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November 8, 2021
Improv 9 Patch.....Quilt Top Done from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full

This was my summer stitching project:

Improv 9 Patch 

It measures 70 x 80 inches

I stitched it together a few minutes here,

a few minutes there over the summer months...

It is amazing what you can accomplish

with just a few minutes of your time...

I put the wide white borders on it today...

it makes the outer blocks appear to float.

I will paw through the fabric cupboard

and see if a backing jumps out at me.

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May Your Bobbin Always Be Full,


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October 26, 2021
Idaho Quilt Retreat.....Day 3 & 4 from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full

I continue to work with my hand dyes... 

I challenged myself to see just how far

I could go with curved piecing...

this top has no puckers, flat as a board !

I am using leftover strips and scraps

to create a border treatment 

for the curved top...

Playing around with improv blocks...

I am liking the bold X blocks

to balance out all of those curves...

I also tried improv flying geese,

but they aren't the right fit...

The improv floating triangles blocks

seem to work in the borders...

Okay, I have a plan...

now to create more blocks ...

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October 24, 2021
Idaho Quilt Retreat.....Day 2 from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full

Idaho Quilt Retreat.....Day 2


I am working with my hand dyes today...

I brought along some 

3/4 log cabin improv blocks...

I am using a flannel backed tablecloth

taped to the wall as my portable design wall...

I am using a wooden TV tray

as a pressing station...

It is kind of like a puzzle

getting these odd shaped blocks

to fit together...

I am building this in units,

rather than rows...

I am calling this....DONE !

Here is what the other Quilters are working on:

Donna's.... Raggedy Ann Quilt

She fussy cut all of the applique ...

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Idaho Quilt Retreat...2021 from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full

From Oregon to Idaho

10 hour road trip...


This is my home away from home...

I brought lots of hand dyed fabrics...

My loyal Bernina 801...

I filled up my 8 foot work table...

This is our work space...

Lots of natural light pours into the room...

I brought along some improv units and...

this in-progress... improv quilt top

I keep adding more rows...

It is nearly lap size...

I am calling this.....DONE !

Here it is hanging on the back of the lodge.

We are staying at:

Twinlow Camp and Retreat Center

Rathdrum, Idaho

More to come...

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October 18, 2021
Double-Sided Tape: My New Love from Quilting Studio Adventures

 My design wall is working just perfectly!  None of my taped batting-covered insulation boards have come loose.  Pins go in easily, and single-layered bits just stick so nicely. 

The design wall also holds the finished purses nicely, too.  Most of these four use recycled blue jeans for the body.  And the flaps are from other deconstructed quilted projects.  I am having a serious love affair with double- sided tape! 

Now that the weather is cooler, I am getting back to this quilt.  Most of it is quilted except for the areas surrounded by the fabrics.  Here’s what I tried ...

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September 26, 2021
Applique Border – Yikes! from Heart Desire Creations

What was I thinking? The best border, that’s what! This border is for my Lollipop Tree appliqued quilt which is complete except for the borders. I wasn’t fond of the pattern border, so I chose to do a circle on top of a circle, appliqued to a strip. First, a perfect circle is basted and pressed, then appliqued onto the white speckled preformed circle. Then each set is appliqued onto the border strip.

Note: the while line is chalk and will wipe off.

This is one of the horizontal borders all pinned and ready to go. It’s ...

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September 3, 2021
Improv 9 Patch......Blocks all done from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full


Improv 9 Patch

I was able to piece 25 more 9 patch blocks

since July...

They are the white blocks around the edges

of the quilt top...

Right now the quilt measures 70 x 60 inches...

168 Blocks

I will fill in with solid white fabric 

all along the edges...

This work table has been cleared off...

I am piecing the vertical rows...

The left over strips will wait for a future project.

This has been a great summer project...

just pop into the Thread Shed and 

make a block or two

when I get some time to stitch!

Yes ...

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Improv 9 Patch......Design Wall Progress from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full


This Improv 9 Patch continues to be my

summer piecing project:

This is what it looked like the last time

you saw it...

Here it is today:

I have been adding more white blocks

around the edges...

I need to piece a few more white blocks

for the bottom edge.

I will eventually add solid white blocks

around all of the edges and the quilt

will fade away to completely white

and the colored blocks will appear to float

in the center.....that's the plan anyway.

All of the hay fields have been mowed,

raked and baled...

We ...

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August 2, 2021
Mystery UFO from Quilting & Learning

This quilt has now been on my design wall for several months. I felt like doing something different, so I thought that I would work on it. I had the fabric strips and extra pieces in a project box but no pattern...where did this project come from?  

Mystery UFO (UnFinished Object) solved

First clue: I checked to see when I had first taken pictures of the quilt on my design wall. I found this picture in December on my Studio Tour post, and on my phone it first appeared in mid-November. It would seem that I didn't write ...

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August 1, 2021
The Foundling Quilt & Update from Heart Desire Creations

Early July, I pulled my orphan blocks out and began playing with them on the design wall. I found a few more and there has been SO much rearranging. I’m thinking this is going to be the final layout – maybe. Every so often when i walk by it, I change something. I know that has to stop so I finally committed and sewed a few blocks together. Now all I need do is decide how to tie it all together. I’m in the process of pulling filler fabrics. This, my Foundling quilt, is definitely a challenge and that ...

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June 12, 2021
Improv Technique 9... from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full


It's hard to believe I haven't played with

Improv Piecing

for almost a year...

I pulled out my very meager stash of 

solid fabrics...

I sliced them into strips of random widths:

Darks on the left.....Lights on the right

I decided to create 9 patch blocks:

No measuring....freehand cutting

I don't want the seams to match up...

Improv 9 Patch

I want the blocks to be a bit wonky...

Yes, this is what I want...

Here it is on the design wall...

I also added in a few improv square blocks

to keep it interesting ...

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April 17, 2021
Orange Peel Quilt Top.....Design Work Completed from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full

I completed the design work on the

Orange Peel Quilt


I tried a scrappy placement of the peels

and it wasn't working...

I tried grouping the peels by color family

and that works...

Purple Peels in the top left area...

Pink Peels below the purple...

Light Blue Peels top right area...

Dark Blue Peels bottom right corner...

Red Peels bottom left...

I put the flying geese 

with their color family as well...

For a busy quilt, this arrangement is much

calmer on the eyes...

Yes, this is the design I am going with...

Now, to piece the blocks together ...

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April 7, 2021
Orange Peel Quilt.....Progress from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full


This is what the design wall looked like

in February...

All of the applique' blocks are up on the 

design wall in a random, scrappy order.

I think I can do better...

I decided to group the blocks by color family:





Grouping the blocks by color works for me...

I have more blue orange peels and flying geese

and also some yellows...

My sewing table waits for me...

More to Come !

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May Your Bobbin Always Be Full,

LuAnn Kessi

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March 10, 2021
On my Design Wall from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

 I am feeling a bit overwhelmed with all of the projects I have going on right now.  So I am trying to finish a few quilt tops.

Remember these orphan blocks I received from a friend?

I have sewed, trimmed and added some gray sashing to the blocks. 


I ended up with enough blocks to create 5 rows. At first I tried a random color placement but found I liked this grouped placement best.

When it came time to add the horizontal sashing, I wanted to add a bit more color.  I found a pink fabric for some corner stones ...

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February 14, 2021
Some “Joyful” from Heart Desire Creations

“No new Works in Progress this year until a few more of existing ones are complete” is what I told myself over and over again at the end of 2020. Well, inspiration hit and a quilter’s gotta do what a quilter’s gotta do! It all happened because while rummaging through a bin, I came upon some long forgotten Robert Kaufman Christmas fabrics. They are so pretty! “Joyful” was born.

Never having done a sixteen patch, but having admired them for such a long time, I decided to do one with this batch of fabric. It’s a fast ...

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February 9, 2021
Orange Peel / Pumpkin Seed.......Progress from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full


On Mondays I stitch with

The Harlan Valley Quilters

This has been my Monday project
the last few weeks...

At this point I have completed the seed shapes
and they are ready to be stitched down onto
the 5 inch background squares

I have not put the blocks up on the design wall
in any order at all, just stitched them and
slapped them up there.

Next week I will arrange them by color families
and see what that looks like...
Maybe a shift of color from top to bottom ?

For now they are on the design wall
completely random ...

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December 25, 2020
A Studio Tour from Quilting & Learning

I've been working on my art, sewing and working space for almost a year - the first few months in my dreams and since June, on the real thing. I hope that you'll join me on the grand tour!

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December 16, 2020
Why Do I Sew? from Carol Lyles Shaw

Why do I sew?  Why did I choose sewing–specifically quilt making — as a medium for expressing my creativity? Since I was in college, I have loved visual art.  I am especially in love with 20th century painters in the  Colorfield genre.  I studied the works of Alma Thomas, Sam Gilliam, Mark Rothko, Helen Frankenthaler, …

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December 2, 2020
Real Sewing Space from Carol Lyles Shaw

I love seeing the #honestcraftroom on Instagram–it definitely helps to know that most of us don’t work in professionally decorated studio sets. Of course, a woman can always dream about a 400 square foot space with long design walls and built in overhead LED lights….and an assistant to do the pressing and cleaning up.  Sigh…….. …

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December 1, 2020
An Introduction to Me from Carol Lyles Shaw

I’ve decided to take part in the 31 Day Blog Post Writing Challenge for December 2020.  So, each day, I will use the prompts list…or my variation on that prompt–to write a blog post.  I want to keep this blog series fun and interesting for both you and me.  So, here are my commitments to …

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