Saturday, August 29, 2015

A Convergencing Mess of Mustangs

My Wedding Ring Star has come to a screeching halt
when I opened up the second FQ pack
 
 
It either doesn't match or is the wrong set!!
 
The first one was a gift and did not come with the label
 
but
 
after a call to one of my favorite quilt shops -
 
The Enchanted Room in Glendive, Mt
 
I should be back up and running in a week or so!!
 

 
Since my ladder of 'Started Projects' isn't quite to the top I figured what the heck....
 
 
 
Let's start something else...
 
I have been wanted to try a Convergence Quilt that Ricky Tims taught us
 
Check them out HERE to see his Harmonic Convergence Quilts
 
This one is the farthest thing from harmonic....
 
I started with some BEAUTIFUL Laurel Birch FQ's

 
and one of her panels...

 
sewing them together as the pattern called for...



Cutting and resewing
(just as us crazy quilters do with perfectly good fabric)
 


 
As you can see the herd is starting to mingle....
 

 
Next I cut and sewed it the other way....
 
Quite easy to do....


Try to match the checker board strips as best as I can...


 
To arrive at a stampede of horses trying to save themselves....

 
The panel of horses are hiding amongst the sandstorm of smaller horses...

 
I am pretty sure this is where the term 'herding cats' originated from!!


 
 
I will try again...
 
 but note to self
(and any one wanting to try)
 

 
Use only one print with 3 other blending colors!!

 
My apologies to Laurel Birch....
 
Christa

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

It Happened Again

Years ago,
we found a batch of kittens who had lost their mom.
 
They were in rough shape,
 
 so we brought them in to clean them up and start to feeding them
 
 
Our Border Collie, Kelsey was a loving dog
and
 took the kittens over
 
 
She had never had a litter of her own
but
 started lactating and nursed those kitties into good health.
 
 
Fast Forward 20 years....
 
Since we got the pups at the beginning of June,
 


 
 
Our cats have high tailed it into exile....
 
 
 
Except this little buckeroo whose mom took all his siblings but him
 
 
After much work he has finally gotten friendly
and
 comes for his kibbles every day
 
But who knew....
 
Our new Border, Timber has fostered this kitten!!

video
 

No wonder Buckaroo is doing SO well!!
 
Only on our farm...
 
Christa

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Back In The Groove

Okie...dokie... I am back....
 
Sorry... I've been a bad blogger as of late...
 
I've been busy...I know.. that's no excuse!!
 
I am really feeling like I could use a wife or a hired man...or both!!
 
Harvest is done.
 
Another year of producing organic wheat and flax for the peeps.
 
 
My yard looks like a tractor convention
 
Dawson is enjoying a break on the couch before fall work begins


 
'Pink skies in the night,sailors delight' and farmers, too!
 
The weather has been very conducive to harvest!!

 
 
Having an extra combine really made for a hasty harvest!
 
Thanks, Heather and Gordon!!

 
I decided to 'take a day' and get back on track with my Wedding Star quilt

 
I would say I am half done

 
I used one fat quarter pack of artisan batiks to make what I have so far
 
 
I want it to be queen sized so I am going to start on the second set

 
Only 24 more blocks to make....
 
 
I'll try not to let life get in the way of blogging so much!!
 
Christa

Monday, August 17, 2015

A Whole Lot of Farming Going On!

You'ld think I was gone on a vacation or something.
 
Nope...just working hard.
 
Justin's Orphan Ranch is doing well...
 
He has turned his little tractor into a self feeder

 
Just enough room for five heads...

 
 
With the temperatures reaching an extreme high in the 40's,
 
harvest is advancing fast

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Who would think that 27 indoors would feel cool???
 
 
The swathing is complete...


 
Dawson missed her ride...
 

 
But was sure to be the first in the truck!!

 
It has been some long, hot days that's for sure....


Haven't had a whole lot of time to do anything fun...
 
I did make an attempt at starting something with my Alpaca wool
but
 with temps like this it's hard to get into the mindset yet!!

 
If all goes well... we should finish this week!!

 
Not very often is harvest done before the end of August!!

 
But I will take it....
 
Oh...... the things I could plan for September...
 
Christa
 

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Mariners Compass..Finish #2

This was the quilt that Pat Jones and I agreed was going to be our next project
before
Pat had her stroke.
Pat with her Glacier Star
 
The Mariner's Compass by Judy Neimeyer
 

 
Crazy to think I finished this one and Pat's Glacier Star last year!!

 
This quilt is alot darker than I care for but none the less....

 
It's done!!
 
I wonder why blue and browns are my favorite color combos??
 
We are in full swing with harvest...
 
Blue skies and Brown fields
 
 
Swathing is happening...
 
 
 
The auger is in the bin....

 
Nearly time to combine!!
 
That's when I like to look at GREEN!!
 
Christa