The Sewing Circle on Open Line Friday


FMQ HouseOne of the best things about quilting is The Sewing Circle.   The chance for quilters to get together, stitch and chat.  Today, I bring you the blog version of The Sewing Circle.  A few things I’d like to share

My family in the News:

Nora's WeddingMy daughter, Nora and her husband, Travis were pleasantly surprised when someone forwarded this article to her:  HERE   The photo used to demonstrate St. Paul’s romanticism is one of their wedding photos taken in 2012!  A mystery as to how they picked their photo…

A Fun Project to Try:

I think you all might like the Anthropoligie-inspired pillow tutorial by Dena from Hearts and Sharts found  HERE.  Just in time for Valentine’s Day!

Sunday is the Superbowl

As you may know, I love football and I will be cheering for Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos this weekend, but I am also looking forward to the great Super Bowl Ads.  This year’s Budweiser’s Super Bowl Ad found HERE is in contention to be one of the winners!

Peyton ManningArtistic Inspiration

This artist’s designs remind me a little of free motion quilting– Check out the work of Tony Plant  HERE  I think you will be surprised by his technique!

The Weather

And we can’t go a day without talking about THE WEATHER!  Yesterday we had a little reprieve from the cold weather.  The mercury made it all the way up the thermometer to 20F.  Instead of cold, we were socked with six more inches of snow.  When we woke up today, the temperature was back down to -18F!  The sun is shining now-and the snow is beautiful…I may just go for a walk with my camera…well, maybe…

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If you were in The Sewing Circle today, what stories would you share?  Any links?

Happy Stitching,



Stencil Winners!

Long winter shadows on free motion quilted stencil

Thank you to all of you who entered our latest giveaway sponsored by The Inbox Jaunt and The Stencil Company.  In order to qualify, you had to tell us how many UFOs you currently own.  I’ve tallied the number and including my own –(I have 26 UFOs)–followers of The Inbox Jaunt have 172,459 UFOs!

(Just kidding, I lost track after 1000.)  It is safe to say…we have accumulated a lot of unfinished projects…But, not to worry.  We are spending Mondays at The Inbox Jaunt getting our quilting lives in order.  By the time our Twelve Step Program  Quilt Notebooks are complete, we’ll have our quilt priorities in order and we will have all the skills necessary to complete each of the projects.  Furthermore, we will make informed decisions before we buy, accept as a gift, or start cutting any more projects that we have to add to our list.  Then…if we live long enough…we will complete all the UFOs we currently own!   How’s that for ambitious!   It’s still January…all goals seem possible in January…

And now for the winners!

  1. Kearstie Grenier, Lake County, IL
  2. Pam Dunlap
  3. Helen, Olympia Washington
  4. Bea, Utah
  5. Bonnie, Lake of the Ozarks

Congratulations to the winners!  Please contact me at and we can arrange delivery!

For those of you who did not win a stencil–more giveaways to come from King Arthur Flour, Sulky, and yours truly!

May all your stitches be “sick”,


NOTE:   The green quilt above is one of my favorite quilts.  I use it at Christmas and St. Patrick’s Day and any time I need some color around the house.  I used a stencil for the basic outline and then I heavily embellished it with fillers, feathers and border. You can read more about the quilt above HERE.

PS…All photos, tutorials and images are property of Lori Kennedy at The Inbox Jaunt and are intended for personal use.    Please pin and re-blog–with attribution to The Inbox Jaunt.  For any other use,or if you would like to be a sponsor of The Inbox Jaunt  or  would like me to review your product or pattern, please contact me at!