Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Ready for Halloween

Fall is definitely here!!
 
The colors are incredible...
 

Blues and Browns are my favorite!!
 
With the rain,
 we called an impromptu quilt day!!
 
 
That gave me a chance to get going on my Bear Creek Row Robin
 
It is crazy to see how this pile of fabric...
 
 
Turned into an incredible quilt!!

 
The girls did an amazing job on each of their rows!!

 
I can't pick a favorite as they are each a unique work of art...

 
This tombstone was perfect for marking the date and name!!

 
I always wanted a Halloween quilt....

 
and this quilt has everything I was hoping for...
 
Candy corn...

 
Witches and Caldrons

 
Cats in little wonky stars...

 

 
 Ghosts and spiders...
 


 
Little Dracula...

 

 
Even a label signed by all the amazing quilters!!!
 
 
This quilt has travelled all over the States collecting a new row at each stop!!

 
 
Thank you to Cheryl, Lynn and Lynn, Betty, Shari, Dianna and Patrice!!
 
It will be a treasured quilt!!
 
It was a great International effort!!
 
Finished just in time for Halloween
 
Christa
 


Friday, September 26, 2014

Light at the End of the Season

The leaves are turning....
 
 
The dust is hanging in air...
 
 
The days are getting so short...

 
As I listen to my Roomba, Herbie vacuuming,
(if you saw my house, I'ld have to kill you!)
 
I have been busy with this vacuum....

Dawson, Duke and Timber eating some wheat...cheap dogfood!
 
Moving wet grain like crazy...

 
 Helping friends to get their crop in as winter is a'coming!!!

 
 
I was shocked when we saw this moose crossing down Corn Alley

 
When he left his puff of dust as he heading back into his hideout

 
You can only imagine the dust.....
 
I think my sewing machine has forgotten my name!!
 
Christa
 

Sunday, September 21, 2014

A Week of Great Finishes

Harvest is done and the bales are made....

 
First truckload has been shipped....

 
Just in time to go to Homespun in Carlyle, Sk
 
As we wandered through the quilt show I thought I recognized this quilt...

 
Yup...
 
Heather Piermantier's quilt she made at our retreat last year!!

 
I teased her about how she had taken over the show!!
 
I hired Terry Whitman to quilt Pat Jones quilt
 
 
She did an amazing job of quilting it...

 
Pictures do not do it justice but gives you an idea...

 
I can wait for Pat to see it!!

 
 
I was crunched for time
as
 this quilt had a ride back to Glendive if I could get it bound


 
I used Suzie's Magic Binding as I am still in love with this technique
 

 
I love the resulting flange from the two colored binding!!


It was delivered to Pat on Friday and I hope she loves it!!
 
Off to help some friends with their harvest...
 
Hope the sun keeps shining!!
 
Christa
 




Saturday, September 13, 2014

A Chilly Harvest at a Snail's Pace

Seems like every 4 days we get a day in of combining...
 
The weather is just not co-operating!!
 
 
 
Trucking has changed..
 
Since I had some time between loads I hotspotted in the grain truck
 
and did some surfing...

 
It is so wet and cold but we are trying our best to get some crop off..

 
We NEVER harvest if it's wet or raining so the wipers on the grain truck have been neglected!!
 
I was forced to improvise and use a rag under the blade!!

 
We have been moving grain like crazy to ensure no spoilage since it's so damp


Even the birds are conspiring to head south early....

 
We managed another THREE hours today but it was darn cold!!

 
Arnold was swathing ...

 
Justin was baling....

 
while I combined....
 
Come on, Mother Nature... we only need a couple of weeks!!
 
Last night, we donned ALL the our winter attire and headed to the race track
 
Yup...certifiably crazy...

 
It was Eve of Destruction 4 featuring trucks and trailers for demo
 
Beach balls were hurled from the top of the stands....
 
 
As they set up Let's Make a Deal.....

 
If you caught a ball with a 1, 2 or 3 on it you were a contestant!!
 
Arnold kept throwing ours down as we didn't know that fact till later...
 
The first person pick the big box to win a VACUUM!!

 
The smaller cargo box was a skidoo...
 
If it had rained last night, they could have used it as it was so cold it could have snowed!!
 
The third girl had a tough time as Host, Trevor Gowan played with her mind with all the options.
 
She had choice of one of his pockets, all of his pockets, or the "tv"
 
She picked the box and it was a ipad..still a great gift!!

 
Next was 'Race What You Drove to The Races' Race...
 
There are some CRAZY people out there racing 70,000 trucks just for fun!!
A local kid(namely one of the Friess Boys) raced his girlfriends Grand Am
 
He did very well till Rocky Alexander brought out his stock car to race him

 
Pretty funny when they had to fuel up the Friess car....
 
He didn't have enough to finish the last match!!

 
When the Auction Truck rolled out for a Calcutta on the Truck/Trailer units,
 
a little boy behind me said 'Look, they are cooking down there'
 
Have Food Trucks become the new normal that a 5 year old knows about them??

 
There was even a car with two fronts!!

 
The creativity of these truck/trailer units was incredible...

 
Pulling a spray coupe....

 
Is he sure he wasn't going fishing???

 


This Suburban was auctioned for the Hospital Fund Raiser.
 
I offered my family to purchase it.....
 
 
I would drive and they could be the entertainment as they screamed for their lives out the windows
 
No one took me up on it.
 
It could have been the warmest seat in house!!


 
Big Limos.....

 
There was alot of carnage by the end of the evening....
 
 
This guy filled his camper with balloons
 
and
 
they floated for miles as he cruised the track...

 
The evening ended in fireworks.....

 
I think I am finally feeling my fingers and toes today!!
 
It was a fun and FREEZING evening!!
 
Where has Autumn gone....