Thursday, March 23, 2017

Moda Blockheads

There is a free block of the week going on! 

Here is the link to  the Moda Blog

It just started so you can catch up if you want to participate.

 Block 1 - Whiligig is by Kansas Troubles, Lynne Hagmeier

They are 6 1/2" blocks.

I am going to try quilting as you go with these little blocks.

I'll assemble them later.

This is block 2 -Aunt Dinah by Betty Chutchian

 Block 3 - Four X by Jo Morton

These are excellent for that bag of scraps
 they are all quite small pieces of fabric

I am using my batiks scraps.

I am pretty sure they are breeding in the bag as it doesn't seem to get used up!!

if your looking for something to do this weekend....

There is a quilt show in Minot!!

You know where I will be....

(someone else is on cow duty!)

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Some Sunday Sewing

What a difference a week makes!
The snow is starting to melt which is a good thing...
The calves keep going on the roof of the open shed!! 

Let the thaw begin!

While the water was running, I decided to start this Block of the Month.

It's called Halo Medallion by Sue Garman.

It's a free download if you subscribe to The Quilt Show by Ricky Tims

 I am going to use bright batiks 

 It is paper pieced which I love the end result!!!

 Of course,

 I can't just pick some easy NON directional fabrics

So this took some thinking....

I wasn't sure about the orange but wanted to have some punch!

I think it worked.

Where to go from here...



Saturday, March 11, 2017

The Week That Felt Like Two

 That storm was brutal.

Justin has been storm stayed since Monday at our house.

Good thing though...

Arnold was storm stayed in Estevan and I would have been dealing with it all by myself!! 

This is Justin's road in to his farm.

It's 8' high all the way down. 

We plan to tackle it today!

 These cows were standing on 6' of snow in front of the door where all the cows calving were.

It took us 8 hours to tackle this snow after 20000 lbs stood on it packing it like cement.

 This bale feeder is 2 bales high.

To the left is our corrals which are now 7' of solid snow.

Spring can not come soon enough.

The outside shed is full of snow.


It wasn't so cold as it was 95k winds with snow sandblasting.
When the sun did poke out it warmed the shop enough to melt creating icicles 

We walked through this door in the shop every hour for two days 

We were freaked out when we found these stalagmites for icicles  

 That was some crazy wind and weather!! 

I did manage to do a bit of sewing through the storm...
between Justins amazing food!
He loves to cook 
He has been making all kinds of deliciousness.
I have to say my favorite was the caramel pretzel stick...delivered to my sewing room!!
As I worked on this curved craziness called Inifintiy....
 I started to think there should be warning labels on quilt patterns like there are on kids toys.
Easy to Advanced is just too vague.
I need more warning like....
If you are not a good sewer, 
don't like pinning, 
don't starch your fabric
Oh yeah....and don't read the pattern TILL there is a problem

I am pushing my way through this one.....



it's a bit wavy but in the words of Martha Cole....

It's only fabric! 

 Two borders down...two more to go!! 

I have 3 projects on the go.

1- A Border Creek Mystery

2- A Border Creek Snowflake 

3- infinity 

Each at a different stage.

I found myself planning a fourth as I was working on this one.

How sick is that!! 

Maybe it's the weather...going a little crazy!


Tuesday, March 7, 2017

2017 Snow Storm...part 2

Another lovely winter blizzard day in Saskatchewan!!
I am going out again....
Not to rob a bank either!!!
I sent this pic to my girlfriend who suggested this could be the face of Saskatchewan Winter.
They could put it on our immigration and tourism brochures.
It would weed out the faint of heart.....that's for sure!  
Too funny! 
Looks like it's not that bad....
Till you get out of the protected areas....WHICH are few and far between...
There's a brave little heifer at this feeder but you can hardly see her...
Has her face buried in the bale....
The wind is sand blasting your eyes till they are crying....

The cows are fed and all we can do is wait till it is over!!

Going sewing....

(With maybe a little cinnamon schnapps to warm up with....good call, Trudi!)


Monday, March 6, 2017

Snow Storm

We made it home in the nick of time! 
What a difference a day makes.....
We spent all yesterday getting ready for THE storm
Its hard to believe this was yesterday. 

Everyone was loving the warm weather

 Calving has been going well 

But today the storm has hit and the lucky cows that get to be inside are pretty happy 
This one was standing at the door when we went to help two fresh calves  
Had to let her in.
That's a red Hereford under those balls of snow!!!
I am so glad we got all the cameras going. 
Saves a millions steps to the barn...especially in a blizzard!!
Justin's Holstein just had this little guy!!   

So in between interruptions,

 I have been working at assembling my Infinity quilt 

It looks like a bad road map!!

 There is not one straight line on this octopus of curves!! 

I have had a few moments of read and re-read these instructions
A couple of moments of unsewing....

It is slowly coming together! 

Two more stars.....


Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Border Creek Station

Calving has begun...
With three cameras set up and can be watched on the iPad 
I can sew and watch for calves! 
I joined the Border Creek Mystey this year.
I love their patterns. 
I have made Stars in the Valley three times! 
They are so well written with quick methods to make the components needed.

I chose burgundy and blue batik colorway for a queen size quilt

This is the forth instalment for this mystery.

I love stars so I am really liking how it's coming together.

It's like quilting homework once a month but I actually look forward to getting the instructions!! 

Waiting for the next instalment....


Saturday, February 25, 2017

Country Chic, Zen Chic

I have been working on cleaning up some UFO
(Ok....and other stuff...)

This quilt was made in August, 2016
When I was at the Artisan cabin in Kenosee Lake 

It uses the quick curve ruler by Sew Kind of Wonderful 
I didn't realize that when I purchased the fabric and pattern.
I already owned the ruler so it was great to use it a third time.
You know how many times you buy a 'special' ruler and never use it again!  
My original plan was to do straight line quilting but some how I got distracted...
 Instead I stitched in the ditch on all the circles
 Since I used Zen Chic fabric with all kinds of words, 
I figured this one DESERVED a backing of Tim Holtz postmark fabric
 It is the softest, silkiest cotton!  
As a finishing touch to bring the teal out to the border I used Susie's magic binding!
Another one off my ladder of unfinished projects!!