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!


Olivia’s Owls – A Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

Free Motion Quilting, OwlGood Morning, Quilters!

I hope the weather is warming up wherever you are!  Last Tuesday, the temperature in Minnesota was -17F and it’s already 35F today!  HOOT! HOOT!

Speaking of heating up…

The lines are smoking over at the “Meander No More” offices…but great seating is still available…You don’t need to be at the live Webinar to sign up.  The recorded, Learn to Free Motion Quilt with Confidence and supplemental materials will be sent to you within a week of the live event….So sign up NOW..

Meander No More: Learn to Free Motion Quilt With Confidence

Before you lose your seat to a parliament of owls…

Speaking of Owls…


Whoo doesn’t LOVE owls?  Boys and girls, Moms and Dads…everyone loves owls!  They bring good luck and they take away…well, we won’t talk about what they hunt, but we are grateful to see the owls in our yard!

Owls are one of the most fun motifs you will ever free motion quilt!

Nothing can go wrong…No matter how many embellishments you add to this basic framework, your Owl will be adorable (or hilarious…or a few of mine are ridiculous!)

So let’s get started…

Begin by drawing a rectangle, 3 inches wide by 3-1/2 inches tall.  (This will fit in The Thread Sampler).  Once you have the basic Olivia Owl, change the dimensions to fit your quilt…or your backpack, pillowcase…wherever you are going to stitch Miss Olivia.

Begin by drawing a line 1-1/4 inches below the top line.

Start stitching in the center of the line.  Stitch two messy spirals.

Free Motion Quilting, Owl

Add a small triangle to the messy spirals.

Free Motion Quilting, OwlStitch around the right eye and stitch a small ear.

Free Motion Quilting, Owl Stitch over to the left ear, then stitch around the left eye.

Free Motion Quilting, OwlEcho stitch back a few stitches, then stitch a large oval body.

Free Motion Quilting, Owl Beginning under the right eye, add the right wing, a rectangle for feet, then the left wing…bringing you back to the left side.

NOW the fun begins..

Free Motion Quilting, OwlEmbellish Olivia Owl in anyway you like…add fun feathers, change the belly shape, add a Doodle Heart

Free Motion Quilting, Owl

Once you’ve added your embellishments, you get to name him or her!

I think I’ll call this one Eileen…

Free Motion Quilting, Owl

And here’s Eileen with Ben…

Free Motion Quilting, OwlI wonder what a Lori owl would look like?  I’m sure she would be a wise old youthful owl– AND skinny!

Create your own family of owls…

For more about owls read HERE


If you like owls, AND paper piecing, Peggy has a REAL TREAT…Wednesday….


PS…Today’s tutorial was stitched with Superior’s Magnifico–a trilobal polyester fiber with lots of sheen…with Aurifil cotton in the bobbin on my BERNINA 820 without a stitch regulator.

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!