Open Line Friday

 

Vintage Scissor, Lori Kennedy Designs

Good Morning, Quilters!

I am thrilled and delighted that so many of you have decided to join me at The John C. Campbell Folk School in North Carolina over Labor Day! (Read more HERE) It will be my first time at The Folk School and after reading about how many of YOU have already been there and loved it…just makes me more excited!   I can’t wait to meet YOU!  We are going to work hard and play hard and I promise that by the end of the week YOU will be a CONFIDENT MACHINE QUILTER!

QUILT-A-LONG QUESTIONS

I am also thrilled and delighted that we have a huge group (perhaps thousands???) who are jumping in on the Second Annual Machine Quilt-a-long!

Last year’s Quilt-a-long was a huge success and is still available HERE

Is this a project for beginners?

Yes!  This is a great project for beginners!  First of all, the project is small-just a fat quarter size.  It is important for beginners to start small when learning machine quilting in order to learn how to maneuver the quilt under the machine without all the weight of a big quilt.  Also, small quilts require minimal time and fabric requirements which help give the beginner quilter confidence that they can complete a project!  (Ban the UFO!)  Finally, we will learn several techniques on the Small Quilt that can be applied to the Large Quilt-marking, stabilizing, design.  All of the motifs are fairly easy motifs (especially if you doodle first!!!) but the final product will be beautiful and not just a “quilt sampler” –squares of different motifs.

Why not white on white backing fabrics and what about black on black fabrics?

I prefer to not use white on white fabrics for my backing because it is harder for the needle to penetrate the paint or coating of these fabrics.  Any time the needle has difficulty penetrating the fabric-it has a chance of causing a slight needle deflection and this shows up in our stitches as a slightly imperfect stitch.  I’ll admit this is a small thing…but it’s usually easy to avoid these fabrics for the backing.  I also avoid batiks because they are very tightly woven fabrics and can be difficult for the needle to penetrate.

As for black on black fabrics…The same rule applies.  If you can rub your fingernail across a fabric and feel a texture difference-it probably has paint on top and will be more difficult.  Sometimes this will also cause tension problems…and who needs that???

I want to emphasize…this is a small thing.  Many beautiful quilts are made with batiks and white on white fabric backgrounds…but if you have a choice, consider an alternative.

Vintage Scissor, Lori Kennedy Designs

 

When will your second Craftsy Video be released?

My second class, “Creative Machine Quilting-From Doodle to Design” will be released in just ten days–on April 11!!!

I’m so excited!  We will be starting a giveaway next week!

What about YOU?  Do YOU have any questions?

Will YOU be joining the Quilt-a-long?

If not, what’s holding you back?

Happy Stitching,

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!

Sewer, Seamstress, Sewist? Open Line Friday

Vintage Sewing, Lori Kennedy Designs

Good Morning, Quilters!

Notice how I avoid the words sewer and sewist?

Even when I write the tutorials, I avoid the word “sew” and use “stitch” instead.

I really don’t like the word “sewer” –it looks like plumbing when it’s written.

For a long time I hated the word “sewist“–it’s just a made up word–not even in the dictionary!  Furthermore, whenever you type “sewist” it auto-corrects to “sexist“….

Vintage Sewing, Lori Kennedy Designs

Saturdays were a real dilemma…

Should it be “Drain Pipes in Fine Art

or

Ruining the Language in Fine Art”?

I settled for the clunky,  “Seamstresses in Fine Art”

Vintage Sewing, Lori Kennedy Designs

I must admit I’m softening to the word “Sewist”…

Scissors have given way to rotary cutters, treadle machines to sewing computers, and quilters no longer create blankets made of old clothes…

Vintage Sewing, Lori Kennedy Designs

Languages evolve too!

New words like: emoji, selfie and vape (smoking an e-cigarette) have been Oxford’s Words of the Year for the past three years.

Vintage Sewing, Lori Kennedy Designs

Perhaps it’s better to be “on trend” than a “fossil”!

What do YOU think?

We’d LOVE to hear!

Happy Stitching, Tailoring, Quilting, Sewing, Vaping, Texting…

Lori

PS…The Second Annual Machine Quilt-a-Long begins next week.  If you are out shopping–just pick up 1/4 yard of solid fabric–in any shade of red, blue, turquoise…no more hints until next week!–other than it’s going to be FABULOUS!!!!

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!

Looking Back-Open Line Friday

Good Morning, Quilters!

January means cleaning, organizing, new calendars and planning.

First, a moment to look back…

2015 in Review

2015 was a very exciting year for me.

Henry, our first grandchild, was born!  The photo says it all!FullSizeRenderI became a BERNINA Ambassador and started writing posts for We All Sew: We All Sew-Snowman Quilt and Scissors pin cushion tutorialScissors, Free Motion Quilting, KennedyI had a great time writing and filming a Craftsy video. Divide and Conquer:  Creative QuiltingLori Kennedy CraftsyIn April, I represented Sulky at Quilt Market in Minneapolis…would love to do that again–(Hint, Hint…)Sulky Thread, Free Motion QuiltingIn addition, I overcame my fear of public speaking with several speaking engagements and guild lectures;  I was interviewed by Pat Sloan in a podcast and created an  F/W Media Webinar:  Meander no More.

I did a lot of writing too–here at The Inbox Jaunt where we reached 2 million views and in every issue of American Quilter Magazine.

AQ Magazine, LKennedy

All of this was the direct result of YOU– getting the word out about our FMQ community and YOUR notes to companies like Craftsy and BERNINA.  Thank YOU!  None of this would have happened without your support, encouragement and active engagement here at The Inbox Jaunt.!

(of course there’s an even longer list of things that didn’t get done–THE Book was put on hold, most of the quilts I planned to complete, 10,000 steps/day….That’s what 2016 is for, right?….We’ll look forward on next Open Line Friday…)

WHAT WERE YOUR BEST/MOST MEMORABLE MOMENTS OF 2015?

What were YOUR big moments in 2015?

Any babies? Grand babies? Weddings?  Career accomplishments?  Goals achieved? Fears overcome?  Boundaries hurdled?  Events endured? Mountains scaled?

Please SHARE!

We’d LOVE to hear!

When you leave your comment, please consider telling us where you live.

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!