The Free Motion Quilting Project: 17. Learn how to Quilt Zigzag Spiral - #382

Monday, March 18, 2013

17. Learn how to Quilt Zigzag Spiral - #382

It's high time we learn a new design! I'm wanting to fill in the orange rays to make these areas of the quilt make more sense and read as solid orange in the background.

Looking at the different textures already playing over the surface, I've decided to play with some simple Independent Designs created by mixing simple base designs like Zippling, Sharp Stippling, and Loopy Line with spirals. This first one is called Zigzag Spiral:

free motion quilting | Leah Day
It's a pretty simple mix of zigzaggy lines and curving spirals, and despite the fact that these two shapes are nearly opposites of one another, this worked out really well!

Now let's learn how to stitch it:

Difficulty Level - Beginner.

Design Family - Independent

Now I have 6 orange sections on my quilt to fill and logically I could easily fill all of them with Zigzag Spiral, but that would get a bit boring wouldn't it? Instead I've decided to stitch a different design into each space with one challenge - all the designs need to read (i.e have the same thread intensity) the same from a distance.

So definitely swing by later this week when we learn another design along this same theme stitched out within Express Your Love!

Let's go quilt,

Leah Day


  1. I am in LOVE with this design! It's awesome and I want to quilt it on everything! Thank you! :)

  2. I am almost completely lined up with all the stuff I need to follow along with your FMQ!!! I bought some white fabric today (five yards) a quilt batting (twin sized) and four different colors of thread (nice bright colors). My new machine is now sitting on it's new table in the living room and I actually turned it on and sewed a little today. After I wash my fabric and iron it, I am going to cut it into 12-1/2" squares, make sandwiches and start at the beginning of your FMQ lessons and learn! YEE! I am excited, so excited! Well, this is all going to happen AFTER I go to the dentist tomorrow...


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