Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Jiggle-Joggle-Jee Quilt

Jiggle-Joggle-Jee Quilt, 43" X 43"

When Kristy @quietplay invited me to use her new Create fabric collection by Riley Blake...

...to design a project, I headed to EQ8 to come up with this foundation paper-pieced design. 

The quilt name comes from a repeated phrase in the poem The Baby Goes to Boston.
What does the train say? Jiggle-joggle-jiggle-joggle
What does the train say? Jiggle-joggle-jee
The quilt's jiggle-joggle-looking bars made me remember that nursery rhyme. 

Here's the free pattern, and/or keep reading below for the quilt tutorial.  

Jiggle-Joggle-Jee Tutorial
Note: The supply list and cutting instructions are also on the printed quilt pattern. 

Supplies – all fabrics should be 100% cotton; yardages based on 40"-width

Foundation Paper for Piecing - My preference is to use 8½" X 11" unprinted newsprint paper

Print foundation papers (link here), remembering:

Fabric is sewn to the paper on the back (unprinted side)

Machine-stitching is done on the paper from the front (printed side)

Printed blocks should measure 5½" X 5½" unfinished. (Finished blocks are 5” X 5”.)

  • 31 MIRROR blocks
  • 30 RIGHT blocks
  • 6 Top/Bottom side A blocks
  • 4 Top/Bottom side B blocks
  • 6 Right/Left side C blocks
  • 4 Right/Left side D blocks
  • 1 each of four CORNER blocks: Corners 1, 2, 3, 4

Fabric Cutting - for 61 full blocks, and 24 partial blocks. 

From PRINTS, cut:

    36 - 5¾” X 5¾" squares for block
    49 - 2" X 8" rectangles for a block center strip

From BACKGROUND fabric, cut:

    2 - 8" strips. Subcut 8" strips into 40, 2" X 8" rectangles (36 rectangles will be used)

    7 - 5¾" strips. Subcut 5¾" strips into 42 5¾" X 5¾" squares

From binding fabric, cut 

5 - 2¼"-wide strips

Foundation Paper-Pieced Blocks - 
In this example, we're using a MIRROR paper. Note that the printed side of the paper looks like the insert is "facing" right. Fold paper on the lines. 

To make a print fabric block (with background insert), pin a 5¾" X 5¾" square to the wrong (unprinted) side of a paper. 

Use an Add-A-Quarter ruler to trim 1/4" from a fold line. 

Pin a 2" X 8" background rectangle to the trimmed edge, being sure background fabric covers the left-hand tip of the paper (as shown). 

Pin and sew, using a shortened machine stitch length (1.90 on my Bernina 770QE). 


Fold foundation paper to trim the raw edge of 2" X 8" background rectangle.

Pin the remaining print fabric to the 2" X 8" background rectangle to the trimmed edge.

As shown, be sure print fabric covers the right-hand tip of paper. Pin.



Trim block to measure 5½ X 5½”.

Remove papers. It's okay to do this now, rather than wait until the quilt top is finished. Because the fabric edges are on the grain or cross-grain, we have no worries about fabric-stretching. 

This is a MIRROR foundation paper that makes a MIRROR block. 

Keep making blocks for a total of 61 blocks as shown below. These designations M-P, M-B, R-P, R-B are used on the diagram as a guide for laying out your quilt top.

I found it helpful to arrange full-size blocks on my design wall, laying fabrics in the openings that I then sewed as I went along. 

Foundation Paper-Pieced Partial Blocks
Once you've made the full-size blocks, you'll have no problem making the 24 partial blocks for the quilt sides and corners. Simply use the printed foundation papers to make them in the same manner, noting that all side and corner blocks are pieced with a print strip and background fabric. 

Again, I found it helpful to arrange the print strips along the outside edges, to see where I wanted to place them. Then, I pieced them. 

Complete the Quilt Top

I used my favorite web-piecing method to assemble the quilt top. 
  1. Join blocks in diagonal columns - upper left to lower right. Press seams open.
  2. Join columns. Press seams open. 
  3. Your completed quilt top should measure approximately 43" X 43”.
Though the block seams are pressed one direction. I prefer to press-open joined blocks seams, to reduce bulk for domestic machine quilting.

Completed quilt top.

I used a combination of walking foot quilting, ruler quilting, and free motion quilting.

First was walking foot quilting on both sides of insert strips, following along the "jiggle-joggle" to quilt from one side to another.

I've drawn the ruler quilting and free motion quilting on my acrylic board, so you can clearly see where the gentle curved arcs appear. Those were done with a curved ruler. 

Quilting was completed with free motion quilting an open ribbon candy wave through the inserted strips. All quilting was from one side of the quilt to the opposite side, so no stops and starts for thread-burying (unless your bobbin runs out!) 

For backing, I dug into orange stash to cut and piece 11-1/2" X 11-1/2" squares for this 16-patch. Binding is made from 5 - 2¼"-wide strips of solid orange fabric. 

Another finished quilt hanging in our Bismarck palm! My favorite view.

I am happy to share my Jiggle-Joggle-Jee quilt with you, and hope you will make a quilt with this pattern. If you do, please let me know so I can see a picture! Tag me @flourishingpalms on Instagram, and use the hashtag #jigglejogglejeequilt. Linda


  1. Cute prints and a dynamic quilt!

  2. Love this quilt! Very generous of you to share it with us!

  3. Love this - now I keep hearing the poem in my head!! Thank you for posting - this quilt is moving up on my must makes!
    Thank you for posting, for creating, for expressing your faith, for standing on firm foundations, and for choosing joy! What we focus on expands! Thank your for showering vibrant color and life that pushes back the darkness! Grateful to have found your blog earlier this year!

  4. And may I also thank you for the beautiful details you share about the design, construction and quilting! You often share the “Whys”, which is so encouraging. And so many patterns say “quilt as desired”, which leaves those who haven’t done much machine quilting kinda feeling stuck or overwhelmed. It is so helpful to know how and why someone quilted the way they did. That teaches and inspires me to become more independently creative. And your use of the acrylic board to mock up quilting - sheer brilliance. Have never seen that! Again, Thank you!!!

  5. Linda you are so creative. I just marvel at people like you who can just think up great new designs at any time. Not to mention articulately explain how to do them. I have never heard that particular train story before but it sounds appropriate! :)

  6. I have never heard of Baby Goes to Boston. Thank you for sharing the link
    Your quilt is super fun and happy. I love it.

  7. Another winner! Excellent tutorial as well. Thanks for sharing your talents.

  8. Perfect size quilt for me to make as it fits nicely on my machine. I'll be saving your pattern Linda. You have put a lot of effort into the instructions and photos which means it will be very easy when I come to make the quilt. Love all the colours, making the backing from large squares is a great way to use up some of that stashed fabric.

  9. I love how active this design is! Very fun use of all those colorful new fabrics. Thanks for the tutorial. I'm going to tuck the idea away for the future as I have a few thoughts on what I might do. As if I need more ideas. Ha!

  10. Absolutely delightful, Linda! And what a perfect name! Thanks for the link to the pattern and for the pictoral tutorial. Stay safe!

  11. This is a great quilt with a uniquely fun name! Thank you for the tutorial.

    1. Thank you so much for saying so, Joyce! Because your Google profile is set to "no-reply commenter," I am unable to say thanks to you directly, so I hope you see this. I hope the rhyme is fun (try reading it aloud, as a train would sound) and that you utilize the tutorial and pattern. I appreciate your comment! ALL comments, in fact! :-)

  12. Your quilt is beautiful and so are her fabrics. Your quilts always look so precise. Do you use your no-tails binding on all of them?


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