Halloween Quilt, LKennedy

Good Morning, Quilters!

I’m delighted to tell you that The Wedding Quilt is complete!  Celebrate with me!

We will spend most of next week discussing “Quilting the Big Quilt”  including:  Choosing Motifs, Sewing Order, Choosing Thread and much much more!  I think this will be a great opportunity for many of YOU who have asked how to apply everything to BIG QUILTS!

Stay tuned…

BTW–I will show lots of photos, however I wanted the Newlyweds to see it first!


I also finished a little quilt with leftover blocks from a project I made last year.

Halloween Quilting Projects

I challenged myself to use a variety of threads…

Aurifil for piecing and for all bobbin threads…

Halloween Quilt, LKennedy

Robison-Anton Twister Tweed for most of the detail work–it’s a fabulous 2-ply twist of white and black Rayon threads!

Halloween Quilt, LKennedyI used Iris metallic thread (available through EnMart) for the spider webs–Ever notice how spider webs glisten in the light?  If you’ve had trouble with metallics in the past–this is a new metallic that’s worth the try!  I’m a convert!!

Halloween Quilt, LKennedyFor the vines, Sulky 30 wt cotton…I stitched over each vine twice for an even heavier look!

Halloween Quilt, LKennedyBecause so many of you commented on my six-legged Spooky Spider (spiders have eight legs….) I tried an eight legged spider, but for me…I will go back to the six-legged version (two legs are just not visible)…It looks neater and you still get the idea that it’s a spider!

Halloween Quilt, LKennedy

This was a fun little quilt with plenty of opportunity for embellishing with threads and Creative Quilting!

Halloween Quilt, LKennedyNow I’m off to bind it!  That’s TWO completed quilts in ONE week–a record for me!

What about YOU?  Did YOU finish any quilts this week?   We’d love to do a Happy Dance with YOU too!


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!

Japanese Lanterns-The Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

Japanese Lanterns, Free Motion quilting

Good Morning, Quilters!
I’m glad so many of you joined me for coffee and doodling yesterday!  Good news…The American Quilter Society is doing a Fall Membership Drive and you can get all the benefits of membership including six issues of American Quilter Magazine--including My Line Free Motion Quilting with Yours Truly…all for $20!  

Let’s have coffee together more often!


I never think a fall bouquet is complete without a spray of Japanese Lanterns (also known as Chinese Lanterns)– Naturally, these beautiful seed pods made their way to my doodling and on to my fabric.

While I associate the plant with Autumn, the motif is a pretty design that would make a great border on any quilt!  Use Japanese Lanterns on any modern or traditional quilt.  It pairs nicely with Pearls or Dots and Dashes that are reminiscent of the round seeds found inside the papery husks.


Begin by drawing two parallel lines.  In the sample below the (barely visible-sorry!) lines are 1-1/2 inches apart.

Begin sewing between the lines.  Stitch down slightly to begin the upside down heart shape curve.  Curve all the way to the left line and taper to a point.Japanese Lanterns, Free Motion quiltingTaper down slightly then create the right side of the Lantern, roughly mirroring the left side.

Stitch into the shape.Japanese Lanterns, Free Motion quiltingCurve and taper to the top of the Lantern.  Be careful to avoid overstitching at the taper point–preventing a messy looking build up of stitches.Japanese Lanterns, Free Motion quiltingStitch the right side and back through the middle of the Lantern.

Japanese Lanterns, Free Motion quiltingStitch through the tip of the Lantern and begin the next motif in the row.Japanese Lanterns, Free Motion quiltingThis creates a beautiful  (and quick) border motif.

However, if this is not full enough for your quilt, after completing the entire border, echo stitch the right and left sides adding embellishments like an occasional Curl or a berry
Japanese Lanterns, Free Motion quilting

Japanese Lanterns, Free Motion quilting

The Japanese Lantern is a Beginner motif–it has a smooth rhythm while stitching and can quickly fill a border…

Can’t wait to see how YOU will use the Japanese Lantern free motion quilting!

Happy Stitching,


NOTE-This tutorial was stitched on Kona cotton, Warm and Natural cotton batting, Superior Magnifico thread on top and Aurifil cotton 50 wt in the bobbin on my extra-fabulous BERNINA 770QE–(no regulator).

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!