Thursday, October 17, 2019

Srping Fever Progress

This is my second Jacqueline de Jong Quilt

This one is called Spring Fever.


My fabric inspiration was the swirls.

I found some amazing Bohemian Rhapsody Fabric by Quilting Treasures

We are sooooo lucky to have Pleasant Pheasant Fabrics in Crosby, North Dakota.
(my husband wouldn't say lucky...)

When I am feeling super inspired by fabric I can't wait to get going.




It is paper pieced and I worked on all the components through the summer.

Now it's been time to play with layout....


When I liked what I saw I sewed the center


Added the next rounds....



And now I am at a stand still again...


I can't decide if I should go with white as the next round?

Maybe a purply-blue batik??

Oh...the decisions....

Anyone have an answer??

Christa 

Saturday, October 12, 2019

Where Have I Been??

I am not sure where all the weeks went to....

Well... actually I do...

We went like crazy fools to get Justin's first crop off.

The weather has been nothing but rain for weeks now. 

We saw a window of two days

and 

we went hard with some friends help for extra man power!!




Thank goodness we did.

It's in the bin...

DRY and NOT SPROUTED!!

Can't thank our friends enough for lending a hand!


Two pastures of cows are home.

One more pasture to go.


So in between those events I have tried to sneak in some longarming!!

Nothing fabulous



 but I am loving that I am getting some quilts done


They did not warrant a professional job 
and
I have no guilt playing around on them!



I can see that getting to binding these is going to be my next problem!!


Do they make a machine for that???

I have been doodling on paper in the evenings...


Hoping it will translate on fabric when I attack each quilt!



This one is called Winter Joy by Border Creek Station. 


I could not give this quilt to a Long armer 
as
 I did not know there was a correction in the pattern.


So it's pretty wonky since I just MADE it work.

The background is Tim Holtz fabric which is like silky cotton.



I used a flannel on the back
 and
 the lightest loft Quilter's Dream poly to keep it lighter.


The last few days have definitely been cozy quilt weather!

Happy Turkey Day to Canada!!

Eat turkey and have fun with friends and family!!

gobble...gobble

Christa 






Saturday, August 31, 2019

Spending My Kids Inheritance...

It has been one crazy week!!
Last Saturday, we went on a road trip to Esterhazy.

My friend, Terry, Arnold and I.


It was a wet and rainy weekend 
so
it was a great day to go get my new-to-me long arm!!

Our destination was Perfect Tension Quilt Shop


Dan and Joyce Karau have such a hidden gem near the town of Esterhazy!

I had met Dan two years ago at the Carlyle Quilt Show. 

I loved his hand dyes.

I met up with them again a few weeks ago at the Artisans Tea at Kenossee Lake.

He was looking to sell his Pfaff 8/18.

I was interested but had to think about it.

Give me a week in the combine....


and before you know it...


I knew this was going to be the right machine for me. 



Dan showed us all his fine work he had done with it. 



We were so intrigued to see all their creativity.


We definitely had similar taste in quilts!!


Dan was a wealth of knowledge. 

We wasted a good 2 hours of his time 
as
he kept on introducing us to things like the app for One Block Wonders


like this one made of this fabric....


Terry and I were sucking in all the info he was willing to part with!
He shared everything from his favorite marking tools 
to
ink tense pencils.


We finally told him not to open another drawer!!
We already have too many hobbies!!


Of course, I had to purchase some fabrics.

I had room.

I brought the trailer!!


It was a full circle trip for me 
as
I went with Terry to check out her first Long Arm 14 years ago
and 
she wasalong for the ride with me for mine!!

I will NEVER be as good as Terry 
and  
only plan to do playing on my own!

On the way home,

we stopped for lunch at Archibalds in Whitewood,Sk
to 
meet with some fellow quilters for lunch.

We arrived home just in time
 as
 my sister and niece came for a week visit.

Larissa does not sew so I did not want to burden her with my excitement.

I was chomping on the bit...

I kept sneaking upstairs between combining and visiting to get this party started!!

I started dismantling one of my spare rooms...


to make room for...

hmmm....

she doesn't have a name yet...


It was just the right size!!


We played out a cat....


and a kid!!


Larissa and Breanna went home today.

Enjoyed the visit but all my friends were asking if I had started her engine yet!!

I plugged this girl in and got straight to work!


My first sacrificial lamb....


are these poor reindeer.

I figure Christmas is coming...

Might as well give them a go!!


Nothing fabulous but it will only get better!!



Thank you to Arnold and Terry for the fun road trip!!

We hadn't done that for so long!!

Loved it!

Thank you to Dan for all the time we took!!

We definitely need to have them come teach us a class on anything!!

You know where you can find me...

On my second story!!

Christa 





Saturday, August 24, 2019

Send Money!

She's going to the quilt store again....

Vehicle of choice?


3/4 ton 2500 HD 4 Door GMC Sierra

and if that not enough




20' 2200lb capacity trailer behind her,

I'm pretty confident there won't be any cows coming home in that unit.

Justin

Addicted??




Thursday, August 15, 2019

Martha Cole's New Commision

If you are in Regina,Sk before August 20,2019,

be sure to swing by the Assiniboia Gallery
on
2266 Smith Street


Martha Cole has her latest work on exhibit till Tuesday

The Far Horizon by Martha Cole
This piece will be going to Stanford
as
it is a commission for the Children's Hospital


Pictures never do it justice!


Martha's work is always stunning!

The magic she can work with fabric and thread!!

While there we checked out the other works


There was a Time by Carl Schlademan


 I missed getting some of the names....

I apologize...

 You know how much I love blue...

I loved this piece!

Meet me at Midnight 
by
Kerry Langlois

There was all kinds of works including this stained glass



Dreamscapes But Big(ish)
by
Erin Ross



Usual Suspects 
by
Bigoudi


Winter Wheat by Martha Cole

Make the time if you have it!

It's always refreshing to stop and smell the roses....

once in a while!

Thanks for the heads up, Shelby!

Now will someone turn off the taps so we can combine!?!?!

Christa