Saturday, September 13, 2014

A Chilly Harvest at a Snail's Pace

Seems like every 4 days we get a day in of combining...
 
The weather is just not co-operating!!
 
 
 
Trucking has changed..
 
Since I had some time between loads I hotspotted in the grain truck
 
and did some surfing...

 
It is so wet and cold but we are trying our best to get some crop off..

 
We NEVER harvest if it's wet or raining so the wipers on the grain truck have been neglected!!
 
I was forced to improvise and use a rag under the blade!!

 
We have been moving grain like crazy to ensure no spoilage since it's so damp


Even the birds are conspiring to head south early....

 
We managed another THREE hours today but it was darn cold!!

 
Arnold was swathing ...

 
Justin was baling....

 
while I combined....
 
Come on, Mother Nature... we only need a couple of weeks!!
 
Last night, we donned ALL the our winter attire and headed to the race track
 
Yup...certifiably crazy...

 
It was Eve of Destruction 4 featuring trucks and trailers for demo
 
Beach balls were hurled from the top of the stands....
 
 
As they set up Let's Make a Deal.....

 
If you caught a ball with a 1, 2 or 3 on it you were a contestant!!
 
Arnold kept throwing ours down as we didn't know that fact till later...
 
The first person pick the big box to win a VACUUM!!

 
The smaller cargo box was a skidoo...
 
If it had rained last night, they could have used it as it was so cold it could have snowed!!
 
The third girl had a tough time as Host, Trevor Gowan played with her mind with all the options.
 
She had choice of one of his pockets, all of his pockets, or the "tv"
 
She picked the box and it was a ipad..still a great gift!!

 
Next was 'Race What You Drove to The Races' Race...
 
There are some CRAZY people out there racing 70,000 trucks just for fun!!
A local kid(namely one of the Friess Boys) raced his girlfriends Grand Am
 
He did very well till Rocky Alexander brought out his stock car to race him

 
Pretty funny when they had to fuel up the Friess car....
 
He didn't have enough to finish the last match!!

 
When the Auction Truck rolled out for a Calcutta on the Truck/Trailer units,
 
a little boy behind me said 'Look, they are cooking down there'
 
Have Food Trucks become the new normal that a 5 year old knows about them??

 
There was even a car with two fronts!!

 
The creativity of these truck/trailer units was incredible...

 
Pulling a spray coupe....

 
Is he sure he wasn't going fishing???

 


This Suburban was auctioned for the Hospital Fund Raiser.
 
I offered my family to purchase it.....
 
 
I would drive and they could be the entertainment as they screamed for their lives out the windows
 
No one took me up on it.
 
It could have been the warmest seat in house!!


 
Big Limos.....

 
There was alot of carnage by the end of the evening....
 
 
This guy filled his camper with balloons
 
and
 
they floated for miles as he cruised the track...

 
The evening ended in fireworks.....

 
I think I am finally feeling my fingers and toes today!!
 
It was a fun and FREEZING evening!!
 
Where has Autumn gone....
 


Sunday, September 7, 2014

Sedona Star....Month 2

I have narrowed my direction down to this box of fabric...
 
 
With a little fussy cutting
 
 
My pieces were ready for Month 2

 
It called for 'your favorite applique method'
 
I am going with fusible backing and top stitching on this one

 
The two components were sewn together to make.....

 
yet....

 
another circle!!


To be attached to this circle...

 
This involved another pinning session....


 
To create this little number...

 
On to Month 3 in only a couple of weeks...

 
We keep checking the crops but they are just not drying!!!

 
Might as well be sewing!!
 


Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Rain, Rain...Go Away...

Things are definitely luscious and green with all this rain!!
 
These wild kitties thought they were hiding in the roses....
 
 
Till they turned around to see Dawson was watching them!!


 
Combining has been painfully slow with all the moisture...

 
So I have been using my time wisely...
 
I am on Month 2 of the Sedona Star...
 
I figured if Tracey over at The Block Party Guild can get out of her comfort zone
 
and
 
mix PRINTS with BATIKS then I would give this pinning thing a try...

 
Voila... it worked!!
 
 
A little more paper piecing.....

 
and the points are ready for the next round!!

 
Looking like another rain day.....
 
 
I'll be in my sewing room!!!
 
Christa


Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Sedona Star

I have been in love with the Sedona Star Quilt since the Minot Quilt Show in March
 
 
I have hymned and hawed for months about purchasing this pattern.
 
This pattern is by Sarah Vedeler
and
only avaliable as a PDF at a cost of 60$
 
I have guilt selling my pattern at 10$ and that is a printed version!!
 
I finally bit the bullet
 
(good thing we have gun laws in Canada...keep reading...)
 
 
 
 
 
 
I took my download to Staples to save some money on printing....
 
I NEVER realized there was HUNDREDS of pages!!!!
 
I had sticker shock when the girl said it would be 350$!!!
 
All I could say was NO..NO...NO...NO...NO....
 
I can't have a quilt pattern worth that kind of money...my husband is going to shoot me!!
 
This is just the pattern...the templates are this thick too!!
 
After some serious negotiating, I settled with Staples for a fraction of that.
(Thank you, Staples)
 
I take full responsibility as I didn't go through it page by page.
 
I knew it was a 12 month block quilt.
 
 
NEEEVERR dreamed it was 300 pages with a dab of color on every page!!
 
 
PDF Pattern...60$
 
Printing at Staples.....50$
 
25 YARDS of Fabric.....300$
 
Batting and Quilting.....200$
 
Mental strain....Priceless
 
 
I will be lucky if my husband does apply for a gun licence!!!
 
I may need to go into hiding..
 
anyone know a warm cave with good lighting??
 
Christa