Reader’s Quilts

Lynn Brazen, Tennis Quilt

Lynn Brazen, Tennis Quilt

Good Morning, Quilters!

I’m off to St. Louis to kiss, kiss, kiss my new grandson, Louis!  

I’m a little nervous about being away from my sewing machine for so long–does anyone else feel that way ever?  I’ll have plenty to keep me entertained…but sometimes sewing is the perfect “wind down” at the end of the day–so is rocking a baby, of course!


I thought this would be a great opportunity to show of YOUR quilts!

Do YOU have a quilt with a motif from The Inbox Jaunt you’d like to share?  Please send your photos to for our first ever Inbox Quilt Show!  


Use your camera or cellphone to take a photo.  Carefully consider the lighting on your quilting.  Photographing your quilt outdoors on a cloudy day is ideal.    Avoid shadows if possible.  Top down photos like the quilt photo above–often show the motifs well.  Another option is to photograph your quilt at a 45 degree angle to highlight the quilting line.    Just do your best and don’t fret!  We’d love to see your work!


The Tennis Quilt above was stitched by reader, Lynn Brazen.  She used the horizontal composition she learned stitching  the “Sailboat Sampler Quilt-a-Long”.   Learn more about compositional styles in my Craftsy video, Divide and Conquer –a great value at $19.99 HERE!

Lynn did a great job personalizing her quilt by designing a racket and ball for a friend who plays tennis.  LOVE, LOVE, love, love it Lynn!  Thanks for sharing!


I can’t wait to see Louis Andrew and…

I can’t wait to see what YOU’VE created with over 100 machine quilting tutorials offered here at The Inbox Jaunt!

Send photos right away—

Happy Quilting!


The Butterfly-A FREE Machine Quilting Tutorial

Butterfly Machine Quilting TutorialGood Morning, Quilters!

Thank you all for helping me welcome Louis into the world!  I can’t wait to smell that baby smell and kiss those baby toes!

Today–by popular request–we have The Butterfly Machine Quilting Tutorial.

(A note about requests-I try to create tutorials that YOU ask for…sometimes the design pops right onto my sketchbook, for other designs, it takes a long time to get it right.  I’m currently working on a Train…but it’s not ready for prime time.  Please be patient.  If you have a request, let me know, I will try!)

Butterfly Machine Quilting Tutorial

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Begin by drawing a square.  Begin stitching a skinny oval in the center of the square.Butterfly Machine Quilting TutorialStitch two curly antennae–Butterfly Machine Quilting TutorialOn the left side, stitch a large petal shaped wing.  Before reaching the oval, stitch a counter clockwise loop.Butterfly Machine Quilting TutorialStitch a smaller lower wing, stitching near the side of the oval.Butterfly Machine Quilting TutorialStitch under the oval, closely echo stitching to the top of the oval on the right side.Butterfly Machine Quilting TutorialStitch a large right wing.Butterfly Machine Quilting TutorialStitch a loop and a smaller, lower wing.

Add a loop-de-loop to travel to the next Butterfly in the row.

Butterfly Machine Quilting Tutorial

This would be adorable on any little girl’s quilt,  or add a single Butterfly in with a group of flowers.  The Butterfly is like a basic recipe–change the proportions and shapes to create YOUR own version!

Doodle first!


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I will be away from my desk and my sewing machine for a few weeks so we’ll be mixing it up a bit.  Hold onto your pin cushions–there’s plenty of projects ahead!

“The butterfly counts not months but moments, and has time enough.”

Happy Stitching!


PS…All tutorials, images and information are the property of Lori Kennedy at The Inbox Jaunt.  Feel free to re-blog, pin or share with attribution to The Inbox Jaunt.  For all other purposes, please contact me at  Thanks!