The Log Cabin Quilt and More

Log Cabin, Hand dye quiltGood Morning Quilters and Doodlers!


I received this very kind note yesterday:

Lori, just thought I should let you know that I nominated you for the Best Overall Blogger Award through National Quilting Circle.  You can download a badge which might encourage your readers/followers to continue to nominate and then vote for you.

I did this because you are the only Blog that I follow regularly and the only one I continue to recommend to friends. Who by the way, also continue to follow you.

I have also learned more from you about FMQ then any other Blogger, or class I’ve taken. Good Luck!

So I’ve added the badge in my sidebar, and I thought we would give it a whirl!

(You can click on the photo below or on the badge in the sidebar!)

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Please consider nominating The Inbox Jaunt!

Log Cabin, Hand dye quiltTHE LOG CABIN TABLE RUNNER

In other news…

The Doodle Lessons seem to be going very well,  but most of the comments from yesterday’s assignment were about the quilt underneath the notebook!

I made a king sized version of this log cabin quilt (and quilted it on my BERNINA 820) a couple of years ago.  The table runner was made with orphan blocks to test threads and motif ideas.

Log Cabin, Hand dye quiltI used hand dyed fabrics-which gives it the incomparable color richness.

Each log is cut 1″, so the final dimension is 1/2″.  The center square is cut 2-1/2 inches.

Log Cabin, Hand dye quilt

I used Aurifil 30 wt cotton on top and 50 wt cotton in the bobbin to quilt it and wool batting (my favorite). It took less time to quilt than it did to figure out how to quilt it.  The king version hung in my sewing room for months because I was afraid to ruin it.  (Sound familiar?)  I tried several motif samples on this table runner and choose the one on the ends.

I liked how it created movement.

Log Cabin, Hand dye quiltNow, the larger version is on our bed.  (We had to re-paint the walls because they were so washed out next to this quilt!)

And the smaller one makes an occasional appearance on my kitchen table.

I love this happy, colorful quilt in my bedroom…

Log Cabin, Hand dye quiltAnd so does (naughty) Ruby!

Log Cabin, Hand dye quiltHope all your stitching is colorful and makes YOU happy!


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!


Halloween Projects and Quilts


Pumpkin Pin Cushion Tutorial

Good Morning, Quilters!

Halloween is just around the corner–but there’s still time to make ourselves a sewing treat!

Try the Pumpkin Pin Cushion HERE (photo above)

Or make the long Pin Pillow–handy when you pre-thread several needles.  The extra-long shape prevents the tails from tangling!  Read about it HERE and find a tutorial HERE

Large Pin Cushion Halloween

One of my favorite projects: the elegant velvet pumpkins.  They look great for Halloween and even better as a Thanksgiving decoration!Velvet pumpkins tutorial, Lori Kennedy
It’s fun to have a few Halloween pillows, too…

Try a log cabin in Halloween oranges and gray!

Halloween Quilting ProjectsWhat about you?

Do YOU treat yourself on Halloween?

Do YOU treat yourself with candy or with sewing time–or both together!?

Are YOU making any Halloween costumes?

We’d LOVE to hear!

Lori Lugosi

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!







How to Ruin a Quilt with Stippling

Ruin Quilt, Stippling, Lori Kennedy

Good Morning, Quilters!

Last week, I outlined Six Ways to Ruin Your Quilt with Quilting.  For the next six weeks we will tackle the factors that lead to our overall FEAR of machine quilting.  By mid-October, YOU should be a FEARLESS machine quilter–LOL (there’s no such thing as a fearless quilter–we just learn to move beyond.)


Stippling is described as a wormlike design–REALLY?

Unless you are a bird or a fish, I can’t imagine worms are your favorite design?!


I know many of you like stippling–a handful of people wrote in defense of stippling.  Some like how it looks, others like the soft textured feeling it can give a quilt and a few find it relaxing to stitch.

If this applies to you–STITCH ON!

YOU are turning quilt tops into quilts and I applaud you!

YOU have chosen a motif you like and you are developing your quilt esthetic–and that is my goal as a quilt teacher.

I am not the quilt police or an art critic…My only goal is to help YOU on YOUR way.

Meander No More, FMQ, Lori Kennedy


To be honest, ruined is a very strong word.  The primary function of machine quilting is to combine the three quilt layers into one. By that definition, meandering and stippling are perfectly functional and acceptable.

What I am referring to is a visual preference and is completely subjective!

But as long as we are stitching… why not make our quilts beautiful and add personal touches to them.  (My sister loves her quilt with all the personal notes added...

Machine Quilting, Basket Quilt

Machine Quilting, Basket Quilt



Stippling is not easy for everyone.

Many people (like me) find stippling very difficult. Stippling is not necessarily an easy motif to learn.  There are no stopping points and no concrete steps to follow.    I wrote about it –Why so Many of us Can’t Stipple or Meander HERE.   Many beginner quilters have been frustrated by this “Beginner Motif”.

There are many easy motifs.

I am also against stitching allover Stippling or Meandering as a default motif-instead of learning a variety of stitches.   There are over 100 Step by Step tutorials provided FREE here.  Many of them are quite easy to learn with a little doodling.

Quilting should enhance the piecework or appliqué.

The right motif can enhance the patchwork or appliqué below, and all over stippling rarely does the trick.


Imagine The Poppy Quilt with stippling or meandering all over it?

The quilting on this is very simple. Any beginner could quilt this.  The wavy lines give the poppy dimension and enhance the appliquéd flower.  Allover stippling would have ruined this quilt by flattening the entire design.

Poppy Quilt

Next, imagine my Modern Log Cabin quilt with Stippling or Meandering

What do YOU think?

The quilting on this is as easy (or easier) than meandering–and it enhances the quilt below.  Would meandering have been as effective?

Hand Dye, Log Cabin Quilt

What about the Wedding Ring Quilt?

Would meandering have enhanced this quilt?

You know my answer–but what do YOU think?

Double Wedding Ring Quilt


The quilt motif has nothing to do with the feel of the quilt–let’s save that for Open Line Friday!


I hope that I have convinced you to move beyond meandering.

Stay tuned tomorrow for easy alternatives

What about YOU?  Do YOU love the look of meandering?  Do YOU find it relaxing to stipple?  Do YOU find it difficult to stitch?  Do YOU think it enhances quilts?  Have YOU ever “ruined” a quilt?

We’d LOVE to hear!



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!

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