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.

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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!


Open Line Friday

Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

Good Morning, Quilters and Birders (seems a lot of you share my interest in birds!)

My Sun or Rain, Little Bird quilt seemed to do the trick–the sun came out yesterday!  –always notable here in Minnesota, where the forsythia bush is just starting to turn yellow and the grass is barely green.  The sunny day gave me a burst of energy so I spent the day cleaning and purging and pulling out NEW COLORS–like this vase quilt.


OPEN LINE FRIDAY–Everyone Asks, Everyone Answers!

Ipad Woes

Some readers are still having trouble with their iPads–small photo sizes.  I haven’t changed anything here…

Can anyone shed light on this problem or how they fixed it on their iPad?

Popping the Thread

One reader is having trouble popping the thread to the top when beginning to stitch…Here’s my method

  • Place quilt under the needle
  • Hold top thread taut
  • Needle down (either push button or hand wheel)
  • Needle up (either push button or hand wheel)
  • Quickly pull up on top thread–that should do it!
  • If not, check to see that both the top and bobbin are threaded properly

Favorite Solids

I use Kona solids for most of my quilts, but even though they have 303 choices, I still want more choices…

Kona Color Card

I purchased some ten inch squares (See the Little Bird Quilt) and a package of fat quarters from Craftsy’s new Boundless collection–and I really like the look and feel of them as well!  If you are interested, use my affiliate link HERE (I get a little something toward my “Tuesday Tutorial” fund that way.)

Boundless Solids

Photographing Quilts

I’ve had several questions about the best way to photograph quilts, so I thought I would highlight that information whenever I can.

First, I always use natural light from a window and add overhead lights if necessary.

Focal point is important…Notice in the photo above, I focused on the flowers and the quilt is blurry.

In the photo below, the focal point is on the quilt, and the flowers are blurry.

Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

What about YOU?  Do YOU have any questions?  any Answers?  Any Comments?

What do YOU do when Spring arrives?  Do you quilt as often?

We’d LOVE to hear!


PS…Just a few days left of the 50% offer on  my new Craftsy class-Free Motion Techniques:  From Doodle to Design.  It’s loaded with ideas, tips, motifs, techniques, patterns…..

–It’s received ONE review and it’s FIVE STARS!!!  LOL