I Love Home BOM and a Giveaway!

Lori Kennedy, Machine Quilting, I Love Home, Jacquelynne StevesGood Morning, Quilters!

Have YOU been working on the I Love Home Block of the Month with us?

The project is adorable and the instructions are fabulous!

Jacquelynne Steves Art of Home blog is full of great ideas-be sure to check it out.  This week Jacquelynne has a round up of Snowman projects -and I will add my Snowman Machine Quilting Tutorial HERE)

Snowmen, FMQ, LCKennedy


This month we add the borders and finish our quilts.  Find the detailed instructions at The Art of Home HERE

Lori Kennedy, Machine Quilting, I Love Home, Jacquelynne Steves


Quilt Density–Remember that the density of the quilting should be even across the quilt, but some areas of the quilt may be more densely quilted than others.

For example, I used a very large version of the Sweetheart Border (Tutorial HERE) around the edges to create contrast.

Lori Kennedy, Machine Quilting, I Love Home, Jacquelynne Steves

Repeat and Vary-Choose a few motifs and quilt them in different areas of the quilt to unify the quilting design.  You only have to learn a few motifs and you will create a more cohesive looking quilt.  For example, I repeated spirals, twist and hearts frequently within the quilt.

Lori Kennedy, Machine Quilting, I Love Home, Jacquelynne Steves

Choose a Theme-If you have a theme, like Hearts and Homes, use it to choose your motifs.

Lori Kennedy, Machine Quilting, I Love Home, Jacquelynne Steves

Add phrases or lettering-I love to add phrases to quilts.  It helps to reinforce your theme and keeps the viewer looking.

Lori Kennedy, Machine Quilting, I Love Home, Jacquelynne StevesLori Kennedy, Machine Quilting, I Love Home, Jacquelynne Steves



Be willing to modify your plan  -Even when you plan well and create samples, sometimes things don’t work out.  In this quilt, I started with light blue thread to stitch the center blocks.  After one block, I could see that there wasn’t enough contrast.  I changed thread for the other three and will have to tear out the first one (something I rarely do!)  It’s better to fix one block than forge ahead with a mistake and hate your quilt forever!

Lori Kennedy, Machine Quilting, I Love Home, Jacquelynne Steves

If you like these motifs and tips, be sure to check out my book, Free Motion Machine Quilting 1-2-3 or any of my Craftsy Videos!


This month’s lucky winner will receive a $25 gift certificate from Thermoweb!

Here at The Inbox Jaunt, we’ve been talking about the “Quilt Police” and breaking quilt rules, for instance, I wrote about the  easy machine quilting knot I use.

To ENTER the contest, please leave a comment.  Tell us about a quilt “rule” YOU break or one you would like to break!  If you don’t break any rules–just say “Hi”

The contest closes on December 9th and please watch your email and check back here to see if you have won!


We have a busy week here at The Inbox Jaunt…invisible thread, quilt backings, holiday motifs, tree doodles and more!!!!

I can’t wait to see what YOU create!

Your Happy Housekeeper,


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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290 thoughts on “I Love Home BOM and a Giveaway!

  1. After I saw your “rule breaking” way to secure the beginning of a quilting line, I used it immediately on a darling baby quilt I designed. I love, love, LOVE the freedom it affords me! So much time and worrisome fidgeting this trick of yours saved me!

  2. Hmm, if there are no rules, there’s nothing to break! I teach my grands the way I do it and let them know they are free to follow their heart and forge a new trail. Yes, there are mistakes made but it forces them to think through for a solution. What fun we have!

  3. I was quick to break the rule of constructing quilts in rows. All those joins, one after another … I love to put my quilts together in “twosies/foursies” Sew all the blocks together in twosies, then combine them into foursies … keep going … there will be a time that you’ll have to do ‘threesies” or some other odd number. But you get the idea. Happy Holidays – doni @ Oregon coast

  4. Not changing my needle as often as suggested would be the rule that first comes to mind…..probably because I know it’s way past time to change it!

  5. Not changing the needle on my machine and the blade on my rotary cutter are the two rules I know I break. I am too new to know many actual rules!

  6. I’m going to say Hi just in case I don’t break any rules of Quilting. I;m sure I do, but I don’t want to admit that I don’t know the rules, except you must iron everything and starch is wonderful also.

  7. I made a quilt last year that broke the rules, good thing no quilt police saw the end result, but I love it, it is on my bed. The fabrics were a reproduction for the background, and a batik and a print were the other 2 colors. Oops!

  8. I am a ‘seat of the pants’ sewer & quilter: I tend to do what will give the results I want, regardless of ‘rules’ & more often than not, it works out ok. Occasional seam ripping or something of that nature required, but for the most part, ‘winging it’ works out for my projects!

  9. well I think some rules were meant to be broken, so every once in a while (wink 😉 I do break a rule or two, not changing my needle, or rotary blade when needed, maybe not pressing every seam ect. but I get it done. and love doing it. would love to win. Thank you for the opportunity.

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