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November 27, 2021
Splatter Bags... from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full

Splatter Bags


Assembly line zippers...

Zipper Bags...

Stitched them up until I ran out of canvas...

Found some fabric spray paint

and blasted away !

Splatter Bags...

ready for gift giving !

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May Your Bobbin Always Be Full,

LuAnn Kessi

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November 19, 2021
Candy Bag Zip Cases...2021 from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full


Turn those candy bags into...

Zip Cases

Once people find out you make these 

cute little bags,

they save their candy bags for you.

I haven't made them for over a year,

and the bags were piling up around here...

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

I use iron-on vinyl on the outside of the bag...

Nylon zipper at the top of the bag...

The zipper scraps are used as 

a handle on the side...

I add a little zipper pull too...

I layer them with batting and quilt a few

wavy lines on them...

They are super ...

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October 18, 2021
New sewing pattern - Tama Handbag from A Beautiful Day - O Zi Frumoasa

Here where I live it's a beautiful autumn. With sunny days and golden colors in gardens, but also rainy days, when you better read, knit or sew something useful and beautiful. It was precisely these days of bad weather that were the ones in which I managed to sew a few bags. 

Thus, today I'm happy to share my brand new bag pattern, Tama Handbag! Handbag pattern Mac design

What do you think? Pretty, isn't it? I'm sure you noticed the zippered pockets. Not one, not two, but three! A lot of things to keep at hand. Handbag pattern Mac design

Of course, there ...

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October 14, 2021
Double Cap Rivets... from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full


I have been installing tote bag handles

with double cap rivets for a few years...

This vintage fishing tackle box 

holds everything I need...

It keeps the tools organized

and easy to grab when I am installing rivets...

This little box is a basic kit

which comes with rivets, a hole punch

and installation tools...

Everything you need.

There are 3 different sizes of rivets

and several finishes on the rivets.

I prefer double cap rivets:

This is the outside of the bag

and the rivets look great on the leather handle...

This is the inside of the bag

and ...

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October 8, 2021
Donkey Tote Bag... from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full

This is a commission...

Donkey Mare and Foal

I was given this panel and told

"do something with this."

I turned it into a tote bag

I kept the quilting simple...

the darling donkey and foal are the main focus.

Such a beautiful digital print...

I put some of my rust dyed fabric on the back...

Lining and Leather Handles...

I just fell in love with this

while I was stitching it together.

Guess What?

I found both of these panels on Etsy !

They came in the mail today.

Yes, I am making one for myself !

Moonlake Fabrics sells these ...

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Improv.....Zip Case from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full

The rain ran us out of plowing the hay fields

so I am taking the day to play ! 

I think this was my Improv 6 technique

that I was playing with back in 2020...

Free hand cutting and curved piecing...

I made about 6 feet of this

and there it sat...

I pulled it off the shelf,  cut off a hunk of it

and made this zip case:

Improv Zip Case

Side 1

Side 2

Interior.....Blue Squares Batik

I squared up the bottom

and added a leftover zipper end on the side.

This was great FUN !

I had an ...

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October 4, 2021
Simple Sewing Kit Tutorial + Video from A Quilting Life

Simple Sewing Kit Tutorial + Video featured by Top US Quilt Blog, A Quilting Life

Hello, friends, and happy Monday! Today I’m super happy to be sharing a Simple Sewing Kit Tutorial + Video for a project I finished recently. My new sewing kit (using Seashore Drive + Summer Sweet fabrics) is actually an updated and larger version of my friend Vanessa Goertzen’s Goody Goody Binding Kit from a few […]

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August 17, 2021
La vie en rose… from A Beautiful Day - O Zi Frumoasa


Is it any wonder that we associate the Summer months with feeling happy and carefree? 

Maintain this mood by sewing (or asking someone to sew for you) a light and cheerful bag in which to hold everything you need to feel good when you are not at home.

A bag without lining but with 2 zippered pockets? Yes, of course! Just click here if you want to receive the pdf pattern and to find out how is it possible to make in no time, all kind of beautiful and useful bags using one single pattern. 

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July 29, 2021
Last few bags from Espritpatch

 Only 4 more... I kind of ran out of steam really but wanted to make 4 more to gift to some of the lovely people my children had interacted with in various clubs over the years. 

So with that, here are my last 4 bags. 

2 for the dance teachers

2 for the Scouts leaders (one with upside down birdies...)

And 4 additional finish for July and off my Q3 FAL list. 

Linking to Needle and Thread ThursdayBrag about your Beauties, Off the wall FridayPeacock Party Whoop Whoop Friday, Patchwork and Quilts


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July 22, 2021
Bags from Espritpatch

 And that will be 3 more, including 2 rather last minute. I needed one for Brown Owl, to be gifted with the open wide pouches so I finished that one with about one hour to spare.

And I also needed one for school last Friday as the presents have to be quarantined before being handed to the teachers this week. So that was another one to finish off.

This one was with 2 colours as I messed up the cutting of the wave!

And some more OPAM for July. Ideally I need to make 4 more bags but I must ...

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July 1, 2021
All's Good from Rose Prairie Quilts and Farm

 I'm back and doing well. I'm sorry I've been awol for the past 3 months. So much has change but all for the good. My treatments ended the end of April and I made it. I was so happy they were over and wanted to get back to a routine and start exercising that I over did it and had to slow down and allow my body some time to recover from all that I had been through the past 10 months.

Well that is what I did and this past month I have been able to ...

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April 8, 2021
Simple Zipper Bags Pattern from A Quilting Life

Simple Zipper Bags pattern featured by Top US Quilting Blog, A Quilting Life

I’ve been having a lot of fun cutting Happy Days yardage since it arrived on Tuesday. But I realized that I haven’t yet shared my new Simple Zipper Bags Pattern, the Everyday Zip Bags. I’ve been meaning to put the directions for these three favorite bags into a stand-alone pattern for some time now. (I […]

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March 24, 2021
Screen Play Tote Bags......3 of them from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full


I met up with my Monday group...

The Harlan Valley Quilters

I made more Screen Play Totes

It was so much FUN to make the black tote

that I just had to make the pink tote...

How HAPPY is this tote !

I know somebody who loves cupcakes !

The brown mesh goes great with

this horse fabric...

I dug around in the fabric cupboard and found

the light tan fabric with brands on it...

this one is staying at my house !

and then there were.....3

It is birthday season in my world,

there will be more to come !


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March 17, 2021
Screen Play Tote Bags... from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full

I met up with my Monday group...

The Harlan Valley Quilters


We made these Screen Play Tote Bags...

I chose these fabrics for my bag...

LuAnn's Tote Bag...

Linda's Tote Bag...

Larissa's Tote Bag...

Betty's Tote Bag...

It was a FUN day of stitching !

The daffodils just outside the door

have been putting on a show !

Happy Spring

CLICK HERE:  to see My Quilts

May Your Bobbin Always Be Full,

LuAnn Kessi

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March 2, 2021
Baby Shark PJs Transformed from Creatin' in the Sticks

 It's kids week over at Thermoweb this week
I have a fun project tutorial on the Thermoweb Blog.

Why not take an outgrown favorite and give it a new life? 
I’ll show you how to make a pajama set into a fun kids tote bag.

Here is the list of Thermoweb supplies:

HEATnBOND® FUSIBLE Medium Weight Interfacing

HeatnBond Fusible Fleece

EZ-Tee Woven Fusible Stabilizer

Plus you will need a Pajama set,1 fat quarter of fabric for lining, thread – Aurifil thread:  50wt # 4660, an iron – I love my Oliso Pro, and other general sewing supplies ...

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February 28, 2021
Candy Bag Zip Cases... from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full


I have been saving product packages

for the last year...

If I like the colors on the packaging
then I save it...

The zipper stash is also piling up...

I am also stocked up on Iron On Vinyl.

Pellon also makes this vinyl product.

It's been a year since I have made these zip cases

and it is time to make more !

Once I get all of the packages trimmed to size

front and back, I iron on the vinyl...

Then I match up zipper colors and also

fabrics to line the bags.

Today I made Reese's Zip ...

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February 1, 2021
CHARLEY HARPER REMAKE from Kwilty Pleasures

Several years ago I received this bag in a swap.
I loved it, but it was kinda floppy.
It needed stabilizer to make it sturdy.

Today I decided I would remake it into a bag 
that I would use.  It was to to sit in a shelf.
it’s a Charley Harper bag...after all! 

Sew I assessed the original design
And though about what I would remake with the pieces!
I had to make sure the appliqué Chickadee remained where it is.

I decided I could rework into a One Hour Basket.
Sew I cut the handles off,
Cut ...

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January 12, 2021
My Favorite Color is Moda + 6 Free Sewing Projects from Fat Quarter Shop's Jolly Jabber

Our favorite color is Moda! What’s yours? Moda Fabrics released a colorful panel and coordinating yardage with a gorgeous sampling of each Bella Solid as well as coordinating yardage. To make the most of this unique new collection, we’ve created several new projects and released a new FREE quilt pattern, Spectrum!

You’ll love the variety of DIY projects you can sew to take advantage of Moda’s full-color range. We had to sew them all because picking our favorite project is like picking our favorite color – impossible! In fact, did you know Moda has 324 different colors ...

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January 1, 2021
Happy New Year from Wendy's Quilts and More

It's the 1st of January here in New Zealand, so Happy New Year everyone. 

I certainly hope that 2021 is going to be kinder to us all than 2020 was! We won't forget that year in a hurry.  

Here's my first finish of 2021.  Can you guess what it's for?

It's a pouch for my son's new Xbox Series S.  The Series S is a very small, portable Xbox, so my son requested a pouch for it.

He chose the fabrics from my stash - black and white for the outside, a tone on tone ...

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December 21, 2020
2020......Highlights from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full

 A look back at 2020...

January 2020

I needed a fresh start for 2020.

My sewing area went from this:

to this:

February 2020

Calving Season begins @ the Kessi Ranch

Playing with Rayon Threads

March 2020

The Turkey Vultures are BACK

Calving Season....continues:

Fertilizing the Hay Fields

Playing with Improv

April 2020

Improv Technique 2

Improv Technique 3

Improv Technique 4

Improv Technique 5

Improv Technique 6

Improv Technique 7

Improv Technique 8

Sunflower Quilt Finished

May 2020

Zipper Pulls

June 2020

Improv Quilt Top

Messy Painted Canvas

July 2020

Tassel Necklaces

Haying Season ...

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