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July 27, 2021
Homegrown, Home-dyed Indigo from The Ardent Thread

The grandkids are visiting for the summer, which means I’ve been busy juggling a toddler and a bigger kid, both of whom need things to do outside.

Taking this video as inspiration, I decided to go for something we could do TODAY from start to finish and see results. [YouTube video: “Indigo Dyeing with fresh indigo leaves // 生葉で藍染”]

Our local soil is kind of garbage. It’s sandy, silty, and blows away in the wind, but we find ways to work with it.

I ordered indigo seeds from The Dogwood Dyer several months ago and lo and behold, they ...

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July 10, 2021
We are back at it.... from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full


The Cowboy and I are in the hay fields today...

We are back at it !

I am on the Ford Tractor.....raking hay

Hay Rake

Kind of looks like a carnival ride to me !

The John Deere has all 4 tires today...

The Cowboy is following me baling up the hay !

Those beautiful bales are popping out of the baler

as fast as they can !

Progress !

We are making up for lost time.

The foxgloves grow along the fences

in the hay fields...

The Queen Anne's Lace grow like weeds

along the road side...

Life is Good !

Enjoy the ...

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July 1, 2021
Tiger Tails Quilt from Expect Moore

If you have always wanted to try a Dresden Plate block (or if you’ve made a bunch because you love them) then this quilt is for you! And if you’ve tried making Dresdens but they never turned out quite right then this is DOUBLY for you because the quilt uses half-dresdens which are more forgiving […]

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June 16, 2021
Scrappy Quilts, Scrappy Life from Humble Quilts

I mentioned to Lizzy that I should do an outdoor post about what is growing in my garden. Late spring is peak because the long hot days haven't arrived yet and plants are enjoying lovely days sprinkled with bouts of rain.
I realized my garden style mimics my quilts! Free flowing, humble and scrappy! 
Feel free to scroll past all the flowers to the video at the end of this post. 

Instead of dirt or weeds we planted wildflowers. Flax is always dependable. 

And yarrow, which is natural to this area. 

These lupine are natural to the area as ...

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May 29, 2021
Machine Quilting Pillow TalkBoy of boy, there are so many... from Living Water Quilter

Machine Quilting Pillow Talk

Boy of boy, there are so many decisions to make to machine quilt our projects. It can be daunting.

  • What machine quilting design do I use?
  • How do I stitch the design in a pleasing way?
  • What  thread color and a thread weight will I use?
  • Should the quilting be dense or light?

Let’s Make Some Decisions

We can take machine quilting and break it into manageable steps. When we concentrate on different parts of the machine quilting process it gives of freedom. With freedom comes courage. Courage to experiment and learn.

In Quilt Conversations ...

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May 22, 2021
Planering from Veriquilt

Vår cirkel, Art Quilt Circle, kommer att ha en utställning i Järnboden, Harg 18 - 30 juni. Vi är nio medlemmar och detta blir vår första gemensamma utställning 

Just nu är planeringen i full gång, vi har fördelat ytorna och jag tror inte att någon har problem att fylla sina kvadratmetrar. Jag har små bilder av mina verk som jag flyttar runt på ett papper för att se om de passar ihop. En verkslista och ett CV har jag börjat fila på men det svåra är prissättningen. Det går inte att räkna på material eller tid, jag har bestämt mig för ...

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May 14, 2021
Cattle Drive... from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full


We are moving the cattle to Spring Pastures...

Cow and Calf pairs are being herded along

the gravel road several miles up river...

The older cows lead the way...

they have made this trip many times

and know exactly where they are going.

The new baby calves stay close to mama...

this is their first cattle drive.

We make the trip in the early evening

when there is less traffic on the road...

2 hours later.....we are at the new pasture:

Plenty of tall, green grass for everybody !

The sun is just beginning to set

and the lighting is ...

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May 9, 2021
Calving Season continues... from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full

We have been at it since February.....


The Cowboy walks through the cow herd

each morning checking for new calves...

Tomato 8 and her new calf

The White Heifer and her new calf...

Yup, this just might be the super cutest calf

of the year !

Last week we rounded up the yearling calves...

We vaccinated, wormed, fly tagged

and moved them across the river 

to summer pasture:

This is Buffalo Bill
He was born last year and is now a year old.

It was in the 30's this morning
when we checked on the cow herd...

The Turkey ...

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May 4, 2021
Award Quilt Block from Expect Moore

This month’s free quilt block theme is graduation. One of my favorite things about graduation was always the awards that were given out – highest score, most improved, achievements, athletics, and more. So I designed this award ribbon quilt block. You can use the negative space to the left of the ribbon to include the […]

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May 3, 2021
the past twelve weeks or so from Karen Ann Ruane

twelve weeks of embroidery sampling

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May 1, 2021
Checkered Spy Quilt from Expect Moore

I love so many things about this quilt. It is simple to make. You can customize it to the favorite colors of the recipient. And it uses FUSSY CUTTING. Which is basically my favorite. This is the perfect time to go through your stash and justify all the adorable prints you’ve been collecting (not that […]

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April 21, 2021
Feeding Cattle and the Popcorn Tree... from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full

Peek -A- Boo 

The Old White Cow

peeked her head out of the barn 

as we were driving by

We are checking on the heifers and their calves

this morning @ the lower barn...

This is Golden Girl's sister,

Goldie and her first calf

Althea smells the new bale of hay

the cowboy just put in the barn for the heifers...

The Flowering Cherry Trees

in the front yard are putting on a show:

When the white buds begin to bloom

they remind me of popcorn popping

I call them the....Popcorn Trees

Spring arrived early in Western Oregon

this ...

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April 6, 2021
Rooster rides Sheep... from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full

I was passing by my neighbor's house and 

look what I saw...


Yes, her rooster rides around on the sheep !

He follows the sheep as they graze in the pasture

and is known to hop up on them and 

take a cozy nap...

Enjoy the video:

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p.s.  never leave home without your camera !

CLICK HERE:  to see My Quilts

May Your Bobbin Always Be Full,

LuAnn Kessi

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April 2, 2021
April @ the Kessi Ranch..... from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full

Kessi Ranch.....April 2021


We are half way through calving season

with 50 calves on the ground so far...

We call this baby steer.....The Road Runner

He likes to race us 

when we drive through the pasture !

The Turkey Vultures have migrated back

to Western Oregon

They greet us each morning on our way to

the calving barns...

They enjoy a solar bath when the sun rises

each morning...

Their feathers looks so beautiful

back lit by the morning sun.

Yes, it is that time of the year...

Fertilizing the Hay Fields...

The Fertilizer Spreader is loaded up...

No ...

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April 1, 2021
The Turned Up Quilt from Expect Moore

Introducing the Turned Up quilt! This fun quilt is easy to make using the Perfect Rectangle Ruler by Creative Grids. What’s that you say? No rectangles in sight on this quilt? I know! But this ruler cuts those perfect half-rectangle-triangles to complete the Turned Up quilt. The quilt is made using seven half-yard cuts of […]

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March 31, 2021
en préparation…doucement from Atelier de Cocopatch

bonjour à toutes, Une fidèle du blog a demandé une vidéo sur la technique de l’appliqué… alors je prépare! Mais doucement car je suis positive au COVID avec quelques symptômes… à suivre! prenez bien soin de vous! Coco

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March 30, 2021
We have a new baby......Faline from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full


Come meet our newest addition...


Faline is a teeny, tiny heifer calf...

She is a week old today...

Yes, she has a mama cow...

When mama went outside for a drink of water,

we went into her pen for a photo shoot...

Enjoy the Video:

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CLICK HERE:  to see My Quilts

May Your Bobbin Always Be Full,

LuAnn Kessi

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March 29, 2021
Choosing Fabric Marking Pens from Expect Moore

If you’re looking to mark your fabric, you have a lot of choices when it comes to fabric marking pens and other tools for marking your fabric. Not all fabric marking pens are created equal, and different pens are ideal for different purposes. Are you marking the back of the fabric for half-square-triangles or are […]

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March 10, 2021
Bottle Calves....4 years old from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full


Do you remember these two little guys?

Marv.....1 day old

Vern.....2 months old

In 2017 we raised Vern and Marv on bottles

Bottle Babies.....Marv and Vern

Vern is a beef calf rejected by his mother

Marv is a bull calf from the dairy

2017.......Vern and Marv.....8 months old

Just weaned from the bottle

( I think weaning was harder on me 

than it was them!)

2018.....Marv and Vern 18 months old

2019......2 years old:

Vernie loves the new baby calves,

helping the mamas lick them clean.

Big Marv also loves the new baby calves ...

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March 8, 2021
Calving Season in Western Oregon... from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full


We are 2 weeks into Calving Season

here in rainy Western Oregon

The Cowboy has been spending lots of time

tagging new baby calves...

Mama Cows with their new babies...

I am in the pick up looking out the 

side view mirror...

the Cowboy is on the tractor loading hay

He has me all loaded up with hay...

This is one of our new heifers, Vicky,

with her very first baby.

She is a great mama cow already !

Each morning baby calves greet us when

we walk into the silo...

Cows and calves in the silo...

Enjoy the video:

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