Monday, April 28, 2014

I Think It's a Snow Day....

OMG....
 
I thought spring was here...
 
I think it's a sewing day....
 
 
Or even a sewing week...

 
Can you believe we were kayaking one week ago today???

 
I think we will have plenty of water in the creek now!!
 
I'll be in my sewing room if you're looking for me...
 
Christa
 


Sunday, April 27, 2014

Billings Road Trip

First Stop..... Williston,ND...
 
which now is called Boomtown,USA
 
 
To see one of our favorite Garden Stores...
 
Country Floral to tease ourselves!

 
Second Stop...Glendive, MT....
 
Where one of THE best quiltstores is
 
and
 
Just happened to be Makoshika Quiltshow going on!!

 
It was quick run through the show....
 
3D...

 
Barns and Blocks...

 
Judy Neimeyer Bed Runner...



Of course,
 
Justin and I loved this Brands quilt...
 


 
Cathedral Windows...

 
I think this was hand pieced...

 
Chickens(for Jane)..


and more Chickens...

 
Christmas Quilts...

 
A Day and Night in Blues and Greys...

 
There was only one quilt that I thought I'ld love to do...
 
It was this Dizzy Geese....

 
Might have to look for the pattern!!


Log Cabins...

 
I still love Mexican Star but have never made on YET!!

 
It's great to see the same quilt done in different fabrics...

 
I think this is done in Little Black Dress....


Can't go wrong with a black and white and red all over!!
 

 
Loved the border on these Snowmen...

 
Stars....

 
I really need to finish my tree I started along time ago.....
 
 
They had quite a display of Hardanger...

 
 
 
There were not many vendors...which saved me some dough!!
 
The guild had made some beautiful silent auction items....
 
 
Then it was back in the truck... headed to Billings,Mt
 
You know you're in cattle country

 
When you see this little passenger...

 
I love seeing the changes in landscape...

 
Only 4 hours from home and completely different!!!



In Billings,
 
we stopped at Backdoor Quiltstore

 
It was jam packed with eye candy for the quilter....

 
As far as the eye can see.....
 
 
Amazing Batiks...

 
This was the cutest Shoe sack......

 
Lots of Crank sewing machines...


Well worth the stop!!!
 
On our way back home,
 we stumbled upon a Mexican crafter in Sidney,MT
 
 He imports furniture made of wood from Copper Canyon in Mexico

 

 
His wares were amazing and HEAVY!!
 

 
Then it was off for home...
 

 
We saw this sign on the way home...
 
Made us laugh....
 
A suggested rest before hitting good old Sask Roads....
 
We need to put this up on all our roads these days.
 
How did they know we were going home???
 
Stay tuned...
 
 the Hoffman Challenge tomorrow!!
 
Christa
 

 
 
 



 


Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Brother Scan and Cut

What a difference a day makes!!
 
Today, it is pouring rain...
 
we need it....
 
We did not have any snow to speak of this year
 
 
Yesterday was100m/h winds,
 
 making my neighbor's field look like the Dirty Thirties all over again!!

 
It is probably loving the rain today!!

 
Since the sun was shining yesterday,
 
 Maryann and I decided we would attempt a maiden voyage
 and
kayak for the first time this year.
 
 The wind gave us quite the workout....

 
as we paddled the creek against the wind!!!

 
There were some choppy waters but it was a good time none the less!!!

 
There were tons of turtles sunning themselves on the banks....
 
 
Who needs to go to a gym!!!
 
Recently, our guild purchased a Brother Scan and Cut
 
 
which a couple of us tried to figure out the other day.
 
I have to say the instructions are pretty vague
 but
I think we got the gist of it!!

 

 
Can't say it went smoothly...We are going to need some new mats!!
 
But after getting the settings right,
 
 we managed to feed in some fabric...

 
and get a slashed up piece that resulted in ....

 
Happy Birthday....

 
.... CHEER and a couple of shapes.
 
I think it will be a good investment once we refine the procedures!!
 
Christa