Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Trail Camera.....Bottle Calves




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 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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LuAnn Kessi

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Whole Cloth....Progress



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 side of the sandwich...






Then I stitched a double wedding ring design

within the straight line grid work.






I chalked out a clam shell stencil

for the left side of the sandwich...






I stitched 2 little eyelashes on the inside

of each clam shell shape.






It was good feather stitching practice

as well as background fill work FUN!

I may turn this into a tote bag or

tablerunner?




Yesterday I transferred the design lines

from the paper onto the satin fabric

using a light box and blue water erase pen:


I only need the main design lines 

traced onto fabric.

The remainder of the design is 

free motion stitching.


This is now basted into a 

36 inch square quilting sandwich 

and is ready to go under the needle.


I will take photos and share my progress

as I machine quilt this whole cloth quilt.

More To Come!





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Monday, May 22, 2017

Surprise.....another set of Twins



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 this calving season to rest.



I captured a video of the heifer 

and her first calf...

we did not realize she had a twin 

until the next morning....ugh.


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Saturday, May 20, 2017

Bottle Babies...



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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Thursday, May 18, 2017

Bull Buying Trip...


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 were pieced today!

It was a perfect day all the way around.


I captured video of our day...see it below:


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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Twin bull calf....comes home



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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