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June 13, 2017
Quilt as you Go with Video Tutorial from Patchwork Posse

The quilt as you go technique is seriously one of my all time favorite techniques!

It makes sewing simple projects really go together quickly.

The idea is you are layering all 3 layers– backing, batting at the same time…and then sewing the top layer or quilt top directly on top of the bottom two layers.

By the time you are all done, the project is ready to be bound or finished into your project.

Here’s the video to show the process:

Materials needed for this technique:

* fabric scraps

* fusible fleece

* fabric for your back

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June 9, 2017
Dovetail Jolly Bar Quilt by Doug Leko – let’s dive in! from Fat Quarter Shop's Jolly Jabber

Doug Leko designed a fabulous quilt for us when he visited in April, and we super love it because it uses Jolly Bars!  It’s called Dovetail in deference to the lovely 45-degree seams that join the prints, and you can find the free Dovetail quilt pattern here.  In our Dovetail tutorial video, Doug shows how to use his Simple Folded Corners Ruler to create these perfect units.  You do not have to use this ruler for this step, but we love the crisp, accurate, perfectly precise finish it helps us achieve.  Plus, we just think Doug is pretty darn ...

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June 5, 2017
Feathers Create My Happy Place from Lisa H Calle's Blog

 

 

 

 

 

 

Feathers, feathers, feathers.  Yes, I do know how to quilt many other things, however, I absolutely love to quilt feathers.  As soon as I had finalized the purchase on my machine I was determined to master the technique of  quilting these beauties.   So, maybe you have just bought your first machine and are having the same thoughts I just shared of loving feathers , or you have a machine and simply haven’t taken the time to learn this technique. Well, then this post will come in handy!  Although this is an older video I thought I would repost it for ...

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June 2, 2017
Trail Camera......Grizzly from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full



I have been pawing through the 

trail camera video files

and found something I forgot about...


When we travel we take our trail camera along.

You never know what you will see.





While camping in Southern Idaho

a Grizzly Bear filled up our trail camera

with images and video.












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May 31, 2017
Trail Camera.....Deer and Bobcat from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full



Trail Camera Videos:

Deer and Bobcat


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One of our newest calves:


His mama is a heifer....this is her very first calf





So cute...he makes you smile!



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May 30, 2017
Trail Camera......Deer from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full



Here are some very sweet deer videos,

some with spotted fawns,

on the Trail Camera

ENJOY!


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The Iris are in full bloom in the yard

















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May 29, 2017
Trail Camera......Cattle from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full



Once in awhile we catch our cattle

on the Trail Camera...

Here are some night and day videos:


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The Lupine are in full bloom in the front yard






I captured a bumble bee in flight



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May 28, 2017
Cattle go to Town... from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full



This was a very wet, long winter.

A few of the mother cows have long feet

that need to be trimmed.

We hauled them to town to the vet school...



Dr. Joe and the vet students 

took good care of our cattle.



You can watch the hoof trimming

in the video below:


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Trail Camera......Night Videos from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full



Trail Camera.....Night Videos

Bobcat, Bunny, Possum, Deer, Cougar

In the very last video...

@ the bottom of the screen...

look for the cougar tail as it passes directly

below the camera!


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May 26, 2017
Trail Camera.....Elk from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full



Elk on the Trail Camera


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May 24, 2017
Trail Camera.....Bottle Calves from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full




Bottle Babies



The bottle calves are doing quite well.

They drink a 3 pint bottle of milk 3 x daily.

I have offered them hay and grain.

The red grain box is always empty?

I wanted to see who was eating all of the grain?

I thought maybe the barn swallows 

were eating it?

Maybe our chickens were eating it?


We set up the trail camera in the calf pen

to see who was eating the grain...


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It looks like Number 25 

is eating most of the grain.


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May 23, 2017
Whole Cloth....Progress from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full



Earlier this month I completed the

design work on paper

for my next whole cloth quilt...




Layer 1.....Basic Design Lines






Layer 2.....Larger Motifs





Layer 3....Fill Work

36 inch square quilt size

You are looking through all 3 layers 

of the design on paper.



The border feathers on this design are

very large.

I decided to baste up a practice sandwich

so I could practice stitching out 

very large feathers...



After the feather work,

I decided to finish off the sandwich with some

background fills...






I used this grid stencil to chalk out

the lines for the right ...

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Hang a Quilt with Corner Hangers from Patchwork Posse

Hang a quilt with corner hangers

Hanging quilts can be a tricky thing!  They sometimes don’t lay quite flat enough and are lumpy and bubbly around the top.

Today you’ll see how you can make some simple corner pockets that will hold a dowel or a stick across the top. These are perfect for solving the droopy middle when you hang the mini or wall hanging quilt.

Corner hangers for mini quilts. This is so handy and such a great idea! I have a few quilts that need to be hung and this will work!

Materials Needed:

2 squares – equal in size

iron

Corner Hangers for Quilts~

1- fold the square in half diagonally

2- iron

3- place in the corners at the TOP, BACK of ...

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May 22, 2017
Surprise.....another set of Twins from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full



We can go for years and never have a set of 

TWINS...



Yesterday we had our third set of twin calves.

Their mother is a 1st time heifer...

heifers rarely make much milk.....sigh.






We have them sorted off into a smaller pasture

so we can keep an eye on them for a few days

to be sure the heifer is caring for them.






The goats peeked around the corner of the barn

to see what all the commotion was about

while we were sorting off the new twins.


We have 5 heifers left to calve.

Then we can put ...

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May 21, 2017
Posh, Pet Portraits at NC Quilt Symposium from Roxane Lessa Fine Textile Art




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Hi Everyone! Happy Spring!

North Carolina Quilt Symposium was a blast!  I have gone many years as a student, since Peace college is right in my town, but this was my first year as a TEACHER. Anyway, I taught my Posh, Pet Portrait class to 11 lovely ladies.  I think their pets turned out very lively, and engaging, don’t you? Please enjoy some pictures  of their work:

Hard at work!

Starting with a single piece of fabric on the Wafer light box, and using some colored pencils:

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May 20, 2017
Bottle Babies... from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full



This 2 month old twin calf number 25

is living @ our barn here @ home

and we are feeding him on a bottle...



He is lonely and bawls a lot.

The barn is next to our house, so we can

hear him....LOUD and CLEAR!




We made a trip to the dairy this week

and look what we brought home:


A day old Holstein bull calf...








He has super long legs and looks like a giraffe!







Number 25 likes him...

they sleep together in the barn

and number 25 doesn't bawl anymore.



I captured video of these 2 babies

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May 19, 2017
Bull Buying Trip... from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full


7:00 am

We are heading over the pass to Central Oregon



My Batik Hexagon quilt top is 

along for the ride...







We are bull shopping in Madras, Oregon




 The Three Sisters Mountains:


We passed through Sisters, Oregon.

Home of the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show

The 2nd weekend in July every year!







I am looking forward to 9 hours round trip

of hand piecing hexagons!






My trusty train case has everything I need...






This is something to get excited about!




We are at the auction yard in Madras:


There are bulls everywhere!


















We brought 4 bulls home...





Lots of hexagons ...

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May 16, 2017
Twin bull calf....comes home from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full



It has been 2 long months trying to keep

this cow and her twin calves together...



Mama Cow and her Twin Calves







Mama has never cared for her bull calf....

number 25







We have come to the pasture today 

to check up on him...







He is alone, abandoned and hungry.

It is time to bring him home 

and feed him on a bottle.



We are out in the pasture in the video below:


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Corner Quilt Labels – Video Tutorial from Patchwork Posse

Corner Labels for Quilts –

yes, you can make them!  They are really kind of fun and can come in handy when you need one quick.

The following video will walk you through the process and you’ll see how simple it really is.

Corner labels for quilts. Learn how to make them with a square of fabric! Video tutorial shows you step by step.

Materials Needed:

Square of fabric 6″ X 6″ (or you can adjust this size if needed)

Sharpie fine point or micron pen for writing with

Sewing Machine

Corner Label Instructions~

1- fold your square in half diagonally

2- iron the triangle

3- pin in place in the corner on the BACK side of the quilt sandwich

4- ...

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May 14, 2017
Moving Day......Twin Calves from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full



For those of you who have been following

the story of Mama cow and her twins

for the past two months...



Today is moving day...






We will put both calves out to pasture

 with their mama...






We are hoping mama will feed BOTH twins,

up until now she has preferred the heifer calf

and not the bull calf.


Below is a video of moving them to pasture:


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