Free Motion Quilting – Operation ZigZag

Free Motion Quilting, ZigZagWELCOME 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


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!

GetAttachment-1.aspxOne 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???


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.

Free Motion Quilting, ZigZagThe 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.

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Continue across your quilt…

Free Motion Quilting, ZigZagNext, stitch on the bottom rail several stitches adding an inverted “V”  between the “V”s on the top line.

Free Motion Quilting, ZigZagContinue until the row is completed:  Lovely!

Free Motion Quilting, ZigZagThe Keyhole Zig Zag 

The Keyhole Zig Zag begins exactly like the Wide Zig Zag:  Stitch along the top rail, adding “V”s….

Free Motion Quilting, ZigZagOn the bottom rail…Add a small open circle to the inverted “V”s…

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Continue along the bottom rail—Now isn’t that fancy?!

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The Doubles

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??

Free Motion Quilting, ZigZagThe Double Keyhole ZigZag

You can do the same with The Keyhole ZigZag

Free Motion Quilting, ZigZagSULKY CONTEST

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


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….

Happy Zigzagging!


PS…All images, tutorials and information are the property of Lori Kennedy at The Inbox Jaunt and are intended for personal use only!  Feel free to re-blog, Pin, Tweet, Snail-Mail with attribution to The Inbox Jaunt.   For all other purposes, please contact me at  I’d love to hear from you!


At the Window – A Paper Piecing Pattern




We would like to offer a big welcome to all of the many new followers of The Inbox Jaunt.  It seems many of you found us as a result of the HUGE Sulky Giveaway–and WE ARE THRILLED you are HERE!   Welcome, Welcome!

Please do us one favor-tell all your “quilty” friends about us.  My motto has always been “The More, The Merrier!”


Recently, a friend of The Inbox Jaunt offered to create paper piecing patterns with some of the images found on Silent Sunday.

Peggy has amazed us with the breadth of her skill at creating these projects.

  • We started with Easter Sunrise that employed curved piecing HERE.
  • She created an easier pattern-The Heron HERE.
  • Peggy surprised us with a hexie pieced Hydrangea pattern HERE.
  • She even created a pattern from our  Saturday “Seamstresses in Fine Art” Series HERE

Today, Peggy offers my favorite so far–At the Window.  It is an iPhone shot of my daughter who got married last week.  The photo was taken just before we left for church…

Bride Silhouette, Paper Piecing Pattern

You can download the Full size pattern (30″ x 30″)–12 pages HERE 

Bride Silhouette, Paper Piecing Pattern


Color Chart (2 pages) HERE 

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Exploded Piecing Guide with sub-assemblies HERE


Peggy created a few colorways for you to consider and recommends using ombre fabrics available HERE and HERE

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Screen Shot 2014-06-01 at 7.47.55 AMPaper Piecing Tutorial from Twiddletails Store HERE

For more information you may contact Peggy at

THANKS, PEGGY!  You’re the Best!