Open Line Friday-Impulse Shopping

Fun FabricsGood Morning, Quilters!

It feels like Spring here in Minnesota and I feel like singing like a bird…(you’re lucky there’s no microphone on my computer…)

I LOVED hearing everyone’s “First Quilt” stories yesterday!  I was relieved to hear I wasn’t the only one using non-quilting fabrics.– Chintz, Polyester and even Suede–Why didn’t anyone warn us?  YIKES!  Well, there wasn’t as many absolutely fabulous fabrics like there are now!

On that note…

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Last week, I stopped by my local quilt shop, Bear Patch Quilting…to pick up a new BERNINA chair I ordered…

And I left with the chair, thread, fabric, a magazine….

I came home with these two fabrics.  I am blaming YOU for the animal fabric…

I thought it would be a great fabric to demonstrate “fabric tracing”.


My question for you…What percent of YOUR fabric, thread, quilting shopping is “impulse”?

Let’s define impulse as…you had no intention of buying the item when you walked into the store.

Fun FabricsTo make it simple, let’s pick a percent:

25%    50%   75%  90%  (I assume no one is at 100% impulse!?)

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What about YOU?  Do you have any questions this week?  Are YOU an impulse shopper?  Do YOU have a “first quilt story (or crazy fabric to share?)

We’d LOVE to hear!


PS…The last two photos show the fabric labels if you’re interested!

PPS…The Webinar…Meander No More: Learn to Free Motion Quilt With Confidence  …You don’t have to be there for the live Webinar on March 18, 2015 to sign up…the link will be e-mailed to you (along with all the supplemental information).

PPS…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 share with attribution to The Inbox Jaunt.  For all other purposes, please contact me at  Thanks!


Throwback Thursday and Craft The Letter

Letter AGood Morning, Quilters!

Have you heard of the social media trends, #crafttheletter or #throwbackthursday #TBT?

Today, we’re doing both…AND talking about quilts–

Today is brought to you by the Letter ‘A’

The first letter of the alphabet and my first quilt.  (Be kind…it takes a bit of courage to show one’s first quilt.)

There are a lot of lessons tied up in this first quilt.

Old Quilt


It all started in 1991, when I was expecting twins and was put on bed rest.  On the way home from the doctor’s appointment I picked up the book, Quilts! Quilts! Quilts! by McClun and Nownes and a little fabric.

I added fabric that I had in my home dec stash and started quilting…


Don’t use home dec fabrics in quilts–They have a coating to keep them clean that makes them very difficult to stitch.

Don’t use the least expensive and plainest white muslin you can for the backing–thinking it doesn’t show anyway.

Consider spending more than 20 minutes basting a quilt (especially if it’s going to be hand quilted.)

Don’t begin hand quilting in the corner.

Don’t try to hand quilt through dense and coated home dec fabrics.

Don’t be penny wise and pound foolish on anything that will take more than 200 hours to make!


Don’t worry about all the mistakes above.  There’s nothing better to curl up with than a well-loved, quilt with a pilled back and frayed edges!


What was your first quilt?

Why did YOU start quilting?

Do you have a picture of your first quilt?

We’d love to hear!


PS…Yesterday, we had an official practice of The Webinar:   Meander No More: Learn to Free Motion Quilt With Confidence …and I’m really excited!  There are more than 150 photos and 150 yards of information…I think YOU are going to LOVE it!  Don’t wait to sign up…Even if you can’t attend the class, the link will be sent to you within a week along with all the supplemental information.  (Sorry, no DVDs available of this presentation.)

PPS…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 with attribution to The Inbox Jaunt.  For all other purposes, please contact me at  Thanks!


The Great Horned Owl-FREE Paper Piecing Pattern

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Good Morning, Quilters and Owl-Lovers!

I hope you had fun doodling and free motion quilting yesterday’s tutorial:  Olivia’s Owls.  They were a lot of fun!  (I will try to add a Fox and a Raccoon to our Woodland Animals…but it will take some time to create a suitable design.)

Today, we have a real treat from our friend, Peggy Aare.  Peggy is offering the Great Horned Owl paper piecing pattern FREE to readers of The Inbox Jaunt!  Thank you, Peggy! This pattern is based on a photo Peggy took of the gorgeous bird while attending a Raptor Banding course in her home state of Wisconsin.  (Obviously, Peggy is a lady with many interests and many talents!)


Great Horned Owl, Paper Piece Pattern by Peggy Aare


  • The first attachment has two pages that describe the borders for a 60″ x 65″ quilt with the owl at the center.
  • The second attachment (24 pages) has the color chart, the triangle template, a one-page line drawing, the full-sized (32″ x 28″ line drawing), and reversed paper piecing templates for the face details.
  • Quilters may not need to print all the pages, but just use them as a reference.
  • Quilters should use the full-sized line drawing for the basis of the paper piecing templates.
  • The shapes are all the same: equilateral triangles that finish at 4″ on a side. Piece them individually and then assemble as you would for a normal patchwork project, in strips or in blocks.
  • The iris and pupil need to be appliqued.. Templates included.

The Great Horned Owl, Color chart and borders HERE (2 pages)

The Great Horned Owl, Peggy Aare, Templates, Color Coded Pattern HERE (24 Pages)


Peggy has also created a “cheater fabric” of this owl on Spoonflower.  It is not quite ready for sale at Spoonflower.  If you are interested in this, contact Peggy directly at

Be sure to check out all of Peggy’s fabulous paper piecing designs at!


AND be sure to sign up for Meander No More: Learn to Free Motion Quilt With Confidence featuring Yours, Truly…

There’s something for everyone in this course…beginners and advanced quilters, and long armers and mid-arm quilters–tips and tricks about thread, choosing fabric, doodling…

The Live Webinar is on Wednesday, March 18, 2015 at 12:00CST…but you don’t have to see it live to sign up!

Happy Hooting!


PS…Today’s pattern is the property of Peggy Aare at  and is intended for personal use only.  Feel free to share with attribution to The Inbox Jaunt or Wisconsin Quilting.  For any other use, please contact Peggy at  Thanks!