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.

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Fold the tape in half….

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Then in half again.

Give the folds a good pinch to create a crease.

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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!

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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!

 

Quilt and Exercise Challenge One-Run for the Roses

 

 

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Good Morning, Quilters and Fitness Buffs!

Let’s all start thinking of ourselves in new ways–as athletes or at least “Fitness Buffs“!

It’s time to #LoseThoseFatQuarters!!! (Thank you, Ness for one of our hashtags in #theinboxjaunts exercise challenge)

For the next four weeks we are going to work on adjusting our quilt/exercise balance.

There will be challenges and PRIZES!

The Schedule:

Every Monday- a new challenge

Every Friday-check in and compare notes on Open Line Friday

Mondays-“I met the challenge drawing”  for the previous week’s challenge.

RUN FOR THE ROSES

This week, in honor of the upcoming Kentucky Derby (Read about the fascinating history and traditions of The Kentucky Derby HERE)-We will be Running (or walking or biking or…) for the Roses!

The winner of the this week’s challenge will receive The Roses Mini-Quilt shown here–a 12 inch square Vase Quilt.

It’s small, but really pretty!!

Roses, Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

THE CHALLENGE

Our fitness emphasis this week is twofold:

Part One-Be more aware of how much time you spend sitting

  • Think about the time you spend quilting, reading, at the computer, at work, watching TV and driving.
  • Look at the clock when you sit down.
  • How long are you in the car?
  • Do you quilt for more than 90 minutes at a time?  How many days a week?
  • How many TV shows do you watch in the evening?
  • How many minutes did you spend reading?
  • How many minutes reading blogs (other than The Inbox Jaunt–LOL!)

Consider keeping a journal of sedentary time this week.

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Part Two-Move More

  • How much time do you spend moving?
  • Include active exercise as well as housecleaning, cooking, gardening…
  • Challenge yourself to move just a little more…
  • Add a morning or evening walk…Take a yoga class…Ride your bike…
  • If you are housebound, can you take laps around the kitchen table?

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HOW TO WIN THE CHALLENGE

First, this is a Challenge not a Competition.

We are all going to encourage each other-we are not competing against one another!

The winner will be drawn by lottery…

To enter your name in the drawing:

  • Set a goal for yourself to be more aware and to move more (write it down today)
  • Complete your goal.
  • Tell us about it on Monday, May 9 by 10pm CST

For example, my goals for this week are:

  • I will walk 4 miles per day on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.  On Wednesday and one weekend day,  I will walk 2 miles.
  • I will keep a journal of how many minutes I spend sitting on Tuesday and Wednesday.

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It is important to make goals that YOU can keep.

Keep the goals small and reasonable. 

Your goal can be to walk around the kitchen table five times per day or to lift soup cans…YOUR goal is YOUR goal…

But…it cannot be…to get your bike fixed…that’s a good thing to do…but the challenge is to MOVE MORE!

Also, YOU must start today!!  NO EXCUSES!!

Make a goal you can start TODAY!

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It is far better to make small goals that YOU WILL KEEP, than big goals that you might not keep!

Next Monday, anyone who has written goals and achieved their goals will be able to give us a “high five” and be entered in the lottery.

THIS WEEK-We still have a busy quilting week--that’s our reward–Nautical Sampler, Doodles, and much more!

Got to Run–

It’s a 4 mile day for me!

Lori LaLane

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!