Saturday, December 31, 2011

2011...A Review

It is New Year's Eve....
I am looking forward to the year ahead in 2012...

I am also reflecting on 2011

Here are a few highlights
a trip down memory lane:

January 2011

Midnight in the Garden
Exhibited at Stitches in Bloom Show
Oregon Gardens


Oregon Wheat Field

The Embrace

March 2011


April 2011


May 2011


June 2011


July 2011


August 2011


September 2011


October 2011


November 2011


December 2011

Challenge Quilt Revealed: Nature Walk

Here's to even more FUN in 2012 !

Wishing you ALL continued success in all you do.

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May Your Bobbin Always Be Full,

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Screen Printing.....with help from my friends

I recently spent a FUN day Thermofax Printing
with some of my favorite friends...

I made another one of my work shirts.
These are great smocks to wear while doing messy
surface design techniques!

I have been known to run into town and go shopping
in these shirts...

The bird screen belongs to Kathi.
This is a photograph that she took and had made into a screen.

The bubbles and lines are screens I borrowed from Virginia.

The census screen belongs to Kathi also.
Her great grandfather's census.

The red script writing top right
is a screen created by Margaret Applin Designs

The ABC and skinny lines screens were created
by Lynn Krawczyk/Fibra Artysta

Lynn also made the Birds on a Wire screen.

Thanks to all of you for enhancing my art work!

This is how I spent the day today:

I spent the morning turning white wash cloths


The GREEN ones are rolled up and stuffed into a
wooden crate for gift giving soon!

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CLICK HERE: Microwave Dyeing

CLICK HERE: Margaret Applin Designs

CLICK HERE: Fibra Artysta

CLICK HERE: Thermofax Printing on Shirts

CLICK HERE: Thermofax Printing Class

May Your Bobbin Always Be Full,
LuAnn Kessi

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Science and Art.......Together

For everyone who sews for the AAQI, I know you do so because you care deeply about finding a cure for Alzheimer's. Let me assure you that what you do matters. Every single stitch counts. Your art touches people in a most special way. Just look at the faces of the people below holding the quilts you made!

University of Michigan
Research Team
with Ami Simms

It is unusual for researchers and those who fund them to ever meet. AAQI volunteers have had this opportunity three times. It is an extremely rewarding experience.

CLICK HERE: Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative

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CLICK HERE: From Heartbreak to Hope Video

CLICK HERE: Sparrow - Inktense Portrait on Fabric

CLICK HERE: Purple Name Quilt on The Quilt Show

May Your Bobbin Always Be Full,
LuAnn Kessi

Friday, December 16, 2011

Scallloped Corded Edge Video

I am always looking for new edge treatments for my art quilts.

I recently found this
Scalloped Corded Edge
video by Bernina

Most any sewing machine will do this technique

CLICK HERE to watch the Video

For the last year I have been using a cord bound edge treatment
for most of my portrait quilts.


I definitely plan on incorporating this scalloped corded edge
into my future art quilts!

I hope this adds a new technique to your Quilter's Tool Box.

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CLICK HERE to view my Portrait Quilts

CLICK HERE to view my Art Quilts

CLICK HERE to view my Woven Quilts

May Your Bobbin Always Be Full,

Monday, December 12, 2011

Challenge Quilt.....Slideshow

Today is the BIG Reveal
for our 2012 Challenge Quilts...

Nature Walk
60 x 60 inches

You can follow along as I create
Nature Walk
by clicking on the slideshow below:

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Many Thanks to Patsy Thompson for all her Quilting Inspiration over the years!

This quilt would not be complete without the Hand Dyed border fabric created by Vicki Welsh!

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CLICK HERE to view: 2010 Challenge Quilt

CLICK HERE to view: Woven Sunshine Quilt

CLICK HERE to view: Sunflowers Quilt

CLICK HERE: Featured Quilter Article

CLICK HERE: Harlan Valley Quilters Blog

May Your Bobbin Always Be Full,

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Portrait Class......Sign Up Now!

I stopped in at
JanniLou Creations Quilt Shop last week...

sample quilts are now on display!

Only 6 weeks until Portrait Class...

Saturday, January 21, 2012

This is a BEGINNER level class offering...

Yes, YOU can create a portrait in fabric
and I will show you how.

You will create a 19 x 13 inch portrait of a loved one or favorite pet
from your personal photos.

I also have images of animals and flowers and birds you
can choose from.

Sign up at JLC....
Send me your photo so that I can alter the image in photoshop
and prepare it on fabric for you.

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CLICK HERE to watch me create the Zinnia quilt.

CLICK HERE to watch me create Gunnr 1 quilt.

CLICK HERE for more class details

May Your Bobbin Always Be Full of Portraits,
LuAnn Kessi

Sunday, December 4, 2011

More Microwave Dyeing...

I finished up the last of the microwave dyeing...

If you are on my Christmas list
don't look at the photos below:

Unders for the dudes in the family...

Most of the guys like the long leg style...

My boys saw the undies I dyed for the girls last week,
and wanted in on some of the dyeing action!

Now all of the guys in the family will have dyed unders
in their stockings at Christmas.

Sox for the guys too!

Here are the undies I dyed for the girls last week...

Sox for the girls...

Christmas will be colorful...

I saved the best for last:

Bamboo Sox

These take the dye beautifully...

The bamboo is oh, so soft....and yummy!

A few of these will find their way into my dresser!

CLICK HERE:  to see My Quilts

CLICK HERE to view: Microwave Dyeing Slideshow

CLICK HERE to view: Microwave Dyeing Play Day

CLICK HERE to view: Fiber Reactive Procion Dyes

CLICK HERE to view: Bamboo Socks

May Your Bobbin Always Be Full of Dye,

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Today....'s a gift

How do you plan to spend your day...

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May Your Bobbin Always Be Full,
LuAnn Kessi