Sunday, October 30, 2011

Shaving Cream Stenciling......Play Day


I set aside time on the calendar to
Play with my Friends...

Shaving Cream was one of the ingredients
we played with!

Enjoy the Slideshow:


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CLICK HERE to view Shaving Cream Printing Class


CLICK HERE to view Microwave Dyeing Play Day

CLICK HERE to view Adventures in Art Quilting Classes


May Your Bobbin Always Be Full,
LuAnn

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Thermofax Screen Printing......P2P Class


The Permission 2 Play
Thermofax Screen Printing Class
was so much fun...
We wanted to share it with you!

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CLICK HERE to view: Margaret Applin Designs

CLICK HERE: A Reason to Play

CLICK HERE: Mark Lipinski Interview

Permission 2 Play is a FREE class offering for cancer diagnosed patients.
No Experience is necessary to participate.
All supplies are provided for the students.
Classes are held at JanniLou Creations Quilt Shop in Philomath, Oregon
If you are interested in joining this class contact:
LuAnn Kessi kessi@pioneer.net

Our Best To You,

Nancy Bryant
Virginia Gregory
Kathi Borrego
LuAnn Kessi

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Good Bye Sweet Suzy


Suzy the Quilting Doggie
1995 - 2011

Dogs aren't our whole lives...
But, they make our lives whole.


Good Night,
LuAnn

Don't cry because its over - Smile because it happened

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Sweet Sixteen.....All settled in


The Sweet Sixteen
is set up in the table and ready to Quilt


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We brought the Sweet Sixteen home over a
week ago and it is finally settled in to the Thread Shed

It sits across the work table from the Bernina





It has 2 side tables...
They open up to create a 6 foot wide quilting space





The table is very slick and slippery...
The quilts will just glide along the surface during quilting






This is the view as you sit down to quilt...
I like working from this side of the machine





Touch Screen
My favorite part of the Sweet Sixteen





It is so easy to adjust the tension in
the needle thread and the bobbin thread



I am working fast and furious to put the final touches on
4 quilt tops I have in progress...


They will be under the needle soon...
and we can let her stretch her legs!





Gunnr isn't as impressed with the Sweet Sixteen
as he is with the new rug in the Thread Shed!

If you want to see more about the Sweet Sixteen:

CLICK HERE:  to see My Quilts

CLICK HERE to watch Video

CLICK HERE to view Part 1

CLICK HERE to view Part 2

CLICK HERE David Taylor Video 1

CLICK HERE David Taylor Video 2

CLICK HERE:  Sweet Sixteen Webinar


CLICK HERE to view the Design Wall

CLICK HERE to view My Tutorials

CLICK HERE to view our Cattle


May Your Bobbin Always Be Full,
LuAnn

Monday, October 24, 2011

Winding Ways........Piecing the Rows


Winding Ways aka Wheel of Mystery


This was up on the design wall all summer.
I took it down so I could get to work designing my
2011 Challenge Quilt:


I pieced 4 rows together this morning.
They are all pressed on the ironing board.

There are 4 more rows to piece.
They are on the back table by my sewing machine.





All 56 of the 10 inch blocks
were sewn by hand while I traveled.
This was one of my take-along-quilts.





The blocks are simple to piece...
but tricky when it comes to which way you press the seams!





I developed this pressing technique to allow the blocks
to lay perfectly flat after pressing...
I snipped the seams half way through the curve,
which allows the seam to press either way.





This pressing technique allows the quilt to
lay flat as a sheet of paper, like you see in the image above.





Here are the last 4 rows to piece together...
My work for the afternoon.





Piecing the rows is not for the faint of heart...
especially if you don't like to pin.





Intensive pinning every 4 inches to keep all of the
points and seams aligned.

I will post more images when I begin the design work
on the borders.......stay tuned!




Suzy the Quilting Doggie
You haven't seen little Suzy on this blog for quite awhile...
She spent the day with me piecing this quilt.
She napped under the sewing machine in her bed.




Suzy is 16+ years old.
In this last year she has become blind, deaf and suffers from dementia.
She no longer knows who I am and is scared from my touch.
It has been months since she would stay out in the Thread Shed with me.
Today she gave me the gift of her company while I sewed.
It was a good day.....for both of us.


CLICK HERE:  to see My Quilts

CLICK HERE to view Suzy's Portrait Quilt

CLICK HERE to view Gunnr's Portrait Quilt

CLICK HERE to view my Challenge Quilts


May Your Bobbin Always Be Full,
LuAnn

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Challenge Quilt 2011.....Part 2


6 weeks ago I began my challenge quilt...


This Memory Album was my inspiration:


I just love this color story...




I decided to do some sun printing ...

I think I matched the colors fairly well to the album




Here it is 6 weeks later and I am finally
getting back to the prints:


I used scraps of white fabric to print on,
so they are all odd ball sizes...



I decided to pull out some of my surface design
fabrics I have created the last couple of years...


Maybe some of these will find their way into
the challenge quilt?



I started to trim the odd ball sun prints:


Trimmings...





This is where I am now...
The blocks don't fit into rows because they are
odd ball sizes.
I think with some partial seams this will work.



This is a gorgeous fabric I purchased from


It is just begging to be included in this quilt...



Here are a few of my hand dyes pinned on the wall:


Vicki's hand dye is on the left...

This challenge has a big REVEAL
on December 12, 2011

I can't show you much more at this point
sorry...

I will show you bits and pieces here and there
as I finish this.....stay tuned.

CLICK HERE to view Challenge Quilt Part 1


CLICK HERE:  to see My Quilts


CLICK HERE to view Challenge Quilt 2010

CLICK HERE to view Challenge Quilt 2009


May Your Bobbin Always Be Full,
LuAnn

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Thermofax Printing.....Class Samples


One week until
Thermofax Printing Class

Here are a couple of class samples


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My old shirt has become my
NEW work shirt
It will be a great smock when I am painting





Silver Lace Metallic Ink
Worked great on the dark fabric






I am trying out Margaret's Donated Thermofax Screens





Close Up View of the Script Writing

Margaret's screens were a lot of FUN !


I had time, so I made one more sample:



Permission 2 Play Thermofax Printing Class
Thursday, October 27, 2011
1:00 - 4:00
JanniLou Creations Quilt Shop
Philomath, Oregon

Bring a Work Shirt to print on...


CLICK HERE:  to see My Quilts


CLICK HERE to view Thermofax Printing on Shirts

CLICK HERE to view Adventures in Art Quilting Classes

CLICK HERE to view Screen Printing


May Your Bobbin Always Be Full,
LuAnn


Thermofax Printing......Class Prep Work


Today I am doing some prep work for a
class I am leading next week:

Thermofax Printing

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The students will need a board to print on.
I am using leftover insulation boards from our
house remodel a few years ago.



Every girl needs her OWN tool box:


I found this cool green box at a second hand store years ago.



Every girl needs her OWN roll of duct tape:


I go through this stuff like water...





The boards I am making today are approximately
18 x 24 inches
This is a nice travel size.
I have larger ones for my personal use.

You can purchase 4 x 8 foot sheets of insulation board
from the home improvement store for about $8.
They also sell smaller sheets.




I cover them with 2 layers of thin cotton batting.
You want a firm, padded surface....not too squishy.





This board will last for years!





10 Student Print Boards
Ready for class next week...

The tape roller works great to clean off
the batting covered boards.

WD-40 will clean the duct tape adhesive
off my scissors.

Last week we received a DONATION of
6 Thermofax Printing Screens from:

Margaret donated the screens to support
A FREE Art Quilt Class for cancer diagnosed patients.

CLICK HERE to check out Margaret's screens
CLICK HERE to check out Margaret's Blog
CLICK HERE to check out Margaret's Website


CLICK HERE to view what we will be doing in class

CLICK HERE to view our Thermofax Printing Play Day 2

CLICK HERE to view our Thermofax Printing Play Day 1


CLICK HERE:  to see My Quilts


May Your Bobbin Always Be Full,
LuAnn