Monday, May 31, 2010

Permission 2 Play - Needle Felting Class

May found us learning the technique of...

Needle Felting

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Everyone is gathered at JanniLou Creations Quilt Shop in Philomath Oregon to learn Needle Felting

Instructor: Cindy McNutt-Kaestner
Displaying one of her felted pieces

Felted Flower Class Sample
By Instructor: Nancy Bryant

The students were anxious to check out the felted class samples

Martha is trying out the felting machine...

Nancy is helping Jan & Andy learn to needle felt by hand

Andy is a photographer from the Gazette Times Newspaper in Corvallis, Oregon
He arrived with Reporter, Rachel Beck, to do an article about our Permission 2 Play Art Quilt Group.

CLICK HERE to read the Gazette Times Article

Barbara.........Pink & Purple Hand Felted Piece

Virginia.........Hand Felted Landscapes

Martha........really enjoyed using the felting machine!

Jan.......Hand Needle Felting Piece

Martha........Hand & Machine Needle Felted Tree

Many Thanks to JanniLou Creations Quilt Shop for sponsoring this FREE class offering to cancer diagnosed patients. A warm hug to Cindy & Nancy for leading this most enjoyable needle felting technique!

See you in June......we are creating home made stamps!

CLICK HERE to learn more about Permission 2 Play Classes

CLICK HERE to view our Healing Stitches Exhibit

CLICK HERE to view our Mixed Media Class

May Your Bobbin Always Be Full,

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Art using Flowers & Plants as Paint...

In spite of the very wet and cold weather in the Coastal Mountain Range of Western Oregon the Iris Bed is gorgeous...
Please Enjoy!

― Elizabeth Murray
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Brown Iris

Brown Iris

Brown Iris

Dark Blue Iris

Dark Pink Iris

Sky Blue Iris

Purple Blue Iris

Red Pink Iris

Sky Blue Iris

Lavender Blue Iris

Sky Blue Iris

You are invited to download these images and use them in your artwork if you like.
Click on the image to enlarge it, then download it to your desk top.

CLICK HERE:  to see My Quilts

CLICK HERE to view Mixed Media Quilts

CLICK HERE to view Tutorials

CLICK HERE to view Printing/Surface Design Techniques

May Your Bobbin Always Be Full,

Friday, May 28, 2010

Adventures in Jello Printing...

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Adventures with Jello Printing Class
Saturday, June 19, 2010
9:30 - 4pm

JanniLou Creations Quilt Shop
1243 Main Street
Philomath Oregon

Call Now to Register!

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Birds 'N Bubbles
Jello Printed Journal Quilt

The Black Fern
Jello Printed Journal Quilt

Fly Away Home
Jello Printed Journal Quilt

It's Been Lovely
Jello Printed Journal Quilt

My Secret Garden
Jello Printed Journal Quilt

Jello Printed Journal Quilt

Learn to create jello prints on fabric!

You will create a journal quilt in class.

No Experience Necessary!

Instructor: Nancy Bryant

This is part of our Adventures in Art Quilting Series

CLICK HERE:  to see My Quilts

CLICK HERE to view more about Jello Printing

CLICK HERE to view the Shaving Cream Printing Class in May 2010

CLICK HERE to find out about Textile Painting Class in August 2010

May Your Bobbin Always Be Full of Art Quilts,

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Life.....Through a Quilter's Eyes

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May Your Bobbin Always Be Full,
LuAnn Kessi

Rust Hunting...

Last week I went on a treasure hunt in the barn lot

Rust Hunting

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This is what I brought home in the bed of the pick up...

I love this rusty gear

Montgomery Ward Stove Door

The side of the rusty stove
This rust is bright orange!

Brad's Rusty Pick Up Truck

Brad's pick up has the coolest rust patterns....all over it!

I am lusting after Brad's rust!

Do you think he will mind if I drape vinegar soaked fabric all over his rusty pick up?

Hey, the tailgate comes off...
He could leave that home for me to rust!

Unfortunately, this pick up is used daily for farm chores.
It never sits still long enough for me to rust any fabrics on it!

Rusty Horse Shoes
This fabric started out white...
This is what it looked like on day 4 of the rusting process

Rusty Horse Shoes
Day 5....soaked in salt and baking soda, then washed in the washing machine.
This piece came out soft like silk.

Rusty Saw Blades
I plan to create sunflowers with this piece

Buffalo on Rusted Fabric
A work in-progress...

Horses on Rusted Fabric
A work in-progress...

When the weather warms up a bit, I plan to rust more fabrics with the new rusty treasures I found.

Rusting Instructions:

Soak your white fabric in vinegar (any kind of vinegar).
Lay the rusty items on the fabric.
Wrap the fabric around the rust.
You can wrap it with wire to keep the rusty objects in contact with the fabric.
Place it in a plastic bag.
Put out in the sun for 4 or 5 days.
The last day I take it out of the plastic bag and allow the oxygen to get to it while it is drying out.
Soak the fabric in a bucket of water with 1 cup of baking soda and 1 cup of salt.
Next day, throw it in the washing machine and dryer.


Use very good quality broadcloth or egyptian cotton.
DO NOT use cheap muslin.
DO NOT open up the bag and keep checking on the rusting process.

CLICK HERE:  to see My Quilts

CLICK HERE to view Rust Fabric that has been painted

CLICK HERE to view Mixed Media Rust Quilt

CLICK HERE to view The Cow Pony Rust Quilt
In this post I give you lots of tips and hints for machine quilting your rusted fabrics.

May Your Bobbin Always Be Full,