Tuesday, April 26, 2016

A Little Cherry Sprinkle

My girlfriend recently sent me this picture.....

I must have ranted enough about Justin buying cows.

He went to an auction to buy cows for me.

I said buy me 4 or 5 cows 
but 
he bought 17...

Must be his theory in life....


I have been trying to finish up 'old' projects lately

This one was a little kit from Sweetwater Shoppe 
at
 the Minot Quilt Show last year


Sometime a guy just need a little project for that sense of completion


It whipped up in no time


It also gave me a reason to try some quilting on my own!!


Just a little therapy...


This weekend is the Crocus Quilt Show in Weyburn, Sk

quilt show 2


Hope to see you all there!!
Christa 







Tuesday, April 19, 2016

A Spoke in our Wheel

A main spoke in our family was removed yesterday.


Arnold's dad was recently diagnosed with lung cancer.

Due to some major complications he passed away yesterday.

Roger was more like a tractor than a spoke.

He was never a rusty relic in the field of life and farming


He plowed his way through good and bad times,

 going to greener pastures in something more like this


He will be greatly missed.


Roger Sylvio Marcotte
April 1, 1935 - April 18, 2016

I know he was greeted with open arms by our daughter, Megan 
and 
his son, Larry.

Till our furrows meet again....

Christa&Arnold
and family






Monday, April 11, 2016

A Fabulous First Quilt

We invited a new girl to our guild last week.

Wendy Kittelson

This is is her FIRST quilt.

RIDICULOUS.....that's all I can say.

I think we are going to be learning alot from her!!


She started with...as she says....some Walmart fabrics

made her horse head...


All with just a pinterest picture for inspiration


Terry Whitman quilted it for her.

Terry 'suggested' a flange and Wendy pulled it off!!


She does have a quilting Aunt but none the less!!


She did a spectacular job!!

She only owned it a couple of weeks as it was auctioned off this weekend
 at
 Dr.Brown Auction in Oungre,Sk.

It went for a whopping 2,200$!!!


Super job, Wendy!
(but we are all scared now....going to have to up our game!!)

It is Quilt Show season.

Crocus Quilters Show - Weyburn, Sk
  April 29&30, 2016

Prairie Piecemakers Quilt show- Regina,Sk
May 6&7,2016  

The Block Part Guild Show & Bed Turning - Torquay,Sk
  June 18th,2016


Swift Current Quilter's Guild- Swift Current,Sk
May 14&15


Just in case you are travelling around the province!!

 Our Annual Trek To Montana is Thursday!

Glendive and Sidney have amazing quiltstores.

If any of the Estevan or Weyburn quilters 
are
 interested in tagging along.... let us know!

It's always an adventure!!
Christa

Friday, April 8, 2016

Spring is in the Air

You know spring is here when babies are every where!!
We stopped in at the Gillies to see their baby lambs


Nothing cuter!!!

We almost took this little girl and her 2 sisters home!!

ALMOST!!


Their miniature mare had just foaled this little filly!!



It is also time to look for a new bull for our own herd.

It always makes me chuckle when I go to a bull auction.


I am obviously not wearing enough western bling
 as the ring men
 seemed shocked when Justin or I put up our hands to bid.

Got to start going to these sales with a little more dirt on our faces!

I personally can think of a lot better things to do with 6000 bucks
but
 this is what you get for that kind of money.

I finished the wedding ring quilt for Justin's friend. 

Justin wanted to look at it on the clothesline.


I said good luck with that!!

The wind has been crazy these days!


It was tough to get a good picture with a flimsy that has not been quilted yet!

The center will have a 'V' quilted on it


I had enough to make two pillowcases.


I just love Kate Spain's Horizon fabric.

This technique is not my favorite way to make a wedding ring quilt.

There is nothing precise for all the squaring you do.

It is a more modern look as the corner stones are square not angled.

Another one goes to the longarmer!!
Christa 



Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Easter Weekend Aftermath

 The Easter Bunny had generously left a fluffle of golden hazelnut bunnies.

Two were from different warrens....

Lindt hazelnut

V.S.

Ferraro Rocher hazelnut

I felt there was a taste challenge needed....

I exposed the ears....

Ears are always sacrificed first....


Due to the graphic nature of the following programming.... That's about all I can show you!!!

Actually.

 Multiple tasting was required. 

The consensus was that both excellent 
BUT
 Mr. Lindt bunny won by just a hair 


Hope your Easter was filled with family
and
a bit of chocolate.
(free calories at Easter...in case you didn't know that!)

Christa 

Saturday, March 26, 2016

From the Coast, With Love

No...I am still home...

But my love for the ocean is why I had to do this quilt!!
When I saw it in Houston,
 it was not even a question of 'Did I need it??'

First....
It's a McKenna Ryan Pattern!!

Second.... 

It reminds me of all my favorite vacations!!

I quilted it myself....Probably shouldn't have.

But my longarmer, Terry Whitman is super busy.

I wanted it to look like a post card.


I included a stamp from my country...Canada

A postmark from my province....Saskatchewan

Finished in 2016!!


Mckenna Ryan makes the most beautiful fabrics


These were my first love when I started quilting. 

Batiks by Mckenna

Still my absolute favorite.


The only thing missing is my footprints in the sand......

Might have to some more quilting!!


Oh yeah... And fix this guy's eyes...

The two gulls on the other end of the log are looking at him like....

'Did you eat a bad clam, Joe??'


Hope everyone has a great Easter!!

Christa




Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Baltimore Autumn...Take 2

I have loved this pattern for a long time.


I would love to do it needle turn 
but
 unlike Colleen Winter's FABULOUS work....


Mine looks like a child did it!!


So...
I decided to try it with a new technique
 we learned in Minot
by 

Step one... 

Photocopy the pattern


Step 2

Center on the back of your background piece of fabric and pin


Step 3
 It's kind of like paper piecing....sort of.

Place desired fabric on the front where placement needs to be...

then flip and stitch on the back side following what you are out lining.


This was a part of the wreath...


Trim close to stitching...


This pattern is excellent as it's like paint by number 
and 
indicates what is next...


Just continue the process...


Building your picture..


For the sunflower,

 I used one piece for underneath 
and 
one piece one top rather that each petal.

One thing I may do differently is to use invisible thread on the next one.


This worked up in 3 hours!!

One 6" farmer's block took me the same time!!!

Some people are geniuses!!

When I am done all the blocks,

 I will satin stitch all at the same time.


Legs, berries and eyes will be later.

If you desire the exact layout be sure to reverse your copy


It didn't matter to me if the crow was looking east or west!!
One down...11 to go!!
Christa