I Love Home BOM and Fabric Giveaway!

Good Morning, Quilters!

We have lots of FREE quilting today!


Today is Craftsy’s FREE All-You-Can-View Day!  Members can watch as many videos as they want–all day–for FREE!  Sign Up HERE and get access to Craftsy’s entire 1200 course catalog--ends tonight at 12:00PST.

Be sure to check out my machine quilting classes:

Divide and Conquer:  Creative Machine Quilting

Creative Free Motion Techniques:  From Doodle to Design


Win! Win! Win! a fat quarter bundle of this gorgeous fabric by Sarah J. Maxwell!

It is time for our September “I Love Home” Block of the Month giveaway–and time to start quilting Block 2.


Pop over to Jacquelynne Steve’s Art of Home to download the pattern.

For my quilt, I changed the color way so I can add the house pattern in free motion quilting.

Jacquelynne Steeves, I Love Home, Block One



The best time to begin planning the machine quilting is while you are piecing the blocks.  I like to draw the shapes to be quilted onto a note pad and doodle quilt ideas while I’m watching TV.

It’s a great way to try out ideas before stitching.


I recommend you draw the basic house and then look at different motifs to decorate. (HINT:  There are a wide variety of motifs available in Free Motion Machine Quilting 1-2-3:  Easy Loops, Scallops, Hearts, Tulips, Dizzy Daisy, The Basic House, Trees…. Get a signed copy (along with a little surprise) from my Etsy shop HERESLEEP ON IT

It is best to doodle on several different days.  The first design is rarely the best design and by working over several sessions, you allow your subconscious to work on it as well!


To win the fabric bundle,please leave a comment.  Tell me…Do YOU doodle before you machine quilt?  Has YOUR subconscious ever solved a problem or helped you with a design?  Do you do your own quilting?  Or just say “Hi!”

(To leave a comment, click on this comment symbol next to the blog post title…It looks like this:  (it may have a different number)


See more about Block Two and earn more chances to win by visiting these fabulous quilters:



That is a lot of quilting to keep you busy!

Speaking of busy…I’m off to Madison, Wisconsin for The Quilt Expo!  Please join me for a little machine quilting.  I will be demo-ing (is that a word?)  a variety of machine quilting motifs each day at 11:30.  Hope to see YOU there!


The Happy Home-Doodler,


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!




314 thoughts on “I Love Home BOM and Fabric Giveaway!

  1. i actually doodle on everything, back of menus, sales receipts, edges of newpapers..
    whenever the idea strikes…makes for very messy accumulations. need to coral
    them all into a notebook.

  2. I’ve been watching your Craftsy classes – so I’m still mostly straight line quilting but am now doodling on paper – when I get a bit better I’m going to try it with thread 🙂

  3. I mostly do straight line quilting using my walking foot. I have too many problems with my hands to do very much free motion quilting.

  4. I haven’t learned to FMQ yet, but it is on my bucket list. So far I have mostly done straight line quilting. I have made 2 t-shirt quilt that I did some creative quilting on using the walking foot. On those quilts I drew the quilting design right on the t-shirts using a water soluble pen.

  5. I am not a doodler and I only do stitch in the ditch quilting. I am a very new quilter so I haven’t really gotten into the quilting part yet. I like to do small quilts.

  6. I am a doodler, but for designing blocks. I have not quite mastered the art of machine quilting, so I either stitch in the ditch or do basic stitching within the design of the block.

  7. Oh my gosh…I doodle all the time. One quilt I had on my machine for a few days and a design just wasn’t coming to me! I woke up in the middle of the night. I had dreamed the PERFECT design!

  8. I constantly doodle. I have mastered quilting feathers only by the almost non-stop doodling of thing ( there are many other motifs I have not mastered though). Anyone who doesn’t believe in muscle memory should try doodling as it really makes a real difference in the quality of one’s quilting. I fell in my studio and broke my leg and dislocated my foot 2 weeks ago—doodling is about all I can do for the next few weeks. But it will pay off in the long run.

  9. I don’t always doodle before quilting – it depends on whether it’s a new pattern for me or not. If it’s a new pattern, I usually doodle it first – or at the very least, trace over lines with my finger, then try quilting on a sample.

  10. I usually doodle before quilting although I need more practice in my doodling just like I do in my quilting. Thanks for the suggestions in your post!

  11. Love your blog! You have made me a doodler! I draw on anything, anywhere except while on a tractor with auto steer. The fields are too rough for good results!

  12. Hi, from TX! Yes, I have quilted my own quilts. One was entirely by hand but I never drew out my own pattern. I have a hunting quilt now that I’m half hand sewing/machine sewing right now.

  13. I’ve just started to experiment with FMQ and am finding doodling very helpful. Haven’t done a whole quilt yet. Thanks for your encouragement to get into this!

  14. I doodle just a little bit just to get the pattern in my head, but usually I make a practice quilt sandwich and do it that way.

  15. I’m new to FM and realized quickly that I needed something – namely to doodle. I get hung-up with perfection. Then, I slow down and breathe trying to remember your words of wisdom, “Practice, practice,and practice.”

  16. I’m just a beginner quilter so don’t know all the “tricks” of the trade yet, like doodling! It’s certainly worth a try to see how I like it.

  17. Hi! I have done some hand quilting and a bit of free-motion quilting but never thought of doodlling as a prep for quilting.

  18. I mostly doodle to see if I can get a design to flow without back-tracking and using only a single pass. Love your quilting ideas. Thank you for all you give to us!

  19. Hi there! I do draw things out first to get an idea of how it will look plus I enjoy drawing anyway. Sewing and quilting are my obsessions though!! So fun!!! Have a great day!!

  20. Have taken the summer off from quilting to work on my fences and to work with and take my 4H members to county then state fairs showing llamas and alpacas from my rescue farm. Several of my 4Hers also quilt.

    • Oh, Peggy. I am so curious about alpacas. Is there a website where I could ask you questions? I wear alpaca socks I bought in TN at a craft show a few years ago, The heels have holes now and I have no alpaca yarn to darn them with either. My sewing machine doesn’t mind tho!

  21. I watched your classes and always doodle to see if my brain gets it before trying it out on machine love your tutorials!!!

  22. I have not started doodling yet but I did buy a little plain paper notebook to start doing so. I can really see how it would help produce some muscle memory before starting on the actual quilt. Much better idea than quilting without doodling then having to use the seam ripper, don’t you think?

  23. Just learning to free motion quilt. I will needs lots of practice but love learning something new. Thanks for sharing. Beautiful work.

  24. I don’t usually doodle, but like to have a pattern figured out before quilting which is generally why I have so much to quilt! I usually go on to another project because piecing is more fun for me!

  25. Very rarely I draw before the cover, but sometimes I have to check the correct passage of my needle through the patch pattern,. I mostly use FMQ, even for straight lines. I do not like walking foot.

  26. I usually don’t doodle, sometimes if I’m thinking about it while sitting on the couch, I’ll doodle on the cushion!

  27. I don’t doodle but know I should. I have been doing my own quilting and I’m just beginning to work outside the box, (whatever that means). Just having fun with it.

  28. My doodles are a bit wobbly when I quilt, so I guess that’s a matter of practice to keep stitch length consistent sice my machine doesn’t have a stitch regulator.

  29. I doodle all the time. I keep a clipboard with paper and pencil on each floor of our 3-story home. Once a week I add them to a 3-ring binder with dividers for different categories. When I get stuck while working on a piece, I page thru my binder. It’s amazing how I get inspired by my random drawings.

    Really enjoy your blog! And just watched your segments on Sewing with Nancy. It was nice to “meet” you!

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