Exciting News to Share!

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Good Morning, Quilters!

I have exciting news to share…

After a few false starts and much deliberation, I have signed a book contract with Martingale Publishing!  (Summer 2017)

YOU have been encouraging me to do this for sometime, and I finally summoned the courage to sign a contract…and trust me, it does take some courage!

I thought it would feel like signing myself up for a BIG TERM PAPER…and who would voluntarily do that?

Surprisingly, I have found it to be a relief in a way.  I have been thinking about it for so long and have fragments of ideas floating around in my head constantly.  So now that I’m actually writing, it feels like a weight has been lifted.

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I will have to be very focused on writing and stitching samples…

and I don’t want to give up my walking and nutrition goals!

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I’m sticking with my mantra #NoExcuses…10,000 steps/day!

What about YOU?  Any big projects in your life?  How are YOU going to maintain your fitness goals during YOUR busy season?

We’d LOVE to hear!

Lori

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!

The Sailboat Sampler-Finishing Touches

Sailboat Sampler, Lori Kennedy, Machine QuiltingGood Morning, Quilters and Fitness Pros!

I hope everyone had a chance to write an exercise goal and a nutrition goal!?

Did YOU go for a walk yet today?

THE MAGIC OF 10,000 STEPS

The American Heart Association recommends 10,000 steps per day (the equivalent of nearly 5 miles).

The benefits are many:

  • Lower BMI
  • Reduced waist size
  • Increased energy
  • Less risk for Type II diabetes
  • Lower risk for heart disease

EVERY STEP COUNTS

If you are not able to walk 10,000 steps per day…THAT’S OKAY!

Start where you are.  Every step counts.  Work toward 1000 the first week and increase by 1000 every other week.

WE CAN DO THIS!!

We all love quilting, but really…some things are more important!

THE SAILBOAT SAMPLER

Let’s finish up our Samplers this week by adding a border.

I like to add a straight line fill border.  Mark a one inch border around the entire sampler and fill in with closely spaced lines.

The closely spaced lines create a thick border–with enough density contrast to frame the composition.

You can mark a one inch border around the entire sampler or just eyeball it.

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In the corners, add a design element like The Greek Key,  The Fish or a Star.Sailboat Sampler, Lori Kennedy, Machine Quilting

ROW NINE

I am using this sampler as a baby gift.  In Row Nine, I plan to add the baby’s name and birthdate.

If you plan to keep your sampler, add your name and date, just like an old fashioned sampler.

I recommend using your own handwriting to add a truly personal touch–rather than using a copied font.

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BINDING

Finally, add a binding.  Audition several before you make a final decision–a good binding can really make the quilt “sing”.  I often use a fabric in a lighter or darker shade of my quilt top.

This binding has a rope like motif-perfectly suited for a nautically inspired quilt.

Trim the thread tails, add a hanging sleeve and you are finished!  #noUFOs

I really hope you enjoyed making this sampler….

Happy Stitching, Sailing, Stepping, and Healthy Eating!

Lori

PS…All tutorials, images and information are the property of Lori Kennedy of 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!

 

Week Three Challenge #LoseThoseFatQuarters

 

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Photo Courtesy of Faye Kennedy

Good Morning, Quilters and Fitness Pros!

How’s the stepping going?  Have you been more aware of your sedentary time?  Have you been moving more?

Keep up the good work!  We all want to become great quilters…but nothing is as important as our health!  So let’s put that first–even when (especially when) we are busy!  (This is me talking to myself…)

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Photo courtesy of Faye Kennedy

THIS WEEK’S CHALLENGE

Of course we all know there are two parts to the fitness challenge–

Move More + Eat Less.

This week, move more AND  be aware of your eating habits.

Set a nutrition goal for yourself this week.  Keep it EASY and SIMPLE–

Goals like:

  • “I will drink five glasses of water per day”.
  • “I will eat a fruit and a vegetable with every meal and snack.”
  • “I will not eat an Oreo every time I open that cabinet.”
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Photo Courtesy of Faye Kennedy

We don’t have to change everything in one week…just pick that easy thing–the food you eat, but don’t really care about–for me it’s anything sweet.  I don’t really have a sweet tooth, but I will eat it if it’s there…

So my goal this week is to not eat any sweets:  candy, cookies, ice cream, doughnuts.

Now Fritos….that’s a challenge for another week!  (Salty is my downfall!–that and bread…and rice…and pasta…and …—baby steps, baby steps!)

NUTRITION INFORMATION

There are a lot of sources of nutrition information (and misinformation) on the web.

The US Department of Agriculture has a very good website, ChooseMyPlate.gov

If you have a source you recommend, please share a link.

WIN THE NOTIONS QUILT

 

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To enter to Win the Notions Quilt:  (Good news–it is finished–including binding!)

  1. You must continue your MOVE MORE goal–either the one from last week or write a new one.
  2. Write an additional nutrition goal.
  3. Keep both goals for one week.
  4. Enter to Win on Monday, May 23
  5. Tell us what worked and didn’t work for you in the comment section on Monday, May 23.  (You will have until noon on May 24 to leave a comment.)

The Winner will be announced on Thursday, May 26.

THIS WEEK

Later today, our friend, Carole  From My Carolina Home will be blogging about The Inbox Jaunt in her “May is for Makers”.  Be sure to stop by and say to Carole!

Also, check our her pattern store.  Carole even has a few free patterns!

We will finish our Sailboat Sampler tomorrow.  I’ve been delighted to see several on Instagram!  And much more…

Happy Candy-Free Quilting!

Lori

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!