The Sailboat Sampler-Finishing Touches

Sailboat Sampler, Lori Kennedy, Machine QuiltingGood Morning, Quilters and Fitness Pros!

I hope everyone had a chance to write an exercise goal and a nutrition goal!?

Did YOU go for a walk yet today?


The American Heart Association recommends 10,000 steps per day (the equivalent of nearly 5 miles).

The benefits are many:

  • Lower BMI
  • Reduced waist size
  • Increased energy
  • Less risk for Type II diabetes
  • Lower risk for heart disease


If you are not able to walk 10,000 steps per day…THAT’S OKAY!

Start where you are.  Every step counts.  Work toward 1000 the first week and increase by 1000 every other week.


We all love quilting, but really…some things are more important!


Let’s finish up our Samplers this week by adding a border.

I like to add a straight line fill border.  Mark a one inch border around the entire sampler and fill in with closely spaced lines.

The closely spaced lines create a thick border–with enough density contrast to frame the composition.

You can mark a one inch border around the entire sampler or just eyeball it.

Sailboat Sampler, Lori Kennedy, Machine Quilting

In the corners, add a design element like The Greek Key,  The Fish or a Star.Sailboat Sampler, Lori Kennedy, Machine Quilting


I am using this sampler as a baby gift.  In Row Nine, I plan to add the baby’s name and birthdate.

If you plan to keep your sampler, add your name and date, just like an old fashioned sampler.

I recommend using your own handwriting to add a truly personal touch–rather than using a copied font.

Sailboat Sampler, Lori Kennedy, Machine Quilting



Finally, add a binding.  Audition several before you make a final decision–a good binding can really make the quilt “sing”.  I often use a fabric in a lighter or darker shade of my quilt top.

This binding has a rope like motif-perfectly suited for a nautically inspired quilt.

Trim the thread tails, add a hanging sleeve and you are finished!  #noUFOs

I really hope you enjoyed making this sampler….

Happy Stitching, Sailing, Stepping, and Healthy Eating!


PS…All tutorials, images and information are the property of Lori Kennedy of 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!


The Sailboat Sampler-Machine Quilting Quilt-a-Long

Sailboats, Sampler, Machine Quilting

Good Morning, Quilters!

The Mystery Quilt is no longer a mystery…it is a Sailboat Sampler!

Today we add the Sailboats and the Clouds and next week we add some finishing touches.

Let’s jump right in!

Let’s remark the lines–

Draw a line 1-1/4 inches above the top of the Scallops.

Draw another line 3/4 inch below The Paperclips.

Divide the large Row into four rectangles using the no-measure method we used last week.

Finally, add a line down the center of each of the rectangles–this will be the line for the Sailboat masts.

SailboatSampler.LoriKennedy001Begin stitching on the lower line.  Stitch a wavy line and then stitch the back of the boat.


Stitch straight up the mast.  Add a small triangle flag.


Stitch a large triangle sail.


Stitch a curved line to create the left side of the sail.  Then echo stitch the mast to the top.


Add two more triangles (or one large one) on the left side of the mast.


Stitch down and then create the front of the ship.


Stitch forward and create a small curl.


Stitch a wavy line to create the bottom of the boat.

Sailboats, Sampler, Machine Quilting


Stitch forward, under the wavy line.  Continue stitching a wavy line into the next rectangle to begin the next Sailboat.
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Continue stitching all four Sailboats.

Sailboats, Sampler, Machine Quilting

Sailboats, Sampler, Machine Quilting

To add the Clouds…

Begin stitching just above the Sail on the first Sailboat.

Stitch scallops around the boat.

Sailboats, Sampler, Machine Quilting

Connect the Clouds between each rectangle.

Sailboats, Sampler, Machine Quilting

Echo stitch the entire row to add more emphasis to this line.

Sailboats, Sampler, Machine Quilting


Wasn’t that easy!?  One Row at a time…Minutes per week…Slow and Steady!

Next week–the finishing touches!

Sailing, Sailing Away….



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!

Quilt and Exercise Challenge One-Run for the Roses

Good Morning, Quilters and Fitness Buffs!

Let’s all start thinking of ourselves in new ways–as athletes or at least “Fitness Buffs“!

It’s time to #LoseThoseFatQuarters!!! (Thank you, Ness for one of our hashtags in #theinboxjaunts exercise challenge)

For the next four weeks we are going to work on adjusting our quilt/exercise balance.

There will be challenges and PRIZES!

The Schedule:

Every Monday- a new challenge

Every Friday-check in and compare notes on Open Line Friday

Mondays-“I met the challenge drawing”  for the previous week’s challenge.


This week, in honor of the upcoming Kentucky Derby (Read about the fascinating history and traditions of The Kentucky Derby HERE)-We will be Running (or walking or biking or…) for the Roses!

The winner of the this week’s challenge will receive The Roses Mini-Quilt shown here–a 12 inch square Vase Quilt.

It’s small, but really pretty!!

Roses, Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy


Our fitness emphasis this week is twofold:

Part One-Be more aware of how much time you spend sitting

  • Think about the time you spend quilting, reading, at the computer, at work, watching TV and driving.
  • Look at the clock when you sit down.
  • How long are you in the car?
  • Do you quilt for more than 90 minutes at a time?  How many days a week?
  • How many TV shows do you watch in the evening?
  • How many minutes did you spend reading?
  • How many minutes reading blogs (other than The Inbox Jaunt–LOL!)

Consider keeping a journal of sedentary time this week.

Part Two-Move More

  • How much time do you spend moving?
  • Include active exercise as well as housecleaning, cooking, gardening…
  • Challenge yourself to move just a little more…
  • Add a morning or evening walk…Take a yoga class…Ride your bike…
  • If you are housebound, can you take laps around the kitchen table?


First, this is a Challenge not a Competition.

We are all going to encourage each other-we are not competing against one another!

The winner will be drawn by lottery…

To enter your name in the drawing:

  • Set a goal for yourself to be more aware and to move more (write it down today)
  • Complete your goal.
  • Tell us about it on Monday, May 9 by 10pm CST

For example, my goals for this week are:

  • I will walk 4 miles per day on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.  On Wednesday and one weekend day,  I will walk 2 miles.
  • I will keep a journal of how many minutes I spend sitting on Tuesday and Wednesday.



It is important to make goals that YOU can keep.

Keep the goals small and reasonable. 

Your goal can be to walk around the kitchen table five times per day or to lift soup cans…YOUR goal is YOUR goal…

But…it cannot be…to get your bike fixed…that’s a good thing to do…but the challenge is to MOVE MORE!

Also, YOU must start today!!  NO EXCUSES!!

Make a goal you can start TODAY!

Roses, Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy


It is far better to make small goals that YOU WILL KEEP, than big goals that you might not keep!

Next Monday, anyone who has written goals and achieved their goals will be able to give us a “high five” and be entered in the lottery.

THIS WEEK-We still have a busy quilting week--that’s our reward–Nautical Sampler, Doodles, and much more!

Got to Run–

It’s a 4 mile day for me!

Lori LaLane

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!