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 lckennedy@hotmail.com.  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 Quilting.com.

The Inbox Jaunt-Mail Maladies

Free Motion Quilting, Letters, MailDear Readers,

As many of you have noticed –The Inbox Jaunt has suffered a few “Mail Maladies” over the past few months.

Many of you no longer receive your daily email “fix” of The Inbox Jaunt.Free Motion Quilting, Letters, MailMore recently, many people have reported  The Inbox Jaunt’s emails arrive as “WordPress” and often go unrecognized and deleted!  ARGH!

I have made several attempts to work this out with WordPress and Bluehost without luck.  Some of this is because I have limited patience working on this problem.  I’d much rather be sewing…hence the little motifs today….LOL!

Free Motion Quilting, Letters, MailPlease be patient.  

I am looking into other e-mail subscription options.

In the meantime….

YOU know where to find us!

and don’t delete messages from WordPress!


Can anyone recommend someone to help me with my WordPress blogging issues?  (Including my “button” not working)

I’d trade for a vase quilt?….

Thank YOU,

Frustrated in Frosty Minnesota,