Seamstress in Fine Art now in Paper Piecing!


Girl Sewing, Theodore RobinsonPEGGY WORKS HER MAGIC

We are in for a real treat this week!  Peggy created a fabulous new paper pieced pattern for readers of The Inbox Jaunt.

This pattern was based on Theodore Robinson’s “October Sunlight” (Read more HERE)  and is from The Inbox Jaunt’s Saturday series:  “Seamstresses in Fine Art”.

Theodore Robinson "October Sunlight"  Paper Pieced Quilting PatternNOTES FROM PEGGY

There are more colors listed on the color chart than a normal person should consider, but the extra colors help distinguish one patch from another.

Unlike The Morning Heron from last week  that fit on one sheet of paper, this finished project measures 24″ x 21″. The reversed black and white line drawing PDF file is on 6 sheets that must be taped together to achieve that final minimum size. Enlarging the paper plans further will make the details of the woman even easier to sew.

Even though green is a color some of us barely remember…Here’s another possible color way.



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Thank you, Peggy for your fine work!  I can’t wait to try my hand at paper piecing!  (I will definitely stitch mine in green!)

October Sunrise Pattern Piecing Pattern by Peggy Color Chart HERE

October Sunrise Six Page Line Pattern (Reversed) HERE 

Here’s the link to the Tutorial on Freezer Paper Foundation Piecing : Twiddledetails Store

Have Fun and Keep Stitching!


PS…Peggy’s Patterns are intended for personal use only.  For any other purpose, please contact Peggy at:

Tulip Time–A Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

Tulips, Free Motion Quilting,  TutorialGood Morning, Quilters!  Today is the first Tuesday in May and just days away from Mother’s Day!  If you skip the housekeeping and paperwork for a few days, you can whip up a little something for YOUR Mother with this sweet little confection:  Tulip Time.

There’s no time to lose–so let’s get started!


A reader wrote me this week because she just noticed the  “MENU” Bar on the top of my blog–and asked if it was new…

The Menu Bar has been around since the beginning, but I think if you read The Inbox Jaunt from your phone it is not as noticeable….

PLEASE check out the Menu Bar…All of the tutorials are there, plus design tips, a few projects, a selection of books I recommend…much much more.

Coming Soon To The Menu Bar—-The Quilt Notebook Series and The Paper Pieced Patterns  


Begin by drawing two lines equidistant apart.  In the sample below, the lines are 1/2 inch apart.  This would look great much larger, too–so try it with lines two inches apart if that fits YOUR quilt better…

Begin stitching on the bottom “rail”–the drawn line.  Stitch a rounded leaf that angles to the left slightly.  This leaf should touch the middle rail.

Tulips, Free Motion Quilting,  TutorialNext, stitch a mirror image leaf–to the right.

Tulips, Free Motion Quilting,  TutorialNow, stitch the stem straight up–a few stitches above the middle rail.

Tulips, Free Motion Quilting,  TutorialStitch the left half of the  flower by stitching a half circle to the top rail.  Then stitch a smaller full circle.

Tulips, Free Motion Quilting,  Tutorial

Finish stitching the right half of the flower…

Tulips, Free Motion Quilting,  Tutorial

Finally, stitch straight down the stem to the bottom rail and stitch over to begin the next Tulip Time tulip.

Tulips, Free Motion Quilting,  Tutorial

Three in a row would be perfect on a baby’s apron…or a springtime napkin.

Tulips, Free Motion Quilting,  TutorialOnce you get started, you won’t want to stop!  In the sample below, I stitched the first row and then turned the piece over to stitch the second row…(easier than stitching the motif upside down–though that can be done too!)

Tulips, Free Motion Quilting,  TutorialLeave the space between the rows empty…Or, add another design–like my favorite, The Greek Key.

Tulips, Free Motion Quilting,  TutorialThe design looks different if you stagger the tulips:

Tulips, Free Motion Quilting,  TutorialOnce you get started, you won’t want to stop planting tulips everywhere!  Happy Gardening!


There’s still time to enter the giveaway for Mary Huey’s online course:  Unfinished Quilts:  Assault Tactics...Read more HERE.


Tomorrow:  Peggy has a new paper pieced pattern for us…


This sample was quilted on my Bernina 820 (with it’s extra wide harp space and very large bobbin) using Aurifil 50 wt cotton thread in the bobbin and Robison-Anton Rayon thread on top, using a Schmetz 90 Topstitch needle.


Enjoy this new tutorial AND make something for YOUR mother…

Tip-Toeing Through The Tulips,


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




Giveaway! Unfinished Quilts–Assault Tactics an Online Course

Framed Free Motion Art Quilt


Last week we reviewed our quilt notebooks and some of us graded our progress fairly harshly.    Read more HERE….

The point of the Notebook is to get you thinking about the way you work and stumbling blocks to completing quilts.   It’s really just a way to focus your work efforts.  If you are thinking more…give yourself a good grade for that… but if you still have a pile of projects, here’s another source of help….

Framed Free Motion Art Quilt


Mary Huey of Mary Huey is offering a chance to win a spot in her “Unfinished Quilts–Assault Tactics” home study course.


  • Pop over to Mary’s blog site  HERE
  • Tell us how many UFOs you currently have AND/OR  what your biggest stumbling block to completing your quilts…is it free motion quilting?…layering a quilt?…how to add the appliqué?
  • The Winner will be announced on Friday.

Framed Free Motion Art Quilt


Hello to my fellow Inbox Jaunt followers! I joined you during the fall of 2013 when I discovered Lori’s great tutorials during my efforts to upgrade my machine quilting skills. When she began the QUILT NOTEBOOK series in January, I was intrigued.

I’m Mary Huey and among my other monikers (quilter, teacher, shop owner), I am a UFQ (unfinished quilts) “facilitator” or “stimulator” or “enabler”.   I can’t even begin to imagine how many UFQ’s I’ve helped my students and customers begin. When I closed my shop, Erie Street Quilts in Willoughby, Ohio, in 2005 I came face-to-face with a mountain of UFQ’s as I worked to merge the leftovers from the shop with all the stuff already in my studio. I had 72 finished quilt tops alone of varying sizes ready to quilt and lots more projects in various stages of unfinished.

 “Quilter, finish your own stuff!!”

So began my own journey tackling this overwhelming backlog. Along the way it inspired some humorous guild lectures as I shared how I was dealing with my UFQ’s. The feedback from these programs was very encouraging and so I pulled the strategies that worked for me into a four lesson course which I call UFQ Assault Tactics.

Each lesson begins with my ideas & strategies on a different aspect of gaining control of your UFQ’s. Participants are then assigned three or four tasks to move forward. When each lesson is finished, participants e-mail me a little report on their progress – I even accept photos if one hates to write reports – along with questions and challenges they’ve encountered for feedback from me. Then I send out the next lesson and so on. Participants have taken from 3 to 8 months to complete the course – the pace is self-determined though I will niggle if you seem to be slowing down. I’m always just an e-mail away!!

Feedback from participants has been good – quilt makers have made progress with their existing UFQ’s one way or another and they’ve learned what changes they need to make to prevent excessive UFQ’s in the future. UFQ’s don’t go away completely, but they can be less overwhelming.

Personally, I’m down to about 25 quilt tops in my queue and I’ve reversed my own tendency to start more than I finish so that now it’s I maintain a 1 start to 3 finishes ratio. That’s huge for me!!

Come on over to and visit me today!

I’m sharing my thoughts in response to Lori’s question about “stumbling blocks”.   It might give you some insights into your own habits. Then leave a comment with the answers to Lori’s questions of the day and on Friday we’ll chose a winner of a UFQ ASSAULT TACTICS home study course.

If you don’t win, you can order the course on my website at  Just think by the end of the year, you could have your own assault tactics in place!

Framed Free Motion Art Quilt

Good luck, Readers!


PS…All images are the property of Lori Kennedy at The Inbox Jaunt and are intended for personal use only.  Feel free to pin, blog, tweet with attribution to The Inbox Jaunt…For any other use, please contact me at  Thanks!