WELCOME NEW QUILTERS!
If you are new to The Inbox Jaunt, we’re glad you (finally) found us! There’s a lot of quilting for you to explore and more than 75 free motion quilting tutorials HERE
You might like to start with “Seven Steps to Free Motion Quilting“ HERE .
Another favorite is “Inattentive Quilting: A Cautionary Tale” HERE
WELCOME BACK, LOYAL FOLLOWERS!
For those of you who have been following for a while, you know… I took two weeks off from our free motion quilt tutorials…
First, my twin daughters graduated from college! Yeah, Girls!
One week later, another daughter got married…So happy!
I stayed busy…
What about you?
Did you stitch while I was away?
Did you doodle?
Did you complete any UFOs???
OPERATION ZIG ZAG
Today we have five motifs for you to try–all variations of the ZigZag–
The Plain Zig Zag
I frequently use a plain Zig Zag in my quilts. Nothing fancy. No marking. Just plain fun. A plain Zig Zag resembles Rick-Rack and looks sweet on any quilt.
Because it is a straight line pattern it pairs well with curvy designs like flowers, spirals and swirls.
The Plain Zig Zag should be a mainstay in your quilting repertoire.
The Wide Zig Zag
When you need a little bolder pattern, try The Wide Zig Zag.
Start by drawing two lines or “rails“. (Rails are drawn lines used to keep stitching tidy.) In the sample below, the lines are one inch apart.
Begin stitching on the top rail. Stitch on the line several stitches then stitch a “V”. Stitch on the top line again and repeat.
Continue across your quilt…
Next, stitch on the bottom rail several stitches adding an inverted “V” between the “V”s on the top line.
Continue until the row is completed: Lovely!
The Keyhole Zig Zag
The Keyhole Zig Zag begins exactly like the Wide Zig Zag: Stitch along the top rail, adding “V”s….
On the bottom rail…Add a small open circle to the inverted “V”s…
Continue along the bottom rail—Now isn’t that fancy?!
If your quilt requires a bolder pattern-
Stitch two rows of Wide ZigZags ( You might call this “The Double Wide Zig Zag”)
This creates a secondary pattern that is very MODERN! — Any Modern quilters out there??
The Double Keyhole ZigZag
You can do the same with The Keyhole ZigZag…
NOTE–This tutorial was stitched on Kona cotton using Sulky 40 wt Rayon on top and Aurifil 50 wt in the bobbin on my Bernina 820 (Domestic Sewing Machine) without a stitch regulator.
There is still one more day to enter the HUGE Sulky Giveaway –$100 worth of Sulky Rayon thread…Read more HERE
SUMMER IS FINALLY HERE
June is going to be a fast-paced month here at The Inbox Jaunt…Lots more quilting…photography…iphoneography…gardening…family…another Giveaway…and some Summer Reading….
If you’re looking for a good book…I just finished Agent ZigZag–the true story of a double agent in WWII–a fascinating biography! Nice Father’s Day gift….
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