Showing posts with label Quilts. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Quilts. Show all posts

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!



CLICK HERE to view My Quilts


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,
LuAnn

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Evolution of a Quilter.....Virtual Tour of Exhibit 8



Virtual Quilt Tour Continues...


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Memories of Yellowstone

While traveling through Montana in 1997 on our family vacation to Yellowstone Park I found this pattern , Buffalo Camp, at a quilt store in Missoula.

This quilt represents one of my first attempts at free-motion machine quilting and machine appliqué.

Blue Ribbon Benton County Fair 2001

LuAnn McDonald Kessi

Harlan, Oregon

http://luannkessi.blogspot.com/

Techniques: Machine Piecing, Fusible Web Machine Appliqué, Free Motion Machine Quilting


Everyone of us is creative. We have the ability to weave the magic of creativity in our everyday lives. This creative light can shine from the center of our heart and radiates for all to see and be inspired by. When we choose to live in that creativity, the joy becomes infectious. --Unknown




Tatanka

(Indian for Buffalo)

My husband’s respect and admiration for the buffalo inspired me to create this original design for him.

This was the very first quilt created in my new Thread Shed Brad built for me in 2001.


LuAnn McDonald Kessi

Harlan, Oregon

http://luannkessi.blogspot.com/


Techniques: Machine Piecing, Fusible Machine Appliqué, Free Motion Machine Quilting

Blue Ribbon Benton County Fair 2002


Establishing goals is all right if you don't let them deprive you of interesting detours. --Doug Larson



You can view my quilts in person if you are in the Corvallis, Oregon area.
CLICK HERE for more info.


May Your Bobbin Always Be Full,
LuAnn

To see my New Work CLICK HERE

To see the Thread Shed CLICK HERE

To see my Exhibit Quilts CLICK HERE

To see Tutorials CLICK HERE

Friday, October 2, 2009

Evolution of a Quilter -Virtual Tour of Exhibit 6



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Journal Quilt Exhibit




Fairy Business

This is an image of my grandniece, Devn.

The look on her face speaks volumes.

I knew this would become a quilt someday.

By removing the original background in the photo, I was able to add the pink rose that grows in our yard, along with butterfly wings, crystal ball and hand.

Devn has a very solemn look on her face, as if to say, “This fairy business isn’t for Sissies”

2009

LuAnn McDonald Kessi

Harlan, Oregon

http://luannkessi.blogspot.com/


Techniques: Photo Transfer to Fabric, Machine Appliqué, Free Motion Quilting, Fast Fuse Binding.

Photograph Courtesy of Amber Vogler





How Old Would You Be?

In honor of turning another year older in July 2007, I created this self-portrait journal quilt.

30 years have passed since this photo was taken of me at the age of 17 years young.

I am still the same girl today!


LuAnn McDonald Kessi

Harlan, Oregon

http://luannkessi.blogspot.com/

2007


Techniques: Photo Transfer, Glue Stick Machine Appliqué, Free Motion Feather Quilting, Traditional Hand-Sewn Binding, Original Design.





Quilt Pink

This is a memory quilt created from leftover scraps found in the trash after a volunteer work day to create quilts to benefit “Quilt Pink.”

I made so many wonderful new quilting friends who gave of their time & talents for such a worthwhile cause. The quilts we created together were auctioned off with proceeds benefitting the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.

LuAnn McDonald Kessi

Harlan, Oregon

http://luannkessi.blogspot.com/

2007

Techniques: Paper Piecing, Machine Appliqué’,

Free Motion Feathered Quilting,

Free Motion Machine Beading, Original Design





The Imprint


Trees remind me of my grandfather, Nicholas Fusco. Born in 1898 an immigrant from Italy.


I remember as a child holding his hand as he lead me through his vegetable garden; sitting under the grape arbor with him and eating grapes warm from the sun. Grampa could make anything grow.


This father of 11 children worked three different jobs to support his family. One of which was landscaping. Over the years he planted trees in his town.

When I visit New Jersey I enjoy traveling through grampa’s home town to see those big, beautiful trees he planted. I feel as if I am visiting with a little bit of grampa’s soul.


Today when I plant my own garden, flowers, trees or shrubs, I think of grampa and how much he loved his home and garden and how, in his own loving way, he left his

imprint on the landscape.


LuAnn McDonald Kessi

Harlan, Oregon

http://luannkessi.blogspot.com/

2009


Techniques: Melted Crayon Mono-printing, Hand Beading, Free Motion Machine Quilting, Self-Bound Edge, Original Design.

Melted Crayon Class taught by Virginia Gregory


If you are in the Corvallis, Oregon area you can see my quilts in person.

CLICK HERE for the info.


May Your Bobbin Always Be Full,
LuAnn

To see my New Work CLICK HERE

To see the Thread Shed CLICK HERE

To see my Exhibit Quilts CLICK HERE

To see Tutorials CLICK HERE

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Evolution of a Quilter -Virtual Tour of Exhibit 5


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Flowers For My Sissy

This was created as a birthday gift for my little sister, Sherry. She will see it for the first time when she comes to view this exhibit....SURPRISE!

This is a joyful and happy quilt, and reminds me of all the fun and laughter I have shared with my sister.

I love you Sissy

2009

LuAnn McDonald Kessi

Harlan, Oregon

http://luannkessi.blogspot.com/


Techniques: Disappearing 9 Patch Machine Piecing, Fusible Machine Appliqué, Free Motion Machine Quilting & Hyper-Quilted Feathers in Border, Original Design.



If you're surrounded by people you love, you must be home. --Dan Zadra



My sister and I at the exhibit last week
LuAnn & Sherry

Sherry looked at the quilt and said, "I can't believe you made this for me."

As for me...I can't imagine making it for anyone else...




In keeping with the theme of this exhibit, "Evolution of a Quilter", the next quilt is one of my earlier homespun creations...quite a contrast:


Angels Watching Over Us

This quilt was created with my favorite Red Wagon Plaid fabric collection.

I began piecing this quilt in the 1990’s and completed the Hand Quilting in 2003

What appeals to me most about this quilt is the homespun feel and folk art look.

LuAnn McDonald Kessi

Harlan, Oregon

http://luannkessi.blogspot.com/

Techniques: Machine Piecing, Fusible Appliqué, Hand Appliqué, Hand Quilting


I will love the light for it shows me the way, yet I will endure the darkness because it shows me the stars. --Og Mandino



If you are in the Corvallis, Oregon area you can see my quilts in person.
CLICK HERE for the info.


May Your Bobbin Always Be Full,
LuAnn

To see my New Work CLICK HERE

To see the Thread Shed CLICK HERE

To see my Exhibit Quilts CLICK HERE

To see Tutorials CLICK HERE

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Evolution of a Quilter -Virtual Tour of Exhibit 4



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The Mutton Conductors

My favorite part of this quilt is the dogs, also known in the sheep industry as “Mutton Conductors.”

I liked this quilt enough to make two of them.

The original quilt was auctioned on behalf of the Oregon Sheep Breeders Association.

It now hangs in the Coos County Extension Office as a piece of Agricultural Art.


LuAnn McDonald Kessi

Harlan, Oregon

http://luannkessi.blogspot.com/

Techniques: Machine Piecing, Fusible Machine Appliqué, Free Motion Machine Quilting



When inspiration does not come to me, I go halfway to meet it.

--Sigmund Freud




In keeping with the theme of this exhibit "Evolution of a Quilter" the next quilt is one I completed this year. It is a far contrast from the sheep quilt above.



Pepper Dish

45 x 45 inches

Created in a Judy Neimeyer class in Idaho in 2006.

If you look closely, you can see where Judy signed it.

The bright colors in this quilt appeal to me.

I enjoyed collecting all the different batik fabrics.

My favorite process was the machine quilting.

LuAnn McDonald Kessi

Harlan, Oregon

http://luannkessi.blogspot.com/

Techniques: Paper Piecing, Turned Appliqué, Free Motion Machine Quilting


"The things that we love tell us what we are."

--Saint Thomas Aquinas



If you are in the Corvallis, Oregon area you can see my quilts in person.
CLICK HERE for more info.


May Your Bobbin Always Be Full,
LuAnn

To see my New Work CLICK HERE

To see the Thread Shed CLICK HERE

To see my Exhibit Quilts CLICK HERE

To see Tutorials CLICK HERE

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Evolution of a Quilter -Virtual Tour of Exhibit 3


A few more quilts from the exhibit:

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Cowgirl
framed under glass
24 x 36

Cowgirl

My husband’s red heeler dog was a loyal companion

for many years.

This quilt was made to honor Cowgirl

and her significance in our family.

We miss you Sissy

2005

LuAnn McDonald Kessi

Harlan, Oregon

http://luannkessi.blogspot.com/

Techniques: Machine Pieced, Photo Transfer


Quilters are the storytellers of our generation, weaving tales and stitching stories with needles, fabric and thread.

--Unknown


A Letter to Brad from Cowgirl

A Loyal, Loving Red Heeler


To My Best Friend Brad,

I came to live with you when I was just a pup. You are the best friend a dog could ever have. I rode “shotgun” for you the rest of my life, and what a life it was!

Our days began and ended in a ride in Big Blue. We rode along together down the bumpy gravel road. You drove and I watched the pedals. We had many adventures together fixing fence, feeding cattle, going to the sheep barn. You never had to look for me, I was always right there by your side. You were the most important person in my life. Gosh, you were my life!

Everyone was my friend. I was always happy to greet people with a wag and a lick wherever we would go. But it was you that I was devoted to. I would wait outside the barn door for hours for you, and would wag my tail when I saw you come out.

I’m sorry I couldn’t stay any longer, but we were lucky to have 14 years together. And, I’ll still be waiting at the barn door until I see you coming through.

I Love You,

Cowgirl




Cabin In The Woods

I started this quilt in 1994 for my husband, Brad.

I included fabrics from my homespun collection of plaids. Each time I added something new to the quilt top, I would wrap it up and give it to Brad for his birthday, father’s day, Christmas......this went on and on for years! I also pulled it apart and changed it several times when he made suggestions about the design. I completed the quilting in 2008.

LuAnn McDonald Kessi

Harlan, Oregon

http://luannkessi.blogspot.com/

Techniques: Machine Pieced, Fusible Machine Appliqué, Free Motion Machine Quilting, Borders are original design.


Thomas Jefferson believed "Every experience deeply felt in life needs to be passed along. Whether it be through words or music, chiseled in stone, painted with a brush, or sewn with a needle.

It is a way of reaching for immortality."




Kitty’s Star

Created in 1993 in a Lone Star Quilt Class instructed by Shannon Rettig of Summit, Oregon.

My goal was to learn precision piecing.

While I completed the Hand Quilting and Binding in 2002, Kitty Girl spent the last few weeks of her life asleep on and comforted by this quilt.


LuAnn McDonald Kessi

Harlan, Oregon

http://luannkessi.blogspot.com/

Techniques: Machine Piecing, Hand Quilting


The aim of art is to represent not the outward

appearance of things,

but their inward significance.

--Aristotle



If you are in the Corvallis, Oregon area you can see my quilts in person.
CLICK HERE for more info.


May Your Bobbin Always Be Full,
LuAnn

To see my New Work CLICK HERE

To see the Thread Shed CLICK HERE

To see my Exhibit Quilts CLICK HERE

To see Tutorials CLICK HERE

Monday, September 28, 2009

Evolution of a Quilter -Virtual Tour of Exhibit 2


Virtual Quilt Exhibit Tour 2


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Grandmothers Flowergarden
&
Strength and Courage

In The Presence of the Past

Vintage Quilt Pattern: Grandmothers Flowergarden

Started in 1993 and Completed in 2003

This was my take-along-quilt. It traveled everywhere with me. Sewn by hand in planes, trains and automobiles; in doctors, dentists & orthodontist offices; at my children’s sporting events, ball practices, even at a wedding or two. I was tempted to sew a few stitches at long traffic lights in town.

It contains over 12,000 half-inch hexagons & 2,500 yards of thread for hand piecing.

The yellow center in each of the 150 flowers was cut from my grandmother’s house dress.

LuAnn McDonald Kessi

Harlan, Oregon

http://luannkessi.blogspot.com/

Techniques: Hand Piecing, Long Arm Quilted by Amy of Idaho



Feathered Circle quilted in the center of each flower


My Grandparents, Helen & Nicholas Fusco
Helen's yellow house dress is the center of each flower



Strength & Courage

Strength & Courage

Created in honor of my son, Heath’s,

high school graduation in 2003.

This is an original design that I quickly drew on

a sticky note one morning. It represents all the

things in life that Heath loves, especially growing

up along the Big Elk River in Harlan, Oregon.


LuAnn McDonald Kessi

Harlan, Oregon

http://luannkessi.blogspot.com/

Techniques: Machine Pieced, Fusible Machine Appliqué,

Long Arm Quilted by Roxanne Eneroth, Newport, Washington


The quilt you are making is an expression of who you are.

Even if you intend to give it as a gift or keep it yourself,

this quilt reflects your heart. It contains a piece of your soul and the work of your hands, so let it be the joy of your heart.




Detailed view of water at the bottom of the quilt.

If you are in the Corvallis, Oregon area you can view my quilts in person.
CLICK HERE for more info.


May Your Bobbin Always Be Full,
LuAnn

To see my New Work CLICK HERE

To see the Thread Shed CLICK HERE

To see my Exhibit Quilts CLICK HERE

To see Tutorials CLICK HERE

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Evolution of a Quilter......


It's Up...

You can see my quilt exhibit:

The Evolution of a Quilter

I work in my home studio, built by my husband Brad, in Harlan, Oregon. The studio is affectionately known as "The Thread Shed." It brings me joy and is my Happy Place. When I am out there hours go by without my even knowing it. Like all quilts, mine are not just quilts, they are stories about imagination, passion, perseverance, dedication and love. Each quilt contains a lesson for me, and with each one my skills have grown.

My quilts are greatly influenced by life on a ranch in the Harlan Valley. In recent years I have blended a love of photography, gardening and quilting together. I feel my work is taking on a more contemporary look and this excites me. I also feel it is important to display my original quilts, as my older work defines who I am today.

For me, quilts represent the beauty that I need and I want in my everyday life, the beauty that I want to share with others.

Please enjoy the quilts!

On display through October 26, 2009

Unitarian Fellowship Church

2945 NW Circle Blvd.
Corvallis, OR 97330
541-752-5218

http://www.uucorvallis.org/currentarttitcont.php

Open Daily: 9:30 - 1:30


My Quilts can be viewed by CLICKING HERE

To see my New Work CLICK HERE

To see the Thread Shed CLICK HERE

To see my Exhibit Quilts CLICK HERE

To see Tutorials CLICK HERE

Monday, September 7, 2009

My FIRST Quilt 1987



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1987 My FIRST Quilt

Rail Fence Baby Quilt

I took a class and came home with a completed baby quilt top.
I remember how excited I was, exhilarated is more like it.
I didn't walk out of the quilt shop.....I floated on a cloud.

I tied the quilt and quickly sent it off to my cousin who just had a baby boy.
I continued to make rail fence quilts for the next few years until I took a Log Cabin quilt class.....then I made log cabins for the next few years.


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My LAST Quilt

Woven Sunshine
Original Applique Design & Machine Quilting by me

22 years after making my first quilt I still feel as excited as I was making that rail fence quilt. I have learned so much over the years, shared my passion for quilting with others, exhibit my quilts nationally, teach quilting, enjoy designing, always learning, and most of all hope I am always creating quilted textiles until I take my last breath.


As quilters we are too fearful about making mistakes. We are unduly concerned about making a perfect quilt. What we need to realize is that perfection and creativity are not synonymous. It is almost impossible to be creative and perfect at the same time.
Perfection Stifles Creativity
Thus, with each project we should determine which process is our goal: perfection or creative growth.
If you want to learn or explore a new concept or technique, give yourself permission 2 play, permission to enjoy the process. Learning is often best when punctuated with a mistake or two...even if you are not too thrilled with the consequences at the moment.
Making a perfect quilt is best to strive for when you work with skills or techniques you know very well.
It pleases us greatly to make quilts as perfectly as possible for special gifts or events, such as weddings or births. If you are interested in making a perfect quilt for such an occasion, then work within your world of known techniques and concepts. This is not a time for learning new skills.
Lastly, enjoy yourself. Have fun quilting. It will reward you with beautiful quilts, fascinating explorations, unknown talents, and great friendships. What more could you ask for?



Hens & Hollyhocks

These are the last of the summer images I have to share with you.
The trees in our yard have fiery red leaves, the evenings are cooler, autumn is upon us.



Hydrangeas and Glads

Growing in front of the Thread Shed



Butterfly on a pink spider dahlia



Porch Swing out Back

Enjoy the last of our fleeting summer days, sit outside on the swing, take a nature walk and press botanicals in a book and clean out your flowerbeds and bring the last of the flowers indoors to enjoy in a vase on the kitchen table.

May Your Heart Always Be Full of Summer Pleasures,
LuAnn

To see my New Work CLICK HERE

To see the Thread Shed CLICK HERE

To see my Exhibit Quilts CLICK HERE

To see Tutorials CLICK HERE