Sunday, June 25, 2017

Discharging Hand Dyes w/Stencils

It is hay season here in Western Oregon

I am not in front of my sewing machine...

I am behind the wheel of an 

International  Tractor...

I spent 6 hours mowing 

our first hay field...

4 more fields to go.

The yearling cattle kept me company all day.

Getting the hay crop in 

will take a couple of weeks.

In the mean time, here are some

new fabrics I created by

discharging my hand dyes with stencils...

These are mostly half yard cuts of fabric:

This is an IKEA cake decorating stencil:

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May Your Bobbin Always Be Full,

LuAnn Kessi

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Discharging Hand Dyes.....Again

I discharged some hand dyes last week...

I put a few up on the design wall

This composition is about 6 feet tall...

I am working quite large.

In the interest of using up my

discharge paste before it expires...

I had another go at discharging my hand dyes:

I love all of her stuff!

This is a sliding pleat hand dye....very bright.

It discharged nicely.


Feather Stencil.....Fat quarter hand dye

Discharge paste brushed on


Discharge paste brushed on

Brushed on dark black hand dye

Dark Black Hand Dye

Previously soy wax resist hand dye

Brushed on discharge paste X

Discharge paste stamped on with a

toilet paper roll....then dragged on fabric.

Stamped with a very large stencil brush

Hand painted X

Hand painted circle.....18 inches

Can you tell I was enjoying myself?

I dug deep in the fabric cupboard

for dark hand dyes to discharge...

It was a day.....well spent!

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May Your Bobbin Always Be Full,

LuAnn Kessi

Monday, June 19, 2017

More Abstract Art Quilt Cards.....

Since my work table was still set up for

Abstract Art Quilt

Inspiration Cards...

I couldn't resist making more!

This time it was just Kathi and I...

We spent a lovely day handing index cards 

back and forth to each other 

adding more fabrics with each round...

We ended up with another table full of

inspiration cards for our upcoming

Abstract Art Quilt Project.

Here are close up images of

2 cards at a time:

Kathi and I took turns choosing a few 

of our favorite cards...

the rest we plan to share with our friends.

:  to see My Quilts

May Your Bobbin Always Be Full,

LuAnn Kessi

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Abstract Art Quilt.....Inspiration

Abstract Art Quilts intrigue me...

I admire the work of Pat Pauly (shown here)

I purchased her DVD

Abstract Art Quilt Design
from Start to Finish

I invited my Art Sisters over today...

We all brought our fabric scraps

an open mind and a

willingness to try something new...

We are employing Pat Pauly's 

index card technique.

It gives you a jump start to abstract designing!

In a round robin method,

we stitched a scrap onto a card

then handed it off to the next person to add to.

This continued until the cards were filled up.

This was liberating!

Also challenging!

Very Relaxing!

These are not finished pieces of art work...

just a jumping off point...

an inspiration.

After a few hours...

the completed cards were piling up.....yum!

I think it helped to have input from all of us...

If I had done these all by my lonesome...

I think they all would have looked the same.

I tend to stick to the same colors and my own 

style of design.

Many hands make interesting work!

 At the end of the day, we took turns 

choosing the cards that inspired us:

These are the cards I chose...

These are the cards Kathi chose.

Nancy and Carmen got out the door before

I could snap a photo of their cards.

Rather than stare at an empty design wall

and try to design an abstract art quilt...

We now have these inspiration cards to get

those creative juices flowing...

We have decided on a 20 x 32 inch format

for our first Abstract Art Quilt.

We will meet in one month

and discuss our progress.

I left my work table looking like this:

Makes me want to sit down and 

make more cards!

Our hay fields here @ home are ripening...

we are getting the hay equipment ready to go...

rather than the hum of a sewing machine,

I will be listening to the roar of tractor.

I will sneak time whenever I can

to work on my first Abstract Art Quilt...

I will share my progress as I go along.

More to Come!

CLICK HERE to check out the fabrics 

I created for this project.

CLICK HERE to view more index cards

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May Your Bobbin Always Be Full,

LuAnn Kessi