Beginner Quilters: An e-Book Giveaway!


As you all know, I have done everything I can to remove the fear and provide the inspiration for YOU all to begin free motion quilting…

If you’re still searching for something more–I think you’ll enjoy a newly published book written by a friend of The Inbox Jaunt:  Molly Hanson of SewWrongSewRight.

Molly Hanson:  Free Motion Quilting for Beginners

Molly’s new book:  Free Motion Quilting for Beginners-and Those Who Think They Can’t is a step-by-step guide to getting started.   It is a real CAN-DO book which takes the fear out of free motion quilting.  From choosing thread to setting up your work space, Molly walks the reader through the process with easy explanations and  many photos.

Molly believes in keeping supplies and set up to a minimum.  Simple is best.

Molly includes several motifs in her book.  Yesterday’s Tuesday Tutorial:  Woodgrain was based on a motif in the book.

Molly Hanson's Woodgrain

There are several small projects in the book including two projects which highlight the Woodgrain motif:  A Laptop Sleeve and a Messenger Bag.

Quilted Laptop Sleeve

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You can find Molly’s book at Martingale Publishing, on Amazon, or in YOUR Local Quilt Shop!


Molly is also offering a free e-book copy to ONE LUCKY reader of  The Inbox Jaunt.

To enter:  please answer this question in the comment section:

How many hours per week do you spend quilting?


Several blogs are participating in Molly’s blog-hop.  For more quilting fun, check out these blogs as well:

1. Martingale November 11th

2. Amanda Jean November 13th

3. Amy Friend November 14th
4. Angela Walters  November15th
5. Juliet van der Heijden The Tartankiwi  November 17th
6. Lori Kennedy  November 19th
7. Cindy Weins November 20th

8. Thermoweb November 21st


Be sure to check in tomorrow for a sneak peek of The Woodgrain  in a Christmas project–HINT-It’s a Family Tree.


The winner of Molly Hanson’s e-book:  Free Motion Quilting for Beginners and Those Who Think They Can’t….announced.  Good luck!


PS…All images used today are used with permission of Molly Hanson and Martingale Press.


Woodgrain-A Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

Woodgrain, Free Motion Quilting


Good Morning, Quilters and Quilt-Lovers!

Today’s tutorial:  Woodgrain is a motif I saw while reviewing a book for Molly Hanson of SewWrongSewRight.

Molly’s book, Free Motion Quilting for Beginners (and those who think they can’t) will be released very soon.

(Later this week we will review Molly’s book and ONE LUCKY READER of The Inbox Jaunt will win an e-book version of Molly’s book!)


Woodgrain, Free Motion Quilting

Begin by drawing a few straight lines.  The lines will serve as a reference to keep motif relatively straight.

Start at the bottom of the quilt and stitch a wavy line.  Echo stitch back down.

Woodgrain, Free Motion Quilting


Stitch another wavy line, shorter or longer than the previous line of stitching.  Echo back to the bottom.

NOTE:  Avoid ending the wavy lines at the same height.  This looks unnatural.

Woodgrain, Free Motion Quilting

After adding several lines add a “knot”.  Instead of echo quilting, add a pointy spiral.

Woodgrain, Free Motion Quilting

Spiral in, then spiral out again.

Woodgrain, Free Motion Quilting

After stitch the spiral, stitch to the bottom line and begin adding echo lines again.   Continue this way from left to right until the width of the quilt is stitched.

Then begin stitching back to fill in the area above the first set of stitches.

Woodgrain, Free Motion Quilting

Woodgrain, Free Motion Quilting

This is a very forgiving motif.  The lines are very irregular and mistakes are easily hidden-just like in nature.


I have a project I stitched with Wood grain that was inspired by a project in Molly Hanson’s new book.

A book review and a GIVEAWAY.

Another busy week…

Lori the Lumberjack,

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



Dress YOUR Turkey–A FREE Paper Piecing Pattern

Turkey Picture Peggy Aare PaperPiecingHeartlandATgmail

Happy Monday, Quilters!

Even though this is a busy time for everyone…

I think you all will want to steal away for awhile to make THIS delicious turkey.

Wouldn’t it be a great decoration for YOUR holiday festivities!

This paper pieced quilt is a Thanksgiving treat from our friend, Peggy at WisconsinQuilting.

Peggy outdid herself this time.  Not only did she create this adorable turkey, she provided several color ways, a tutorial on printing on freezer paper AND a tutorial on paper piecing!

Thank you, Peggy!
Screen Shot 2014-11-13 at 3.35.03 PM A NOTE FROM PEGGY

How do you dress YOUR turkey for Thanksgiving dinner?    How about a little aquamarine, or peach and fuchsia?
Here’s a piecing project using 30 degree wedges to create a cocky Thanksgiving turkey.  
1.    Print the 9-page full-sized line drawing and transfer it to freezer paper or print the pages directly onto freezer paper.
NOTE:  For more on printing on freezer paper SEE:   Printing on freezer paper.. tutorial
2.    Cut apart the paper piecing units using the alphabetic lettering as a guide.
3.    Use this color chart to help organize your fabric choices:
4.    Do a little strip piecing and assemble four color bands on the feathers to get a jump start on paper-piecing the wedges and the 18″ x 22″ project will take no time at all.   (See 3 Parallel Seams Diagram below)
NOTE:  Paper piece the details and irregular feather bands as you assemble the dozen wedges.
See the tutorial for paper piecing with freezer paper HERE:  Freezer paper piecing tutorial — adding fabric
Happy Thanksgiving!

Turkey exploded Peggy Aare PaperPiecingHeartland_AT_gmail

Paper Pieced Turkey

Paper Pieced Turkey

Paper Pieced Turkey

Paper Pieced Turkey


No calories in this turkey–even with all the stuffing!

We’d love to see what you’ve created using Peggy’s Paper pieced patterns.  Please post on Flickr, or send the photos to one of us.



PS. This tutorial is the property of Peggy Aare at Wisconsin Quilting and is available for personal use for readers of The Inbox Jaunt.  Feel free to Pin, re-blog, share with attribution to The Inbox Jaunt or Wisconsin Quilting.  For all other purposes, please contact Peggy at Wisconsin