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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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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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November 15, 2020
Orange Peel - Pumpkins Seed Quilt.......Progress from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full


I have decided to incorporate 

flying geese blocks

into the Orange Peel/Pumpkins Seed quilt top...

After scratching my head a bit,
I figured out the cutting dimensions
for the flying geese units...
2 flying geese measure a 5 inch square.

Flying Geese with solid backgrounds...

Flying Geese with text backgrounds...

The flying geese will break up the monotony
of all of those pumpkins seeds...

they will help move the eye across the quilt
in different directions...

Okay, I have a plan for the design...
now I can just sew the units:

The Quilt Retreat gave me a great start ...

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November 13, 2020
Orange Peel or Pumpkin Seed Quilt... from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full


This design goes by several names

Orange Peel and Pumpkin Seed

are two of them...

I am attending an Oregon quilt retreat this week

I am starting a Pumpkin Seed quilt...

The seeds are piling up...

I used the Sizzix Big Shot Plus
to cut out the seed shapes...

The Sizzix made quick work of all
the curved cutting...

Time to play with the seeds
and different background squares...

Tomorrow I will cut and sew some

flying geese blocks

and add them to the design.

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May Your Bobbin Always ...

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July 22, 2020
A new bad start from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

That worrisome thing on the design wall just doesn't appeal to me right now. It's been three weeks since I last looked at it. I'm suffering with a touch of CoVid19. It's not bad, considering people are dying. Nonetheless, I do feel yucky. I've managed to get out of bed. Some days barely. 

Today I'm trying to convince myself that I can do more, so I've dressed, sat outside to breathe in fresh air, and took a look at what was happening in the studio before this wretched virus turned me into a ...

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July 3, 2020
Simple Log Cabin Quilt from The Cutting Table Quilt Blog - A Blog for Quilters by Quilters

The Simple Log Cabin Quilt from Missouri Star Quilt Co. Watch the free quilt tutorial today.

Life on the American frontier was hard. There were prairies to tame, trees to fell, and fences to build. There was butter to churn, laundry to scrub, and water to fetch.  

Despite such labor-filled days, those resourceful pioneer women found ways to whip up easy patterns like the Log Cabin block. These simple, pretty quilts were used not only as bed coverings, but as windows, room dividers, and doors, too!

The Simple Log Cabin Quilt from Missouri Star Quilt Co. Watch the free quilt tutorial today.

This week Jenny is working on a Simple Log Cabin with a traditional red center square to represent the heart of the home—the hearth.  Click HERE to learn how ...

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March 11, 2020
Quilt Your History – 5 Favorite Vintage Quilts from The Cutting Table Quilt Blog - A Blog for Quilters by Quilters

The Royal Wedding Quilt from Missouri Star Quilt Co. Watch the free quilt tutorial today.

They don’t make them like they used to. Many of us were fortunate enough to have learned the art of quilting from our ancestors; parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles have long since been the best teachers to pass on the gift that is quilting. They stitched differently, as limited resources required more time and perseverance with each block. Each stitch was made with love though and the quilts survived, being passed down as family heirlooms for generations to come. Those beautiful patterns, bound in time by thread, became classics of the quilting world.

These projects have carried with them ...

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November 22, 2019
Dresden Quilt.....Sashing Design from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full

Yesterday I was undecided on what to quilt

in that pink sashing...

Today I pulled out the dry erase board

and began to play with a few designs:

Each of these designs 

filled the sashing area nicely...

The big, round swirls look great

with the big, round feather plumes...

I am using wool batting...

my favorite for bed quilts.

Wool batting also shows off the quilting !

The first row of quilting is complete...

Three more rows to go and then the border.

I am using a quilt suspension system 

to support this heavy quilt.

Patsy Thompson has designed 

a suspension ...

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November 21, 2019
Dresden Quilt....Under the Needle from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full

I am in the Thread Shed this morning...

The Dresden Plate quilt is.....under the needle

I am doing a little ruler work...

crosshatching the center of the dresden plate

Feather Plumes on the dresden plates

as well as in the white background square...

I am still trying to decide what will be quilted

in the pink sashing...

This is an extra block I quilted recently:

I think the feather vine in the pink sashing

is a bit over the top....hmmm.

I will skip the pink sashing

and continue with the dresden block quilting 

for now.

There is a ...

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November 2, 2019
Dresden.....Extra Block from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full

I finished up the Dresden Quilt Top

last week while I was in Idaho...

Dresden Quilt Top

I have developed a "good" habit of making 

an extra block when piecing a quilt top.

I made a quick quilt sandwich with batting

and played around some on the 

extra dresden block...

All of the negative space 

behind the dresden plate

and in the pink sashing 

just screamed for....FEATHERS !

The corners and center are cross hatched...

Large feather plumes on the dresden plate

and also surrounding the dresden plate 

in the background...

I quilted this block on the Bernina Artista 200 ...

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October 28, 2019
IDAHO Quilt Retreat... from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full

I traveled 1,200 miles round trip

to attend a Quilt Retreat in Idaho...

Selkirk Lodge

Big windows allow lots of natural light

into our work room...

This is base camp for me for the week...

I am trying to finish up 

a Dresden Plate quilt top this week...

Day 1.....Applique work done,

Blocks sewn with sashing strips...

By the end of the first day,

All 5 rows are sashed.

Day 2

The Fabric Fairy left a surprise 

by my sewing machine...

A Thread Basket filled with treats ...

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