Craftsy Instructor Summit-Take Two!

Craftsy, Lori Kennedy

Good Morning, Quilters! (Sorry about the broken link yesterday!)

I’m just back from a whirlwind trip to Denver for The (first ever) Craftsy Instructor Summit.

What an amazing weekend!

More than 200 Craftsy instructors (35 quilt instructors) attended a three-day conference on Branding, Social Media and Marketing.

Craftsy scheduled fabulous speakers to hold our hands through the tornado of Social Media!  YIKES!

My head is still spinning from all the information…

Craftsy, Lori KennedyOf course, it wasn’t all work!

There was ample time to play–and meet the other teachers!

I can’t wait to introduce YOU to all of them!  Coming soon!!!

Do YOU recognize any of the people in the photo below?

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Donna Thomas, Lori Kennedy, Mimi Dietrich, Alex Veronelli, Amy Johnson, Kelly Ashton, Barb Eikmeier

I took my first-ever selfie!  (I swore I never would…!)

Craftsy, Lori Kennedy

with Donna Thomas, Mimi Dietrich

Amy Johnson and I compared notes about free motion quilting:

Craftsy, Lori Kennedy

with Amy Johnson

One of the highlights: 

I met Laura Nownes–the author of the first quilt book I ever bought:  Quilts! Quilts! Quilts! The Complete Guide to Quiltmaking.

When I introduced myself, she responded:  “I know who you are-I read your blog everyday!”  (no words!)

Craftsy, Lori Kennedy

with Laura Nownes, Jessica Hutton

THE INBOX JAUNT’S DAYS ARE NUMBERED

No, no, no!  I’ll still be here–allow me to explain…

During the session on blogging, the presenter used five blogs to demonstrate blog features (good and bad).

The Inbox Jaunt was used as one of the examples of both good and bad…

The good:

  • Very engaged readership (we knew that already!)
  • Daily posting
  • Good content

The not-so-good:

  • The name, The Inbox Jaunt--A good title should reference the subject matter and author…The Inbox Jaunt is confusing–it could be about anything and written by anybody!  (BTW-my daughter told me that a long time ago…ahem…)  Any suggestions for a new name?  I won’t tell you what the expert suggested just yet.
  • Need videos –Many of YOU have told me that…I guess I will have to learn a new technology.  The good news is, Craftsy provided a host of ideas on how to create videos!

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The conference has given me so so many new ideas to improve YOUR experience here at The Inbox Jaunt.

I can’t wait to share!

Craftsy, Lori Kennedy

Craftsy, Lori Kennedy

Here’s to an whirlwind 2016!

Signed,

The Old Dog with New Tricks,

Lori

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 reblog, pin or share with attribution to The Inbox Jaunt.  For all other purposes, please contact me at lckennedy@hotmail.com.  Thanks!

 

More Fun Ribbons-A Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

Ribbons, FMQ, Lori Kennedy

Good Morning, Quilters!

I LOVE FREE MOTION QUILTING!

Okay, I just had to get that out there…I wasn’t sure if you knew…

Here’s why…Once you get the “driving part”–speed and control figured out–you can make so many cool patterns and motifs!

Last week we worked on Henry’s Trucks …

Free Motion Quilted Trucks, Lori KennedyWhich were a derivative of The Race Car.

The Race Car-A Free Motion Quilt TutorialAnd the week before, we worked on Ribbon Candy Two

Ribbon Candy, FMQ, Lori KennedyWhich was a variation of Ribbon CandyFree Motion Quilt, Step-by-Step Tutorial, Ribbon CandyToday, we will be learning the most complex Ribbon of all…

The GOOD news—Today’s Ribbon ONLY LOOKS COMPLICATED!

It is easy to stitch!

The TRICK is–practice Ribbon Candy Two (Blue photo above)  first!

So let’s get started!

THE COMPLICATED-LOOKING RIBBON-FREE MOTION QUILT TUTORIAL

Begin by drawing two parallel lines.

In the samples below, the lines are 1-1/2 inch apart.  Use any spacing that suits YOUR quilt–this motif works well in any size.

Begin stitching in between the two lines.  I like to start with a curlicue knot (or flourish knot).

Curl gently to the top line, sweep the top line and curve gently downwards.

The general direction of the stitching is down and to the left

Next, sweep the bottom line, then curve up and to the left

Ribbons, FMQ, Lori KennedyThis is just like we did for Ribbon Candy Two

Ribbon Candy, FMQ, Lori Kennedy

For THIS motif…we just do it MORE

As we curve UP and to the LEFT we cross over into the previous Ribbon

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The motion is exactly the same…it’s just a matter of degree–how far we stretch to the left.Ribbons, FMQ, Lori Kennedy

The WORDS make it more complicated than it is…

JUST DO-odle IT!

(Hey, that could be my new motto–like NIKE!)

Ribbons, FMQ, Lori Kennedy

Once you get the hang of it…

Try graduating from small to large…

Ribbons, FMQ, Lori Kennedy

Then combine in a row…

Ribbons, FMQ, Lori Kennedy

Are we having FUN yet???

I hope YOU are…because I am...and there’s so much more to come…

Everyone together now….

I LOVE FREE MOTION QUILTING!!!

Oh my gosh, I have to turn the volume on my computer down!

YOU are amazing!!!

Happy Happy Stitching,

Lori

PS…The tutorial above was stitched on my BERNINA 770QE with gorgeous stitches, on Robert Kaufman’s Kona cotton, using Aurifil cotton 50 wt thread in the bobbin and Sulky 40 wt Rayon (love that sheen!) as my top thread.

For videos of many tons of tips like the Flourish knot and dozens of motifs–see my Craftsy Video:  Divide and Conquer:  Creative Quilting for Any Space.  It has received all FIVE STAR REVIEWS…and it is jam-packed with information, motifs and inspiration!

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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!

 

Minnesota Style Creativity

Frozen Jeans

Image Credit: Tom Grotting

You know the expression, “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade….”  This beats all!

Check out what Minnesotans are doing this winter!

Bored Panda

Chalk it up to Creativity mixed with a sense of humor!

Hope your day is filled with both,

Lori

PS…If you want to give it a try, just run the jeans through the wash machine and spin cycle…remove and shape outdoors–it takes just minutes (I’m told).