The Sailboat Sampler-Finishing Touches

Sailboat Sampler, Lori Kennedy, Machine QuiltingGood Morning, Quilters and Fitness Pros!

I hope everyone had a chance to write an exercise goal and a nutrition goal!?

Did YOU go for a walk yet today?


The American Heart Association recommends 10,000 steps per day (the equivalent of nearly 5 miles).

The benefits are many:

  • Lower BMI
  • Reduced waist size
  • Increased energy
  • Less risk for Type II diabetes
  • Lower risk for heart disease


If you are not able to walk 10,000 steps per day…THAT’S OKAY!

Start where you are.  Every step counts.  Work toward 1000 the first week and increase by 1000 every other week.


We all love quilting, but really…some things are more important!


Let’s finish up our Samplers this week by adding a border.

I like to add a straight line fill border.  Mark a one inch border around the entire sampler and fill in with closely spaced lines.

The closely spaced lines create a thick border–with enough density contrast to frame the composition.

You can mark a one inch border around the entire sampler or just eyeball it.

Sailboat Sampler, Lori Kennedy, Machine Quilting

In the corners, add a design element like The Greek Key,  The Fish or a Star.Sailboat Sampler, Lori Kennedy, Machine Quilting


I am using this sampler as a baby gift.  In Row Nine, I plan to add the baby’s name and birthdate.

If you plan to keep your sampler, add your name and date, just like an old fashioned sampler.

I recommend using your own handwriting to add a truly personal touch–rather than using a copied font.

Sailboat Sampler, Lori Kennedy, Machine Quilting



Finally, add a binding.  Audition several before you make a final decision–a good binding can really make the quilt “sing”.  I often use a fabric in a lighter or darker shade of my quilt top.

This binding has a rope like motif-perfectly suited for a nautically inspired quilt.

Trim the thread tails, add a hanging sleeve and you are finished!  #noUFOs

I really hope you enjoyed making this sampler….

Happy Stitching, Sailing, Stepping, and Healthy Eating!


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9 thoughts on “The Sailboat Sampler-Finishing Touches

  1. I’m so happy to see everyone is finishing up the sampler. As of last week, I finally managed to get the lines drawn and buy the thread. I think I need 18 weeks to complete a 6 week sampler.

  2. Lori, THANK YOU,THANK YOU,THANK YOU,THANK YOU,THANK YOU, for creating this quiltalong. It was so much fun, the designs are so pretty and it was a fantastic way to keep focused on my FMQ skills. What you do each week for all of us is just an amazing gift. I hope you realize how much we appreciate it and how much we learn from you.

    Looking forward to finishing this up!!!

  3. Very pretty! Thanks for the quilt along. It’s been fun and has kept me focused on practicing every day. And the fitness plan was an unexpected plus.

  4. Such motivation for FMQ and exercise! Really helps to get a good balance of both.Just love the little quilt sample. Think you should do another, maybe trains!

  5. I really loved this QAL…. the first one I have participated in! (I am new to FMQ) I had a lot of fun and I am delighted with my finished quilt! Next time I will find a heavier weight thread to use though as my stitching doesn’t show as well as it could. Thank you so much for sharing this project. I am posting a photo of my finished quilt to your FB page! Christine

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