Open Line Friday Questions and Answers…


Free motion quilted Bumble Bees

Happy Friday, Everyone!  It’s Open Line Friday…everyone asks…everyone answers…so buzz right in…we want to hear from YOU!

First, I had a question about connecting several Bumblebees from Tuesday’s free motion quilting tutorial…. Instead of starting from the head, start between the wings.

Everything is the same, just the order is changed.

Stitching order:

  1. Left set of wings
  2. Head and antenna
  3. Right set of wings
  4. Body
  5. Triangle Tail
  6. Twisted flight path.

NOTE-The Twister Tweed thread from Robison-Anton is perfect for these little bees!

Free motion quilted Bumble Bees



To get the bees humming…I have a question for YOU-

I often get notes saying “I love this motif—I think I’m going to try free motion quilting one of these days…”


What is stopping YOU from trying free motion quilting TODAY?

Is it fear?     Is the process overwhelming?     Are you unsure of your sewing machine?

Can you break it down for us…so we can get YOU to join all of us in the FUN?

Free motion quilted Bumble Bees


As you all know, my favorite part of quilting is Free Motion Quilting…I really want ALL OF YOU to enjoy it, too.  That is my goal….

How can I get YOU there???

From my hive to yours,

The Queen Bee,


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



Crawley Bugs-A Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

Free motion quilted antCRAWLEY-BUGS

We’ve been embellishing our flower gardens with flying fauna–The Bumble Bee and The Dragonfly--all created from the Humble Circle…

Today, we are going to add a few creepy-crawley bugs for our garden…The Ambitious Ant and the Curious Caterpillar.


Begin by stitching a large, counter-clockwise circle, followed by a smaller clockwise circle.

Free motion quilted ant

Stitch over the top of the second circle, and stitch another, smaller circle.

Free motion quilted ant

Add two small antenna…

Free motion quilted antStitch ON your previous line of stitching to get back to the lower half of the center circle…

Then add six “L” shaped legs.  (five legs are okay, too.)

NOTE-In the sample below, the ant is upright.  To make the ant walking straight, simple align the first two circles horizontally and add the head slightly above.

Free motion quilted antTHE CURIOUS CATERPILLAR

Easy–just a series of clockwise and counter-clockwise circles with a set of antenna!

Free motion quilted ant

Just add the garden fauna in between any floral motif for a little character and a little  free motion quilted “Eye Spy”.

Try The Happy Blossom or The Dizzy Daisy or The Spiral Flower

Now we’re really getting CREATIVE and PERSONALIZING OUR QUILTS!

Fun, Fabulous and Fearless Free Motion Quilting!

Lori Kennedy (nee Crawley–no kidding)

PS…All information, images and tutorials are the property of Lori Kennedy at The Inbox Jaunt and are intended for personal use only. PLEASE SHARE, PIN, and RE-Blog–The more the merrier–with attribution to The Inbox Jaunt.  For all other purposes, please contact me at  Thanks!

The Dragonfly–A Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

Free Motion Quilted Dragonfly

Good Morning, Quilters!  We’re back to work today with another circle tutorial in our progression.

While circles look easy, they are challenging to master.  In order to ensure success, we have been learning circles in a step-by-step progression.  Each motif builds on the previous technique to develop the hand-eye coordination and the motor planning necessary to advance to the next level.  (Race cars were just thrown in for fun–not really necessary for the progression.)

Today we have another fun motif for your free motion quilting net–The Dragonfly.

Free Motion Quilted DragonflyBegin by stitching a full circle.  In the sample below, the circle is the size of a pencil eraser.

Stitch an antenna with a curl on the top.

Stitch back over the antenna to the small circle, then stitch over one or two stitches to begin the second antenna.

Free Motion Quilted DragonflyStitch another antenna.  It’s fun if the second antenna is a little larger…

Stitch around the head of the dragonfly and stop at “the chin”…

Free Motion Quilted DragonflyNext, stitch another circle, slightly larger than the first circle.

Stitch a loop-de-loop set of wings…

Free Motion Quilted Dragonfly

Stitch ON the stitches of the lower part of the larger circle to get to the right side then stitch another set of loop-de-loop wings.

Stitch down to the base of the second circle.

Free Motion Quilted Dragonfly

Then stitch a String of Pearls–with each circle getting progressively smaller.

Finish off with a twirling flight line.

Free Motion Quilted DragonflyLovely!  Just the perfect touch for YOUR next quilt…

Free Motion Quilted DragonflyWe have a few more bugs to net tomorrow…

Next week we’ll work on Pebbles–the most challenging of the circle motifs–Not to worry…it will be EASY for YOU because you have done your homework!

Did you know that some cultures associate the Dragonfly with evil spirits while other cultures love the Dragonfly as a symbol of change…

To me The Dragonfly symbolizes the beginning of the beautiful days of autumn.

Happy Stitching!


PS…Don’t forget to DOODLE FIRST!

PPS…This tutorial was stitched with Aurifil 50 wt cotton in the bobbin and Sulky 40wt Rayon on top with a Schmetz 90 Topstitch needle on Kona cotton on my Bernina 150 without a stitch regulator.

PPPS…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!