assure you it'd go together super quick. I might just have to make one of these for myself! Now which fabrics to use...


  1. I love this quilt, and the quilt model is adorable! I do have this on my "to do" list! Very kind of you to figure out the king size instructions.

  2. Thank you so much for figuring this large size so quickly...I had told my parents it was for them, now how do I tell them I'm keeping it?!

  3. I know you don't need a play by play update, but these blocks went together SO quickly! I pieced them all together for the LARGE size in one afternoon/evening.


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