Monday, February 20, 2017

Bright Batik Hexagons........Progress

Remember this stack of Hexagons?

Bright Batik Hexagons

I cut the fabrics and basted the hexagons 

2 months ago...

32 Hexagons

Here it is 2 months later:

180 Hexagons

These measure 3 inches 

along one side of the hexagon...

these are LARGE.

This has been a constant companion 

the last 2 months...

These bright batiks make me happy

just looking at and handling them!

A perfect project for this Western Oregon

dark and rainy winter.

More progress reports to come!

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May Your Bobbin Always Be Full,

LuAnn Kessi

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Calving Season 2017.......First Calf Born

Our first calf is born...

The Cow Boss tends to the new heifer calf...

He trims and iodines her navel.

First Calf gets ear tag Number 1

Mama has her fed and cleaned...

Here are a few more of the expectant mothers

relaxing on this non-rainy 

Western Oregon morning.

We traveled up river a few miles

to feed the replacement heifers...

A pair of eagles perch in the trees 

above the river...

They keep an eye on any fish in the river...

They also watch us feeding the cattle.

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of the new baby

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May Your Bobbin Always Be Full,

LuAnn Kessi

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Dresden Plate......Progress

I have been paper piecing dresden plates

 while riding along at 55mph...

They travel along with me in this train case...

they are potato chips

I finally convinced myself to stop making more 

of them and actually put them into a quilt top...

I put together this very simple background:

This is a quilt for a toddler bed.

I am hoping the simple background will 

allow the  tiny dresden plates to shine...

I am planning to create a few LARGE dresdens

to be included in this composition...

Before applying the dresdens...

I will do all of the background quilting...

This will eliminate all of the machine quilting 

stops and starts

around all of the dresden plates.

This is my Monday project @ the Quilt Palace.

More to come next Monday!

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May Your Bobbin Always Be Full,

LuAnn Kessi

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Machine Quilting......Play Day

The Permission 2 Play Instructors gathered

@ the Quilt Palace today

for a Day of Play!

The day began with Show 'n Tell...

Then everyone picked out a 

Valentines necklace....

Then we set up our Berninas for 

free motion quilting...

We warmed up with a bit of McTavish quilting...

McTavish Quilting...

McTavish Quilting...

After Lunch...

We put on the ruler foot and played with

machine quilting with rulers...

Cross Hatching with Rulers...

Then we jumped right into feathers...

Feathered Heart...

Double Feathered Heart...

At the end of the day we made up a few kits:

Pre-fused shapes were die cut...

We prepared a dozen note card kits.

These will be used in a P2P presentation

@ Good Samaritan Hospital in Corvallis

later this month.

Invite your friends over for...

 a day of PLAY!

"Having learned the rules, we can decide for ourselves when to follow them and when to color outside the lines. Today is a great day to choose to listen to inspiration and let your inner child come out to play. This decision is harder for some people than it is for others, so when we make the bold choice to follow our hearts and inner guidance, we actually help others to make the same choice.  

We can teach by example, allowing friends and strangers to see how we light up when we shine our light, and how others respond as well. Although not everyone will approve, there will be those who will lend support and encourage such unfettered demonstrations of life. 

Those who are attracted to our light are the kindred spirits we should keep around us at all times, but if we don't let our unique sparkle be seen, those spirits may have a difficult time finding us. As we express ourselves freely and joyously today, we allow ourselves to be shining examples and beacons for kindred souls."

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May Your Bobbin Always Be Full,

LuAnn Kessi

Monday, February 6, 2017

Floral Monet.....Quilt Top

Last October I pieced half log blocks

while @ a Quilt Retreat in Idaho...

46 half log cabin blocks

Hoffman Floral Fabrics

Here it is February...

they are finally up on the design wall...

The side triangles are all cut and

I am hoping I have enough of that gorgeous

large floral fabric for the borders...

Time to piece this into a quilt top:

I set the blocks on point so I am

piecing diagonal rows...

The blocks are all pieced together.

Time to add the borders...

This is all the large floral border fabric

I have in the whole world...

I am hoping it is enough.

The border is on....the quilt top is done!

I had a 12 x 8 inch piece of border fabric leftover.

I must be living right!

 Our brown beauties are close to calving soon:

Does it show?

First calf is due February 18th.

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May Your Bobbin Always Be Full,

LuAnn Kessi