Take the Pledge! Open Line Friday

Good Morning, Quilters!

In the last lesson of my new Craftsy video:  Creating a Quilting Plan, Approaches for Any Quilt, I offer a challenge to YOU and to myself.

The challenge is to finish one quilt before you start piecing another one.

That means you must choose one quilt and quilt it, bind it and label it…BEFORE you buy another pattern, begin piecing another quilt top or start another project!
Craftsy: Creating a Quilting Plan

Before you can even create a quilting plan, you must plan to quilt!

Choose one quilt–either choose a quilt that is really important to you OR choose a quilt that you are really excited about right now--one that is calling your name–(is it calling or begging?)

I am as guilty of this as anyone!  Maybe even more so!

Today, I am making a pledge.  I will complete my Boxes and Vines quilt that I started more than five years ago and added the last border one year ago.  I will quilt it.  Bind it. Label it. and Sleep under it–before I begin any other quilts

By saying that today I have over 10,000 Accountability Partners!

YOU will hold me to my promise.

I finished stabilizing the quilt last week and I will show you weekly updates.

What about YOU?

Would YOU like 10,000 Accountability Partners?  If so, JOIN US!!! Take the pledge! (It won’t hurt, I promise!)

Make your declaration!  Say it in BOLD LETTERS!

What quilt will YOU commit to completing today?

We’d LOVE to hear!!!




PS…If you are looking for a jumpstart, check out my new Craftsy mini class:  Creating a Quilting Plan:  Approaches for Any Quilt  It is a real bargain at $9.99 and you can learn a lot in one hour!  BE SURE to download the Class Materials:  The Quilting Roadmap, The Design Worksheet, and the Quilt Evaluation!!!



Work in Progress–Poppies

Good Morning, Quilters!

I am behind on so many things…the dusting, cleaning cabinets, covering my roses…

One of the things that bothers me the most is being behind on The Flower of the Month Tutorials!

I am working on the August flower of the month–The Poppy.

After doodling several iterations in my sketchbook,  I came up with a continuous line design I liked.

Next, I tried stitching The Poppy.


When I think of a poppy, I think of a dramatic red flower with black accents, so I stitched The Poppy on red fabric with a variegated black and white thread.  (Seemed like a good plan…)

I was really happy with the results, until….

Poppies, Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

Yesterday I had Aurifil 28wt white cotton on my sewing machine so I tried The Poppy with the thicker, more contrasting thread.

What a difference!

The boldness of the contrasting thread re-creates the dramatic essence of poppies.

The motif looks even better than the earlier version in black thread.

Now I can’t wait to make a quilt with these bold flowers!

Step-by-step tutorial next Tuesday.
What about YOU?

My sisters (who are knitters) always ask “What’s on YOUR Needles?”

I guess the machine quilter’s version would be “What’s under YOUR needle?”

Any garden surprises?

We’d LOVE to hear!

Your Dramatic Queen Quilter,


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!