Friday, March 24, 2017

Wild Vine ....Tutorial




I am working in my sketch book tonight.

I grabbed the camera and snapped a few

in process sketches...

you can follow along if you like:



When I am working on fabric,

I chalk out the spine of the vine...






I stitch both sides of the vine at the same time...

I begin with a swirl on the left side.






I add a long, narrow leaf on the left side.






I add a leaf on the right side.






A add a large leaf on the left side.






I add a large leaf on the right side.

I alternated sides 

as there is room to add more leaves...






I add a curled plume to the right side.






I add a large leaf to the left side.






I add a long narrow leaf to the right side.



You get the idea...


continue adding leaves to each side...






Add a curled plume to add interest...






bend and curl the leaves over each other...






continue filling the vine in 

as you move upward...






You get into a rhythm as you add leaves

to the right and to the left side...








Be sure to maintain the curve of the spine...

if you don't, your vine will loose it's shape.





Your wild vine is done!






You can also add veins to the leaves as you go.






No two wild vines look the same...






Each wild vine has its' own personality...






You can stitch a cross hatch checkerboard 

in the background...






You can stitch an orange peel 

in the background...






You can overlap and create Tangled Vines...






Draw a curvy spine and create a Rolling Vine...






Keep drawing out Wild Vines...

then stitch them onto a fabric sandwich.....FUN!







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May Your Bobbin Always Be Full,

LuAnn Kessi

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Turkey Vultures in the Cow Pasture...




It must be SPRING here in

Western Oregon...

The Turkey Vultures are back!



We were out checking on the cows and calves

 this morning...







The turkey vultures are perched 

on the fence posts...







I have been trying for years to get a close up view

of these beautiful birds...




I had my Canon 50X along today

and it zoomed in and captured the birds

having a solar bath...



They spread their wings...

it dries them out and also bakes off the bacteria

on their feathers







The zoom lens allowed me to stay far enough 

away so we observed natural behavior...







They stretch out their wings farther and farther...

Turkey Vultures are not predatory birds, they only eat dead things, they are the clean up crew for the earth.  They are peaceful and gentle birds with a huge wing span. They are so beautiful flying up in the sky on the thermals.





The Turkey Vultures will be here 

through September.


I filmed the Turkey Vultures sunning 

themselves on the fence posts....

video is below....enjoy!


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LuAnn Kessi

Monday, March 20, 2017

White Cow has her Calf...


We raise Shorthorn mother cows



They are red and white and oh so beautiful...




Once in awhile a white calf is born:


We kept her as a replacement heifer...

A replacement heifer is a yearling calf that you keep (rather than selling it with the rest of the yearlings) and breed it to become a mother cow in your herd. Each year we keep the very best heifer calves, usually a dozen of them, to become mother cows in our herd.

Here she is as a mother cow.

She was in labor all day yesterday...

We checked on her throughout the day to see 

how she was progressing.





6pm I ran home to get my camera...

when we returned, her calf 

had just hit the ground




Here he is....a big Bull Calf






Calf Number 26







White Cow was bred to a Black Angus Bull

so her baby is black






CLICK BELOW to watch a video of calf 26

getting up and walking for the first time:



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Maybe next time I will record 

a live birth for you...if I have my camera ready.



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LuAnn Kessi

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Dresden Quilt.....Toddler Bed



After morning chores...

I went directly into the Thread Shed



I stitched the black and white binding

onto this little Dresden Plate Quilt...






It is just the right size for a Toddler Bed...






The label is sewn on the back...

it is all ready to make someone special

warm and cozy.



Baby calves are arriving daily

over @ the cow barn...


25 calves on the ground...






By the time they are 3 days old,

they are running and romping and

playing games with the rest of the calves!





This cow hasn't calved yet...

she is worried that she may be

carrying a bit of water weight...

do her ankles look swollen to you?


CLICK BELOW to hear a pregnant cow rant:



Video By: Brenna DeVoe


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LuAnn Kessi