Exercise Your Brain by Learning & Readers Recommended Videos

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Good Morning, Quilters, Bakers, Seamstresses, Knitters…

They say the best way to keep your brain in shape is to keep it active and learning new things.

That means that taking quilting classes is good for our health and may improve our memory!


 Craftsy Labor Day –Back to School Sale.   Most classes are 50% off!

Whatever your hobby…Craftsy has a class for you!

Best thing–you can watch in your pajamas and ask questions of the instructor while sipping your coffee  Margarita!—(caution–margaritas may undo all health benefits associated with learning new things!)

Of course, YOUR first choice has to be:  Divide and Conquer:  Creative Quilting for Any Space!  (All five star reviews!)


As promised, I have organized YOUR RECOMMENDATIONS–(and added a few of my own!)

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Divide and Conquer:  Creative Quilting for Any Space, Lori Kennedy

Small Machine, Big Quilts, Better Results, Ann Petersen

Stupendous Stitch, Carol Ann Waugh

Modern Quilts, Elisabeth Hartman

Wholecloth Quilts, Cindy Needham

Fusible Applique, Laura Wasilowski

Creative Quilting with a Walking Foot,  Jackie Gehring

Finishing School, Mimi Dietrich

Cut to It, Debbie Caffrey

The Free Motion Effect, Leah Day

Free Motion Essentials, Christina Cameli

Free Motion Quilting Feathers, Angela Walters



Classic Tailored Shirt, Pam Howard

Sew Better, Sew Faster:   Janet Pray

Sew Ready:  Garment Basics, Brett Bara (Craftsy even sends you a pattern in the mail!)


Save Our Stitches, Fixing Knitting Mistakes, Ann Budd

Knit Faster with Continental Knitting, Lorilee Beltman



Artisan Bread Making, Peter Reinhart

The Art of Stir Frying, Grace Young

The Perfect Cupcake, Jennifer Shea


Basics of Digital Photography, Rick Allred

Mobile Photography, Jack Davis


I know many of us love to watch these videos while we quilt.  I carry my laptop around with me and watch while I do household chores.  It makes folding laundry and doing dishes so much more enjoyable!

If YOU have any videos YOU recommend–please let us know and we’ll add it to “OUR LIST”!

Hope YOUR day is filled with brain exercises!





Quilt YOUR Doodle

Sunflower Quilt, FMQGood Morning, Quilters and Doodlers!

For the last two weeks we have seen how to take a Doodle and turn it into a quilt.

We used Circles to create this adorable floral quilt:

LKennedy.TheInboxJaunt.FMQThen we used Wavy Lines to create the Little Village Quilt:

Home Town Quilt, LKennedy

This Sunflower quilt is a sampler of quilt motifs using a Medallion Composition.  (Learn more about Medallion Compositions in my Craftsy video  (50% off HERE)

Sunflower Quilt, FMQ

All of my quilts begin as doodles–though not all of the quilt is doodled first–usually just a basic idea.

Sunflower Quilt, FMQSo YOUR challenge this week is to quilt one of YOUR doodles!

Sunflower Quilt, FMQ

It doesn’t have to BE anything…just try one of YOUR doodles and see how it looks in thread.

I have stacks of practice doodles.  Some show promise for a bigger quilt…others are just part of the learning curve.

Quilt Practice Sandwiches

So when I say “The Little Village quilt only took me ONE HOUR to quilt”…what I really mean is…

Doodle, FMQ


This quilt took me twenty years of Free Motion Quilting practice PLUS one hour to quilt!


NOTE-The Sunflower quilt was stitched on my old BERNINA 150 with Aurifil cotton 28wt and Sulky Rayon 40wt thread.

Sunflower Quilt, FMQ

PS…All tutorials, images and information is the property of Lori Kennedy at The Inbox Jaunt and is intended for personal use only.  Feel free to re-blog, share or Pin with attribution to The Inbox Jaunt.  For all other purposes, please contact me at lckennedy@hotmail.com.  Thanks!