Giveaway! I Love Home Block of the Month

Good Morning, Quilters!

It’s a busy week here at The Inbox Jaunt!  Tomorrow my new Craftsy video, Creating a Quilting Plan:  Approaches for Any Quilt is released!  Be sure to check in tomorrow for all the details!!!!

And today we have a giveaway!


Block 4 is available HERE  from Jacquelynne Steves  

Block Four is the final block.  Next month we add borders and finishing touches!

While you are stitching the blocks, it is helpful to start planning  how you will quilt different areas of the quilt.  Each area of the quilt  will need it’s own “quilting plan” including batting, thread and motifs.

Machine Quilting, Lori KennedyWHICH MOTIFS TO CHOOSE?!

There are so many possible motifs to quilt, we need to narrow the focus.   

One way to choose motifs is to stick to a theme.

For this quilt, I looked for motifs that fit our I Love Home theme like hearts and houses.

The Sweetheart Border and Row Houses are perfect for the borders.  Find the Sweetheart Border HERE and the Row of Houses HERE

Both motifs can also be found in my book, Free Motion Machine Quilting 1-2-3 HERE on Etsy  (Personalized, signed copies make great gifts!)

To test your motifs, use a vinyl sheet and a wet erase marker.

Read HERE for more tips on this method.
Machine Quilt Design Tips


This month’s prize is from Olfa– a cutting mat, rotary cutter, and package of Endurance blades.  Olfa mats come in a variety of sizes and I have used them for more than twenty years!  Thank you, Olfa for transforming quilting with rotary blades and mats and for this fabulous giveaway!

To enter, please tell us YOUR biggest quilting challenge.  Is it planning the quilting, choosing the motifs, picking the right thread…or is it something else?  Leave a note in the comment section by the end of the day on November 9th.

***Please note that this giveaway is open to US winners only this time, due to shipping costs.


There are seven other quilters participating in the I LOVE HOME project.  Be sure to see their blocks and enter their giveaways for more chances to win!

Good Luck!

Tomorrow:  Turn YOUR UFOs into completed heirloom quilts with —Creating A Quilting Plan:  Approaches for Any Quilt!

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 other purposes, please contact me at  Thanks!







I Love Home BOM and Fabric Giveaway!

Good Morning, Quilters!

We have lots of FREE quilting today!


Today is Craftsy’s FREE All-You-Can-View Day!  Members can watch as many videos as they want–all day–for FREE!  Sign Up HERE and get access to Craftsy’s entire 1200 course catalog--ends tonight at 12:00PST.

Be sure to check out my machine quilting classes:

Divide and Conquer:  Creative Machine Quilting

Creative Free Motion Techniques:  From Doodle to Design


Win! Win! Win! a fat quarter bundle of this gorgeous fabric by Sarah J. Maxwell!

It is time for our September “I Love Home” Block of the Month giveaway–and time to start quilting Block 2.


Pop over to Jacquelynne Steve’s Art of Home to download the pattern.

For my quilt, I changed the color way so I can add the house pattern in free motion quilting.

Jacquelynne Steeves, I Love Home, Block One



The best time to begin planning the machine quilting is while you are piecing the blocks.  I like to draw the shapes to be quilted onto a note pad and doodle quilt ideas while I’m watching TV.

It’s a great way to try out ideas before stitching.


I recommend you draw the basic house and then look at different motifs to decorate. (HINT:  There are a wide variety of motifs available in Free Motion Machine Quilting 1-2-3:  Easy Loops, Scallops, Hearts, Tulips, Dizzy Daisy, The Basic House, Trees…. Get a signed copy (along with a little surprise) from my Etsy shop HERESLEEP ON IT

It is best to doodle on several different days.  The first design is rarely the best design and by working over several sessions, you allow your subconscious to work on it as well!


To win the fabric bundle,please leave a comment.  Tell me…Do YOU doodle before you machine quilt?  Has YOUR subconscious ever solved a problem or helped you with a design?  Do you do your own quilting?  Or just say “Hi!”

(To leave a comment, click on this comment symbol next to the blog post title…It looks like this:  (it may have a different number)


See more about Block Two and earn more chances to win by visiting these fabulous quilters:



That is a lot of quilting to keep you busy!

Speaking of busy…I’m off to Madison, Wisconsin for The Quilt Expo!  Please join me for a little machine quilting.  I will be demo-ing (is that a word?)  a variety of machine quilting motifs each day at 11:30.  Hope to see YOU there!


The Happy Home-Doodler,


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!




Sulky Thread Winner and More!


Good Morning, Quilters!

Thank you to all of you who entered our Pretty in Pink Sulky Thread giveaway. Thank you to Sulky for helping us spread awareness.

The best way to fight breast cancer is to have a plan that helps you detect breast cancer in its early stages.

Schedule your mammogram today!


The lucky winner is Janice King.  Congratulations!  Please send your address to my email: and I will arrange to have the thread delivered.


The ESR1 K303R Quilt

For another perspective….I thought you’d like this quilt by Susan Hilsenbeck.  Susan is a biostatistician who works  on breast cancer research.  Thank you, thank you Susan!

In her free time, Susan is a quilt artist and naturally her two worlds intersect.

Susan Hilsenbeck,

Susan Hilsenbeck

In her own words:

In my day job, I’ve spent most of my career working on breast cancer research studies, and on the quilty side, right now, I’m slowly ( I do mean slowly) working on a wall-sized quilt that will be a surprise gift for a friend. The english-paper-pieced hexagon construction, which is appliqued onto a background, represents part of the sequence of the estrogen receptor (ESR1), an important protein in breast cancer biology. The sequence includes a mutation that my friend has spent many years working on. The mutation is known as K303R (303rd amino acid in the protein is changed from a lysine [K] to an arginine [R], which alters the function of the protein). For the more biologically savvy — yes, I know that Deoxy-ribose (D in DNA) is a pentagon, not a hexagon. Too bad. This is art, or my version anyway. 😉

Read more at her blog:

Not only are Susan’s quilts beautiful,  they all tell a story.  She shares her process for many of her quilts and offers quilting insights along the way.

Pour yourself a cup of tea and spend some time…you may be lost for a while and I promise you will learn a lot!

Susan Hilsenbeck, ESR1, K303R

Susan Hilsenbeck, ESR1, K303R

CRAFTSY Supports the National Breast Cancer Foundation

Craftsy is running a Flash Sale until Monday in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

All Craftsy classes are on sale AND if you order through an instructor website, 5% will be donated to the NBCF to help fund their mission which includes providing free mammograms.  

Craftsy Breast Cancer Promo

Consider my two classes:

Start with Divide and Conquer and then move on to From Doodle to Design


Or any of the many classes on knitting, crochet, sewing, photography, baking, cooking…

I’m currently enjoying Ellie Krieger’s class on healthy cooking



  • It’s Halloween…I have a fun little quilt to share.
  • We will talk about straight line quilting–the background quilting in the pink quilt shown here.
  • The Sunflower Sampler quilt-a-long continues
  • Doodling
  • And so much more!

Happy, Healthy Quilting!