Lori Kennedy Craftsy

Welcome to The Inbox Jaunt– the daily diversion in your inbox.  I am the mother of five lovely daughters and one active son.   My husband and I were raised in Chicago, Illinois and currently reside in historic Stillwater, Minnesota. I love quilting-especially free motion quilting, fabric dyeing, photography and flowers. This blog is my attempt to share the many colors of my day.


All of my quilting is done on a domestic sewing machine-I have five BERNINA sewing machines:  B 770QE, B 820, B 150 QE, B1680, and B830.  I use them all!  (Not at the same time…)


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I can also be found in every issue of American Quilter Magazine, where I offer free motion quilting tutorials (with lots of photos, of course!)American Quilter Magazine

Please contact me at lckennedy@hotmail.com.

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  1. Hello Lori!
    I fell in love with your blog the moment I clicked it open! I was welcomed with such lovely harmonious colors and gorgeously fresh images! Plus I adore fresh strawberries, so nothing could go wrong! Instant love! Great.
    Marleen (from BTS)

    ps: You have a pretty famous name 😉 But you probably hear that a lot!

    • Thanks so much for your kind words! I was shooting for fresh and clean and was thrilled that was your reaction. I love your blog as well. You have done so much with it in such a short period of time-you are an inspiration. Can’t wait to spend more time reading it!

  2. Thanks for visiting my blog! So much appreciate it. And thanks for the compliment!

    About the date? Over here where I live, we put it the other way ’round: first the date, then the month, then the year.
    So when we go “overseas” it tends to be confusing. The same goes in the other direction. 9/11 f.i., people – who lived on mars before the world stood still and changed direction – think it’s 9th November…..
    See you soon!

  3. I’m glad I found your blog! We live in Minnesota too, on the other side of the Cities near St. Cloud. It’s nice to meet a fellow Minnesotan! I’m looking forward to seeing more of your posts! 🙂

  4. I love your blog Lori- your site is so clean,the photos are crisp and its great to navigate. Love the different subjects-I love art, photography, quilting so nice to see them all on one blog!

  5. Hi Lori,

    You have a lovely blog full of yummy goodness! Lots of common ground starting with Minnesota, sewing and Project Runway! I look forward to reading more of your adventures and seeing your beautiful quilts and photography!

  6. Congratulations I have nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award! if you feel like you can accept, head over to my site to have a look at what you have to do and remember to copy and paste the award onto your own blog.

  7. I just discovered you on Pinterest. I WAS being patient as I wait for my new Innova long arm to arrive..but NOW I’m not being patient anymore! I am itching to stitch out your tutorials. Lovely…fun!

  8. Just discoverd you from Crafty blog. Julie sent us to see your Easter eggs. I am hooked! I look forward to learning more from you!

  9. Discovered your website thru facebook via Joyful Quilter. Love your designs!!!!! Want to expand my quilting from just stippling and your site is just the ticket. You are definitely bookmarked on my computer. Thanks for sharing all your creative ideas.

  10. Hi, Lori! Just discovered your wonderful blog and have already tried a couple of your tutorials. Thanks so much! From all the way across town in St. Louis Park.

  11. I’m so happy I found your blog. I love it! I have a sketch book full of your quilting designs, trying to get muscle memory. I tell all my quilting friends to check it out. Have you ever thought about teaching? I’d love to take a quilting class from you.
    Thank you for all of your wonderful ideas!

  12. Hi Lori… so glad you are here in my hometown! I really enjoy the tutorials you have shared. I have a fear of free motion quilting and could use an in person tutor, have you considered giving lessons?

  13. Lori, what a talent you are, thank you for posting all the tutorials on free motion quilting. It is my goal this long Canadian winter to learn a few stitches really well. It is downright scary to take a quilt you have spent so much time choosing the fabric for, cutting, piecing, sewing etc. and then quilt it on my machine. As a beginner quilter my biggest challenge is space in the throat of my machine which is a reasonable 9″ but it can be challenging to not let the bulk of the quilt hinder the “free” part of free motion quilting. I tend to get a sharp turn where I intended to get a nice smooth curve. I shall keep practicing – so again I appreciate all your lovely designs and instruction. Hope your finger recovery is quick, 20 years ago I did the same thing to my middle finger while pregnant with my first child – I was sewing some baby things in preparation for his birth and next thing I knew I had a part of needle sticking out of my finger. I was lucky – no surgery needed. Anyways, heal fast. Thank you.

    • Hi Mary, Thank you for your kind words. Winters here in Minnesota are long, too and it always helps to have a creative challenge to get through it. I have quilted queen quilts on my Bernina 150 with the 9inch harp–it can be done. Make sure you have your quilt well supported-add a banquet table or ironing board next to your sewing table to help support the weight. Also, practice your motifs on smaller pieces first-so you can focus on the technical aspects of quilting. I would avoid large sweeping patterns–too difficult to move a big quilt that way. Good luck and have fun!

    • Thanks, Mari for your encouragement. I have been investigating the process…and thanks to your comments–I am going to get serious and make it my 2014 goal! Thank you for your kind words…

  14. Love the tutorial today…thank you! You mentioned Aurifil in bobbin with RA on top….Do you use 50 or 60 wt Aurifil in the bobbin? Your work is very inspiring!

  15. Hi Lori, I just found your site, and can’t wait to explore it all. You do wonderful work. I noticed you live in Stillwater, MN. My husband and I lived there for many years, and I belong/ed to a quilt group there. I will share your site with them. They meet every Friday at the Methodist church. We now live in Florida, much warmer here.

  16. not sure if I’m doing this right Lori but I just found you site and i’m looking forward to exploring you site and blog and learning from you.

  17. Just discovered your work. So lovely and such fresh ideas. Book please! Pantographs please! You are so talented, thank you!

  18. Morin’ Lori I know this is “Silent Sunday” for you and I think that is a wonderful idea even God rested on the 7th day. He has even us this info to say to His children, we need to rest on one day of the week to recharge our batteries. Health studies show it is detrimental to our health not to rest our minds and bodies on a regular basis. FI stumbled onto your site in late Feb. I am not sure but I think it was on Facebook. anyway I have found it and esp. love the thread about creating a “Quilt Notebook”.
    Organizing my home office/quilting storage area( home for my fabrics, pattern, books, magazines, etc.. My sewing area is in the Family room. My areas were such a mess I could no longer work in them so my 2014 Goal was to clean up and organize this area so I could be a more effective quilter and family CEO/CFO. Currently I am almost done with the physical cleaning and reorganizing so now working on starting a “Quilt Notebook” as you recommended. I am finding it extremely helpful in meeting my 2014 Goal to get those areas organized and even getting some quilting down in the processs. Thanks so much for sharing all your knowledge and experiences they have been very helpful. Please keep up the Great work you are doing.

    Dorothy(Dottie to my friends/family)

  19. I love your Free Motion quilting designs…they ‘re incredible. Do you have any plans to publish a book and instructions with the designs.

  20. I like your blog and especially the quilting helps. But can you put a weekly option on it. Daily is just too much for busy people.

    • Oh Beverly. That’s seems like a good idea. I’m much better at sewing than I am at Blogging. I’ll see if I can make that happen.

  21. Hi Lori
    I have been following your blog for awhile. I love your free motion motifs that you share and the artwork too. When I was reading your entry today about the Patriot Challenge I clicked the link to the anchor quilt. I see that you have an 820 — I have one too. I was wondering if you could share some of your tension tricks with me. That is the biggest problem I have with my machine. Even though I love it, it gets really frustrating at times. I’d appreciate any advice you have on tension and even thread if you can.
    Vail Nieal

    • Tension is ALWAYS an issue…ugh! I did have to have the balance of tension–as set by the dealer– changed by a repair person on my machine.
      First lower the top tension, if that doesn’t work change the bobbin tension-using the tool provided…if that doesn’t do it…it may mean a trip to the dealer.
      Email me at lckennedy@hotmail.com if none of that works.

  22. Hi Lori
    Love your blog and how generous you are to share with the world?
    Do you teach and do workshops for guilds –we would love for you to come up to Canada next year, July 25 and 26 in Toronto. please contact me

  23. Hi Lori! Lovely blog and thanks for the tutorials! I have a tip for you on your supreme slider and having to tape it. Wash it in warm sudsy water, rinse and then hang to dry! I had the same problem. Hung it to dry with a pant/skirt hanger. Once it was dried it was good as new. No towel dry or lint fuzzies dirties it up!

  24. Lori, What an awesome blog ! I am new to quilting ( I have sewn for 34 yrs. ) When I found that you took a look at my crafting blog, I decided to take a look at your blog as well. I am really interested in quilting as well as paper crafting !

  25. Hi, Lori, I was wondering if you might like to post your directions to how you did the finishing border for your “reach for the stars” quilt for the Friday post? I made this for my Mom with the existing directions, but would like to finish the other one the way that you did!

  26. I love your tutorials! Thank you so much for putting information like this on the internet for us! I am a beginner in quilting and have been wanting to learn free motion and I haven’t tried it yet but I can’t wait too!!

  27. I love your blog and beautiful designs along with instructions. So, when will you do a book. I would have it in a heartbeat. Or maybe a subscription to a printable monthly newsletter of designs and instruction. I hve been soaking up all I can find, Leah Day and other Craftsy classes, you tube of course, for over two years, have tried a lot of it in my handful of quilts I have finished and will try new ones in all my waiting to be quilted ones. Yours are the ones I want to try in my next couple quilts. Thanks for sharing your amazing talent with all of us.

  28. You make it seem so simple. How do you decide what ‘doodle you are going to use on a project? I have a wall hanging that I would like to finish, but what to use to quilt it…

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