Sulky Thread Winner and More!


Good Morning, Quilters!

Thank you to all of you who entered our Pretty in Pink Sulky Thread giveaway. Thank you to Sulky for helping us spread awareness.

The best way to fight breast cancer is to have a plan that helps you detect breast cancer in its early stages.

Schedule your mammogram today!


The lucky winner is Janice King.  Congratulations!  Please send your address to my email: and I will arrange to have the thread delivered.


The ESR1 K303R Quilt

For another perspective….I thought you’d like this quilt by Susan Hilsenbeck.  Susan is a biostatistician who works  on breast cancer research.  Thank you, thank you Susan!

In her free time, Susan is a quilt artist and naturally her two worlds intersect.

Susan Hilsenbeck,

Susan Hilsenbeck

In her own words:

In my day job, I’ve spent most of my career working on breast cancer research studies, and on the quilty side, right now, I’m slowly ( I do mean slowly) working on a wall-sized quilt that will be a surprise gift for a friend. The english-paper-pieced hexagon construction, which is appliqued onto a background, represents part of the sequence of the estrogen receptor (ESR1), an important protein in breast cancer biology. The sequence includes a mutation that my friend has spent many years working on. The mutation is known as K303R (303rd amino acid in the protein is changed from a lysine [K] to an arginine [R], which alters the function of the protein). For the more biologically savvy — yes, I know that Deoxy-ribose (D in DNA) is a pentagon, not a hexagon. Too bad. This is art, or my version anyway. 😉

Read more at her blog:

Not only are Susan’s quilts beautiful,  they all tell a story.  She shares her process for many of her quilts and offers quilting insights along the way.

Pour yourself a cup of tea and spend some time…you may be lost for a while and I promise you will learn a lot!

Susan Hilsenbeck, ESR1, K303R

Susan Hilsenbeck, ESR1, K303R

CRAFTSY Supports the National Breast Cancer Foundation

Craftsy is running a Flash Sale until Monday in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

All Craftsy classes are on sale AND if you order through an instructor website, 5% will be donated to the NBCF to help fund their mission which includes providing free mammograms.  

Craftsy Breast Cancer Promo

Consider my two classes:

Start with Divide and Conquer and then move on to From Doodle to Design


Or any of the many classes on knitting, crochet, sewing, photography, baking, cooking…

I’m currently enjoying Ellie Krieger’s class on healthy cooking



  • It’s Halloween…I have a fun little quilt to share.
  • We will talk about straight line quilting–the background quilting in the pink quilt shown here.
  • The Sunflower Sampler quilt-a-long continues
  • Doodling
  • And so much more!

Happy, Healthy Quilting!




A Sneak Peek at a Work in Progress

Annie Smith Applique, Lori Kennedy Machine Quilting

Good Morning, Quilters!

I’ve been busy, busy, busy stitching away on a quilt for my friend, Annie Smith.

You may remember that  I quilted one of her blocks several months ago...I was nervous to get started because Annie’s appliqué and designs are award-winning. (She wrote The Ultimate Applique Guidebook: 150 Patterns, Hand & Machine Techniques, History, Step-by-Step Instructions, Keys to Design & Inspiration (including some of the motifs you see here)  AND…

Annie is a Quilt Judge!

Did you ever notice that being nervous makes your quilting worse, not better?

I had to put away my desire for perfection and just start quilting.

Once I relaxed, the stitches flowed  better.

Annie Smith, Applique, Machine Quilting


Recently, Annie was asked to be an Aurifil designer.  She got to choose 2 sets of 10 threads that will be marketed with her name and her quilt on the label.  As part of the promotion, Annie created two quilts and asked me to quilt them!

I was delighted, and (again) nervous…

Annie Smith Applique, Lori Kennedy Machine Quilting

The flowers are beautiful, and look stunning on the black background… but I have never quilted on black before so this took me out of my comfort zone…(and you know, we are always told that’s supposed to be a good thing?!?)


The good news…I had all of the colors in Aurifil’s new Annie Smith Collection available as my palette.


I started the machine quilting as outlined in my  Eight Step to Quilting on Appliqué 

free motion quilting, appliqué

To give the design unity, I replicated some of the appliqué motifs in the machine quilting.


The bright colored thread added emphasis to a few design details, while the darker thread receded into the background.


I chose a dark brown thread on the black background.  This allowed the quilting to be visible, while not competing with the appliqué.


Annie will be showing the full quilt at Quilt Market in Houston this weekend when Aurifil introduces her new thread collection!

Can’t wait to see her standing in front of the finished quilt!

Photos to follow….

Now back to a little (very little) house cleaning, laundry and maybe I’ll make dinner this week?!

Oh–and emails…I’m way behind on emails…so if YOU sent me an email….

Blame Annie!


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  Thanks!


Sunflower Sampler-Adding Petals

Sunflower Sampler, FMQ, Lori Kennedy

Good Morning, Quilters!

Thank all of you who left comments in our Pretty Pink Sulky Thread Giveaway.

Please read yesterday’s post and get your mammogram!

Today we are stitching right along on our Sunflower Sampler.

Last week we marked the fabric and stitched the center oval.  (See last week’s directions HERE)

Your quilt should now look something like this:

Sunflower Sampler QAL, FMQ



To mark the quilt for the next step, add a 2-1/2 inch margin around the stitched center.

Sunflower Sampler, FMQ, Lori Kennedy

When you are finished, the quilt should look like this:

Sunflower Sampler, FMQ, Lori Kennedy

The petals will fill this space.

Add wide petals all the way around the oval.

Sunflower Sampler, FMQ, Lori Kennedy

Sunflower Sampler, FMQ, Lori Kennedy

When you are about 3/4 of the way around the oval, stop and look at the spacing.  Draw in the last three petals to be sure the final petals are evenly spaced.

Sunflower Sampler, FMQ, Lori Kennedy

When you have completed the first row of petals, your Sunflower should look like this:

(Don’t you just LOVE it already!?)

Sunflower Sampler, FMQ, Lori Kennedy

The next step is to echo stitch and add a second set of petals–it’s easy!!!

Echo stitch the first petal–but stop in the middle…

Sunflower Sampler, FMQ, Lori Kennedy

Add an inset petal between two adjacent petals…

Sunflower Sampler, FMQ, Lori Kennedy

Sunflower Sampler, FMQ, Lori Kennedy

Continue— echo stitch the tip of the lower petal and add another inset petal.

Sunflower Sampler, FMQ, Lori Kennedy

Continue around the entire Sunflower.

Sunflower Sampler, FMQ, Lori Kennedy

When you have added all the inset petals, add a row of echo stitching around the entire flower and knot off…

Sunflower Sampler, FMQ, Lori Kennedy

Isn’t it lovely?

The reason it works?

We’ve built in contrast–density contrast.  

The center of the Sunflower is densely quilted and the petals are less densely quilted–this gives them “POP”!

And we’re going to “POP” the petals even more by adding dense quilting motifs around the outer edge…

Can YOU apply this technique is YOUR quilts?  It always makes quilting more interesting!


I understand that some of you are still struggling with thread choices.  We will talk more about thread in coming posts (I can talk for hours and hours about thread–I’m kind of a thread nerd…)

In the mean time, just look at the thread you already own…choose the best color–something with a little contrast is nice.

Start really examining your threads right on the spools.  Some are finer, some are thicker.  Some have sheen, some are dull.  Some are wiry, others are smooth.

Some feel better in your hand than others.

Comparing threads is the best way to learn about the different qualities.

Sulky is going to create a sample package of threads along with a color card for readers of The Inbox Jaunt.  I’m not sure when it will be ready, but it’s in the works…

In the meantime, buy a new thread fiber or brand every time you go shopping and start developing YOUR favorites!


Including a sneak preview of a Secret Project that’s had me chained to my sewing machine for the past two weeks!

Until then…

Schedule your mammogram and stitch your petals!


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  Thanks!