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March 26, 2017
Twin Calves... from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full



We are spending a lot more time over

@ the Cow Barns...



Twin Calves were born last week...






Mama Cow has decided she only wants 

the heifer calf.

She is rejecting the bull calf.

That means a lot more work for the Cow Boss.

One of us stays in the pen 

while the calves nurse...

so mama won't push the bull calf away.

Maybe in a month or so we can convince her

that she loves both babies?




This darling calf was also born last week:


This little bull calf is awful cute!





His mama likes him just fine!




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March 25, 2017
the third ''Artist Book''. from Karen Ann Ruane

artist book, a video....

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March 22, 2017
What do you do when you’re not sure how to finish a piece? from Roxane Lessa Fine Textile Art




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Hi Everyone! Happy Spring!

What do you do when you’re not sure how to finish a piece?  Here is some of the advice I got.

  • let it stew
  • wait
  • put it away for a while

Of course!  I have done all of those things in the past, and I just forgot, thinking I had to finish this Opal piece right now and right away. But I don’t. There are no looming deadlines, no shows I gotta enter it into .

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Turkey Vultures in the Cow Pasture... from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full




It must be SPRING here in

Western Oregon...

The Turkey Vultures are back!



We were out checking on the cows and calves

 this morning...







The turkey vultures are perched 

on the fence posts...







I have been trying for years to get a close up view

of these beautiful birds...




I had my Canon 50X along today

and it zoomed in and captured the birds

having a solar bath...



They spread their wings...

it dries them out and also bakes off the bacteria

on their feathers







The zoom lens allowed me to stay far enough 

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March 20, 2017
White Cow has her Calf... from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full


We raise Shorthorn mother cows



They are red and white and oh so beautiful...




Once in awhile a white calf is born:


We kept her as a replacement heifer...

A replacement heifer is a yearling calf that you keep (rather than selling it with the rest of the yearlings) and breed it to become a mother cow in your herd. Each year we keep the very best heifer calves, usually a dozen of them, to become mother cows in our herd.

Here she is as a mother cow.

She was in labor all day yesterday...

We checked on her throughout ...

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March 17, 2017
Wet and Wobbly... from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full



New calves on the ground daily...


After a morning @ the Cow Barn,

we head back home for breakfast...





Before the day could get away from me,

I went out to the Thread Shed 

to do some stitching...


This is a photo pillow...

a birthday gift for someone special.

24 x 24 inches




So glad I had the time to get it finished

in time for the big day!



Just minutes after a calf was born this morning,

I filmed this video:


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May Your Bobbin Always Be Full,

LuAnn Kessi

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March 16, 2017
Devotion... from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full




Mother cows are devoted to their young...




Calf 17 greeted us when we arrived

@ the Cow Barn this morning...






He has found a warm and dry place to sleep...






Our mama cows are the best mothers

and totally devoted to their babies...






From birth, the calf knows the mother's bawl...

when mama calls, the calf comes running to her.






The mama also knows her own baby's cry...

when baby cries, she comes quickly 

to see what is wrong.






Calving Season.....a real treat!




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March 15, 2017
Morning @ the Cow Barn... from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full



We are over @ the Cow Barn this morning

checking on the cows 'n calves...


The cattle are out in the orchard enjoying a....

non-rainy day







The cowboy is feeding big bales and

I am bedding the barns...







Relaxing morning.....aahhhh.

22 calves on the ground.



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LuAnn Kessi

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March 14, 2017
Get to Know the Sweet APQS Lenni from Quilted Joy

Check out the video below to get to know the sweet APQS Lenni, the younger brother to our top of the line longarm quilting machines.

Right now we have new 2017 APQS Lenni machines on new tables (10′ or 12′) with the amazing Bliss drive system and the APQS LIFETIME warranty for $2,000 cash off! Lenni is a 20″ throat longarm machine with a stitch regulator. He has a manual channel lock, adjustable ergo handles and he is ready to take a computer should you wish to add one to him at any point.

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March 13, 2017
Quilting for Beginners: Disappearing Four Patch Block Tutorial from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog

Hello sewing friends, 

Have you checked out the new Capsules lookbook yet? If you haven't you are in for a real treat! Capsules fabric collection consist of four bite size fabric collections that are so much fun! For this collection I thought making a Disappearing Four Patch block would be perfect! It was so much fun mixing the prints with solids from our pure elements and our yarn dyed fabrics

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This block is a pretty quick sew and the steps are so easy! So if you are new to quilting this is a great block to try out! Click ...

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chat from Karen Ann Ruane

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Back To Work in the Studio from Roxane Lessa Fine Textile Art



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Hi Everyone!

After all the excitement of getting the blue ribbon for Wisteria Wonder, it’s back to work for me in the studio.  I’m quilting the new Opal piece.  Every time I look at these colors, I fall in love all over again. 

And they really glow in the afternoon sun.  Most pieces are hand dyed by me or other artists and fussy cut for that shape.

What I have been doing is free motion stitching around each shape with WonderFil InvisaFil  100 weight beige thread.  This thread ...

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March 12, 2017
The Babysitter..... from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full



This is the babysitter...



She is watching over more than her own baby...







Some of the other mama cows have 

stashed their babies with her 

while they go out and graze in the pasture...






When she gets hungry,

she will leave her baby with another mama.






This is heifer calf Number 2...

she was born 2 weeks ago.






I love that peaceful face.



You can view a video taken this morning

while doing cattle chores.

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March 9, 2017
Feeding the Yearling Cattle... from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full


This is the newest barn on the place...

we built it in 1989


Yearling Cattle grazing


It has been a wet, wet winter here

in the coastal mountain range of

Western Oregon



We are in the field below our house this morning

feeding the yearling cattle...



These calves were born a year ago...

















We have 11 barns on the farm...

we use several of them for winter hay storage.








This round bale feeder keeps the calves from

stomping and wasting the hay...




Just a head up....

this isn't all mud ...

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First Baby Goat is Born... from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full



Our first stop this morning is the cow barn...



2 week old Calf number 6

is here to greet us when we arrive to do chores...


I have to say, morning chores are so much better

with 18 Baby Calves running around!




Our next stop is the goat barn:



We stopped @ the Goat Barn 

to pick up straw bales...

we were just in time to see the new baby kid goat.


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This mama goat eventually had triplets


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March 8, 2017
Drawing a Morse Star Block in EQ – Video from Stof genoeg

A video showing how I drafted the Morse Star block in EQ7. Post including pictures of quilt designs with Morse Star and Inklingo Star - Een video waarin ik laat zien hoe ik het Morse Star blok in EQ7 heb getekend. Post inclusief afbeeldingen van quiltontwerpen met Morse Star en Inklingo Star. XXX Annika Continue reading

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March 7, 2017
Button hole stitch around applique video tutorial from Patchwork Posse

The button hole stitch is a great stitch for finishing off your applique.  Whether the applique has a raw edge or a finished edge– it doesn’t really matter.

This hand stitch is a great way to keep all the look edges together, and is easy to take with you and stitch on the go.

Materials Needed:

DMC floss (or your favorite applique thread)  In this video I used 2 strands of floss

Needle

Button Hole Stitch Tutorial:

1- start with your needle and thread coming out along the outside edge of the applique shape

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Baby Calves....in the SNOW from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full



We woke up to a blanket of snow today!




Nearly all of the cows and calves were still

in the cow barn when we arrived this morning...






This is the first snow the baby calves have seen...







These are mother cows that have not

calved yet...




We have a new baby this morning:


Baby number 12 has arrived...






This mama loves her new bull calf...






I was able to capture on video 

the cows and calves coming out of the barn 

to greet the new calf...

It is a very sweet video.


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March 5, 2017
Checking on the Bulls... from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full



Our Angus Bulls winter in one of

our hay fields...



362 is a BIG boy!






The bulls spend the winter eating

alfalfa pellets and orchard grass hay...






They are gentle giants 

and always glad to see us...







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March 4, 2017
Cows 'n Calves..... from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full



We are checking on the

expectant mothers this morning...



No new calves today...




 The mother cows bring their babies into the cow 

barn in the evenings to spend the night 

nice and warm and dry:


In the morning they bring their babies out 

into the orchard to graze...

the babies love to run and play with each other.






This sweet little baby peeks at me from

behind his mama...






I love checking for new calves each morning.


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