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November 8, 2022
Monday Project....Reflections of Autumn from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full

 

On Mondays I meet up with my

Quilting Tribe @ The Quilt Palace...



This is my newest Monday quilt project:

Reflections of Autumn Quilt





I will only be working on this on Mondays

when I am @ The Quilt Place...





How gorgeous is this border panel !





16 beautiful autumn prints....yummy !




Close-Up View of a few of them:





























I spent today sorting and labeling all of the

fabrics that came in the kit:








I was able to cut out all of the pieces too...





Before the end of the day I began

stitching a few squares together...





This was my first Monday ...

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October 31, 2022
On the Design Wall from Heart Desire Creations

Not much sewing at home these days. I did go to a quilt retreat at the beach a few weeks ago and managed to get a fair amount of sewing done, despite the call of the ocean! Where I sat I had a full view of the ocean and it was just so wonderful.

I started this scrappy that is now on my home design wall. Hubby and I were at the beach last week and I’m headed out of town again next week, so this won’t get finished for at least a couple of weeks. I’m ...

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October 10, 2022
Horse Panel....Border Treatment from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full

 

I am making progress on this

Horse Quilt Panel








I am piecing Bear Paw blocks

for the border treatment...





All 16 Bear Paw blocks are done...

Now to trim the panel and make them all fit.





The Horse Panel...

High Horse by Riley Blake Designs





We spent the weekend trimming 

flowering cherry trees 

in the front yard...





It was a sunny and beautiful day...

The red maple trees are putting on a show !





Here is your COLOR BURST for today !


CLICK HERE:  to see My Quilts




May Your Bobbin Always Be Full,

LuAnn Kessi


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September 15, 2022
Horse Quilt Panels.... from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full


I have made several horse quilts over the years...

including a few horse panel quilts

 


This horse panel includes pieced borders

and intricate machine quilting.

"Giddy Up"





This horse panel includes a 

hand sewn english paper pieced hexagon

border treatment.

"Friends at the Fence"






This is a gorgeous horse quilt panel

that I pulled from the cupboard...

it is time to get it up on the design wall

and give it a go !



I am thinking....Bear Paw quilt blocks:


How yummy are all of those points !





These are time consuming to cut and piece...

but well worth the effort ...

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September 13, 2022
Improv Houses....Quilt Top Done from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full

 

The last two days I spent putting

these improv houses together...



all different shapes and sizes...

it was like putting a puzzle together,

challenging and FUN !





The black thickened dye scribble fabric

worked nicely for a border treatment...





it also brightened up the whole design...





Lots of movement in those borders...





I am thinking gray thread 

for the machine quilting...

It will blend with the dark and the light fabrics.





Basting and Quilting....Next




The bees are loving the sunflowers

just outside of the Thread Shed.

Enjoy what is left of our summer !



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August 11, 2022
Crosscut Blocks... from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full


I am stitching with the 

Harlan Valley Quilters...

it's the Place-To-Be on Mondays !

 


This is what my sewing table looks like today...





After two  Crosscut projects,

I still have lots and lots of leftover blocks...





I decided to put a few blocks 

up on the design wall

and see what happens...





I am not hating it...





I am staggering the rows 

so the blocks don't line up...





I will keep adding blocks and stitching

the rows together and see where it takes me.


CLICK HERE:  Crosscut Quilt Top


CLICK HERE:  Crosscut Tote Bag


CLICK HERE:  ALL Crosscut Posts ...

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June 27, 2022
Wild Goose Chase.....Top Done from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full

I spent some time in the Thread Shed

yesterday piecing the last 2 seams 

of the Wild Goose Chase quilt top:

 


2 Seams left to piece together...





1 seam left to piece together...





Giving it a final pressing...





I took it outdoors for a photo shoot...




I put it back on the design wall

and noticed that the very last flying goose

on the bottom right corner...

is upside down.

Time to get out the seam ripper !


Wild Goose Chase 56 x 66


CLICK HERE to view all Improv posts


CLICK HERE to view all Fabulous Finishes 2022


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June 24, 2022
Improv....Wild Goose Chase.....Progress from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full


This is what the improv piece looked 

like a week ago on the design wall








I have continued to add more flying geese units

around the outside edges...






I am slowly filling in all the gaps...






I started to piece the top together...

it is like a puzzle putting all of these units 

together of all varied sizes.






There are so many seams,

the quilt is shrinking in all directions

as I piece it together...






It is becoming one cohesive unit...




I am in the process of adding a new row 

to the right side...

then I can piece all ...

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June 19, 2022
Improv Piecing.....Wild Goose Chase from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full

 

In the last 2 weeks I have spent some time

with my latest improv project...






This is what it looked like 2 weeks ago:


I was just getting a few blocks up 

on the design wall...






It is growing...




All of these flying geese units together,

remind me of a Wild Goose Chase...





My scraps are dwindling...

I am using fabrics scraps from hexagon quilt

I made a few years back.



I will keep adding geese units
until the scraps run out...




The Thread Shed has a new addition:


Sunflower Quilt Block





The Sunflower Quilt block looks great

on the ...

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May 30, 2022
Improv Piecing and Spring in Western Oregon... from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full


I am trying to finish up some improv pieces

I started back in 2020... 







I put a few up on the design wall...





I have a good start...

I think I will make lots more !




I went through the scrap bag and found pieces

leftover from a hexagon quilt I made

quite a few years ago:


I separated the scraps by color...





Doesn't this just make you want to

sit down and stitch?






While I stitch improv triangles,

I can see how they work together

across the room on the design wall...



I haven't spent ...

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May 22, 2022
Quilt Retreat....Day 5 from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full


Look at this gorgeous Quilt ! 


My aunt made this and I fell in love with it...

I foolishly decided I needed to make it too !



I have been working on this on Mondays

@ the Quilt Palace:


Reflected Harmony

Quilt Kit





16 different fabrics....neatly labeled




Here we go.....Month 1:






Month 2:








Months 1 and 2.....on the Design Wall




Here it is Day 5 of the Quilt Retreat:


I whipped out Month 3 and began cutting...




There was so much cutting to do,

I just had to find a way to 

organize all of the pieces:


Zip Loc bags ...

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May 21, 2022
Large Florals.....Progress from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full


I spent this week with the

Harlan Valley Quilters

at the HVQ Spring Quilt Retreat 2022

 


I took along my new large flowers quilt top...






I decided I want this quilt to fit my bed,

so I added more of the white background

around all 4 borders...






This white background will give me lots

of open space for some FUN quilting designs...






I have the background fabric ironed

and ready to baste...





We have a big work table where we

spray baste our quilts together...





I spray baste with Odif 505 spray...

no odor and it sticks really well 

and ...

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May 8, 2022
Large Florals... from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full

 

This is what the sewing table looks like

out in the Thread Shed today...



I am cutting and piecing gorgeous florals...





These are part of the Modern Love collection...





I am a sucker for large floral fabrics...






They look like a watercolor painting...











I am trimming 158 bias squares...





The Bloc Loc rulers are the only way to go

when you are trimming bias squares...





After the bias squares are trimmed,

I pieced them into pinwheel blocks...





All of the units are cut out and pieced

and ready for the design wall...





This is the center panel of the quilt ...

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March 13, 2022
Mini design boards are the best! from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

Yesterday, with all the Zoom calls and the prep for those calls, just about did me in! 

By the time I was finished at 4 PM, I was wiped. I did NOT go for a second walk. It was late, the sidewalks were treacherous from the weather, it was cold. I wimped out and said, "NO -- I'm not budging." I even asked DH to order pizza (we were going to go out). It was just one of those days, and I'm OK with it. I did feel a twinge of guilt, not going for that second walk, and ...

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February 6, 2022
New technique and new project from Quilting & Learning

Did I say that I would try to stop starting new projects? I'm sure that it's in writing somewhere but, oh well, I am having too much fun learning new techniques and playing with fabric!

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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.


CLICK HERE to view all Improv work


CLICK HERE:  to see My Quilts




May Your Bobbin Always Be Full,

LuAnn

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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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