Design Decision or Just Plain ‘Ole Procrastination?

The Inbox Jaunt, Lori Kennedy, Machine QuiltingGood Morning, Quilters!

I’m working on a new banner for my sewing room!

First, I stabilized around the center squares.  Next, I stitched in the ditch around all of the letters.

The Inbox Jaunt, Lori Kennedy, Machine QuiltingThen it was time to tackle the borders.

The wide, solid colored border just begged for a little “Divide and Conquer”!

I decided to add a fancy “frame” around the center rectangle to soften the edges.

Instead of just stitching the “frame”, I used the String of Pearls motif to add a little more interest to the line.The Inbox Jaunt, Lori Kennedy, Machine Quilting

I added a cluster of flowers at each corner…

Lori Kennedy, machine quilting, flowersAnd now I’m not sure what to do next…

Fill in with more flowers…

Switch to a different design…

Leave the inner frame area “open”?

Lori Kennedy, machine quilting, flowersFor now I will just give it a rest…

But sometimes you just have to make a decision and go for it because…

I know myself.

In the guise of “considering my design choices”, I can procrastinate my way into another UFO!!!

I know…I will set a deadline.

I will finish this by Friday and YOU will hold me accountable!

What about YOU?

What do YOU do when a project stalls?

How do YOU jump-start a project?

We’d LOVE to hear!


Lollygagging  Lori

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Procrastination and The Creative Process


Green Spools, Free Motion QuiltingAfter reading,  “Franz Kafka was a Great Procrastinator” by Mason Currey– a discussion of creative rituals, I started thinking about my own work process…

In the article, Mr. Currey asserts that creatives procrastinate on their projects in order to “ratchet up the pressure, which is bad for the nerves, but good for the work.”

When it comes to creativity,  I’m an inveterate procrastinator…

Creativity takes conscious and subconscious thinking time…

Procrastination often pays off…

Most of my quilts languish at several stages along the way…time to consider the possibilities…

I call it “incubating”…it is a necessary part of MY creative ritual.

Consider your creative rituals… Do YOU procrastinate?

Green Spools, Free Motion QuiltingI’m off…but first, a few hours minutes on Pinterest…

Hmmm…Maybe M. Currey has a point!


Lori the Lollygagger

PS…All images, information and tutorials are the property of Lori Kennedy at The Inbox Jaunt and are intended for personal use only.  Feel free to re-blog, pin, tweet or share with attribution to The Inbox Jaunt.  For all other purposes, please contact me at  Thanks!



Win! Giveaway Announced–Tuesday Tutorial Postponed

House Free Motion Quilting, Long Arm Motif

Due to some technical difficulties and a whole lot of time mis-management (okay, procrastination), the Tuesday Tutorial has been postponed until Thursday.  Honestly, May is always a crazy month–college kids coming home, graduations, festivities, and the first burst of good weather—gardening, barbecues, photo walks…I think the tutorial will be worth the wait—we will be working on houses!

In the meantime…I have a Giveaway for you of another gorgeous stencil from The Stencil Company…Tomorrow’s Work in Progress Wednesday post will include many photos of this stencil and the small quilt I made with it!

To win the stencil…please leave a Time Management tip or comment in the Comment Section of any post from now until next Monday (May 27th)…Two winners will be chosen–one winner for the Best Tip and the other by lottery–(Not as exciting as $600 million PowerBall, but your odds are much better!)

That’s all for now.  Thanks for being patient!