Zesty | A Quilt Pattern


I’m so excited to introduce Patchwork & Poodle’s third pattern, Zesty! I love orange peel quilts, which is slightly problematic since I don’t enjoy cutting or sewing curves. So I set out to create a modern twist on an orange peel quilt that didn’t involve curves. And while I was at it, let’s exclude template and foundation paper piecing too. Thus, creating a pattern that uses nothing but basic quilt blocks to create a stunning trick of the eye.

Zesty is available in my Etsy shop!


I’ve labeled this pattern as intermediate, only because I believe that having made a few quilts under your belt will help you match up points and trim the half rectangle triangles. However, I have diagrams and photos for every step of the way. Like every Patchwork & Poodles pattern, I want you to be successful and love the finished product so I strive to include all the information you need in my patterns!


Zesty is fat-quarter friendly and works great with prints and solids alike. There’s even a cutting diagram in the pattern for directional prints! It comes in 5 sizes – baby, throw, twin, full/queen, and king!


I made my pattern cover version in all PBS Fabrics painter’s palette solids. These are such fun, saturated, and bright solids! My favorite thing about PBS Fabrics is their opaque white. It keeps darker threads and fabrics from peeking through like they do with other solids brands. I love it!

Colors are: Abyss, Hunter, Moss, Paprika, Burnt Sienna, Revel, Peach, and Mist.
Background: White


I backed and bound it in one of my favorite fabrics ever, Doe Wide by Carolyn Friedlander. Sadly that fabric is getting harder and harder to find! I used the backing as my guide for walking foot orange peel motifs. Because what’s better than orange peel quilting on an orange peel quilt? Absolutely nothing. Read more about walking foot quilting here.


Tester Versions:

My testers all worked hard and provided such valuable feedback for Zesty!

Jamie used a dark background with fun, bright colors!b014a643-92a2-4419-925e-120b1470751bimg_4595

Kasie went scrappy with her borders!img_4594

Jen did black prints with a pop of red! How fun is that?!img_4593

Laura went scrappy! It is so fun and cheerful!img_4592

Emily used fun & bright fat quarters for this baby version. Check out that walking foot quilting too!5687a2e4-a3a1-4fa0-b468-4448a1e47d4dimg_4642

Kate used some fun, big prints for her baby version!e5ccd3b7-26bc-45ee-a658-ace219ff7bf5

Jennifer went for a soft rainbow palette and hand quilted hers! Check out those stitches!img_4641img_4640

Claire’s fun and bright baby version!img_4638img_4639

Zesty is available in my Etsy shop. Use the hashtags #zestyquilt and #patchworkandpoodles when posting to Instagram so that I can see it too!

Author: Eliane Bergmann

Hi! I'm Eliane! (pronounced L-EEE-ON) I love creating modern quilts and other sewing projects too. Follow along as I document my projects and take a million photos of my miniature poodle Riley along the way

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