Meander No More–The BERNINA Blog Tour


Good Morning, Quilters!

If YOU are joining us from The BERNINA Ambassador Blog Tour–Meander No More!  YOU are in the right place!  WELCOME!!

Welcome to The Inbox Jaunt!  My name is Lori Kennedy and I will be your tour guide for this portion of the journey.  My motto is:

 Meander no More!

I LOVE to machine quilt on a domestic sewing machine–I have five BERNINAs, but my current favorite is my BERNINA 770QE.

The only thing I like more than quilting…(and walking Hawaiian beaches) is convincing others that:

Machine  Quilting is Fun and Easy!


Over 100 Quilting Motifs with Personality HERE–(we never stipple or meander here)

Click on the photos below to take you to the full tutorial.

Flowers, Machine Quilting, Tutorial, Lori Kennedy


Machine Quilting is EASY when you break it down,  step-by-step:

Free Motion Quilted Trucks, Lori Kennedy

We add more step-by-step tutorials EVERY WEEK —“The Tuesday Tutorial”.  


There has been a lot of excitement at The Inbox Jaunt lately, because a collection of the Tuesday Tutorials (along with Skill Building Exercises and more) was just published by Martingale!


You can receive autographed copies from my Etsy shop:  The Inbox Jaunt Shop HERE

or from Amazon HERE (available in Print and Kindle!)


Thank you to Terry S for the fabulous review on Amazon!


There’s more to The Inbox Jaunt than the Tuesday Tutorials:

Silent Sundays

Water Lilies, Photography

Quick Tip Mondays

Aurifil Cotton Thread, Lori Kennedy, FMQ


Work in Progress Wednesdays

The Nutcracker, Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

Doodle Thursdays

Quilt Doodles

Doodle Envelopes, Zentangle, Lori Kennedy

Open Line Fridays

Seamstresses in Fine Arts SaturdaysGeraniums, Childe Hassam

(We get the days mixed up sometimes….)

We would LOVE to have YOU join us!

Sign up in the sidebar…

Quilting (including machine quilting) should be FUN!

John C Campbell Folk School, Free Motion Quilting


Quick!  Both of my Craftsy classes are on sale until April 15th!

(Click on photo–discount applied at check out)

Craftsy Title Card

Doodle to Design, Craftsy, Lori Kennedy


Be sure to check out my column in American Quilter Magazine–glossy tutorials in every issue!

American Quilter Magazine



Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

Thank YOU for joining us today…


Sewing Notions, FMQ, Kennedy

There’s more inspiration on the tour today:

Annie Smith
Kari Karr
Catherine Redford

And we hope YOU will join us tomorrow and EVERY DAY here at The Inbox Jaunt where:

“A quilt without personality is just a blanket!”

Enjoy your quilting journey!


PS…Thank you to Teri Lucas at Terifications  for organizing this blog tour. Teri Lucas is an AMAZING Machine Quilter–and someone YOU should know!

PS…All tutorials, images 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 or share with attribution to The Inbox Jaunt.  For all other purposes, please contact me at  Thanks.

How to Use those Practice Pieces

Lori Kennedy Machine Quilting

Good Morning, Quilters!

Practice! Practice! Practice!

You “hear” me say it all the time…I write it all the time and I hope you hear me–

“YOU can do this!…It just takes practice!”  

Then I tell you–practice on fabric you love-because subconsciously your work will be better….

Now what do you do with all those beautiful quilt sandwiches on pretty fabric?

Last week I recommended creating The Big Practice Sandwich HERE

And several of YOU recommended making zipper pouches.

Reader, Colleen Lang sent photos of her practice sandwich zipper pouches.


Colleen Lang, Zipper Pouch

I was inspired!
Colleen Lang, Zipper Pouch

Over the weekend, when I should have been dusting…

I pulled out some quilt sandwiches and Zippers I purchased from Craftsy

I did a quick Google search for “zipper pouches”–there are hundreds…

Lori Kennedy Quilting, Tula Pink Scissors


In one short morning, I completed three zipper bags….

Next time, I plan to try a boxy version from BERNINA’s We All Sew HERE

Speaking of BERNINA….

Lori Kennedy, Zipper Pouch


Check out these fabulous BERNINA Ambassadors:

Sandy Fitzpatrick Machine Applique, Machine Quilting
Beth Ferrier Machine Applique, Piecing
Cheryl Sleboda Heirloom Sewing Techniques, Technology in Quilting

Lori Kennedy, Zipper Pouch

I know YOU will be inspired…

And you’ll probably end up with more practice pieces!

Happy Stitching!


PS…All information, tutorials and images (except where noted) are the property of Lori Kennedy at The Inbox Jaunt and are intended for personal use only.  Feel free to re-blog, pin or share with attribution to The Inbox Jaunt.  For all other purposes, please contact me at  Thanks!

PPS.  This post contains an Affiliate link.  If you use this link there will be NO Additional cost to YOU!  Thank you for supporting The Inbox Jaunt in this way!

Loose Screws-A Machine Quilting Tutorial

Loose Screws, Spirals, Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

Good Morning, Quilters!

I don’t want any commentary from the peanut gallery–(especially family…)–about the name of today’s tutorial…

Before we get to work…


Many of you have received your copies of The Book…

Now the question is…how many of YOU read it thoroughly?

Did YOU read the Dedication page?  (It’s one of the last pages of the book….?)

I’m not telling….YOU will have to see for yourself!

Free Motion Machine Quilting 1-2-3

Personalized copies from, The Inbox Jaunt Shop HERE

Also available in print and Kindle editions at Amazon HERE


We continue our “Make New Friends” series with the BERNINA Ambassador blog tour…

Yesterday we met Kelly Ashton, Lynn Carson Harris, Diane Doran and Melody Crust...

Today you are in for a real treat!

Kathy Delaney (Appliqué)

Christa Watson, (Modern piecing and machine quilting), and

Mandy Leins, (Modern Long Arm quilting)

Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

Now don’t be gone too long….

We have a FEW LOOSE SCREWS to Machine Quilt!

Begin by drawing parallel lines–In the sample below, the lines are one inch apart.

Stitch a wavy line along the drawn line, then stitch a clockwise loop.


Loose Screws, Spirals, Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

Continue stitch clockwise…

Loose Screws, Spirals, Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

Around and around…as many times as you like.

Two or three looks nice…

But so does five, six, seven….

Loose Screws, Spirals, Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

As you approach the drawn line…stitch another wavy line and begin a counter clockwise spiral…

(Does this look musical to anyone????–we may have a new motif in the works!?!)

Loose Screws, Spirals, Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

Stitch a full row of Loose Screws from Edge to Edge…

Then add more rows…

The spirals can be all different sizes.

Loose Screws, Spirals, Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

Be sure to Doodle first! 

And get right on this one–we need it for next week’s tutorial–The Daffodil!

If you like Loose Screws--you may also like Silly Spirals

They are similar-Silly Spirals are a little easier to learn because there is a place to stop and think before your begin the Spirals.  On the other hand, Loose Screws are a little more challenging to learn, but once you do, they are faster to stitch!

Silly Spirals, Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

I know I say this all the time…but I think both of these motifs are my new favorites!

What about YOU?

Do YOU have any new favorites?

We’d LOVE to hear!


PS…All tutorials, images 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 or share with attribution to The Inbox Jaunt.  For all other purposes, please contact me at  Thanks!

Make New Friends-A Blog Hop

Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

Good Afternoon, Quilters!

I’m off to a late start…

First, I want to thank all of you who have purchased my book--Free Motion Machine Quilting 1-2-3!  It is sellin’ like hotcakes!  And getting rave reviews

Free Motion Machine Quilting 1-2-3

Please consider writing a review on Amazon (even if you didn’t buy from there)  it really helps!!

Personalized, autographed copies are available from my Etsy shop, The Inbox Jaunt Shop HERE

(Be sure to include the names of who you want the book autographed “to”…makes a great gift for your quilting friends!)

Also available in print and Kindle editions at Amazon HERE

And be sure to check YOUR local quilt shop!  I know Bear Patch Quilting in White Bear Lake has copies!!!

Bernina Ambassador Reunion


My motto for 2017 is Make New Friends…I would like to try new things, learn new techniques and think in new ways…

But I also love to meet new people.

This week we are going on a blog hop with a few of the BERNINA Ambassadors!  Each day, I will include links to a few new friends!

I am certain YOU will find inspiration along the way!

Today…please hop over to meet Kelly, Lynn, Diane and Melody–Read their stories and discover their passion!

Be sure to leave a comment here and there!

They all want to meet YOU too!!!

Monday March 20

Lynn Carson Harris
Kelly Ashton
Diane Doran
Melody Crust


Kelly Ashton, Lori Kennedy

Kelly Ashton, Lori Kennedy

Happy Hopping…

But be sure to hop right back tomorrow…I have a really fun tutorial for YOU!  (and more friends to meet!)