Thursday, December 5, 2019

Day 4 - Some of my Favorite Things

When I was in grade 3,

I had this bird brained idea I could sing. 

No one told me I couldn't.
(ps.I can't sing)

So my teacher had me sing 

"My Favorite Things"

at a talent show once. ONCE.

Got to say, it's not may favorite song any more!!

But some of my favorite things in sewing are...

Kaye Buckley Scissors

I have a few of the sizes but my favorite it definately the 6" blue ones!!

This Siletto was made by a local Artisan, Russell Moe


I love to use the stiletto for when I iron seams open...

NO burned fingers!!


When I have to mark things like stitching lines


These are the best!
They remove easily and they have a nice fine line!

For all your UN- sewing ,
the Clover Seam ripper is THE best! 

Sharp and fine.


Makes the job a breeze.

Just ask my friends I have unseamed for!!

I recently discovered this little puppy!

I do alot of paper piecing 
and
if you don't want to get up between each little seam....


This is the tool for you!! 

I really need two as I can never find it.

I have considered to put it on a lanyard!!

You would think I was a clover ambassador or something!

But when a company makes good things, I can't not tell you!! 

This is also a fabulous new find!!

This Sprayer/ Mister leaves such a nice fine mist!




With a couple of easy pumps it continually mists.

I gave mine to a friend and went back to my dollar store sprayer.

FOR ONE DAY!!

I had to get another!!

There are inposters out there so be sure to check to see if it has the internal bag!!

Mine is customized thanks to Justin! 

And most MOST favorite, used every day tool has to be my Olfa mini cutter


I do use the regular size now and again
but
this one gives you so much more control when cutting!!

I think I am caught up till....

tomorrow!!
Christa 









Tuesday, December 3, 2019

31 Day Blog Challenge

Well...

 This will have to be my 29 day challenge
 as
 I am behind schedule to begin with!!



is
hosting this challenge.

Check out her blog to see other fabulous bloggers and their sewing!

I will try to keep up!!
(no promises)

So...If you are new to my blog....

My name is Christa Marcotte


Most of the time I look more like this....


We live on a  organic grain and cattle farm in Saskatchewan.


When I am not haying, seeding or harvesting...

My favorite sport is Quilting.

I have a pretty amazing place to call my own!


It used to be three rooms that my dad and I renovated into a dream sewing space

There is light from all directions.

It's definitely my happy place.

If that wasn't enough space...

I recent took over another bedroom


to make space for a new to me long arm!!


It fits perfectly!!


So from where I sew.... we go to favorite machines!!

I have been a Pfaff girl for years
 but
 recently crossed the road to try a Bernina


Bernina 770QE

It's a beast of a machine 
which
 is good since my large cat, Lucy likes to supervise

But I also have a Reliable Industrial Machine 


This puppy does 5000 stitches a minute. 

I remember meeting some girls from Holland at a quilt show.

They were telling us about how an industrial machine can't be beat!

They were right.

If you do mostly straight stitch, I would recommend getting one!

So straight and fast!!

Many days I have my embroidery machine going
as
I stitch up a storm on my industrial!

I also have a few other retreat machines like a featherweight and a passport!

Brenda King...

This is how you make double time in a Torquay day!!

That was Day1, 2 and 3!!

Christa









Monday, December 2, 2019

Holy Moly... December!!

Where has the year gone to??

To stay ahead of the pace, 

we got an early start to our guild's donation quilt 
for
 Ashworth's Bull Sale 


March 2020

All proceeds are donated to Stars Air Ambulance. 

To date, 

our quilts have raised well over 16,000$ for this charity!!

One of our past quilts was this Antelope Canyon Quilt



The pattern is by Laurie Shifrin.

This year, we decided to try it in a new colorway!!

Dit Dot Evolution 
by 
Jason Yenter


The colors are vibrant and go well with black
(as approved by Lucy)


This was going to be a group project but after cutting it out,

It was apparent that this was going to need a legend to keep things organized!


It's now off to our in house talent, 

Terry Whitman to work her long arm magic!!



Can't wait to see it all quilted!!

Christa 





Sunday, November 17, 2019

Vegas Time

Well... I went straight from Retreat to Regina!!

Justin had injuried his hand with a post pounder 
and
required surgery last Sunday night!!



But that did not slow our week down!!
Three truckers showed up on the same day to be loaded.



Then it was time to preg check the cows....

It was only -25C that morning!!


You can bet we had some hot paws in our mitts that day!!


And if that was not enough....

I had two flat tires on the bale hauler!!!!!!!!


I asked the dogs to give me a hand 
but 
the most they could do was warm the tire up!!

We worked like dogs but we knew we had a surprise trip planned!!

Freezing rain didn't keep up from hitting the road...


To catch our plane...


To Vegas, Baby!!

 

We has planned this trip back in May for Arnold's 60th Birthday!!


It has always been one of his favorite places.

Thank you to our friends from Ontario, Bill and Terri 
for
 completing the surprise!!

It was a good time!!

Terri, Arnold and I each put 20$ in a dollar machine on Freemont Street

We won 1500$ on one spin!!


We split the total winnings after the casino took 450$ for taxes 
and
walked away with 500$ each!!

Great way to start a vacation!!


It's a good thing they pump oxygen in the casinos
because
 we always hit the ground running.

How can't you when you go from -25 to +25C

We rented a car 
and
headed to Zion National Park in Utah!!


It was only 2 hours away 
and 
such a beautiful drive!




The way the landscape changes in such a short span always impresses me!!




We stopped to check out this rock quarry....

Of course I bought myself a blue rock!!


These were sold by the pound 
and
 I was pushing it as we had only 2 pounds left in our suitcase.


I almost had to check another bag!


At St. George, Utah

 we stopped to check out the LDS Cathedral 
but 
it was closed for repairs.


It was also a good thing it was a Sunday....

There were 10 Quilts stores but they were all closed!!

I needed nothing anyways...or at least that's what I told myself.

Justin always does research on the best places to eat.

He had quite a list this time!!

First up was Chef Richard Blaise....

He has a new restaurant called the Crack Shack


His custom made soda was delicious!

This was citrus/acia

It was so refreshing!!

Chicken was the game at this place!


This was a half order!!

Thank god we were sharing!


Each order has this little card with it,
explaining 
what real farm raised chicken was supposed to be like


It was delicous!

They did such a good job on the decor as well!



Loved the community farm sink!!


A couple on the plane told us to check out

The Hash House a-go-go Restuarant


It was all farm themed


And the portions were ridiculous!!

This was Arnold's breakfast AFTER he ate all he could!!


Justin and I always share...


Thank goodness as our Chicken and Waffles were also a monster portion!!


My hot chocolate was a full litre of milk!!!


Justin also wanted to eat at Chef Tom Colicchio's Steak House


That was THE biggest steak I have ever had.

16oz

I couldn't eat 5oz of it!!

We didn't eat much after that...

Arnold and I shared most every thing from that point on!!


We always love to check out each resort to see what they have that's new...

So the miles of walking began...

I was almost in need of a wheel chair as my knee was killing me!!

I would not have been to proud to have taken them up if they had found one!!

I have always loved the coloured tornadoes water feature...

Mesmerizing...


This colourful tree was by Caesars...


The Bellagio has a conservatory that changes all the time.


Doesn't this just scream...make me into a quilt??!?!


It was an East Indian themed flower explosion!!



The Wynn Hotel was getting ready for Christmas

These displays were also covered in coloured flowers
and
this Carousel turned!!


The white and gold villages were beautiful!!





I wanted to see the BODIES Exhibit at the Luxor


 I figured I might get a grasp on my knee pain if I understood the body better.

Not.

I had to go by myself... too creepy for Justin and Arnold!!


We also went to see Florida Georgia Line at Planet Hollywood!!


It was a fabulous getaway after a long and trying harvest,
 that's for sure!!

Good times....

Christa 

Ps. Justin's hand is doing well!!