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February 10, 2019
First Calf Born....2019 from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full


Here she is....one week early !


Little Sister.....Calf 1

Our first calf born this year !






Little Sister was born 

out in the field in the snow.

The Cow Boss went out and found her and Mama

and herded them both back to the barn.



We did the morning chores in the snow today:


Mother cows in the snow...





This is the view as we drove over to the

cow barns this morning...






We are bedding the barns today...









The Cowboy is on his way into the barn

to get the straw bales for bedding...



This is the view of ...

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February 7, 2019
Bulls....this winter from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full


We are wintering over 6 bulls this year...



4 Shorthorn Bulls and 2 Angus Bulls



The Angus bulls are 2 years old:


This is Lewis...




and this is Clark



The Shorthorn Bulls are 3 years old:


Fernando....
he throws all the beautifully colored calves





Clive





Slim





Jess










Sunrise this morning....in the back yard

27 degrees





Across the river are the 2 cow barns...




Close Up View...

A few cows resting in the orchard



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LuAnn Kessi

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Snow...2019 from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full


We woke up to a world of white

here in Western Oregon




View out the living room window...






We will be heading out to do 

chores in the snow...

across the river are the calving barns.

The calves are due in 2 weeks.






In our yard...

Thread Shed and Hen House







We are now across the river,

heading over the hills to the cow barns

to feed the mama cows...






You can see our red barn across the river

@ our place...





These mama cows will be having

their babies very soon.



After all ...

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February 3, 2019
Working Cattle....Weaning Calves from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full


We weaned the main herd of calves

back in November.

Now we are weaning the late calves

born to the young heifer cows...



Running the cattle into the corral...






Using the tailgate on the pick up as our 

work table.

We are vaccinating the cattle.






This is the new squeeze chute...

it has a self-catch head gate.....it ROCKS !





This is one of our oldie goldie cows...Dulcey,

she has been running with the heifers.



We worked the cows through the chute first,

then turned them out back into the pasture.

Here are their calves:


The calves were born late ...

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January 31, 2019
Herding Cows to the Calving Barns... from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full


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 ...

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January 29, 2019
Barn Lot Quilts....DONE from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full


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 ...

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January 21, 2019
Barn Lot Quilts....Quilting and Binding from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full


I completed the machine quilting on 

3 of the Barn Lot Quilts



Trying to keep the quilting design masculine

is tough for me......I am a feather girl all the way.





I threw a few triangles in with the wavy lines

and finished up the quilting on Thursday...



I started the binding work on Friday:


I cobbled bindings together with leftover

border strips...




I like the way the 

quilting stands out in the borders

and blends in with the images 

and rust dyed fabric







As always, the quilting shows up

nicely on the backing fabric:


Today is Sunday...

I am ...

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January 18, 2019
Barn Lot Quilts.....Backings and Basting from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full


It's been more than a month since I posted

my progress on the Barn Lot Quilt Series...



All 5 quilt tops have borders...





3 weeks ago I hand dyed backings for them...











Last week I attended a quilt retreat

and basted all 5 of the quilts:







Cotton Batting





505 Spray Baste




While hand dyeing backings, I made an extra one

for my sunflower quilt....BONUS!




Here are all of the quilts piled on the bed

basted and ready to go under the needle.

I have a January 26th deadline...eek!




During our Winter Quilters Retreat...

the cattle stopped by ...

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Barn Lot Quilts...Under the Needle from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full


As soon as the cattle are fed in the morning...

I race back home to the Thread Shed

and get to stitching on the Barn Lot Quilts




I am quilting them on the Sweet Sixteen





I am using long arm rulers...






Arc ruler and Ditch ruler





I do love feather quilting,

but this quilt needs simple, masculine lines.




I don't want the quilting to 

over-power the images






The dark gold Glide thread 

blends with the images nicely












I completed the first quilt...

lots more to go.....eek!





All of the bindings are done...





I rolled the binding up on ...

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January 8, 2019
Year in Review from Thread Head

The start of the new year is the right time to look back at the past year and to make plans for the new year.

At the beginning of last year I thought I would try to blog once a week since I hadn't been blogging much (I find that it is a good place for me to keep track of things that I make.) I thought that I would last  a couple of months, hoped I would last one, and I can't believe that I blogged every week for a whole year! Only one week was a ...

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December 30, 2018
Bottle Calves....Update from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full


Remember these little bottle calves ?



We raised them on a bottle 2 summers ago...





orphan calf...number 25

Vern




Bull Calf....from the dairy

Big Marv




Here they are the first day they met...May 2017






December 2017.....Weaned off the bottle

and ready to be put with the rest of the calf herd





Big Marv....eating hay fed from the hay wagon





January 2018

Vern and Big Marv learn to eat

with the rest of the calf herd



December 2018


Big Marv and Vern




Here they are eating with the cow herd

they are on the far right...








They ...

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December 18, 2018
Frosty Days from Thread Head

Thanks to every one who gave me tips on the potato zapper bag. I haven't been tempted to repair the burnt one, or tried making another. The microwave just has a faint burnt smell now, luckily since the bag was all cotton it just kind of smells like burnt wood.


I made one more Gnome this week (the appropriately named pattern is Never Not Gnoming by Sarah Schira), all left over handspun yarn.


I dyed up some wool this past week. I had won the wool a couple of years ago, and since it isn't really next to ...

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December 11, 2018
A Little Fire from Thread Head

Today my son and I sewed a microwave baked potato bag-


It looked lovely for a few minutes, until we used it -


Online instructions said that it would take about 7-10 minutes to bake a potato, and to stop the microwave every two minutes and turn it (which we did). The fire started just after 4 minutes (and the potato was fully cooked). When we took it out of the microwave it was really smoking and just looked a bit brown on the outside.
I used the proper cotton batting (Pellon wrap-and-zap) for this project, cotton fabric and cotton thread ...

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December 10, 2018
Barn Lot Quilt Series.....Progress from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full


I have been making some progress




This is the 5th quilt top in the series...





These images are super rusty!




In the upper right corner of the quilt top

you can see rusted horse shoes:


The horse shoes were worn by 

the Cowboy's Cow Pony, Dancer...





rusted horse shoes on fabric...



All 5 quilt tops now have borders:


Quilt.....5





Quilt....1




Quilt.....2




Quilt....3




Quilt....4


I have some applique' work to do,

then they will be spray basted

and ready for machine quilting.





This was our sunrise this morning

just out ...

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November 27, 2018
Finished a Sew Along and Started a Knit Along from Thread Head

I am so thrilled that we did make a Burgoyne Surround quilt for the mystery Secret Santa Sew Along from the Temecula Quilt Company!


Here it is as a flimsy,


and all quilted. It is about 45"x57".


The perfect size for the back of the couch. It would be a great baby quilt too. I would recommend copying the pattern if you think you might ever want to make one of these quilts because the free sew along patterns don't usually stay too long on the Temecula Quilt Company blog - here is a link for all the Secret ...

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November 25, 2018
Replacement Heifers... from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full


We are across the river this morning

feeding the replacement heifers...



On the far right...

you can see our red barn at home.






This is a small herd of heifers.

We kept them for replacement cows...






You can see Golden Girl 

through the bale feeder.

She had her first calf last may...





In the front row are 3 little heifer's calves...

they weren't born until late Spring,

so they are still at their mother's side

and won't be weaned until the first of the year.





The Cowboy is unlocking the gate

to let them in the ...

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November 24, 2018
Feeding Mama Cows... from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full


Morning Chores...



We feed at 5 different locations...





The first to be fed each day are the mama cows...





The Cowboy feeds off the back of the hay wagon

while I stay warm and dry in the cab driving...





This is our first field of mama cows.

They no longer have calves at their side.

We weaned the calves a couple weeks ago.





On the very far right 

you can see the 2 bottle calves

that we raised 2 summers ago.   

They will be 2 yrs in March.







The mama cows ...

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November 23, 2018
Heifer Calves....to Pasture from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full



We are moving the heifer calves

to pasture...




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LuAnn Kessi

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November 22, 2018
Weaning Calves...2018 from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full


It's that time of the year...



time to wean the calves.



After the cows and calves have been sorted...


We haul the calves to this barn.





The calves will stay here for 10 days

until they are weaned.





We have 10 barns....this is my favorite...

It is 90 years old.





The calves are eating a round bale of hay

we made last summer.





The calves are 6 to 8 months old

and weigh 500 to 600 lbs.





These are a few heifer calves

we plan to keep as replacement cows.

Number 22 is Ruby Jean





Number 36 is ...

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November 20, 2018
Little Blocks into Big Blocks from Thread Head

All the little blocks for the Secret Santa Sew Along from the Temecula Quilt Company blog are getting sewn together -


Four blocks so far, and eight left to sew. There is still one clue left, so I hope I don't spoil anything, but it is starting to look a lot like a Burgoyne Surrounded quilt - one of my favourites!!


I spun a skein of yarn this week. This is wool from a raw fleece that I was given.


The fleece was so fine, but full of plant bits, so I only managed to comb a small amount. There is ...

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