Envelope Doodles

Doodle Envelopes, Zentangle, Lori Kennedy

Good Morning, Quilters, Doodlers, and Letter-Writers (snail mail, that is!)

When is the last time YOU received a hand-written letter?

Perhaps a better question to ask…When is the last time YOU wrote a hand written letter?

Doodle Envelopes, Zentangle, Lori Kennedy

The art of letter writing is on the decline (along with cursive…)

It’s too bad because it is such a gracious gift to give and to receive.

(BTW-I have a relative whose 365 challenge for 2016 is to write a letter every day!)

Doodle Envelopes, Zentangle, Lori Kennedy

Perhaps we would be more interested in writing letters if we remembered it can be a creative endeavor.

Doodle Envelopes, Zentangle, Lori Kennedy

So pull out your envelopes and a red pen or marker.

Doodle Nora’s Rose (above)  or Faye’s Flower (below)  or any of YOUR doodles.

Doodle Envelopes, Zentangle, Lori Kennedy…and send your Mom, Dad, sister, brother, cousin, friend….a hand written letter in a decorated envelope.

Who do YOU know that needs a little pick-me-up?

Send them the gracious gift of your time.

For advice on letter writing, you might like:  How to Write Letters:  A Vintage Guide to the Lost Art of Epistolatory Etiquette from 1876  ( I especially like #4-Blots and Interlineations.)Doodle Envelopes, Zentangle, Lori Kennedy

May ALL your endeavors reflect YOUR creativity!

Lori

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 lckennedy@hotmail.com.  Thanks!

FMQ Apple Tablerunner

Apple, FMQ, Tablerunner, Quilts

Good Morning, Quilters!

This is one UFO off my list!  It started as a tutorial–“A” is for Apple.

Apple, FMQ, Tablerunner, Quilts

And was completed with yesterday’s tutorial for The Apple Core.

Apple, FMQ, Tablerunner, Quilts

A little Rick Rack in between and Straight Line Fill

Apple, FMQ, Tablerunner, Quilts

I used Sulky 40 wt Rayon in white to make the apples “pop”.

Then added Sulky 40 wt Rayon in red to create a more subtle, texturized background.Apple, FMQ, Tablerunner, Quilts

Apple, FMQ, Tablerunner, Quilts

A fun black and white binding and this table runner is Red Delicious!

Have fun quilting and your quilts will be fun!

Lori

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 lckennedy@hotmail.com.  Thanks!

The Apple Core-A Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

Apple Core, FMQ Tutorial, Lori Kennedy

Good Morning, Quilters!

You know what they say…an “Apple a Day…”

Winter apples…well…sometimes it’s easier to quilt an apple a day!

Wouldn’t these look adorable on a table runner?

THE APPLE CORE-MACHINE QUILT TUTORIAL

The easiest way to stitch Apple Cores is by drawing them first–at least until you’ve practiced a few times.

Begin by drawing a rectangle 3″ by 4″ wide.  (Any size that fits YOUR quilt will work too!)

Draw two scallops approximately 3/4 inch below the top line and along the bottom line:

Apple Core, FMQ Tutorial, Lori Kennedy

Add three scallops just below the top scallops and just above the bottom row of scallops.

Apple Core, FMQ Tutorial, Lori Kennedy

Place a small “X” in the middle of the left-sided scallops and connect the “X”s with a curve line.

Repeat on the left side.

Draw a stem and leaf on top if desired. (very lightly shown below).

Apple Core, FMQ Tutorial, Lori Kennedy

Begin stitching on the left side of the apple.  Stitch the top scallop, the stem, a leaf and the right scallop.

Apple Core, FMQ Tutorial, Lori Kennedy

Stitch the three scallops and trace back to the “X”.

Apple Core, FMQ Tutorial, Lori Kennedy

Stitch the left side of the apple and the bottom scallops.

Apple Core, FMQ Tutorial, Lori Kennedy Stitch the lower three scallops, then echo stitch back to stitch the right side of the apple.

Apple Core, FMQ Tutorial, Lori Kennedy

Echo stitch the top scallops to the center, drop down and stitch a few petal shapes.Apple Core, FMQ Tutorial, Lori Kennedy

Stitch to the bottom, echo stitch to the left side of the apple and all the way around.Apple Core, FMQ Tutorial, Lori Kennedy

Delicious! (if not nutritious!)
Apple Core, FMQ Tutorial, Lori Kennedy

In no time at all you’ll have more than accomplished your quota of apples for the day!

Careful…A bushel a day does NOT keep the doctor away!

May your stitches be Gala!

Lori

PS…This tutorial was stitched on Robert Kaufman Kona fabric on my BERNINA 770QE (with a humungous bobbin!) using Aurifil cotton 50wt thread in the bobbin and Sulky 40wt Rayon (think luster!) on top using a Superior Size 90 Topstitch needle (very large eye and deep shank.)

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 lckennedy@hotmail.com.  Thanks!

FMQ Quick Project: The Computer Sleeve

Machine Quilting, Computer Case, Lori Kennedy

Good Morning, Quilters!

Looking for a great way to use your Free Motion Quilting practice pieces?

Use one to make a sleeve for your computer!

Machine Quilting, Computer Case, Lori Kennedy

Steps for Quilted Computer Sleeve

  1. Measure all the way around the width of your computer and add two inches.
  2. Measure the length of your computer and add 1-1/2 inches.
  3. Cut your practice piece this size, adjusting to find the best parts of the quilting.
  4. Use a 1/2 inch seam allowance to stitch a back seam (right sides together).
  5. You now have a tube.  Rotate the stitched seam so it will be in the center back of the Sleeve.  Then stitch the bottom seam.
  6. Bind the top like a quilt.
  7. Perfect!

Machine Quilting, Computer Case, Lori Kennedy

This very trim case is the perfect way to cover your computer when you are throwing it in your purse or bag!

Machine Quilting, Computer Case, Lori Kennedy

Stitching time:  less than one hour!

Happy Jaunting!

Lori

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 lckennedy@hotmail.com.  Thanks!

Valentine Doodles

 

Doodle, Valentines, ZentangleGood Morning, Quilters!

Thank you so much for all your ideas, suggestions and honest assessments yesterday–I promise the Tuesday Tutorial format will never change!  More tomorrow on Open Line Friday…

Today is Thursday–so let’s DOODLE!

DOODLE VALENTINES

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and we all LOVE Valentine’s Day!

Doodle, Valentines, ZentangleThis week, let’s use the Tuesday Tutorials motifs to make cards.

You can find the brown craft paper notecards at any arts and crafts store.  Pick up a couple of white gel pens, too.  (I like the Sakura Gelly Roll Pens).

Doodle, Valentines, Zentangle

Use any of the Tuesday Tutorials like:

The Extra-Sweetheart Border

Spiral Hearts

The Jigsaw Puzzle

The Doodle Heart

Doodle, Valentines, Zentangle

Look through your doodle notebooks and old lessons to add YOUR personal touch.

Doodle, Valentines, Zentangle

I know YOUR Valentine will LOVE your handmade card!

Happy Doodling!

Lori

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 and share with attribution to The Inbox Jaunt.  For all other uses, please contact me at lckennedy@hotmail.com.

Craftsy Instructor Summit-Take Two!

Craftsy, Lori Kennedy

Good Morning, Quilters! (Sorry about the broken link yesterday!)

I’m just back from a whirlwind trip to Denver for The (first ever) Craftsy Instructor Summit.

What an amazing weekend!

More than 200 Craftsy instructors (35 quilt instructors) attended a three-day conference on Branding, Social Media and Marketing.

Craftsy scheduled fabulous speakers to hold our hands through the tornado of Social Media!  YIKES!

My head is still spinning from all the information…

Craftsy, Lori KennedyOf course, it wasn’t all work!

There was ample time to play–and meet the other teachers!

I can’t wait to introduce YOU to all of them!  Coming soon!!!

Do YOU recognize any of the people in the photo below?

Craftsy, Lori Kennedy

Donna Thomas, Lori Kennedy, Mimi Dietrich, Alex Veronelli, Amy Johnson, Kelly Ashton, Barb Eikmeier

I took my first-ever selfie!  (I swore I never would…!)

Craftsy, Lori Kennedy

with Donna Thomas, Mimi Dietrich

Amy Johnson and I compared notes about free motion quilting:

Craftsy, Lori Kennedy

with Amy Johnson

One of the highlights: 

I met Laura Nownes–the author of the first quilt book I ever bought:  Quilts! Quilts! Quilts! The Complete Guide to Quiltmaking.

When I introduced myself, she responded:  “I know who you are-I read your blog everyday!”  (no words!)

Craftsy, Lori Kennedy

with Laura Nownes, Jessica Hutton

THE INBOX JAUNT’S DAYS ARE NUMBERED

No, no, no!  I’ll still be here–allow me to explain…

During the session on blogging, the presenter used five blogs to demonstrate blog features (good and bad).

The Inbox Jaunt was used as one of the examples of both good and bad…

The good:

  • Very engaged readership (we knew that already!)
  • Daily posting
  • Good content

The not-so-good:

  • The name, The Inbox Jaunt--A good title should reference the subject matter and author…The Inbox Jaunt is confusing–it could be about anything and written by anybody!  (BTW-my daughter told me that a long time ago…ahem…)  Any suggestions for a new name?  I won’t tell you what the expert suggested just yet.
  • Need videos –Many of YOU have told me that…I guess I will have to learn a new technology.  The good news is, Craftsy provided a host of ideas on how to create videos!

Craftsy, Lori Kennedy

The conference has given me so so many new ideas to improve YOUR experience here at The Inbox Jaunt.

I can’t wait to share!

Craftsy, Lori Kennedy

Craftsy, Lori Kennedy

Here’s to an whirlwind 2016!

Signed,

The Old Dog with New Tricks,

Lori

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 reblog, pin or share with attribution to The Inbox Jaunt.  For all other purposes, please contact me at lckennedy@hotmail.com.  Thanks!