Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Hoffman Challenge 2016

These are the fabrics for the Hoffman Challenge 2016

'Crystalia'


I decided to incorporate both into my entry this year


Into this....


You can read more about the making of this HERE

I got the call last week that it was chosen to travel with the Hoffman show 
and
needed to be mailed in for judging by August 8th, 2016


I put it in the mail...

I received a call from Hoffman saying how they received it...


Pretty sure USPS ran it over and dragged it all the way to California!!


It was wrapped up in plastic and soaking wet when it got there!!


Pretty mangled....

Thanks, USPS...


Hoffman was going to try to do their best to get it to lay flat and dry


Here's to hoping....

Christa 


Monday, July 25, 2016

It's a Secret....Ghost Town Blues

I probably shouldn't be telling you about this little secret.... 

But I have to....

In Maple Creek, Sk.....


Where the cowboys cross with their horses....


There is a fabulous Bed and Breakfast...

called



 I can not rave enough about this man's vision!!


 Greg Hisey has created his small town
 using
 old dilapidated cabins, wagons and a church from local ghost towns 


He has an eye for putting relics together
 making
 these masterpieces better than they were the first time!!


You feel like you are transported back in time 
as
 you hear a train rumbling in the distance....

I am seriously considering doing this to my old Fargo!!


The CowGirl Deluxe


The truck came from the Heller Bros. in Maple Creek


One is still alive today!!


These adorable accomadations are all done up so well...


Cozy and cute...


Complete with your own deck area at each place

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One even came with a phone!!


Greg's use of stain glass windows and old recycled barn boards...


Made what new things he used stand out even more!!!


I think I will need to stay about 9 more times

(One of the wagon accomodations)
so I can try out each adorable place...


These are original Studebaker Sheep Wagons!

Every bed had a quilt....


Each one different...


This was the view from the my bed in
the Walsh cabin!!!


There are full bathrooms
but 
even the outhouse was inviting
(it's a composting toilet!!)


They were air conditioned 
and 
heated if you needed it!!


Complete with towels and breakfast!!


Cara Lee Hanson did an incredible job keeping everything spic and span


Her love of the history was also apparent 
as
 she shared her knowledge of each cabin with us


Bink, the cat would go from porch to porch
to sit with each guest


I did a fair bit of needlework with this little buddy!!

The front porches were well used in our stay with Arnold's family


This church is where you have breakfast 
and 
have events or just play cards


It was also the Rodeo so this wagon and truck 
were drove to town to be in the parade!!


When it rained 


we took shelter on the porches...


This was the Hatton Cabin


I think this would be a fabulous quilt retreat location...


I think we need to try it some time!!




Every night we had a bonfire

where we made new friends....


and
 Bink smiled for the camera for this little guy!!


It was a super relaxing place to gather...


We already booked for next year!!
Now....

Did anyone check Bill's trunk for a cat???

Christa 


Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Road Home

We were homeward bound....

We thought about the shorter route through the Crow's Nest Pass


but
opted to go the longer route through Banff and Canmore


To see my sisters


I can't get over our majestic Canadian Rockies


Incredible!!!


Had enough yet???


Ok... One more...



The Three Sisters in Canmore...

Christa, Tannis, and Larissa

just in the order




Yup... My sisters are the skinny ones!!

We had supper at Sage Bistro in Canmore!


I recommend it if you're going that way!!

The next day was a quick stop 
at
My Sewing Room in Calgary

The Stampede was on but we didn't go...

We have our own Stampede every day on the farm!!


This was their Row by Row 


The winning quilt was already entered for their store!!


They had a great deal if you wanted to take classes.

One price and take as many classes as you want all summer!!


If only....the commute is a little much...


Next was Out of Hand


This is always a favorite for me. 

So much inspiration!!


Arnold came in to this one.

He asked what`s this store called....

OUT...OF.....HAND

Have a look around...it`s crazy!!


3500 km.....

9 days....

10 quilt stores...

5 wineries...

A good time was had by all!!

Back to regularly scheduled programming

At least for the next week!!

Christa