A Quick Project for the Kitchen

 

Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

Good Morning, Quilters!

Thank you all for your kind words of encouragement regarding my book deal with Martingale Publishing.

One of the reasons I went with Martingale is that they agreed to let me keep all the tutorials available here at The Inbox Jaunt.  Other publishers wanted me to take them down once the book was published—a deal breaker for me!

I assured Martingale that YOU would be the best customers of the book…that YOU wanted the tutorials in book format!  Your comments have reaffirmed that position–so THANK YOU!.

TEA TOWELS
I know many of you have had fun making the Sailboat Sampler Quilt-a-Long…All the steps can be found HERE.

Once you know a motif, look for other ways to use it–beyond quilts–hems of skirts, borders of tablecloths or napkins, make stationery…

I found these tea towels on clearance at Craftsy last week…(sorry I don’t think there are any left)…but I have seen similar towels at my LQS and my hardware store…

Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

 

I used Sulky 12wt cotton thread and a Size 100 Topstitch needle to embellish the towels.

The towels are fairly tightly woven…so with a little starch I was able to work without adding any additional stabilizer.

(I would LOVE recommendations on a suitable stabilizer for this type of project!)
Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

On one border, I added the Sailboats and a Sun

And on the other I added the wavy line with circles.

Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

I think a set of these would make a great hostess gift, teacher gift, housewarming gift…

What about YOU? Have you ever used any of the motifs on something besides a quilt?

We’d LOVE to hear!

Sailing into Summer,

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!

 

Exciting News to Share!

Martingale, Lori Kennedy

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.

Book Writing, Lori Kennedy

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.

Sailboat Sampler, Lori Kennedy, Machine Quilting

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.

Sailboat Sampler, Lori Kennedy, Machine Quilting

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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!