Sunday, February 19, 2017

Mini Retreat 2017



Our guild decided to have a mini retreat this weekend
Catch All Caddy pattern front cover 

We rooked Vernelle into teaching how to make the Catch All caddy by Annie

She will be MIA next time. 

It was like herding a bunch of farm cats...

we were a mess!!

Some had all the components ready, while others had not started.

But...

with some patience and lots of help, we all got a caddy finished!!

This was mine...


Jane's in some japanase blossom  


 Terry's in some fabulous batiks


Narrie's cute lobsters


 Charlene's 'easter' colors 


Colleen made great use of her selvage edges


Love it!! 


Chris's in Garden themed fabric 

 We also had a surprise visit from Marianna Wick and her first quilt! 

Lightening Two Color Bargello


 The same one I was working on! 
(only I missed a step and got an M)

 It was a productive and fun weekend!! 


 Deb finished a project from her moms stash, Dresden plate 


Jane got a good start on a stack and wack....love that blue!


There was some great show and tell.

Terry has a collection of collage quilts using up her Kaffe Fassett fabrics

Elephant 


Giraffe


 A second elephant


 Narrie finished her quilt


 And hand quilted it!!!

Beautiful work! 

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Thanks for the fun, everyone!!

Have a great family day tomorrow!

Christa

Sunday, February 12, 2017

She's Ready to Roar

You probably were beginning to wonder if I would ever sew(or cut) again....
 
I got back in the saddle...
 
I need a baby quilt for a boy or a girl.
 
My girlfriend, Colleen purchased this pattern 
 
and 
 
I offered to test it for her.....in case it was poorly written
(Aka...I borrowed it)
 
It's called Zooey Zoo by Sassafras Lane Designs
 
I am excited to report..... it's was a great pattern!! 
 
 

For my girl quilt, I used the lion-ess pattern.

She's pretty in pink! 

 Scraps of Kate Spains Latitude fabrics to make the mane...

I am going to straight stitch the strips when I quilt it so they will fray a bit

One critter down...one to go...

 

Speaking of critters...

 Most people have a issue with their cat trying to catch the needle.

My cat, Lucy just wants to be as close to you as she can....

 Next I worked on this crafty little fox....

 He is also in Latitude.

The orange worked perfectly for him!

I am so ahead of the game...the baby isn't even born yet!!

Let's see if I can get them quilted now...

 

Christa 

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Sewing... A Dangerous Sport

Well...February 2 was our 32nd anniversary.

Glad we had two weeks in Hawaii together!!

I wish my husband, Arnold.... a belated anniversary


as I spent the day at emerg!!

I cut off my finger tip with my rotory cutter.


I am sure you are feeling the shivers through your body already
 so
 I will save you the gory details... 

Let's just go with..

Its really, really.... really bad

Apparently Pat Sloan did the same thing recently.

It's quite difficult to explain to the doctor,

 how this 'sewing' injury happened with a sharp pizza cutter.

That hasn't stopped me though!

Slowed me up but not stopped.

I had a few thank you gifts I wanted to make!!

The first was a set of Christmas tree napkins


Check!!!

They are off to Hawaii!!


The second was a baby receiving blanket for a baby girl
 

This one is destined for Vienna!!

So I wanted to attach a little 'Canadian' to it.

Using the scraps, I fashioned a flower

 
leaving the raw edges to fray

 
Just adding a little extra flare to this one!!


Hope they like it!!


In recovery...

Christa 

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Pay It Forward Fun

There is nothing I love more than blue skies and palm trees
While sipping in the last of the sunshine 
(And maybe a beer or two)

I came up with plan for what to do with our beach chairs 

I would give them to someone with the stipulation to text me a picture of the fun they are having

I wrote the instructions on the arms

 Included my blog and phone number

 I bombarded my candidate....they had just arrived as we were leaving. 

They were exhausted but took on the challenge!

When we landed in Regina my phoned dinged!

My first PIF!!

(Pay It Forward picture)

Thanks to Seth and Sarah Milchman of Washington,D.C.

It just made my heart smile to see this picture! 

Looking forward to seeing how far this can go!! 

Christa

 

Monday, January 30, 2017

Last Day in Paradise

 

 This was our last beach day.

Paia is where all the surfers hang out.

Our take on this sport was that it was a lot of work for only a few good rides

Kudos to surfers!

 
These are waves you don't turn your back on!! 
 
We met up with the Steinke's cousins for one last lunch at Haliimalle General Store
 

 Arnold and I shared a buttermilk chicken sandwich 

And an oriental chicken salad 

 This is also the home of some amazing glass blowers 

We checked out what new things they are doing 

I liked this glass bust but I think it's because it's purple!!!

They were making turtle heads when we were watching  

They had a few new things...

A Marlin jumping out of the water

Paintings on aluminum  

Very 3D!! 

Was a great last day in Maui

 Christa