Fast and Easy or Slow and Steady? Open Line Friday

Machine Quilting, Fill Designs, Fast and EasyGood Morning, Quilters and Fitness Pros!

It’s been a busy week for all of us and next week I have some BIG NEWS to share…

In the mean time, how’s it going with our first challenge in #theinboxjaunts #losethosefatquarters?

Don’t forget, we are Running (or walking) for the Roses.  Keep your eye on the prize:

Roses, Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

Of course, THE REAL PRIZE is health and fitness!

Our plan for this week:

  • Be aware of our sedentary/active time balance…in other words, how much time do we spend sitting???
  • Make a decision to MOVE MORE–No Excuses!
  • Write achievable goals–and keep the promises we make to ourselves.
  • Reward ourselves with quilting time (not food).
  • Continually evaluate and adjust.

With that last point in mind…

How is it going?

What is working?  What is not?  

For me…I did well increasing my active time and have kept my exercise goal of walking 4 miles 4 times this week.

What’s not working…writing down my sedentary time…I need a daily calendar or something.  Perhaps just a way to mark every half hour of sitting without moving….Not sure–

What worked for YOU?

What didn’t?

And What’s YOUR NEW plan?  If something is not working, make a new plan ASAP!

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Just a quick reminder…when it comes to fitness and health…

Slow and Steady Wins the Race

If you are looking for Fast and Easy–try machine quilting–I am over at BERNINA’s blog, We All Sew, with three Fast and Easy quilting motifs!

Happy Mother’s Day,

Lori (Mother of six, Grandmother of 1 –with one on the way!!!)

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!

 

Start Today!

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Good Morning, Quilters!

TODAY  is our motto in our challenge #theinboxjaunts #losethosefatquarters!

This week we are Running (or Swimming, or Biking, or…) For the Roses. 

There’s still time to get in the challenge and win the beautiful Rose Quilt!
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Set goals and begin today!  No excuses!

Here’s a couple of great articles on goal setting:

Success:  4 Tips for Setting Powerful Goals

MindTools:  Five Golden Rules for Successful Goal Setting
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I think the two most important things are to make goals you can and will keep…

Don’t break the promises you make to yourself!

And  Start TODAY!

Happy, Healthy Quilting!

Lori

PS…After you exercise, try a sampler of FMQ lettering!

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!

Sampler-Sun and Stars

Sampler, Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

Good Morning, Quilters, Doodlers and Exercise Fanatics!

It’s Day 2 in our Run (Walk, Crawl) for the Roses!  Whatever YOUR fitness level, there’s alway a way to MOVE MORE-so join the challenge and earn YOUR chance to win the lovely Rose Vase Quilt.  Read more HERE

No excuses!   MOVE MORE today!

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THE NAUTICAL SAMPLER

Our nautical sampler is filling in quickly now.

As of right now, the top of your quilt should have Rows 1, 3, 5, 6 and 7 stitched and the quilt should look like this:

Find all the directions HERE

Sampler, Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

Today we are going to fill in Rows 2 and 4 and learn a little trick for spacing larger motifs.

Sampler, Machine Quilting, Lori KennedyRow 4

Row 4 is a one inch space in between two wavy lines.

Add my favorite motif, The Star or Snowflake, to Row 4.

This motif looks like a Star or a Snowflake depending on the context of the quilt.  I love stitching it because it has a nice rocking rhythm while sewing.  (sounds weird, I know…but wait until YOU try it!)

Sampler, Machine Quilting, Lori KennedyRow 2

Quartering

For Row 2 we are going to stitch four large Spirograph Suns–(simplified versions)

Whenever stitching a large motif, it is a good idea to do a little ciphering to make sure you don’t end up with a half of a motif in the row.

For this quilt we will stitch four full sun motifs in the row.

To divide the space evenly (without measuring) use a measuring tape and place it along the width of the quilt and hold the end point.

Sampler, Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

Fold the tape in half….

Sampler, Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

Then in half again.

Give the folds a good pinch to create a crease.

Sampler, Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

Then mark the quilt on the crease lines.

In this quilt, the math would have been easy as the width was sixteen inches…but it isn’t always this simple and the creasing method works great for odd sizes.

Sampler, Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

Once  the four rectangles are marked, add a “tick mark” in the center of each box.  The tick mark will help center each Sun motif within the rectangle.

Sampler, Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

Stitching the Sun

Begin stitching on the top line of the rectangle, stitch past the tick mark, then stitch three half circles.

Add five triangles around the center of the Sun, finish on the top line.   (For more photos and directions, see The Spirograph Sun Tutorial HERE)

Stitch along the top line to begin the next motif.

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TWO WEEKS TO GO!

Next week we will fill in Row 8 and Row 9

The following week we will add the border and put the finishing touches on our Sampler Quilt!

Sampler, Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

I love it already!

Isn’t it amazing how a few minutes of stitching, done consistently, produces something delightful!

Sounds like another project we’re working on….

BALANCE

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Remember:  Our goal is Quilt/Exercise Balance–Exercise more, and reward yourself with a little quilting!

How are YOU going to juggle everything today?

We’d LOVE to hear!

Gotta Run…

Another 4 mile Walk/Jog for me today!

Lori’s Yoga and YOU!

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!