Looking Back–Looking Forward

Free Motion Quilting, Pumpkin, Acorn, Oak LeafHappy New Year!

I want to thank all of my faithful readers for all your kind words in 2014.

I am so grateful for the community we have established here!  Let’s keep it going in 2015!


In 2014, YOUR favorite was the Autumn Vase Quilt.  It is small quilt employing three tutorials:  Grid Pop, The Perfect Pumpkin and The Oak Leaf.


By far and away YOUR favorite posts are the Tuesday Tutorials, but the winner in the non-tutorial category:

Twelve Essential Skills Every Quilter Must Know.

This post went viral on Pinterest and on Facebook…
Twelve Essential Skills for Quilters

I was a little surprised–as it doesn’t even include Free Motion Quilting as an “Essential Skill”…

I confess, I had to go back and re-read it.  The List was created after an Open Line Friday discussion–so YOU all helped create this list.


I have a lot of plans for 2015…exercise more, learn to stir fry, learn how to use my camera’s speed light, clean the basement…

I also have a few quilting goals/plans:

  • THE BOOK–coming Fall, 2015!!!!
  • Continue American Quilter Magazine Articles
  • A Webinar…Spring, 2015….
  • Teaching a few classes in Minnesota…Summer, 2015…
  • The Pattern Company…Summer, 2015….
  • Finish Claire and Andy’s wedding quilt before their anniversary in May!


  • 2015:  The Year of Thread!
  • Emphasize the “Essential Skills”–One per month…in 2015
  • #meandernomore (Tuesday Tutorials)
  • Continue The Quilt Notebook Series
  • Continue The Build a Rock-Solid Routine Series
  • Tackling Tension
  • More, More, More FLICKR–I want everyone to get on Flickr–it’s the best place to share!
  • Answer your questions more consistently–sorry to those I’ve missed in 2014…
  • Sewing room Organization
  • Product Reviews
  • Giveaways
  • Much more….



We can do it!

Happy Stitching, 2015!


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





31 thoughts on “Looking Back–Looking Forward

  1. Lori,
    Thank you so much for being so generous and sharing with us all of your quilting knowledge. I’ve learned a great deal from your tutorials.
    I hope you have a great 2015 and accomplish all that brings you happiness.
    florida missy

  2. Happy New Year Lori! I am grateful for your inspirational posts. You are a fantastic teacher. I also look forward to each Saturday’s work of art. Thank-you and may you have many blessings in 2015.

  3. Happy New Year Lori! Your list has inspired me to make a list of goals to reach for in the new year. I have a few things I “need” to do and a bunch I “want” to do.
    Thanks for a great 2014 and looking forward to 2015!

  4. Lori I’m exhausted reading what you want to do I feel very pathetic mine was get on my shaky machine everyday we shall see! Happy new year everyone much love x

  5. LOVE your tutorials and this was my favorite! I’d love to see something with a maple leaves, aspen leaves and other things you find in the forest 🙂

    thanks for sharing all your great designs!

  6. I appreciate your inspiration very much and have learned a lot from your presentations this past year. I am not even sure how I got to your website-it was just a “click” referenced from somewhere else. But, I am so glad I found it! Never before have I worked along with the presentation. But, I do that using your presentations. I also have the AQS magazine. I had a lot of Christmas company-the whole family. But, they have gone back home and I spent the past two days getting ready for the New Year. I have mapped out some goals and projects for the year-today is the day to get started. So, I will walk along with you and let you help me progress in my quilting journey. I especially like the wide variety of your presentation-I like the art as well as the tutoring. Thank you!

  7. I sew look forward to reading your posts every day. Thank you for all you do. I am looking forward to another year of sewing and learning. Happy New Year!

  8. Happy New Year Lori and fellow followers! Thank you so much for your support and instructions to further our skills as quilters. You do so much for us and I am so thankful. I hope we will get to meet this year- your goals mentioned classes in MN and I am a neighbor so I’ll keep my fingers crossed! I also look forward to your book!

  9. Happy New Year Lori! I’ve been trying to add some photos to the flicker group three times and finally figured out how to do it!! So enjoy your blog and the push it gave me to do more free motion practise! Love the designs and especially your hint to put binding around the practise blocks and actually use them. Looking forward to a new year of learning. I also did a blog post on my blog and shared your wonderful website.

  10. Happy New Year Lori. I am really looking forward to see what you do for us this coming year. You are making me a more confident FMQer and I love you for this ability. All the best this year to you and your family.

  11. Rosemary B here:
    Happy New Year, Lori — and Happy New Year to all of your followers!
    I want to thank you for your generosity, encouragement and enthusiasm.
    Your goals this year, are prayers answered by many of us. You really are
    a wonderful friend, I am so glad to have found your blog.
    You have inspired growth in all of us

  12. Your No.1 goal is also mine……I repeat the phrase “You can do it!” so much it must become wearisome at some point…..but I truly believe it (once the notion that it can be achieved somehow by “osmosis” and not “practice”!!!!!!!)!!!! Please, be sure to let us all know where your treks will take you…..teaching, etc, and when that book is published!!!! (a signed copy, if you please!!!!) Happy New Year and here’s to a “meet-up” at some point!!!!! Hugs………………..

  13. Happy New Year! Yours sounds ambitious! But thank you for wanting to get me to be a confident FMQer! Well you know, me and all these other wonderful gals following you, learning from you. Thank you so much for the time you put into your blog, sharing your skills and teaching. Congrats on your upcoming book! You have so many exciting things coming in 2015!

  14. Happy New Year! Thank you for the wonderful designs and tutorials. I’m looking forward to getting your book when it comes out and I’m interested in the Webinar too. It is wonderful to have so many resource here at my fingertips, right in my home! Bless you and your family.

  15. Happy New Year, Lori. I want to say thank you for your wonderful blog. I’ve taken FMQ classes, bought and pored over FMQ books, but it’s been some of the tutorials and suggestions on your blog that have actually broken the ice, so to speak, and gotten me going. I’m looking forward to developing greater skill and confidence in 2015.

  16. Thanks for your wonderful tutorials – so clearly laid out and skillfully demonstrated! It’s not easy showing newbies how to succeed at FMQ. You gave me the confidence to try spirals and all their variations. Keep inspiring us!

  17. merci pour tes voeux et je te souhaite à toi et toute ta famille une bonne année 2015, merci de nous avoir tant donné en 2014 et j’ai l’impression que 2015 va aussi etre une bonne année, pleine d’exercices et de quilting.Surveille bien tes doigts et garde les loin de l’aiguille de ta machine à coudre!

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