Need a Quick Gift or Christmas Decoration?

Christmas Coasters, FMQ, Kennedy

Good Morning, Quilters!

It is a very busy time of year at the Kennedy household as all of my six children come home for Christmas.  The house is in an uproar with husbands, boyfriends, dogs and GRANDBABIES!!!!  We are shopping, baking, cooking, wrapping, watching Christmas movies (My favorites: We’re No Angels and Christmas in Connecticut–the old one)

In addition, there are big changes in my sewing room–a sneak peek tomorrow!

And to my great disappointment, my trusty camera is on the fritz!  ARGH!

LAST MINUTE PROJECTS

What about YOU? How are you spending your last weeks of 2016?  Is it busy at YOUR house?  Are you doing any stitching?

If you need a few minutes away from it all…

Try this quick tutorial for my free motion quilted coasters

Christmas Coasters, FMQ, Kennedy

Or the coasters designed by Sandy Fitzpatrick from BERNINA We All Sew blog are adorable, too!

Sandy Fitzpatrick for We All Sew

THE SUNFLOWER SAMPLERS

Aren’t the Sunflower Quilts in our show amazing?  I bet you are all inspired!

YOU can do it too!

Voting ends tomorrow, Thursday at noon CST–get your friends and family to vote!

What are YOU working on today?

Can YOU share a link to a quick Christmas or holiday project?

We’d LOVE to hear!

Lori

 

Sunflower Quilt Show-Vote for YOUR Favorite!

Good Morning, Quilters!

Welcome, welcome!

The doors are open to our Sunflowers in December Quilt Show!  The quilts are all free motion quilting samplers from our recent online FREE machine quilt-a-long HERE

One of the best things about a quilt show like this is seeing the individuality of each quilt–even when we all started with the same basic concept and composition.  The quilts are very beautiful and very creative!  Thank you to all who participated!

BEST OF SHOW

Today’s show is being judged by YOU-the viewers.  Please vote on your favorite.  The name of the artist is below the quilt and please include the number if there is one.  (Do try to evaluate each quilt based on the quilt itself and not the photography–quilt photography is very tricky!)

The winner (announced on Friday, December 23) will receive a box of sewing goodies–thread, fabric and notions from The Inbox Jaunt as well as bragging rights!  

Mary Ann McGlothlin    (baywindowquilter on Instagram)

 

FMQ

Joan Liboiron

 

Free Motion Quilting

Jern Siew

 

FMQ

Debbie Kanavel

 

FMQ

Noreen Borys

 

FMQ

Roberta Imhoff

 

Jeanette Funk

Jeanette Funk

 

FMQ

Deborah Johnson-#1

 

FMQ

Lynn Brazen

 

FMQ

Carol Pitts

 

FMQ

Denise Smart

 

FMQ

Shelly Sutton

 

Christine Barnsley

Christine Barnsley-#1

 

Deborah Johnson

Deborah Johnson-#2

 

Pam Marbourg

Pam Marbourg

 

Kristin David

 

Peggy Beck

Peggy Beck

 

Barbara Stanbro

Barbara Stanbro-#1

 

Barbara Stanbro

Barbara Stanbro-#2

 

Colette Hawkins

Colette Hawkins

 

Jana Pratt

Jana Pratt

 

Pat Williams

Pat Williams-#1

 

Pat Williams

Pat Williams-#2

 

Christine Barnsley

Christine Barnsley-#2

 

Christine Barnsley

Christine Barnsley–#3

 

Mary Heard

Mary Heard

 

Barb Ellis

Barb Ellis

THANK YOU to all who participated.  YOUR quilts are all BEST of SHOW!

Sunny (though -22F)-in-Minnesota,

Lori

Doodle Holly for Best Machine Quilting Results

How to Doodle Holly, Lori Kennedy

Good Morning, Quilters!

I’m soooo far behind!  After our trip to Chicago, I used all my creative energy (and physical energy) decorating the house for Christmas.  My husband and I are crazy about Christmas. We have an entire storage room dedicated to lights, wreaths, candles, ornaments, linens, art work, vases………..That’s a lot of trips up and down the stairs!

Unfortunately, I did not get to the Tuesday Tutorial….

Fortunately,  BERNINA’s blog, We All Sew is featuring my Pine Bough and Holly tutorial today-including a short video of the stitching process.

It’s fun to watch and I think it is very helpful for many people to see the video as well as to have the step-outs.

How to Doodle Holly, Lori Kennedy

DOODLE FIRST

Of course, you should DOODLE FIRST!

Doodling is the fastest way to learn a motif and create the muscle memory required for smooth stitching.

If you hesitate for a fraction of a second while stitching-the line will be less fluid.

The more you doodle, the better your quilting will look!

How to Doodle Holly, Lori Kennedy

Once you know how to doodle the Holly and Pine Bough, use the motif to decorate your notepad, or Christmas packages, or stationery….

How to Doodle Holly, Lori Kennedy

Remember when it comes to doodling, 

and candy and people and presents and Christmas decorations

The More, The Merrier!

Signed,

Lori Claus

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!