Saturday, January 21, 2017

Microwave Dyeing......Class Prep




We spent the day gathering up supplies

for a class I am leading in February in

Microwave Dyeing...



I keep plenty of microwaves in the closet

for teaching this class...







I pulled out the

MX Fiber Reactive Dye powders...







I rounded up 3 dozen bottles to hold

the dye concentrates...







My preferred method of 

mixing dye concentrates is 

with a hand held electric mixer...

Lots of these in the thrift stores!






How can this be work when...

it is so pretty!






Most every color on the wheel is mixed up

as a dye concentrate for the upcoming class...

My Art Sister, Kathi, has mixed up 

most of the dyes for class.

Now that's a true friend!





I use the Dharma MX Dye poster...

I cut up the dye color chips and tape them onto

the dye bottles.

This will help the students choose the colors

they would like to use.






We will need lots of measure containers, etc.







Soda Ash is our mordant...






The students will be dyeing:

Fat Quarters

Flour Sack Towels

Bamboo Socks






This is what we will need to pack for the class...

plus the microwaves.







Permission 2 Play Class
Dyeing Fabric in the Microwave
Thursday, February 23, 2017 @ 1pm
JanniLou Creations Quilt Shop
1243 Main Street
Philomath, OR
541-929-3795



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LuAnn Kessi


Friday, January 20, 2017

Machine Quilting......Frayed Edge Quilt



I spent the day doing what I love to do...



Free Motion.......Machine Quilting




This quilt was created by:



It is one of the many comfort quilts they 

create  each year and gift 

to members of their community.





I have quilted a few of these frayed edge

quilts over the years...


You need to leave the raw edges 

of the hearts free,

no stitching over the edges of the heart shapes,

they need to fray up when they are 

washed and dried.






This close up view shows the edges

of the heart shapes...

I stitch about a half inch in from the edges.






The background requires very dense quilting...

I stitched tiny loop d loops.






I stitched curls on the dark blue

inner border...






Not much will show in the yellow floral border

so I stitched random plume shapes.



After 6 hours of quilting...


This Frayed Edge Heart Quilt is ready to

hand off to the next quilter for binding.


Then it will be washed and dried 3 times...

it will fray and shrink up and get oh, so yummy!








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LuAnn Kessi

Monday, January 9, 2017

New York Beauty.......Half Pieced



After a day of piecing...



half of the NYB quilt top is off the design wall...






These diagonal rows are.....LONG!






Here is half the NYB quilt...

waiting for the other half to join it.




I took these images yesterday

just down the road from our house:


Rock Wall.....Icicles

You can enlarge these images by 

double clicking on them.








Frozen Ferns









Looking UP at the rock wall...




It is cold here in Western Oregon this year!






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LuAnn Kessi

Thursday, January 5, 2017

New York Beauty...




I am in a New York State of Mind...



I put my crown on...

it is time to get serious and finish my

New York Beauty Quilt





My NYB fabrics have been living in this 

suitcase for several years...






I am foundation paper piecing 

the arc units...







Once the arc unit is paper pieced...

I remove the papers and piece the block together.






4 arc blocks create a 16 inch NYB block...












Just love all those crowns... 

pieced and ready to go!






It is wonderful to have a design wall nearby

to help with color placement as you work...












At this point...105 NYB blocks 

pieced and on the wall.

Now I need to cut the side setting triangles...






I have used this chart for many years

for cutting triangles.





Yesterday I cut all of the side triangles...

here they are on the design wall...


I will be piecing this bad girl together today!


More to come...









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LuAnn Kessi