Exercise or Quilt? Open Line Friday

Walking, PhotographyGood Morning, Quilters!

For several months, I’ve been thinking of writing about this weighty topic…the dilemma we all face every time we have a few spare minutes…Exercise or Quilt?  Quilt or Exercise?

So a few weeks ago, when several of you had a conversation about health and exercise in the comment section, my percolating plan came to a full boil.

For nearly twenty years, I worked as a physical therapist and saw first hand the effects of a sedentary lifestyle.

While there’s a lot of evidence that quilters (and others with hobbies) are generally happier...

We want to live long enough and be healthy enough to finish all of our UFOs!

The best way to do that is to push away from our computers and our sewing machines and Move More!

My Sewing Room, Lori Kennedy

Next week, we’ll start an initiative to help each other maintain a reasonable quilt/exercise balance.  There will be challenges, contests (with prizes-of course) and more.

For now, I would love to hear your thoughts…

Do YOU spend too much time sitting (quilting, blogging, photo-processing, like me?)

Are YOU up for a new challenge?

Are YOU ready to move more?

And of course, every social media campaign needs a “hashtag”.  Let’s brainstorm ideas…I’d LOVE more suggestions!

#theinboxjaunts  #stepandstitch  #quiltfit

Walking, PhotographyOne more thing…over the weekend, think about YOUR personal fitness goals and how you could move just a little more

I’m really excited and I hope YOU will join me!

#HappyFeet

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!

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Quilting The Big Quilt-Personalizing

Machine Quilting, Basket Quilt

Good Morning, Quilters!

Join me in a Happy Dance-My sister’s Basket Quilt is finished!

Can you guess how many hours of quilting it required (a king size quilt)?  Keep reading…

The Basket Quilt was a group quilt stitched for my sister Pat’s 29th? birthday by a large group of family and friends and I was tasked with the machine quilting.

The quilt was pin basted and ready to go…

QUILTING THE BIG QUILT

I started by stabilizing the large blocks and the borders.

Basket Quilt, Lori Kennedy

I used the time while I was stabilizing (15 hours) to plan the rest of the quilting.

Once the blocks were all stabilized (by stitching in the ditch of all the blocks and borders), I was able to quilt any area of the quilt, in any order.

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I filled the large open squares with Faye’s Flowers.

Machine Quilting, Basket Quilt

Machine Quilting, Basket Quilt

For the appliqué border, I closely echo-stitched around each shape and added embellishments like swirls, leaves, pebbles and more flowers.

Machine Quilting, Basket Quilt

I wanted to add a subtle texture to the brown border.  I chose brown thread to match the fabric and stitched The Grid Pop motif.

Machine Quilting, Basket Quilt

For the square border–I wanted the colored squares to pop.  To do this, I stitched in the ditch along each side of the blocks and went back and filled the white area with scallops.

Machine Quilting, Basket Quilt

THE BASKET BLOCKS-CREATING CONTRAST

To create contrast with the adjacent blocks, I added simple, straight lines around the outer edge of the baskets. (Read more about Design Contrast HERE)

To fill the baskets, I used two different flower motifs under the handles:  three small flowers and Faye’s Flowers used throughout the quilt.

Machine Quilting, Basket Quilt

ADDING PERSONAL TOUCHES

My sister, Patricia, is a lovely lady who has many talents and fills many roles…

Each basket represents one of these roles or talents… from wife and mother to dog walker and bunco player.

Machine Quilting, Basket Quilt

Machine Quilting, Basket Quilt

Because we are quilting our own quilts, we can add personal touches!

(See Henry’s Quilt HERE)

So much nicer for our family and friends!

Machine Quilting, Basket Quilt

Patricia in green, my sister, Teri in blue.

What about YOU?

What personal touches do YOU add to your quilts?

We’d LOVE to hear!

Lori

PS…It took 40 happy hours of thinking about my sister…to complete this King Size quilt on my domestic sewing machine.

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.

 

A Baby Quilt for Henry

Boy Quilts, Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

Good Morning, Quilters and Baby-Lovers!

Henry’s Quilt has made it to the finish line!

Celebrate with me!  Henry’s Quilt is complete-binding and all!

Henry will be so happy!

Photography, Lori Kennedy

He’s as cute as a button and he’s always happy!

This quilt is small enough for a toddler to tote–though my daughter, Nora, has decided it will hang in his room instead.

Boy Quilt, Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

I’m sure you recognize a lot of the motifs from the Tuesday Tutorials!

Sun

The Basic House

Trees

Kites

 

Boy Quilt, Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

Henry’s Trucks

The Picket Fence

Tulips

Boy Quilt, Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

I love to add as much personalization as possible…

We might as well–that’s one of the benefits of quilting our own quilts!

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It’s so much fun to watch him grow each week…and wonder if he’ll like cars and trucks…

or dinosaurs…or pirates…or Spider Man…or turtles…or….

Hope YOUR day is filled with family and your quilts are filled with love!

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 the purposes, please contact me at lckennedy@hotmail.com.  Thanks!

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