Inspired! and Aurifil Thread Winner!

Classic Feathers, Lori Kennedy, FMQGood Morning, Quilters!

Congratulations to Andrea R (UK)!  YOU have won a box of Aurifil thread in our I Love Home Quilting Sweepstakes!  I will pass your email address on to Jacquelynne Steves  so we can get the fabulous box of thread off to you.  Enjoy!


I am going through old quilts and old photos.  Reviewing…

When I started quilting-back in the 90’s-I hand quilted all of my quilts.  I still love hand quilting but I rarely do it any more.
Lori Kennedy quilting


Everything changed for me when master quilter, Diane Gaudynski came to my guild for a lecture on machine quilting on a domestic sewing machine.

I fell in love with her quilt, A Visit to Provence.  and set my sites on learning everything I could about machine quilting.

First, I had to master feathers –that is when my doodling began.  I doodled feathers constantly.  I even traced around nickels to get the curves right-a recommended technique at the time.
Classic Feathers

Once the quilt was designed on paper, the next step was to transfer the design to fabric–always challenging.  I went through a lot of the blue washout markers!

The stitching was simple-just follow the lines and concentrate of getting the stitch length even.
Classic Feathers


I like to ask myself three questions when I finish a quilt:

What worked? What didn’t work? What would I do differently next time?

What Worked:  I think the end result is beautiful!  I adore classical feathers and cross hatching!  I still use this quilt regularly. I love how the matching thread creates the texture and I think the batting supports the style of the quilt.

What Didn’t Work:  I hated did not enjoy the excessive time it took to design and mark–more time than it took to stitch.  I love to stitch.  I hate to mark.

Also, I need a lesson on binding…and mitering corners.

What would I do next time?  Find a binding tutorial.  Now that the pattern is created…try another color fabric and perhaps a different stencil design in the center. Or use the feathers around an appliqué.

For more information about Diane Gaudynski’s techniques find Quilt Savvy HERE (affiliate link)

Diane Gaudynski, free motion quilting,

Quilt Savvy, Gaudynski

In the beginning….

My early quilting was very classic…feathers, cross hatching, stippling (yes, I can stipple!).

I relied heavily on stencils and patterns.  And while I still love this look— it lacks personality.  

My quilting style change dramatically when...

To be continued!


What about YOU?  What inspired YOU to quilt?

Has YOUR style evolved over time?

Perhaps you could take a minute to evaluate your old quilts.  Write down a few notes in your quilt notebook?

We’d LOVE to hear about YOUR quilting journey!

Happy Stitching!


PS…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 re-blog, pin or share with attribution to The Inbox Jaunt.  For all the purposes, please contact me at  Thanks!


In the Beginning…

Lollipop Flowers, FMQ

Good Morning, Quilters!

It has been an extremely busy summer for my family-and I feel like I’ve been neglecting my blogging duties…(It’s not that I haven’t been thinking about YOU…)  I just haven’t had much time to stitch and photograph tutorials or projects.  So I thought we would change things up for the next few weeks.


The Plan–We will review some old content, quilts and tutorials.  Think of it as a semester review.  For those of you who have been here for the past five years, you may recognize some of the quilts, but we will look at everything with fresh eyes.

 After all, we’ve all learned a lot in the last few years!

We will look at “The BEST of…”  “YOUR Favorites”  and “New Lessons from Old Quilts”


This little red quilt was what started it all–my obsession with machine doodling and whole cloth quilts.

An idea kept swirling in my head….next it was an absent-minded doodle…. then all of a sudden, I felt compelled to drop what I was doing (probably  dusting) and get it onto fabric, quick!  There was an urgency that this  fleeting thought would vaporize  if I didn’t work fast!


The tension is terrible–the stitches are unbalanced and the center of the flowers puckered because the tension was sotight.

I didn’t iron the fabric–and the wrinkles torment me in these photos.

Look at those zig zags!  egads!


I love the Lillipop Spiral Flower (it’s even included in my book–p.91)

I like the idea of the zig zags (the execution, not so much).

I like the square composition with the flowers pointing into the center.

When I  learned more about thread, tension and composition, I stitched this version:

(Still need to learn about pressing before stitching–argh!)Lori Kennedy, FMQ, Spiral LollipopEvaluating Every Quilt

We learn something from every quilt.  I highly recommend that you evaluate every quilt by asking three simple questions:

What worked?

What didn’t work?

What would I do next time?


What about YOU?  Have YOU ever had a thought or idea that you had to get down on fabric or on paper as quick as a bunny?

Do YOU evaluate your completed quilts?

Have you looked back lately to see your progress?

We’d LOVE to hear!

Feeling nostalgic,


PS…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 re-blog, pin or share with attribution to The Inbox Jaunt.  For all other purposes, please contact me at  Thanks!