Thursday, January 31, 2019

Herding Cows to the Calving Barns...

The cows will begin calving in 3 weeks...

It is time to trail them down river to the

calving barns...

4 miles of gravel roads ahead of us...

I am driving the hay wagon ahead of the cattle...

you can see them following me 

in the side view mirror.

We have made it out onto the main gravel road...

the older cows know right where they are going,

they have made this trip many times.

Traffic slows up the drive,

but we work the cattle around them

and keep on going.

We have made it off the road and into

the cow pasture...

The cows all stop for a drink,

before moving on over the hill to the cow barns

to meet up with the rest of the mama cow herd.

It was a beautiful day today here in 

Western Oregon.

We have done this same cattle drive in the past

in very snowy conditions.

This is the main cow barn....aka the Silo.

There is a 2nd cow barn down below.

The new spring calves will be born here.

Please enjoy the video below

of our trip along the gravel road

herding the mama cows to their calving grounds:

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May Your Bobbin Always Be Full,

LuAnn Kessi

Saturday, January 26, 2019

Tea Dyed Heart Sachet Class...

The Permission 2 Play group is playing with

Tea Dyed Hearts

Class is about to begin...

Grab a name tag....

Grab a Seat

Your Instructor:  Nancy Bryant

Hibiscus Tea Bags 
are the inspiration for today!

Hibiscus Tea Bags 
were used to die the fabrics,
the top layer of the heart is organza
the backing is cotton fabric,
the hearts are embellished with lace, ribbons, buttons, filled with lavender.

The students created a heart shaped pattern,
cut out the shape from organza and cotton fabrics, embellished with trim...

The next step is to sew around the heart shape
with a sewing machine...

leaving a hole to fill it with lavender.

Stitching the embellishments in place...

Once the hearts have been stitched...

Get out the funnels 
and fill the hearts with lavender.

The lavender aroma is wonderful!

Here Comes the.....Show 'n Tell:

Many Thanks to Gale at
for giving us a discount on the lavender.

Please Join is next month for

Metal Embossing

Join Us:
Permission 2 Play
Thursday, February 28, 2019 @ 1:00
Fiesta Ornaments Metal Embossing Class
JanniLou Creations Quilt Shop
1243 Main Street
Philomath, OR 97370

Permission 2 Play is a FREE class offering for cancer diagnosed patients.
No experience is necessary to participate.
All supplies are provided for the students.
Classes are held the 4th Thursday of each month at JanniLou Creations Quilt Shop, Philomath, OR

If you are interested in joining this class contact:
LuAnn Kessi

Our Best To You,
Instructors: Nancy Bryant, Kathi Borrego, 
Debbie van der Sommen, LuAnn Kessi

 Many Thanks for the support of:
JanniLou Creations Quilt Shop, OSU Folk Thrift Club of Corvallis, OR, Mary's River Quilt Guild, Donations made by private individuals, Good Samaritan Hospital, Samaritan Regional Cancer Center, Corvallis Clinic Oncology, Project H.E.R.
You make this class possible!

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Barn Lot Quilts....DONE

The hanging sleeves and labels 

have been stitched on...

time for a photo shoot!

Hand Dyed Backing Fabric

While we had a break in the rain 
in this Western Oregon weather, 
we set up the photo stand and put the 
first quilt up to be photographed.

The working name for these quilts has always been 
the Barn Lot quilt series.

They now have a formal name:

100 Years' Gatherin's

Quilt Number 1........The Relics

These are just a few of the old relics

that now live in our barn lot.

They have done a lot of work for us 
over the years...

We hauled hay, transported livestock, pulled farm machinery and even 4H animals to the fair with these old relics...

Some of the first miles I ever drove as a teenager, were behind the wheel of the rusty, yellow, 
1970 Ford in the bottom right corner above...

Quilt Number 2......Implements

These images represent a few of the farm implements in our barn lot... 
Hay rakes, plows, balers, hay mowers.

This quilt has some of my favorite 
rust dyed fabrics sewn into it...

The bottom left corner....that round circle is from a rusty brake drum I found in the barn lot that I used to rust dye that piece of fabric...

Quilt Number 3.....Maintaining

Maintenance is a big part of farming...

everything around here requires

 a lot of attention from our

maintenance main......The Cowboy

The Cowboy works on the tractors, implements, fences, all of our vehicles, and most everything on this place...

Tools of the Trade...

I used an arc ruler to machine quilt the lines...

This last image is our beloved boxer, Gunnr.

We lost him nearly 3 years ago...

the farm has never been the same without him.

These quilts will be on exhibit soon:

February 1-2, 2019

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May Your Bobbin Always Be Full,

LuAnn Kessi