Celebrating Five Years of Blogging with a New Banner!!!

The Inbox Jaunt, Machine Quilting, Lori KennedyGood Morning, Quilters!

When a UFO lingers too long…giving yourself a deadline (and telling 10,000 people about it) really helps!

I stitched the letters for this quilt top more than two years ago…

Then I added a border six months ago…

Then I started quilting it last week…

And thanks to YOU it is finished!

Next time someone asks “How long does it take you to make a quilt like that?”

We all know the answer—too long!

The Inbox Jaunt, Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

A FEW DESIGN NOTES

I added the pebble frame to soften the hard lines of the center square.  Next, I added the flowers in the corners, but then I was unsure how to proceed….

I knew I wanted the corner flowers to stand as a mini-focal point and I wanted to accentuate the shape of the curvy frame.

To make the corner flowers stand out, I used design contrast.

First, thread contrast-the leaves that are adjacent to the flowers are in a solid color green that blends with the background fabric–they create more texture than design.

Second, density contrast-the leaves are more closely spaced, denser, than the open flowers in the corners.

 

The Inbox Jaunt, Machine Quilting, Lori KennedyI also wanted to accentuate the shape of the frame.

To do this, I could have left it completely open–that would have allowed it to pop, but I think it would have looked “naked” or unfinished.

I chose to use narrow, straight line stitching that contrasted with the flowers that surrounded it.

I used BERNINA’s Ruler Foot!

It took forever! I am sooooo slow at Ruler Work!  (I am gradually learning –more on that soon!)

The Inbox Jaunt, Machine Quilting, Lori KennedyTHE CENTER BLOCK

I had stitched in the ditch around the lettering, but it seemed to need a bit more.

Repeating the String of Pearls from the frame and Varying it was the perfect touch!

Once that was complete, the light green sashing needed something–and I have loved Rick-Rack since childhood…

The Inbox Jaunt, Machine Quilting, Lori KennedyAll in all, I am rather pleased with The Inbox Jaunt!

Celebrating 5 Years of Blogging with a Banner!

Party invitations and prizes to come!

What about YOU?

Do YOU have any projects that could use a deadline?

Wanna tell 10,000 friends about it?

We will hold YOU accountable!

We’d LOVE to hear!

Signed,

Your Faithful Blogger,

Lori

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 lckennedy@hotmail.com.  Thanks!

 

Why Do I Blog?

Good Morning, Quilters!

Just a few days ago, The Inbox Jaunt celebrated its fourth birthday -with a total of nearly 5,000,000 views in four years!  Birthdays (as we get older) are a time for introspection.  So I had to ask myself several questions…I will share some of those questions in the coming weeks-as I really need YOUR input.  The first question….

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Why do I blog?  

First, why did I start blogging?  I never wanted a blog.  I was taking an online photography class from Kim Klassen and the next class in her series was a blogging class.  I wasn’t interested in blogging, but there were several photography techniques in the class that I wanted to learn so I signed up.  After  a few weeks,  I thought blogging would be a great way to share my photography and quilting with my family and a few friends…

Little did I know that blogging would change my life…

American Quilter MagazineWhy do I blog?

Early on, I offered a few tutorials-mostly for my sisters in Chicago to see–and the tutorials went viral.  Pinterest was the key…

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The Basic Spiral–Four Steps

Now that I’ve been blogging for four years, the reason I blog…I found I love teaching--it’s a way to share my passion. A way to stand on the table and shout:

“YOU can do this!”

“Machine Quilting is Fun!”

 “Machine Quilting is not scary!”

 “Machine Quilting adds personality to your quilts!”

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When I started machine quilting- in the pre-internet days…

It was hard to find resources.

It was expensive to take classes.

It was difficult to find a babysitter for my six children so I could go to classes.

THE NUMBER ONE REASON I BLOG

That’s why I blog…

So the older-me can give back to the young-mother-me who so wanted more quilty information.

I want YOU to have what YOU need to enjoy quilting as much as I have!

Happy Quilting!

Lori

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 lckennedy@hotmail.com.  Thanks!

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Open Line Friday-Best Posts for Beginners

Green Quilt Squares, LKennedyGood Morning, Quilters!

Welcome to Open Line Friday–Everyone Asks, Everyone Answers!

I recently received a note from a new follower of The Inbox Jaunt.  She said she was enjoying poking around but wondered which were the best posts for beginners...

It was one of those lightbulb moments for me…something that has been percolating in the back of my head…a project for fall–

I need to read my blog as if I was new to it and as if I was a beginner…
Green Quilt Squares, LKennedy

Needless to say, blogging is not linear.  I didn’t start at the beginning and discuss the ins and outs of free motion quilting…those posts are randomly spiced over the last three (yes, three years!)

Starting in September, I will be remodeling The Inbox Jaunt to make it more navigation-friendly and more Beginner-friendly

That is a lot of back story for today’s question:

QUESTION OF THE DAY

Which posts have been most helpful to you as a quilter?

(Which ones did you Pin to Pinterest or share with friends or write down in a notebook?)

What would you like to see more of going forward?Green Quilt Squares, LKennedyYOUR QUESTIONS

And of course, we always have time for YOUR questions!

Thanking you in advance for YOUR help on my back-to-school organizational quest!

May your bobbin always be full!

Lori

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 lckennedy@hotmail.com.  Thanks!