Open Line Friday

Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

Good Morning, Quilters and Birders (seems a lot of you share my interest in birds!)

My Sun or Rain, Little Bird quilt seemed to do the trick–the sun came out yesterday!  –always notable here in Minnesota, where the forsythia bush is just starting to turn yellow and the grass is barely green.  The sunny day gave me a burst of energy so I spent the day cleaning and purging and pulling out NEW COLORS–like this vase quilt.


OPEN LINE FRIDAY–Everyone Asks, Everyone Answers!

Ipad Woes

Some readers are still having trouble with their iPads–small photo sizes.  I haven’t changed anything here…

Can anyone shed light on this problem or how they fixed it on their iPad?

Popping the Thread

One reader is having trouble popping the thread to the top when beginning to stitch…Here’s my method

  • Place quilt under the needle
  • Hold top thread taut
  • Needle down (either push button or hand wheel)
  • Needle up (either push button or hand wheel)
  • Quickly pull up on top thread–that should do it!
  • If not, check to see that both the top and bobbin are threaded properly

Favorite Solids

I use Kona solids for most of my quilts, but even though they have 303 choices, I still want more choices…

Kona Color Card

I purchased some ten inch squares (See the Little Bird Quilt) and a package of fat quarters from Craftsy’s new Boundless collection–and I really like the look and feel of them as well!  If you are interested, use my affiliate link HERE (I get a little something toward my “Tuesday Tutorial” fund that way.)

Boundless Solids

Photographing Quilts

I’ve had several questions about the best way to photograph quilts, so I thought I would highlight that information whenever I can.

First, I always use natural light from a window and add overhead lights if necessary.

Focal point is important…Notice in the photo above, I focused on the flowers and the quilt is blurry.

In the photo below, the focal point is on the quilt, and the flowers are blurry.

Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

What about YOU?  Do YOU have any questions?  any Answers?  Any Comments?

What do YOU do when Spring arrives?  Do you quilt as often?

We’d LOVE to hear!


PS…Just a few days left of the 50% offer on  my new Craftsy class-Free Motion Techniques:  From Doodle to Design.  It’s loaded with ideas, tips, motifs, techniques, patterns…..

–It’s received ONE review and it’s FIVE STARS!!!  LOL

Sun or Rain? Little Bird

Bird, Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

Good Morning, Quilters and Birders!

My children laugh at me, but nothing excites me more than when I see a new bird in my yard.  A few weeks ago, the huge Pileated Woodpecker noshed at my feeder!  I’ve been trying to attract this woodpecker for years with all types of seed, suet and specialized feeders–so I shrieked when I saw him….(hence the ridicule!)

I hope he comes back again!

I’ve been busy working on The Big Quilt for my sister, but when my new, ten inch squares of Boundless Fabric arrived, I was distracted by the color!

The ten inch squares are perfect for little samples…and I love the fat quarters for vase quilts!

Boundless Solids

Boundless Fabric, Craftsy

I’m going to add a lot more quilting, of course…

I want to play with some variegated thread…maybe a little metallic…

Perhaps this little ten inch “thumbnail” quilt will become a bigger quilt?

Bird, Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

Rain or shine it’s always time to quilt!

Happy Stitching!



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!

Machine Quilt-a-Long: Adding Scallops


Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

Good Morning, Quilters!

I want to thank all of YOU for your well wishes and all of you who purchased Creative Quilting:  From Doodle to Design!

I think we may have hit the record for first day enrollments!??

Don’t forget, I will be offering a 50% discount all week!

Doodle to Design, Craftsy, Lori Kennedy

There is so much jammed in to the two-hour class–

You get to keep the class forever-and if you need to review, you can use the thirty-second repeat button

My kids would just LOVE that…they could hear me repeat myself with the click of a button!!

(Shoot–there’s a mute button, too!)

Sailboat Sampler, Lori Kennedy


Welcome to Week Three of our Mystery Nautical Quilt-a-Long-

We could call it “Machine Quilting Success in Fifteen Minutes a Day”–Because YOU WILL BE SUCCESSFUL with this easy project!–You will finish with an adorable quilted sampler to use in your sewing room or to give as a gift.  (Mine is a baby gift-to be personalized with the baby’s name and birthdate.)

Week One-Quilt Sandwich

Week Two-Mark the Horizontal Composition, Stitch the outlines.  Stitch Rows 1 and 14.

We also doodled to get a head start for this week.


This week we will stitch Rows 6 and 10.

Stitch row 6 with upside down scallops.

Stitch very shallow scallops from left to right all the way across the row.


I stitched 9 scallops across, but you should stitch scallops that are comfortable to you.   I don’t recommend marking…(for me it takes the joy out of quilting.)  Instead, work on developing your sense of spacing…  

As you get close to the edge, (about three scallops away) use your finger to determine the spacing–In other words, use your finger like a pencil to trace the imaginary stitching line for the last three scallops…if they don’t fit, try again, making them a bit smaller…if they really don’t fit-maybe there is only room for two?…

It’s okay if it isn’t perfect (for this project at least)…we are aiming for a hand drawn look–not pantograph perfection!

Finish stitching the last three scallops.

Without breaking your thread, stitch back from right to left with deeper scallops.

Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy


For Row Ten, stitch right side up scallops.

Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

If you doodle a variation that you like, stitch that instead.

Scallop Doodles, Lori Kennedy

Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy


Your Nautical Sampler should look something like this:


Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

Perfectly Imperfect!

Not to sound too philosophical–but isn’t that just like all of us?  Works in progress–perfectly imperfect!??

May YOUR stitches be happy!


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!