Sunday, May 24, 2015

Ricky Tims SUPER Seminar

And I do mean SUPER!!!
 
We knew it was probably going to be a wild ride!!
 
 
First stop was Carnduff at the Flying M Restaurant
 
It had a diner feel to the place.
 
Maryann even had a black cherry float
 

 
Then it was off to the Peace Gardens just south of Boissevain



Look at all these playing cards,Charlene!!
 


 
The quilts were incredible bursts of color everywhere...
 
 
It was three days of intense information that kept us riveted to our seats

 
I had no urge to make a convergence quilt...



Or a Rhapsody quilt....
 

 
Or a paper pieced master piece...

 
but after half a day...

 
Ricky had us all hooked and believing "You can, IF...."
 
Ricky pointed out that we each have a start date and stop date...
 
If you don't feel like making supper...Don't!
 
Let them eat peanut butter and jelly!!
 
Go write your story in your quilting.
 
Quilt your tops.
 
 So what if your not perfect.
 
 It is how good your are.... right now.
 
Don't want to quilt it...do it by credit card.
 
However you chose, just finish that quilt.
 
Don't pile them up and say later.
 
Later never comes.
 
Just do it.
 
ALWAYS sign your quilts. Even if it's with a sharpie marker.
 
It's your work of art.
 
History(or her-story) in the making.
 
Be proud of it.
 
 
I went to this seminar with absolutely no expectations
but
 to have good times with fellow quilters... 



But it was spent listening to this Master of having fun quilting!!
 

 
 
After he showed his process of making these quilts,
 
 you had to go for another indepth look at the ingenious skill he presents as being so 'easy'.


 
During some of the breaks, we took in the cactus conservatory

 

 
I never knew there were this many kinds of cacti!!

 
Wouldn't this be an awesome hang out in the middle of winter??

 
 
They were just starting to bloom...
 

 
Amazing...

 
We also strolled around the peace towers
 

 
 
Mom and I as she tries to dash away...
 
 
Mom, Maryann and Terry...
 
 
Sunken Gardens...
 
 
On Friday evening, we were treated to a concert by Ricky Tims.
 
He is an incredible pianist.
Incredible.
(It has to be said again)

 
He was so entertaining and such a story teller.


 

 
Breakfast on the patio
 


 It was awe inspiring to see into the mind of such a talented person.
 
Not fair that one person has so much talent!!
 
This was the building of a Kalidescope quilt...


 
As each round was place on....

 
It was more and more apparent that there is a possiblity

 
of going home and trying one of these!!

 
It was so refreshing to listen to someone who was so willing and encouraging

 
You know this man is good,
 
 when there are 350 women in their seats when the games were to begin again after EVER break!!
Ricky ran a tight ship
and
 all his mates(the quilters) were ready and waiting right on the clock!!
 
It was FREEZING in the building but we didn't want to miss an iota of information!!
 
As if this was not ENOUGH'quilting'...
 
We spotted a quilt store in Bottineau on the way home,
 
did an illegal u-turn and went to see if she was open.
 
Simple Threads Quiltshop
 
 
 
She had also been at the Seminar and had just gotten home.
 
She said she would stay open for as a long as we wanted her to be!!
 

 
Of course, we could help but make a few purchases here, too!!


Very cute store!!
 

 
Thought this was pretty funny!!

 
So if you EVER get a chance to go see Ricky Tims...
 
Just do it!!
 
I can't say enough....
 
I have to get to my sewing room...so much to do and so little time!!
 
Christa

 

 

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Ricky Tims....Here We Come!!

Well, it's been quite a week..

Moved a ton of cows to pasture....


Lost my phone....AGAIN...still lost...

As I searched 40 acres for the last 3 days I wondered what I might have been doing with this time???

Dreamed about the quilt...ok...

Ten quilts I want to get started on.

Oh well...I have more time than money...

will be looking for the next year and half till my apple care expires.  

Never know....maybe I'll find it when I hay that field in about 4 weeks....crazy!

Thanks to my mom for upgrading her phone and letting me use her old one!!!

Otherwise I'ld be off the grid.....

for quite some time....700 bucks for a new phone???

 Yeeesh....

On a brighter note....Ricky Tims Seminar, great friends, my mom.....it's going to be a good time!!
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I am so looking forward to a weekend break

Spent with the quilting gang!! 

What do you call a gang of quilters??

A bobbin of quilters?

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How about a binding of quilters?

 After all we are held together by a common thread.....an addiction to fabric!!!

Can't wait for the inspiration to begin!!!

Christa


Ps....It was a successful release for the Grosbeak!!



Sunday, May 17, 2015

Crunch Time...

 
As usual....
 I have had months to finish this quilt...
 
BUT
Since today is my great nephew's baptism
 

 
I zipped it up this morning!!

 
I even got a label on it
 
 With this quick method of making fabic into paper to go through the printer!!
 
A little spray of Terial Magic and a press of the iron...



The label is on and the baptism is at 3pm TODAY!!
 

 
Right under the wire...as always!!
 
Christa
 
Ps.
This is a little Rosy Grosbeak my dog,Timber found on the lawn this morning.
If Dawson had found him, he'ld already be in Heaven!!
 He was tired and just sitting there.
He is in a shoe box for now resting
and
 hope to release him if he lives!!
 
Time will tell!!
 
 
 


Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Seeding in the Dust

Seed in the dust.....
 
The bins are going to bust!!
 
Seed in the mud...the crop will be a dud!!
(my favorite old wives tale)
 
Loooook at the dust!!
 

 
 
We cut it alittle close on the seed...
 
Not much left after we finished!!


 
 
The equipment has been clean out...

 
With plenty of help from the crew...

 
The birds are busy building new nests...
 
 
Kricket and Tundra are lounging around  and enjoying the fresh grass..

 
I even snuck in a day of designing a new project for Pleasant Pheasant Quilt Shop
 


It is for the Row by Row Experience coming up this summer.
 
It involves the theme 'water'
 


Stay tuned for updates on this event...
 

 
I am feeling like I need to book a cruise....
 
Christa