Friday, February 12, 2016

Crystalia.....Hoffman challenge 2016

Calving has been going well.

The weather has been fabulous
and
the new cattle dogs, Scout and Pepper have been a lot of help


Scout is always on duty....

She never leaves my side.....
 making sure every one stays away when we pull string off the bales


As far as sewing....

Crystalia is this years Hoffman Challenge fabric

 in white AND black


Since its butterflies I thought I'ld try a cathedral version of a butterfly


This was my base. 
It's hard to see but it white butterflies on white 

 I started filling in the sections 


The center are mini windows.

I have to say they were tricky little suckers!!


Let see how this entry flies!!!


Have a great weekend!

I know I will...
Retreat...
Good food...Justin is cooking for us....

I`ll take pics for all who couldn`t make it!!

Christa

Friday, February 5, 2016

Let the Games Begin

My dogs.....
Yes....I have a pack....4 to be exact....
 
Have been barking like crazy lately.
 
This morning on my way to do chores...
 
We came across this coyote.
 
He was not friendly that's for sure!!
 

 
But the dogs chased him off hopefully never to return....
 
especially since
 
 we also had our first calf this morning!!
 
 
 
His belted Golden oreo mom waiting for him
 to
 come into the safety of the corral!!

 
Calving season has official begun!!
Christa
 
 

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Mountains in the Making

This was my original border for my FW quilt.

They were dog ears from my Sedona Star quilt
 and
 they were pulling apart since the seam was too narrow.



So I decided to start again with a new direction
after 
seeing Eileen's delectable Mountain demo




I love how it looks!!!


I think THIS is my favorite quilt so far...


I am glad I decided to change the border!!


Three quilts completed and it's only February 2,2016!!!

It's also our anniversary of 31 years.


How crazy is that?!?!?

Where do the years go!!

Happy Anniversary, Arnold!!

Here's to 30 more!!

Love Christa



Sunday, January 31, 2016

Heart and Hands Sewing Day

Our Guild was invited to sew with Heart and Hands on Friday
 
Where there was a whole lot of quilts being finished!!

 
Thank you for the invite!!
 
We had a great time!

 
Eileen showed a little demo on how to make Delectable Mountains

 
She made it look so easy,
 I am going to try it as a border for my Farmer's wife Quilt

 
Thanks for the tip on how great the pizza at RobbinBobbin's is, Patrice!!!
 
The Calzones were incredible.


The cook even came out to see if we enjoyed it and we gave him all our praise!!
 
And remember this guy with the purple featherweight??
 
 
My friend, Shelby was at Road To California Quilt show
 
 a week after
 
I was at World Quilt Show in Orlando and took his picture.
 
It was more about the machine but he insisted on being in it....
 

 
Shelby recognized him from reading my blog
and
him how she knew of him.
 
I think he was feeling stalked!!!
 
It really is such a small world.
 
Hope your weekend was great!!
Christa
 
 
 
 
 

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Wedding Star...Deja Vu!

It was ten years ago that I made my first wedding star quilt for Arnold's parents

This time it was for ME!!


Terry did an amazing job again on quilting this one for me while I'm was gone! 


Thank you to Pat Jones for gifting me the fabric for this quilt!


I really treasure this one!

Christa 

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Good Bye Sandals...Hello Snow

I said good bye to my sandals...
at least till Spring.
 
We always travel in January
so
 we are home for calving which will start in a couple of weeks
 
Maybe I can get the cows to schedual their calving this year....

 
I eased into my regular life by going to guild


where the Estevan girls came for a visit
and
gave us a hand to start hand quilting this Grandmother's Flower Garden
 
They brought out some show and tell
 
This was Maria's Tessilating Stars

 
Miss Rose's hand quilted Missouri star quilt

 
Eileen's in different colors

 
I also unpacked my treasures from my trip

 
A table cloth from Caribelle Batiks

 
My shop hop fabrics from The Quilt Shop of Deland,Fl
 
The first is words(I can't resist), the 2nd is the Australian Fabric,
and
the 3rd is the line of fabric created by the shop owner.

 
I think they would make a cute bag...
particularly...this one!!

 
At the World Quilt Festival I snatched up some little tags

 
Purse handles



And this polish that smooths out your extension table.


Then I dove into putting my Farmer's Wife Quilt together
 
It's going to be a big quilt!!

 
In Bismark, I stumbled on this short piled minky that looks like cow hide

 
I think it's in keeping with the ranching theme so it will  be the back!!
 
Now...
to find some warm socks....
Christa