FREE PATTERN: Lightning Zig-Zag


Here’s a cute quilt that can be made from colorful stash fabrics plus solids, or combine white charm squares with jelly roll strips! Make a quick baby quilt, or make it as big as you like. It’s so versatile, and it began with a doll quilt idea…

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Jennifer Grigoryev, also known as Jenn of All Trades, created a lovely detailed tutorial for a doll quilt. It’s fun, it’s easy, and the directions are very clear. Use her sizes if you want to make a tiny one!

step12By the way, this is Jenn’s FIRST tutorial and she did a FABULOUS job! ami lightningInspired by Jenn, well-known quilter Ami Simms made one just a bit larger (using 6″ squares and borders) for a new grandbaby, and wrote about it on her Through the Eyes of a Quilter blog post, “Baby Watch.” Her sweet grandbaby arrived in October, just in time to spend the winter cuddled in the bright quilt that Grandma made! The white space provided plenty of room for Ami’s beautiful quilting.

jodi lightning 3Jodi Dingle, a new quilter and busy pediatrician, followed Ami’s lead and decided to make one for a friend’s nearly-due baby. To save time, she initiated a couple of great shortcuts. She started with 2 packs of white 5″ charm squares and an adorable jelly roll. After careful color selection, a little bit of sewing, and some stitching-in-the-ditch (no borders), that pretty zig-zag rainbow of a baby quilt was ready to “deliver.” Just in time!

Large, patterned squares with solid lightning bolts? Contrasting light/dark sections between? Let the ideas flow! No matter what size you want to make, no matter what color scheme you use or what level quilter you are, you’ll have this quilt done in lightning speed!┬á Just adjust the sizes to your preference, follow Jenn’s tutorial HERE, and let us know what YOU create!



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Lynda Duplissea

Very interesting and creative! Could a pdf of this pattern be sent to me? printing out the pattern helps me as I do not have wifi access/ internet available from my sewing/quilting room. Thanks.

Lynda, Go to Jenn’s blog site to contract her to see if she has this pattern in a PDF format. Here is the link to her blog:

I don’t see the pattern..

Candy, You can click the following link to find the complete tutorial for making the Lightning Zig-Zag quilt from Jenn of All Trades,


When I see a tutorial that I want to print from a website for myself, I go to this site
I copy the URL for the tutorial webpage and plug it into the box that shows, then click the tab that says Print Preview and I can get a PDF or just print it. It prints only the content of the web post not any comments or sidebar ads, etc.

Betty Vincent

Like the pattern and the information.

Betty Vincent

You have good ideas.