Seamstresses in Fine Art

Josephine Knitting, Edmund Tarbell

Josephine Knitting

Edmund Charles Tarbell (1862-1938)


See more of his works HERE (video)

More of his works HERE (photographs)


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Open Line Friday–Quilting Magazines

Quilting Magazines, Lori Kennedy

Good Morning, Quilters!

It’s been a tumultuous summer for the quilting industry.

First, F&W Media stunned the quilt world with the announcement that after 47 years, Quilters Newsletter Magazine will no longer be published. QNM, founded by Bonnie and George Leman, was the first magazine dedicated to quilting.  The magazine is credited with helping to launch the revival of the quilt industry in the 1970s.  It is the end of an era!

Quilting Magazines, Lori Kennedy

Then, the American Quilter Society announced it will no longer publish quilting books.  The AQS will continue offering quilt shows and more importantly….publishing American Quilter Magazine.

If you page to the back of the magazine, you will find a step by step quilt tutorial by Yours Truly. (Note to self–talk to A. Hammel about moving My Line to the front of the magazine-perhaps the cover.)  In addition to this exceptional feature, you’ll find inspiration from quilt show winners, patterns, articles,  product reviews.  It remains my favorite quilt magazine.



In addition  to American Quilter, I regularly read Machine Quilting Unlimited and Generation Q.

Generation Q is a smaller magazine-think Reader’s Digest –filled with modern projects, trends, patterns and interviews.

And Machine Quilting Unlimited–is just that–dedicated to Machine Quilting–and who doesn’t love that?

Quilting Magazines, Lori Kennedy

What about YOU?

What are YOUR favorite magazines?  Why are they your favorites?  Do you subscribe or purchase at your local quilt shop?  Do you prefer online magazines or copies you can hold in your lap?  What do YOU look for in a magazine?  Patterns? Inspiration? Interviews?

We’d LOVE to hear!

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What could be better on a hot summer day than a magazine, a glass of lemonade and a new project!

Happy Reading and Happy Stitching!


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!






Six Ways to Ruin a Quilt with Machine Quilting


Six Ways to Ruin A Quilt, Lori KennedyGood Morning, Quilters!

Today we begin a new weekly series…

Let’s face it…the number one reason quilters hand their quilt tops over to professional long-armers is FEAR.

We fear we’ll ruin our quilts with our quilting.

For some reason, we are never afraid that a professional will ruin our quilts with their quilting. They are professionals–we are amateurs!

Hmmm….how did the professionals become professionals? They practiced!

Now I’m not opposed to professional quilting.  

I recommend professional quilting:

  • For deadline quilts
  • For group quilts
  • For very large quilts
  • Or if you find quilting too physically demandingPoor Quality Quilting, Tension Issues

What I am against, is avoiding machine quilting out of FEAR of ruining a quilt.

Let’s look at the best ways to ruin a quilt with machine quilting…

6. Improper tension– A perfectly stitched motif will look awful if the tension is wrong.  Learn how to adjust your machine tension and make samples–every time you begin quilting.

Poor Quality Quilting, Tension Issues
5. Wrong thread-Every thread is designed to do a job.  Some thread is for construction, other thread is decorative.  Some thread creates texture, other thread shows off the design.  Use decorative threads for best results when quilting.


4. Unbalanced quilt density-The density of the quilting should be balanced throughout the quilt.  Some areas of the quilt may be less quilted than others, as long as it is evenly spaced throughout the quilt–otherwise the quilt may become distorted and the composition will be less pleasant.

Machine Quilting, Flowers, Lori Kennedy

3. Wrong Scale-Once you’ve chosen a motif, it is important to doodle and stitch samples to test the look of a motif.  Try a sample of the motif with echo stitching which improves the look of most motifs.

Machine Quilting, Flowers, Lori Kennedy

2. Allover Meandering or Stippling-I know that many of you will disagree with me, but whenever I see a quilt with all over meandering, I want to send them a link to The Tuesday Tutorials.    I’ve written about meandering and stippling many times including HERE .  We will re-visit my opinion of meandering and I will offer easier alternatives in the next few weeks…

Stipple, Meander


1. Allowing the quilt top to languish (neatly folded) in a Sterlite box in the basement…out of fear of “ruining” it.

A quilt top will never be a quilt without overcoming the fear…

Basket Quilt, Lori Kennedy

Unprison those quilt tops!!!

We will discuss each of the quilt “ruin-ators” in more depth over the next six weeks.

Stay tuned!


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Doodle to Design, Craftsy, Lori Kennedy

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!