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…

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

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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.

THE NUMBER ONE REASON I BLOG

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!

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!

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The Divided Square-A FREE Machine Quilting Tutorial

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Good Morning, Quilters!

What did you think of yesterday’s Inbox Quilt Show?  

Lovely and inspiring work–and there’s more to come!

Please send YOUR entries-with your name, as you would like it to appear, state and country.   We LOVE to see the Tuesday Tutorials in Action!

Today, we have The Divided Square-a FREE machine quilting tutorial.  Whether you are quilting on a domestic machine (like me–the beautiful BERNINA 770QE) or a long arm (lucky ducks!) or hand quilting–this motif is well suited to any square block.

THE DIVIDED SQUARE-FREE MOTION QUILT TUTORIAL

The Divided Square Quilt Motif  is the more masculine version of The Square Flower.  It fills any size square neatly.  Use a matching thread in a light weight (50 wt or finer) to create a balanced texture, or use a heavier weight thread (40 or 30wt) in a contrasting color and the quilt motif will be more visible.

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Begin by quartering the square–draw lines across the diagonals and across the vertical and horizontal axes.

Begin stitching in the upper left corner.  Stitch parallel to the top line and then stitch into the center.  Stop short of the middle point.  Stitch a square center.

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Stitch the center “petal”–stitch at a slight angle to the left then across the top line and back to the center.  Stop one-two stitches ahead of the central square.

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Stitch to the top line, into the corner, down the right side and back to the center square.  Stop 1-2 stitches before reaching the center square.

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Stitch the right horizontal “petal”–again, angle toward the petal slightly outward.

Next, stitch the bottom right “petal”.

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Continue around the square adding a petal along each axis.

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Echo stitch around the entire motif if desired.

To begin another motif, either knot off and begin again,  stitch in the ditch or stitch along the upper edge of the motif to start another Divided Square Pattern.

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Add a little variety by stitching a star or your initial or a spiral in the center of each square.

Personalize YOUR quilt!

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You know my favorite line-

“A quilt without personality is just a blanket!”

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!

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The Inbox Quilt Show-Day One

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Good Morning, Quilters!

I’m delighted to present The Inbox Quilt Show!  Thank you to all who sent photos of quilts using motifs from our extensive FREE Machine Quilting Library HERE.  There are more than 100 motifs in the collection–and 60 have been chosen for publication by Martingale–Spring 2017!

ENTER YOUR QUILTS

It is not too late to add YOUR photos to the Inbox Quilt Show.  We will have several show dates in the next few weeks.  Please send your photos along with your name, state and country to lckennedy@hotmail.com.  It will be great fun for all of us to see what YOU are working on–and I’m sure your family will get a kick out of seeing YOUR quilts in an online quilt show!

Without further ado….

 

Jeanette Funk

Jeanette Funk

 

Sue Gore

Sue Gore

Christine Barnsley

Christine Barnsley

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Christine Barnsley

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Jeanette Funk

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Kathleen Brockway

Wonderful work ladies!

Thank YOU so much for sharing.

Lots more quilting…and a few baby pictures…this week.

Happy Quilting!

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!