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January 15, 2019
Becoming a rose hip from Art and Quilting in Camden

Off and on for the past couple of weeks I have been dyeing fabric, drawing or photoshopping images to make thermofax screens, and finally working on collaging the background for the rose hip, the large (36″ square) version. To those of you have landed here from my new newsletter, thank you! To those of you who don’t know about my new newsletter, please go here to the home page and sign up! I will write about mid-month and will never share your info!

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January 11, 2019
Introducing Our Newest AGF Designer: Alexandra Bordallo from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog

Hi Makers, 

Hope you're all enjoying 2019, so far!

This year, we're planning BIG things here at AGF and super excited to share all of them with you, these next couple months! With that, I'd like to announce that our AGF family is getting a little bigger and I'd like to introduce you to our newest designer - Alexandra Bordallo! Currently residing with her husband and young son in Spain, Alexandra's whimsical style caught our eye, and we just knew she had to be part of our talented team.

Here's a little interview I did ...

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January 5, 2019
Busy busy busy from Art and Quilting in Camden

Do you ever have those days where you are trying to cram so much into one day you think your head will explode? Yeah. Today!

Rose Hips, large version, testing leaf fabrics
The best news is that the greens will work! This is my enormous rose hip in progress. The 12″ square “test drive” and demo sample is on the left. The big one will finish 36″ tall, probably square, possibly not.

So far today:

  • Rinse out hand-dyes from yesterday, hand wash
  • Machine wash and dry hand-dyes from yesterday, iron
  • View SAQA Webinar on 3-D artwork considerations
  • Create “artwork” for three simple thermofax screens
  • Add more things ...

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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:






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
Soy Wax....Fabrics from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full

Last week I spent the day stamping

hot soy wax on fabric...

I started out with a 

commercial batik fabric...

Using a found object,

I stamped hot wax on the fabric...

Then I painted over the waxed fabric with

purple setacolor textile paint...

When dry, I heat set the paint with an iron:

All that is left to do is wash out the wax

in a hot washing machine.

The shadow marks on the fabric will be

washed away in the washing machine:

These were SUPER FUN to create!

I am anxious to put them into a project soon.

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November 20, 2018
Nature Printing... from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full

We have gathered up leaves...

craft paint...

and friends...

we are nature printing today...

We are printing on paper tags...

Tag on the left is a printed leaf...

tag on the right is a real leaf glued down.

The green background is a large printed leaf...

then over printed with oak leaves.

Leaves with large veins work best...

This is an enjoyable way to spend the day!

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May Your Bobbin Always Be Full,

LuAnn Kessi

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November 17, 2018
Soy Wax.....Class from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full

has gathered together to create

Soy Wax Batik on Fabric

Soy Wax Batik Fabric......Class Samples

Soy Wax

Found Objects.....for stamping wax on fabric

Potato Mashers.....always a favorite!

Love that PVC pipe for stamping wax!

After a quick demo....

the students are hot waxing

We are waxing over commercial fabrics...

light colors

After the fabrics are all waxed...

we move onto painting over the wax

We mix:  1 part paint to 2 or 3 parts water

The waxed fabric is ...

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November 13, 2018
Soy Wax......Class Prep from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full

The table is set for.....FUN!

I am soy waxing fabric today...

I mainly stamp with.....Found Objects:

Potato Mashers......always a favorite

Hand Cut Sponges.....also a favorite

This fabric was stamped with a hand cut sponge

then painted over with turquoise textile paint...

This is what it looks like after it is

heat set with an iron...

It needs to go in a HOT washing machine next.

This was also stamped with a hand cut sponge

I use diluted textile paints

I used a box fan to dry 

the waxed and painted fabrics...

it takes about an hour ...

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November 11, 2018
Ice Dyeing...Pillowcases from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full

I am up at the Quilt Palace

working in the laundry room...

Very little laundry actually gets washed here...

it is mostly used as a dye studio.

I am ice dyeing pillowcases:

Ice covered with dye powder...

Depending on how deep you have the buckets

filled with takes a day or two for it to melt.

I was busy, so this sat for a week until I could

get back up to the Quilt Palace to process it.

Final Wash Out.....ready for the dryer

Here comes the.... Show 'n Tell

2 dozen pillowcases

Just love that ice ...

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November 3, 2018
Pat Pauly Workshop... from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full

I recently attended a SAQA workshop

Here we are in Coburg, Oregon

at the workshop...

Here is Pat Pauly explaining some of her

abstract art quilting techniques...

Her specialty is.....surface design work:

As you can see,

she has a great deal of FUN creating her fabrics!

She brought along a trunk full of her quilts...

This workshop was all about abstract design:

Pat would explain a technique,

then send us back to our seats 

to execute her instructions:

Then, we would bring our samples up

and Pat would discuss our work...

I enjoyed Pat's teaching ...

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October 9, 2018
mix and match from Karen Ann Ruane

mixing embroidered surfaces

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October 5, 2018
Rust Dyeing.... from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full

I have 3 more Barn Lot Quilts planned

so I need more rusted fabric...

I soaked the fabric in vinegar,

wrapped the fabric around rusty objects,

wrapped it up in plastic bags

and put it out in the sun to rust...

After a week wrapped in plastic,

it is ready to process...

I soaked the fabric overnight in a bucket of

water and baking soda.

Then I washed and dried it.

Here it is fresh out of the dryer...

I now have 10 yards of newly rust dyed fabric.

Here are a few of my favorites:

It's time to ...

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October 2, 2018
Barn Lot Quilt Series......Progress Report from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full

Oh yummy RUST...

I have missed you!

I began this quilt series 4 years ago,

created 2 quilt tops then.....stopped.

Well, here I go again...

I have the 3rd quilt images up 

on the design wall...

I pieced the background with rust dyed fabrics...

Here is the quilt top background 

up on the design wall...

The farm images are basted in place and the 

3rd quilt top is ready for applique stitching.

Now I am ready to begin the 4th quilt top:

Here are the images for the 4th top...

The background is all pieced...

Background up on the ...

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September 29, 2018
the next piece from Karen Ann Ruane

the next piece

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September 28, 2018
one thing leads to another from Karen Ann Ruane

surface design

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September 27, 2018
Handcrafted.....Foam Stamps from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full


I have been saving up plastic food containers

all summer long...

they work great as the base for

creating these handcrafted foam stamps...

to create the stamps...

The size of the plastic container determines

the size of the stamp you create...

I double up the foam sheets 

so the stamp is thicker,

easier to apply paint 

when you are stamping with them...

The foam sheets are backed with paper.

I draw the design on the paper side,

then cut out the shape with regular scissors...

it cuts like ...

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September 26, 2018
stitched papers from Karen Ann Ruane

stitched paper surfaces

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September 19, 2018
extending design from Karen Ann Ruane

exyending design

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September 5, 2018
Painted Canvas Tote Bags... from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full

Remember this painted canvas?

It was such FUN to create!

Here it is cut into sections...

This is what I made with it:

Messy Painted Tote Bags

Bag 1

Bag 1.....Lining

Bag 2

Bag 2.....Lining

Bag 3

Bag 3.....Lining

Lots of FUN to create...

Even more FUN to give away:

Everyone was happy with their tote bag!

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May Your Bobbin Always Be Full,

LuAnn Kessi

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July 13, 2018
Brushes from Nature... from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full

Creating Handcrafted Brushes

from natural objects...

We gathered various botanicals...

My botanicals were mostly weeds that I picked 

along the road side

as we moved the cattle this morning...

The Art Sisters are at the Quilt Palace

getting crazy with handcrafting brushes!



Old Man's Beard Lichen



It is quite joyful creating marks

with objects from nature...

Circles are always a favorite!

Here are the brushes I created...

The fern brush created tree shapes

The feather created broad strokes

The stems created tiny strokes

The foxgloves created bold circles

The pine needles also made great circles ...

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