Open Line Friday


Crayon and Pencil QuiltGood Morning, Quilters!  Welcome to Open Line Friday….Everyone asks–Everyone answers.

Today I have a special request from one of our French friends:

We had a very bad time in France recently ( people killed, a satiric
news paper  and a shop were attacked)
and  I made a small quilt …
I had the idea , to sew, embroider,  or quilt, a pencil , somewhere on
all our works in 2015, to remember and agains obscurantism …
would you share this ?
You can see the whole Crayon and Pencil quilt and read more at
I think we’d all be happy to support our friend!


Thank you to all who participated last week.  We had a very informative discussion on creating Raffle Quilts that Sell…


January is the traditional month for organizing and planning…and that includes our sewing room!

Let’s give our threads  a little attention…a quick re-organization, and culling…

Organizing ThreadI’ve had several organizational systems for my threads over the years.

For a long time, I organized by color.

Later, I organized by purpose:  hand quilting, machine quilting, etc.

Organizing ThreadAfter experimenting with several organizational systems, the method I now recommend is to organize by FIBER.  Separate boxes for :  Cotton, Polyester, Rayon, Silk, Specialty Threads.  Within each box, group the threads by weight, clustering 30 wt, 40 wt, and 50 wt together.

Organizing Thread

One of my goals for 2015 is to experiment with different threads.  You will be hearing a lot about threads this year…so let’s start with a clean slate!

What about YOU?  How do YOU organize YOUR threads…

We’d love to hear!


You might also like:  Taking a Thread Inventory HERE.

PS…All images, information and tutorials 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!


The 12 Essentials: Sewing Machine Appreciation Month

Sewing Machine Motif, Free Motion QuiltingGood Morning, Quilters and Quilt-Lovers!

I hope you are busy working on your Mystery Quilt?!

Take your time.  Use your practice sandwiches until you feel comfortable…YOU can do this.


Readers of The Inbox Jaunt have two favorite pages…

The Tuesday Tutorial, Free Motion Quilt Page…and

Twelve Essential Skills Every Quilter Must Know.


As promised, I will be offering extra information each month on each of The Essential Skills.

In January, we will emphasize Essential Skill #1:

“Know Your Sewing Machine”

I think you will greatly enjoy these two videos explaining a little history of The Sewing Machine

as well as an excellent demonstration the precision required to form THE PERFECT STITCH

Great video HERE of the rotary hook (30 seconds)–from Generation Quilt Patterns.

Even better:  9 minute video:  Secret Life of Machines:  The Sewing Machine (NOTE-this video ends abruptly, but all the info you need is in this first video.)



PS…Tutorial of the above sewing machine quilt coming soon

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