Why Do I Blog?

Good Morning, Quilters!

Just a few days ago, The Inbox Jaunt celebrated its fourth birthday -with a total of nearly 5,000,000 views in four years!  Birthdays (as we get older) are a time for introspection.  So I had to ask myself several questions…I will share some of those questions in the coming weeks-as I really need YOUR input.  The first question….

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Why do I blog?  

First, why did I start blogging?  I never wanted a blog.  I was taking an online photography class from Kim Klassen and the next class in her series was a blogging class.  I wasn’t interested in blogging, but there were several photography techniques in the class that I wanted to learn so I signed up.  After  a few weeks,  I thought blogging would be a great way to share my photography and quilting with my family and a few friends…

Little did I know that blogging would change my life…

American Quilter MagazineWhy do I blog?

Early on, I offered a few tutorials-mostly for my sisters in Chicago to see–and the tutorials went viral.  Pinterest was the key…

The Basic Spiral--Four Steps

The Basic Spiral–Four Steps

Now that I’ve been blogging for four years, the reason I blog…I found I love teaching--it’s a way to share my passion. A way to stand on the table and shout:

“YOU can do this!”

“Machine Quilting is Fun!”

 “Machine Quilting is not scary!”

 “Machine Quilting adds personality to your quilts!”

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When I started machine quilting- in the pre-internet days…

It was hard to find resources.

It was expensive to take classes.

It was difficult to find a babysitter for my six children so I could go to classes.


That’s why I blog…

So the older-me can give back to the young-mother-me who so wanted more quilty information.

I want YOU to have what YOU need to enjoy quilting as much as I have!

Happy Quilting!


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!

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86 thoughts on “Why Do I Blog?

  1. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, LORI!! Wow…who knew it would come to this…actually, early on I think we could ALL see that you are an effortless teacher. Here’s to four more! Now, cut the cake!

  2. My comment was certainly not to say that you make little effort in your instruction…rather, you are such a natural born teacher and you know your quilting craft so well, it simply flows. Easy to understand and truly inspiring!

  3. Lori, your journey is contributing positively to my quilting journey and I thank you! I have really learned from your tutorials and I like your laid back attitude! I just need some time to sit and do the Craftsy class.

  4. I am so pleased that you did start blogging, and want to thank you for all the amazing information. I must admit that I’m naughty and don’t doodle so much, but that doesn’t stop me from being inspired by your work. Thank you again

  5. Thanks very much. I’ve begun to put my machine quilting feet into the cold water. I did spend about 3 evenings picking out stuff after I found you. I think if I didn’t find your blog I would have just scrapped that project, but I was determined to show myself that I’m not an idiot, and now I will try again. My goodness, I’m beginning to get patience! I am also “determined to doodle daily”! I’m a ‘retired’ teacher, and I just LOVE teaching. (but we never really retire…) Thanks and keep it up!

  6. Isn’t it amazing where life leads us. As a young mum it was all I could do to find time to sew clothes for my babies, then I made quilts for my grandchildren. Now I use your wonderful ideas to make my quilts so much better for everyone. Thank-you for your journey it has made my own so much more interesting and inspiring. God Bless.

  7. Lori- Happy Blogversary!!! I’ve been following for two years now and have learned and grown so much. Thank you for all your efforts and sharing your creativity!!!

  8. Thank you for giving back in such a wonderful way. I’m not young but I do love to learn still and find the Internet and blogs such a fantastic source of information.

  9. Absolutely love your Blog Lori…Thank you so much for taking the time and trouble to do it all. Love reading your articles, listening to your classes and looking at your projects. The quality is fantastic and it is all so inspirational. Thank you ever so much!!

  10. Thank you for doing what you do! Thank you for being so encouraging and making you designs so crystal clear. Great photography!

  11. I know there are folks around today who pray and some who don’t. I want to say a thank you for the blessing to us of Lori. Dear Lord, thank you for giving Lori the talent she has. Thank you that she has a generous heart. Thank you that you have given her loyal fans and students to support her. May that spill over and bless her family and friends. Her love for people is a testament to You. Her caring is a ministry of sorts mirroring You. Keep her supplied with ideas and techniques, that we may share in learning them, as we all share our talents with those who will be blessed by our
    quilts. This is a way Your peace can flow in our world. Thank you.

  12. Thank you for learning to blog! I’ve been following you for about 3 years, and you are my “go to” place to learn a new free motion design. You’re blog is also the place I send all of my “quilting” buddies when they are looking for a FMQ design or learning how to free motion quilt. I know blogging everyday can’t be easy, so thank you again!

    • I used to notice the wrong spellings everywhere online, but then discovered that computers’ spell check do it to us ! 🙂 Now I laugh at its lack of intuition in understanding what we want to say.

  13. THank you for your four years! I’ve not been with you til the past year but I have found your posts very informative & helpful. I took a class today on free motion quilting from a very big name long armer. I commented to myself that I’ve learned most of this from Lori. WHen I looked at my doodle designs from your blog, I was way ahead of the game. THanks again!

    • Thank you so much! Loved hearing that you were so well prepared for your class by reading here at The Inbox Jaunt! Happy stitching, Christine!

  14. Hope you don’t mind that a haggard old lady of 84 has lurked around the place for some time and I sure hope that you continue to share your great way of teaching FMQ’ing, as I sure enjoy it and trying to master some things a little more interesting than meandering. Your generosity knows no bounds. Thank you.

  15. Lori,
    I guess I owe Kim Klassen a big thank you! I’ve been following your blog for a couple of years erratically (It doesn’t always show up in my inbox, so every few weeks I realize it and go “binge read” to catch up). I was one that started with the dreaded stipple! I can do it pretty well, but it bores me to tears! The first place I used any of your techniques was on a quilt for myself. I challenged myself to doodle quilt a different design in each section, and used squiggly squares for the sashing. I’ve recently started doodling, and am finally going to start doing practice squares! A little backwards, but it is because of you that I have kept at it.

    Thank you, thank you, thank you!

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