Open Line Friday–Favorite Notions!

 

Thimbles

Good Morning, Quilters!

My grandmother (a lady of the Depression Era) used to say that you could tell the state of a lady’s feet by how many shoes she had in her closet…

Not so much anymore…not with Zappos….

But I say…you can tell the frustration of a quilter or any hand sewist by how many thimbles she has in her sewing box!

DOES THE PERFECT THIMBLE EXIST?

I tried every thimble imaginable…but never found one I liked!

Every store I went into, I would buy all the thimbles…

I even tried to make a leather thimble–see Threads Magazine HERE

Then I discovered Roxanne’s Thimble!

I purchased it at my Local Quilt Shop–one that is no longer…sigh….

And they fit me for it—WAY TIGHTER than I would ever have purchased on my own!!!

Thimbles, Lori Kennedy

Now I can’t live without this thimble.  The tight fit makes it part of your hand.

I purchased a second one…because if I misplaced one, even for a day–I would be a wreck. (I know that sounds ridiculously dramatic, but it’s like a security blanket for me)

Thimbles, Lori Kennedy

The BEST place to buy one is at your Local Quilt Shop–And get someone to fit you.  (You may have a little sticker-shock, but they have a  lower price point, “Roxette Thimble” now.   In the end, Roxanee’s thimble saved money for me because I never purchased another thimble…)

If your Local Quilt Shop doesn’t carry thimbles,  you can get special rings to fit the thimbles online from Colonial Needle HERE  (This is NOT an affiliate link!)

YOUR FAVORITE NOTIONS

What about YOU?

Do YOU have a favorite thimble or other notion you can’t live without?  

We’d LOVE to hear!

Happy Stitching,

Your Notional Friend,

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!

 

 

 

 

Folding Fabric-A Quick Tip

Quilt Room Organization

Nancy Zieman Fabrics

Good Morning, Quilters!

It’s taken me awhile, but I think I have found all of the fabric I had stashed throughout my house…

It’s sorted and neatly folded in my fabulous new sewing room!  Hurray!!!

HOW LONG CAN THIS LAST?

Unfortunately….

Not long!

Quilt Room Organization

But I found this YouTube video by SewVeryEasy...on how to fold fabric.

It’s Brilliant!  (Wish I’d seen it before I filled the cupboards!)

Quilt Room Organization

As much as I promise myself to keep this clean…

I know my creative style…

M-E-S-S-Y!!!

THE CREATIVE CYCLE

Mess.  Clean.  Mess. Organize.  Mess.

What about YOU?

Are you more creative when your studio is clean?

Do you keep your sewing room clean?

We’d LOVE to hear!

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!

Doodle, Quilt, Doodle Method

Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy, Flowers

Good Morning, Quilters!

WILL THERE BE MACHINE QUILTING 4-5-6???

Only Martingale knows for sure….

I am over at Stitch This! –the Martingale blog-discussing THE Book and a little of how it came to be, my vision for the book, etc….I would LOVE it if you would join us there!  Leave a comment for the Martingale peeps–they are a friendly, chatty group and they LOVE to talk to quilters!  (Especially friends of The Inbox Jaunt!)

HOW TO GET STARTED

For those of you who have your books….

May I recommend the Doodle-Quilt-Doodle Method?

Choose a motif that is calling your name and begging to be stitched…

Doodle it until you don’t need to look at the page anymore.

Doodles, Lori Kennedy

 

Then stitch the pattern a few times on a practice piece.  Once you stitch the motif, you’ll get a better feel for stitching order, stopping points, etc…

Doodle some more…(Doodle the motif until you will dream about it tonight…)

And then you are ready!  Stitch it into a quilt.  Once you do that,

YOU OWN IT!

Put it in your personal workbasket..

AND

Choose another motif to 

Doodle-Stitch-Doodle!

Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy, Flowers

What book, YOU ask?

So glad you did…

Free Motion Machine Quilting 1-2-3

Check YOUR LOCAL QUILT SHOP! or

Order autographed copies from my Etsy shop:  The Inbox Jaunt Shop HERE

or from Amazon HERE (available in Print and Kindle!)

Happy Stitching!

Quilt-a-Doodle-Do!!!

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!