Can Cleaning Lead to Bright Ideas? Open Line Friday

Quilt stripsGood Morning, Quilters!

Did you ever find yourself lost in your sewing room?  I mean literally lost?

Every so often, my sewing room gets to such a state of entropy that there’s just no other choice, but to stop and clean…

(Though I admit sometimes it’s just a form of procrastination…)Quilt stripsAs I began sorting and sifting and moving and rearranging, I realized that I was enjoying myself!

New fabric combinations revealed themselves…
Quilt stripsI’m not sure where this is going yet, but as soon as my sewing room is spotless I’ll let you know.

What about YOU?

Does cleaning and organizing ever make you feel calmer?  Does it lead you to new discoveries (besides that old apple core…)

Would YOU feel more creative if your space was a bit neater or more organized?!

We’d LOVE to hear!

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

Doodle the Alphabet!

Alphabet DoodlesGood Morning, Quilt-Doodlers!

Today is Doodle Day…and in case you’ve missed any–all of the Doodle Tutorials (this is number 10) can be found HERE or on Doodles in the top menu bar.

Today we’re going back to elementary school to practice our penmanship!

Alphabet DoodlesThe twist here is that our alphabets have to be continuous line designs.Alphabet DoodlesNo fair lifting your pen–not even for cursive-which isn’t completely continuous line.Alphabet DoodlesWriting in quilts is a lot of fun.  You can use it to sign your quilts, leave little notes to the recipients of your quilts or as the centerpiece of your quiltingHERE

But like all our free motion quilting, it requires doodling first.Alphabet DoodlesFor inspiration:  search “Fonts” on Google or Pinterest.

Here’s my Font collection on Pinterest

It’s time to start YOUR OWN Continuous Line Fonts for your next quilt!

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!

Mola Quilting

Mola QuiltingGood Morning, Quilters!

Over the weekend, I took a jaunt to the Minneapolis Farmers’ Market and among the fruits and vegetables and flowers, I came upon a real gem…Molas-a form of reverse appliqué.

Mola QuiltingAll of these beautiful pieces were hand made by Kai Vang.  Her granddaughter was with her and was so proud to tell me that her grandmother made them all herself!

MolaQuilting.LKennedy002I don’t know much about this type of appliqué, but I did try it years ago and I know enough to appreciate the skill of this lovely lady!

While Mola is associated with the Kuna women of South America, it is also practiced by women in Southeast Asia-where this artist was from.MolaQuilting.LKennedy003It was hard to choose, but I came home with this turtle:MolaQuilting.LKennedy004and this beautiful pillow:MolaQuilting.LKennedy005

MolaQuilting.LKennedy006I bought a bunch of asparagus, a salad worth of beautiful lettuce and some sugar snap peas.  All the veggies will be gone by next week, but I’ll cherish these Molas forever!

What about YOU?  Have you ever tried Reverse Applique?

One happy shopper,

Lori

Read more about  Molas HERE and the history of Reverse Applique HERE

PS…If YOU know of any links about the history or how to stitch this beautiful quilt form, please share the links with us!

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