Open Line Friday–Favorite Craftsy Videos–and a FLASH SALE!


The Perfect Pencil, free motion quiltingGood Morning, Quilters!

Welcome to Open Line FridayEveryone Asks, Everyone Answers!  With more than 7500 readers of The Inbox Jaunt, we have a wealth of information, experience and skill out there–so let’s share!


When school starts every fall, don’t YOU want to dive into some new class or project as well?  (Maybe it’s just an excuse to buy new supplies?)  Or maybe it’s hard-wired into our DNA that September is a time to learn…

START TODAY—If you haven’t signed up already… I am  offering Divide and Conquer-Creative Quilting for Any Space at 50% off…Today through Monday!  (This link will allow you to register for Divide and Conquer at 50% off until Monday)


THIS WEEKEND –Craftsy will be offering a sale on several quilting classes starting tomorrowCraftsy Quilt Sale Link:  August 29 – 30.  (This link will allow you to register for several quilting classes at 50% off Saturday and Sunday).


Most of the Craftsy classes will be discounted next week–so let’s be prepared!

Many of you have taken a lot of Craftsy classes.  One reader told me she’s taken more than 100 Craftsy classes!

Please share YOUR favorites!

Any category–quilting, knitting, cooking, photography–we’d love to hear!

Pin Cushion Free Motion QuiltingA couple of my favorites are:

Ann Petersen’s--Small Machine, Big Quilts, Better Results--Great tips on spray basting and stitching the large quilt!

Edyta Sitar’s Mix and Match:  Scrappy Quilts– A great class with lots of project ideas and piecing tips and tricks.  There’s something for everyone in this great class!

The Perfect Cupcake–The chocolate cupcake is THE BEST cupcake I’ve ever baked!

Vietnamese Classics:  Pho, Noodles and Beyond.  Andrea Nyugen is a delightful instructor and the recipes are easy and delicious.  My entire family loves her Shortcut Chicken Pho (and she even tells you how to pronounce it!)

Christina Cameli’s-Free Motion Quilting Essentials–Several new motifs and I love how she modifies her gloves!

and I just signed up for two FMQ classes-

Leah Day’s The Free Motion Effect

and Pat Delaney’s Quilting Linear Spaces

I can never get enough Free Motion Quilting!

The Perfect Pencil, free motion quilting


Try the Pencil and The Tomato Pin Cushion on your next quilt.

Happy Quilting…and Sewing…and Cooking…and….


You can order my video, Divide and Conquer TODAY and SATURDAY AND SUNDAY

Several quilting videos will be on sale SATURDAY and SUNDAY-

Late next week, most Craftsy videos will be on sale!–Details and links to follow!


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!

Doodling a Wedding Ring Quilt

LKennedy. Double Wedding RingGood Morning, Quilters and Doodlers!

Every Thursday is doodle day!  Get your pencils and paper ready, so when a busy weekend hits, you’ll still feel like you’re quilting!

I am currently working on a queen size Double Wedding Ring quilt.

(I will be showing lots of images of this quilt as I demonstrate how to design and stitch “The Big Quilt”.)


As you are piecing, think about how you want to design the free motion quilting.  

This allows plenty of time for the ideas to percolate…

–and hopefully, by the time the last border is stitched in place, you’ll be excited about the quilting phase!

For the Double Wedding Ring Quilt

I plan to do minimal stitching on the rings and a fun design in the center of the rings.

I copied this shape–it is the odd shaped center from a Double Wedding Ring–LKennedy. Double Wedding Ring

and  then traced the shape onto several pages in my sketch pad…
LKennedy. Double Wedding Ring

Whenever I had free time, or a new idea, I doodled the possibilities.
LKennedy. Double Wedding RingI used the motif library:  Free Motion Quilt tutorial Page and tried a variety of different ideas…

LKennedy. Double Wedding Ring

LKennedy. Double Wedding Ring

Some motifs work better than others…

I like Grid Pop in the center along with The Easiest Flower Ever.

LKennedy. Double Wedding RingI also like this version of The Easiest Flower Ever.

LKennedy. Double Wedding Ring

I never settle on one motif until I try a wide variety of options.

Here’s The Bow:LKennedy. Double Wedding RingAnd the Fleur-de LisLKennedy. Double Wedding Ring

LKennedy. Double Wedding Ring

Once I settle on a few motifs, there’s still more planning to do…like stitch order and thread, etc…but there’s still plenty of time!


  1. Pick a quilt top you’d like to finish and start planning the quilting.
  2. Trace the shape of one of the blocks–or a part of a block.    (Avoid thinking about THE WHOLE QUILT–let’s just bite off one small piece at a time—Think of it as “Divide and Conquer”–sound familiar???)
  3. Make several copies of the shape or trace them into your sketchbook.
  4. Search for a few motifs you think would work.
  5. Get doodling!  Try as many combinations as possible…
  6. It is best to do this over several sessions–it’s surprising how one idea will lead to another especially when you give your subconscious creative brain time to work.

Have fun with this.  If one block doesn’t inspire you right now, try a border or a sashing.  


Several months ago, I started this process with the question “Can you teach someone to doodle?”…

We are now 15 lessons into this experiment and I’d love to hear how this is going for everyone.    Have the Doodle Lessons helped?  Should we continue?  Which lessons have been the most useful?  Any other comments/questions?



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!