Celebrating Five Years of Blogging with a New Banner!!!

The Inbox Jaunt, Machine Quilting, Lori KennedyGood Morning, Quilters!

When a UFO lingers too long…giving yourself a deadline (and telling 10,000 people about it) really helps!

I stitched the letters for this quilt top more than two years ago…

Then I added a border six months ago…

Then I started quilting it last week…

And thanks to YOU it is finished!

Next time someone asks “How long does it take you to make a quilt like that?”

We all know the answer—too long!

The Inbox Jaunt, Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy


I added the pebble frame to soften the hard lines of the center square.  Next, I added the flowers in the corners, but then I was unsure how to proceed….

I knew I wanted the corner flowers to stand as a mini-focal point and I wanted to accentuate the shape of the curvy frame.

To make the corner flowers stand out, I used design contrast.

First, thread contrast-the leaves that are adjacent to the flowers are in a solid color green that blends with the background fabric–they create more texture than design.

Second, density contrast-the leaves are more closely spaced, denser, than the open flowers in the corners.


The Inbox Jaunt, Machine Quilting, Lori KennedyI also wanted to accentuate the shape of the frame.

To do this, I could have left it completely open–that would have allowed it to pop, but I think it would have looked “naked” or unfinished.

I chose to use narrow, straight line stitching that contrasted with the flowers that surrounded it.

I used BERNINA’s Ruler Foot!

It took forever! I am sooooo slow at Ruler Work!  (I am gradually learning –more on that soon!)

The Inbox Jaunt, Machine Quilting, Lori KennedyTHE CENTER BLOCK

I had stitched in the ditch around the lettering, but it seemed to need a bit more.

Repeating the String of Pearls from the frame and Varying it was the perfect touch!

Once that was complete, the light green sashing needed something–and I have loved Rick-Rack since childhood…

The Inbox Jaunt, Machine Quilting, Lori KennedyAll in all, I am rather pleased with The Inbox Jaunt!

Celebrating 5 Years of Blogging with a Banner!

Party invitations and prizes to come!

What about YOU?

Do YOU have any projects that could use a deadline?

Wanna tell 10,000 friends about it?

We will hold YOU accountable!

We’d LOVE to hear!


Your Faithful Blogger,


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!


47 thoughts on “Celebrating Five Years of Blogging with a New Banner!!!

  1. You completed this just as a envisioned. It is perfect! Can’t wait to hear about your ruler work.

  2. Lori–it is beautiful and I love how you quilted it. I have a question-did you freehand the “brackets” around the center piece or did you mark them before you quilted? They look so even. I love the lines on them-I agree that it looked naked before and now looks perfect!
    I used one of your spiral designs from a post earlier this week or last on a baby quilt I’m finishing up!

  3. Lovely! Nearly all my projects should have deadlines. Those that do like weddings, birthdays, Christmas, etc,get done and take priority over others.

  4. The quilting is amazing, I love the mix of designs. I just invested in a Bernina ruler foot and I think I’m going to love it. I am new to machine quilting and it helps keep me on track.

  5. LOVE IT! The double straight lines inside the frame were perfect. I would never have thought of it. I learned several things: changing the color of the thread and making the leaves denser made the corner quilting standout, and adding circles in the inner sashing (used elsewhere) created continuity. Thank you for your blog! You’re a fantastic teacher!

  6. I love this new banner. I loved the old banner too, but this one has a better story, one of struggle, and victory.
    It is always good to tell people things you need to really accomplish, so that they ask you incessantly “where is that project? Where did you hide it?” you cannot do that any more…. and now you didn’t!😬😀
    It is a good way to set yourself on fire to a grand finish.
    I am so glad I found your blog, Lori. You help us all get really brave about doing this quilting stuff, I have grown.

  7. Your reward is a beautiful new banner. Our reward is lots of great information and inspiration. Thank you Lori.

  8. Absolutely gorgeous! I really like the juxtaposition of straight lines against the floral/leaf pattern.

  9. Love the quilting you did on this banner, and congrats on 5 years! I will look forward to hearing more about using rulers, as I bought the foot and rulers for my Bernina 440 and have yet to try them!

  10. Beautiful job, congratulations on 5 years! I too have a, make that 3 Berninas and just bought rulers. Looking forward to your information and inspiration.

  11. 5 Years, Wooo- hooo! Thank you for your commitment!
    My bragging rights include, I have quilt tops that aren’t yet quilted and are older than 5 years…. .. So I have many opportunities to use your quilting ideas and expertise and plan to do so. Thank you again.

  12. Congratulations on 5 outstanding years. Your posts provide so much inspiration and information. So much so that when your blog update email arrives, my mind “reads” Inbox Inspiration, and gets excited to check the latest. Here’s to many more blog-years and continued successes for you!

  13. What was your rush, Lori ? I’m only 75 and I look forward to many more lessons from your experiences I look back at what I did 5 years ago and cringe.. Your talent just matures and creates more longevity to your work. I really love this dark green frame quilting. Is this banner going to be hung? in middle of town? at the Fair? by your mailbox? in your dining room? OK, in your sewing room? Wish I could run my hands over it… clean ones of course ! What is the project to ponder and mull over now? I bet
    your sewing room is such a Secret Garden of quilties…Look forward to whatever you
    serve us next, God has truly blessed you with great talent and a wonderful Mom, I just know.

  14. Your banner is BEAUTIFUL. You mentioned ruler quilting–I am so confused on the whole concept of ruler quilting. If you could give any info on the whole idea, the process, I would really appreciate it.

    Love your blog. I look forward to it in my mailbox. Thank you for all you do for us.

  15. Yes! I pieced a top for my daughter over 7 years ago and it’s still not quilted. It definitely needs a deadline.

  16. Ummm, yup! Started a 25th anniversary quilt for my sister and BIL 10 years ago. Love your new banner! Very inspiring! Congrats on your blogaversary.

  17. Beautiful! I love reading your blog because you provide clear, step-by-step explanations of how to create your designs and also share your decision-making when selecting designs. I continue to learn so much from you…a heartfelt thank you.

  18. Lori, I too am slowly learning how to do ruler work. I seem to press too hard on the ruler thus have problems moving the fabric. I would love to hear your comments.

  19. Happy Anniversary! Love your posts, they always inspire! Looking forward to your tips on ruler work. I just learned that my guild is going to have a class on that soon and I expect to be present. Any and all tips will get my appreciation!

  20. Love your newest creation! I am amazed at your talent. Thanks for teaching and blogging, you are an inspiration and I love your book~

  21. Thanks Lori for sharing your creativity and quilting knowledge. I always look forward to taking a quiet moment to read your blogs. Happy 5th!!

  22. I have lots of UFO’s but it would be hard for me to place a deadline on them. Missing the deadline would just make me feel worse about still not getting done. I have to craft when everything else is mostly done…it can be days or even more than a week or two to get sewing.
    Great banner! Happy Anniversary 😀

  23. Congratulations on five years Lori, wish I had been following that long, but am glad I found you thru a lovely non-Quilter!
    Yes, I do need deadlines to help me finish, however I have 6 quilt tops to quilt and have “started” 7 others. I have problems with focus😂

  24. What a beautiful quilt. Love your blog so much. Your step by step process of breaking down the quilt design have helped me progress in my quilting. Thank you and “happy Anniversary “.

  25. Congrats on 5 years! I have been reading the inbox jaunt for almost that long, and I just wanted to say a huge Thank You! You have been so generous with your designs and your encouragement, and I truly appreciate that!!! Your new banner is just fabulous! All thumbs up! And now I must get working on all my UFOs. Thanks for the gentle push. 😉

  26. I first saw this finished banner posted on Facebook and must tell you — the double straight lines inside the curvey string of pearls reminds me of the old iron bed frame headboards like at my grandpa’s house. I wasn’t fond of leaving that space plain and your choice is genius … as always. Happy Anniversary.

  27. I don’t mind having dozens of UFO’s I seem to run from one thing onto the next shiny thing that grabs my attention….but I do get plenty of quilts finished and delivered. At my age I don’t pressure myself anymore a deadline….I just enjoy the process and the peaceful mindset from sewing and quilting. Happy Sewing ( it’s my motto)
    Congratulations on your anniversary and another beautiful creation, I enjoy all your tutorials and classes from Craftsy.

  28. Congratulations on 5 years of blogging. I enjoy your tutorials. You did an amazing job on your banner quilt.

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