Friday, April 30, 2010

Woven Quilt #3.......Has gone green!

This is a sample from a class I taught last week...

I made 3 different woven quilts
This is the third one

I brought it to class without a border...

This is why~

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The weaving is done
I am ready to audition border options

The black leaves caught my attention and were begging for a black border.
So......I pulled out my stash of black and whites and put them up on the design wall.

None of them looked quite right.
So, I sent images to my color and design Guru, Nancy...

This is what I learned from her:

This black fabric looks gray compared to the woven quilt

This fabric has too much white
It is competing for attention with the leaves.

This isn't quite as bold as the previous fabric, but again, the white isn't working.

The circles are too whimsical against the bold black leaves

The very thin lines are rather wimpy next to the bold inner design

I tried nearly 20 fabrics and nothing worked.

I took all of these fabrics and Nancy auditioned them for the students in the woven quilt class last week.......sort of a color and design lesson for the students.
She discussed the merits of each fabric and why it did not work.

The students kept about a green border?
How about a green border?
How about a green border?
It almost became a chant...

Luckily our quilt class was in a Quilt Shop...
Nancy pointed to a gorgeous bolt of gradiated green fabric

What do you think?

I removed the black inner border...

I plan to machine quilt leaves in the background area.
I didn't want the black inner border competing with the stitching.

Quilt Pounce Chalk applied over this leaf stencil

Chalked Leaf impression for me to stitch over

All of the stitching is done on the leaf

Remove the Quilt Pounce Chalk with an iron
It disappears like magic!

A stitched leaf motif
After the chalk has been ironed away

The next leaf has been chalked
I am ready to stitch around it...

"The Woven Oak"

Thanks to my students......I have gone green!
I just love this border treatment.

5:00 I am ready to call it a day and head back to the house.
As I push myself away from the sewing machine...
This is the view I see each day...

My Quilting Companion

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May Your Bobbin Always Be Full,
And May Your Ears Always Be Open to Suggestions...

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Shaving Cream Printing Class Prep...

I spent the day getting ready for a class I am teaching in May

Shaving Cream Printing

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Shaving Cream Prints Drying

I needed a few more class samples...
It was a good excuse to get out the shaving cream and play!

Only time to make 5 prints...but it was fun!

Auditioning Green YLI Variegated Thread

I want a blendy thread in the center that won't cover up all that gorgeous printing

I am happy with the thread color stitched in...

Auditioning Border Thread
Superior LAVA Variegated Thread

Students will receive a design lesson on choosing thread colors

Wavy border stitching looks great with the orange circle fabric

Students will learn simple machine quilting techniques to enhance their prints.

Shaving Cream Print

Students will learn to make this wavy edge binding

Auditioning Thread Color for center of quilt

YLI Variegated SKY II Thread

The machine quilting brought out my initials...L K

" Graffiti"
Shaving Cream Print

"My First McTavish"
Shaving Cream Print

All packed up and READY FOR CLASS!

Are you ready for class?
Have you registered at JanniLou Creations?

JanniLou Creations Quilt Shop
1243 Main Street
Philomath Oregon

Shaving Cream Printing Class
Saturday, May 15, 2010
9:30 - 4:00
Instructor: LuAnn Kessi

Trunk Show of my journal quilts at Noon

I hope to see YOU in class!

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May Your Bobbin Always Be Full,

Monday, April 26, 2010

Needle Felting Play Day...

I spent the day with friends...
This is my first attempt at playing with Needle Felting

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Cindy's progress

I am adding leaves to my piece...

Kathi's flower piece...

Cindy using vibrant colors on a black background

I found this to be so relaxing and fun!

Cindy using a chop stick to hold her wool roving in place

Kathi shared her gorgeous bright wool roving with me.
Now......that is a true friend!

Look for more needle felting posts next month...

Photos Courtesy of Nancy Bryant

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May Your Bobbin Always Be Full,

Friday, April 23, 2010

Permission 2 Play - Woven Quilts Class

Permission 2 Play Members

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From all of us at Permission 2 Play

Patsy donated a box of beautiful machine quilting threads to our group!

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Thank You OSU Folk Club Thrift Store
From all of us at Permission 2 Play

Our group just received a $500 grant from the
OSU Folk Art Thrift Store

This will help purchase the needed supplies for this FREE class offering.

JanniLou Creations Quilt Shop in Philomath Oregon allows us to use their beautiful classroom space FREE each month for classes.
Generous quilters donate fabrics, threads and embellishments.
Instructors donate their time and talents to teach each month.

Today we created........Woven Quilts

Woven Quilt.... Method 1

Woven Quilt.....Method 2

Woven Quilt.....Method 3

Barbara's Woven Quilt
Ready to be quilted and bound

Lots of weaving and fusing went on all afternoon... was fun!

Kathi fusing her Woven Quilt
Method 1......torn strips

Jeanette: Woven Landscape Quilt
Method 2.........rotary cut strips

Virginia fusing her Woven Quilt
Method 2......Rotary Cut Strips

Martha's Woven Quilt
Ready to Fuse
Method 3.........Curvy Rotary Cut

Kathy auditioning couching fibers on her woven quilt
Method 3..........Curvy Rotary Cut

Virginia's Woven Quilt

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