Giveaway JOY!

Good morning, Quilters!  I hope you are enjoying the Christmas season as much as I am and I hope you enjoyed The Perfect Present tutorial this week.  My Work In Progress for Wednesday didn’t get in progress until late last evening, so I missed my chance to show you…However, there are still 13 days to share…JOY Free Motion Quilting, Giveaway

We have several more Giveaways from generous vendors.  Today you have FIVE chances to win–Aurifil thread  (my favorite all around thread) provided by Aurifil and the very precise Bernina tweezers (see why I always use them  HERE.)    The tweezers are provided by Bear Patch Quilting in White Bear Lake, Minnesota–a store worth driving to snowy (and cold) Minnesota for your next SHOP-HOP!JOY Free Motion Quilting, Giveaway

In order to enter, simply LIKE us on Facebook HERE or in the Sidebar.  Or you can leave a comment below about what you would like to see more of in 2014--anything quilt related…Do you want to learn more about piecing, appliqué, design, doodling…what skills do you want to learn in 2014…I’d like to know.

JOY Free Motion Quilting, GiveawayWinners announced on Monday–LIKES and comments accepted through Sunday evening.

Good Luck!


PS–If you Like us and leave a comment–two chances to win!

The Perfect Present for YOU-A Free Motion Quilting Tutorial

FMQ,The Perfect Present, TutorialGood Morning, Quilters!  It’s Tuesday and here at The Inbox Jaunt it’s time for another FREE free motion quilt tutorial… Can you believe there are more than 50 free tutorials here at The Inbox Jaunt!  Thank you for continuing to spread the word!

If you’re just getting started you might like Seven Steps to Free Motion Quilting and How to Choose a Needle...

Today I have The Perfect Present for YOU!  Leave all the shopping, cooking, cleaning, and paperwork behind for a few minutes and doodle!  If you have a sandwich, gnosh on that now—0r better yet, stitch your (quilt) sandwich…

FMQ,The Perfect Present, Tutorial

If you are lucky enough to have a long arm, this pattern is for you!  If you’re like me, stitching on a fabulous sewing machine (I stitch on a Bernina 820) then this motif is for YOU, too!  This sample was stitched with Aurifil 50 wt thread in the bobbin and Sulky 40 wt in the top, using a Schmetz 80 Topstitch needle.

Begin by drawing three lines, equidistant apart.  In the sample below, the lines are 1/2 inch apart.

Begin stitching on the bottom line.  Stitch straight up to the middle rail and then stitch on the middle rail several stitches.  This is the middle of your present.

Next, stitch a curved line over the side of your package and back to the center…this creates the ribbon tie.

Stitch a double loop–to begin your bow.

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Stitch two more double loops to complete the bow…they can all be the same size, or the middle one can be a bit bigger.

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Next, stitch the right ribbon tie.  Curl the ribbon up and echo back to the center of the bow.

FMQ,The Perfect Present, Tutorial

Carefully stitch the right side of the package, stopping in the center of the bottom of the box.  Avoid crossing the right ribbon.  Also, keep the right side of the package symmetrical with the left side of the package.

FMQ,The Perfect Present, Tutorial

To create the ties on the side of the box, stitch up from the center bottom-creating a “plus” sign.

FMQ,The Perfect Present, Tutorial

When the “plus” sign is complete, stitch on the bottom rail back to the start of your package to seal the box.

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Stitch under the entire package and begin another Perfect Present…

FMQ,The Perfect Present, Tutorial

In less than a twinkle, you’ll have all of your gifts wrapped and ready for delivery!

I have more presents for you–straight from the North Pole…(And Aurifil, The Stencil Company, Bear Patch Quilting, and King Arthur Flour)

On Wednesday, I have a little project I’ve been wrapping up…and on Thursday–another Giveaway--this time Five Golden Winners!!!


PS…If you need tags for your presents you might like this quilt…

And if you need some ideas to decorate your FMQ trees, you’ll love this tutorial on Decorating Christmas Trees with Free Motion Quilting...(It was one of my first!)

PPS…Please share this tutorial with all of your “Quilty Friends” and on Pinterest, or by re-blogging.

All photos and tutorials are property of Lori Kennedy at The Inbox Jaunt–no commercial use without permission.

And the Winner Is…

Pear, Free Motion QuiltingBefore I announce the winner…

Thank you to all of you who entered.  One thing is clear, followers of The Inbox Jaunt love Christmas, stocking stuffers, reading fiction and GIVEAWAYS!

That’s good news —because we have several more giveaways this month...Aurifil thread, stencils, a King Arthur Flour cookbook, Bernina accessories–and a Christmas vase quilt stitched by Yours Truly!  So stay tuned…

I have a real gift of a Tuesday Tutorial for you this week, and later in the week, we will be working on stitching a partridge to go with the pear above...including my first ever offer of a PDF…keep your fingers crossed–as you know, I am much more comfortable stitching than computing…

Without further ado…the winner of Secret Santa and Between Heaven and Texas by NY Times best-selling author, (and provided by the author), Marie Bostwick...

The winner is:  Patricia Faye!  Congratulations Patricia Faye.  Please contact me at my e-mail address:

Good luck to everyone else in the upcoming giveaways!