The Mystery Quilt-a-Long-Waves of Progress

Lori Kennedy, FMQ

Good Morning, Quilters!

Our Mystery Quilt-a-Long Continues….and is really taking shape this week!

How are your quilts coming along?  Please post your photos to Instagram  #mysteryQAL @theinboxjaunt.

Also, if you’ve signed up for either of my Craftsy classes, Divide and Conquer  or the new class, Doodle to Design, you can post your photos on the class platform as well!  We would all love to see them!

By the way…here’s what they are saying about Doodle to Design:  

I really enjoyed this class. Even though I have been doing free-motion quilting for a few years now, I learned many new motifs and some good techniques I didn’t know before. Lori explains the designs clearly and shows how to draw them and how to sew them. Excellent class!

Thank you, Cynthia–and all of you who have written reviews!


Last Tuesday, we stitched Rows 6 and 10 HERE

This week we will be stitching Rows 3, 5, 12 and 13.

Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

Rows 3 and 13:

Add three wavy lines to fill the space.  Stitch whatever wave comes naturally to you…it might be seven waves like mine, or it might be larger or smaller–we all have a natural movement pattern which determines our natural wave size.  Whichever size is natural to YOU will be YOUR smoothest and easiest stitching line.  (It has to do with the size of your hands, the length of your arms, how flexible you are, etc.)

Stitch the first line, then echo stitch two more lines, tying off after stitching all three lines.

Use my Flourish or Curlicue Knot to begin and end the stitching.

Stitching Direction

On a small quilt that is easy to turn in any direction, you can stitch from left to right or from top to bottom.  Try both ways and see what you like best…Thinking about these things and trying both will make you a better quilter! 

You won’t always have the luxury of being able to rotate the quilt easily, but when you do have the choice, make the most of it!

Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

For Rows 5 and 12:

For Rows 5 and 12–Wavy lines with optional circles.

Stitch the first two rows of wavy lines.  As you stitch the third row, add a full circle to at the high point of each wave.

If you aren’t ready for circles, just stitch a plain, wavy line again–it will still look great!

Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

That’s it for this week!


Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

Remember to DOODLE FIRST!

Doodling makes all of your quilting better--and helps you find YOUR natural movement pattern!

Can’t wait to see what YOU create!  Post photos!


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!

Doodle to Design on Craftsy

Mystery Quilt-a-Long: Case Review

FMQ.LKennedy003Good Morning, Quilters!

Welcome back to The Inbox Jaunt’s first ever Mystery Quilt-a-long!  We’re wrapping up this week by binding our Thread Quilt Sampler.  Even if you haven’t finished sewing all the spools, it’s okay to add the binding at this point because the quilt is completely stabilized.  (As soon as all the zig zags are stitched, you can add the binding.)

For a very nice step-by-step tutorial on binding, Deonn from Quiltscapes has a tutorial featured on Riley Blake Design’s website HERE. (Check out Deonn’s website for many great quilting tutorials.)


Each week, we worked on several skills as we created the Thread Sampler:

  • Grid Design
  • Batting, to wash or not
  • Stabilizing a quilt
  • Quilt marking
  • Permanent markers
  • Making and Using Templates
  • Thread comparisons
  • Free Motion Quilting:  Zig Zags, Spools, Needles, Handwriting

Free Motion Quilting, Thread SamplesNext time you start a quilt, I hope you will refer to this as a tool to choose thread.

Ask yourself:  Do you want the free motion quilting:

  • To be highlighted?
  • To create texture only?
  • Do you like sheen?
  • Do you prefer matt finish?
  • Do you want to use metallic?

You’ll have the answer at your fingertips…

Free Motion Quilting, Thread Samples

You can find all of the steps to the Mystery Quilt-a-long (Thread Sampler) HERE.


I am trying to find a way so you can add a photo when you leave a comment, but so far things are not working…ARGH!!!

Please post your finished results on Flickr or Instagram @theinboxjaunt.

I have one question…

If we do this again,  would you prefer for the end result to be a surprise or would you rather see the finished project and then walk through it? (I know I kind of tricked you into doing a sampler this time…LOL!)

I’m off…THE BOOK deadline looms!

Chained to my desk…


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!

Searching for Clues in The Thread Box

Cotton ThreadGood Morning, Sleuths, Seamstresses and Spies!

We have a few first class detectives on this case:     Janice and Judy were the first to comment that C-50 and P-50 stand for threads.

Way to go, ladies!


Today, your mission (should you chose to accept it…):


Pull out every cotton thread in your sewing box.

Search out every brand, weight, ply…just one sample-not every color.   If you have Aurifil thread in three different weights, pull all three.  If you have King Tut in 5 colors, just include one spool.

I found 13 different cotton thread types from six different manufacturers in my sewing box.

Thread.LKennedy005THE SECRET CODES

Your next assignment:  List every word and marking on all of the spools:  ELS, Mercerized, 50/2, MT 1000…

Do you know what they all mean? (we will soon….)  For now, just make a list.

Each thread brand seems to have it’s own language…We need a de-coder!  (Does anyone have their cereal box de-coder ring?  Can we use it?)


Finally, separate the threads into groups by weight. 

I found five different weight categories:  60wt, 50wt, 40wt, 28wt, 12wt in my sewing box.

Thread.LKennedy008Spend a little time comparing the threads.

  • How do threads with the same weight, but different manufacturers compare?
  • Do all the cottons have the same amount of sheen?
  • Is there a difference between two ply and three-ply threads?
  • Do some threads seem smoother?
  • What other differences do you notice?

Thread.LKennedy009STITCH A SPOOL

Finally, if you have a cotton thread, 50 wt, use it to stitch The Spool onto your grid in the center box…(the square marked C-50).


  • Collect all cotton thread types in your sewing box.
  • List every “secret code” on the labels.
  • Group thread by weight and do some comparative investigating.
  • Stitch a Cotton 50 wt Spool (Tutorial HERE) into the center grid box.
  • Doodle...doodling helps improve creative thinking.  Doodle the spools on every scrap of paper, envelope and napkin that comes your way this week!

NOTE–If you have a small collection of threads, perhaps you could work on this with a quilting friend or run to your local quilt store and do a little investigating…(It’s okay to bring a few pretty ones home, too!)


This week on Open Line Friday, we will make a Master List of Secret Thread Codes…then we will work on decoding!


Tension Troubleshooting Checklist…You won’t want to miss this–unless of course, you NEVER have tension troubles!  (Which probably means you don’t sew…?)


Dr. Watson

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, share or tweet with attribution to The Inbox Jaunt.  For all other purposes, please contact me at  Thanks!