Mystery Quilt-a-Long: Case Review

FMQ.LKennedy003Good Morning, Quilters!

Welcome back to The Inbox Jaunt’s first ever Mystery Quilt-a-long!  We’re wrapping up this week by binding our Thread Quilt Sampler.  Even if you haven’t finished sewing all the spools, it’s okay to add the binding at this point because the quilt is completely stabilized.  (As soon as all the zig zags are stitched, you can add the binding.)

For a very nice step-by-step tutorial on binding, Deonn from Quiltscapes has a tutorial featured on Riley Blake Design’s website HERE. (Check out Deonn’s website for many great quilting tutorials.)


Each week, we worked on several skills as we created the Thread Sampler:

  • Grid Design
  • Batting, to wash or not
  • Stabilizing a quilt
  • Quilt marking
  • Permanent markers
  • Making and Using Templates
  • Thread comparisons
  • Free Motion Quilting:  Zig Zags, Spools, Needles, Handwriting

Free Motion Quilting, Thread SamplesNext time you start a quilt, I hope you will refer to this as a tool to choose thread.

Ask yourself:  Do you want the free motion quilting:

  • To be highlighted?
  • To create texture only?
  • Do you like sheen?
  • Do you prefer matt finish?
  • Do you want to use metallic?

You’ll have the answer at your fingertips…

Free Motion Quilting, Thread Samples

You can find all of the steps to the Mystery Quilt-a-long (Thread Sampler) HERE.


I am trying to find a way so you can add a photo when you leave a comment, but so far things are not working…ARGH!!!

Please post your finished results on Flickr or Instagram @theinboxjaunt.

I have one question…

If we do this again,  would you prefer for the end result to be a surprise or would you rather see the finished project and then walk through it? (I know I kind of tricked you into doing a sampler this time…LOL!)

I’m off…THE BOOK deadline looms!

Chained to my desk…


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!

The Tomato Pin Cushion-A Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

Tomato Pin cushion TutorialGood morning, Quilters!

Happy Tuesday!  How’s the weather where YOU live?

There’s no tomatoes in my garden right now…just ice. It’s was -17F here in Minnesota for the last few days.  (Good quilting weather!)

Do any of you have one of these tomatoes in your sewing room?

The Tomato Pin Cushion Tutorial

Begin by drawing a rectangle:  3 inches wide by 2 inches tall.

Begin stitching on the top line.  Stitch a flattened oval within the lines.

PinCushion.FMQ.LKennedy002Stitch a smaller oval within the first oval.

PinCushion.FMQ.LKennedy003Stitch several pointed leaves on top of the two ovals.

PinCushion.FMQ.LKennedy004Stitch three smaller pointed leaves on top of the oval.

PinCushion.FMQ.LKennedy005Stitch the pins by stitching a straight line, add a flat top and then stitch right back on the previous line of stitching.  Stitch over several stitches and add another pin.

PinCushion.FMQ.LKennedy006Add a Needle (Tutorial HERE)

PinCushion.FMQ.LKennedy007And a swirl of thread…

Pin Cushion Free Motion QuiltingThe perfect pin cushion!

How do you fix a broken tomato?

Tomato paste!

Hope this brings a warm smile to your face today!


PS…This tutorial was stitched on my BERNINA 820 with Sulky Rayon 40 wt on top (white) and Superior’s King Tut cotton (green) with Aurifil 50 wt cotton in the bobbin.

Don’t forget to sign up for Superior’s gift certificate Giveaway HERE

PPS…All images, information and tutorials are the property of Lori Kennedy at The Inbox Jaunt and are intended for personal use only.  Feel free to share with attribution to The Inbox Jaunt.  For all other purposes, please contact me at  Thanks!