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
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$!!!
All I could say was NO..NO...NO...NO...NO....
I can't have a quilt pattern worth that kind of husband is going to shoot me!!
This is just the pattern...the templates are this thick too!!
After some serious negotiating, I settled with Staples for a fraction of that.
(Thank you, Staples)
I take full responsibility as I didn't go through it page by page.
I knew it was a 12 month block quilt.
NEEEVERR dreamed it was 300 pages with a dab of color on every page!!
PDF Pattern...60$
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??





Thursday, August 21, 2014

My Hoffman Challenge Purse

This was the challenge fabric for 2014...
I decided to try to make a purse...

Just winging it ALL the way...

Having no idea where I may end up...
I called it 'Stepping Out' as it's way OUT of anywhere I would be going with it!!

I submitted my 'purse' for the Hoffman Challenge back in January....

This little package arrived in the mail yesterday from Hoffman Challenge....

The letter stated that my purse was chosen
 to be part of
 the Travelling Hoffman Trunk Show till October 2015!!

As a token of appreciation......

Some fabric and Sulky thread!!
How fun!!

Sunday, August 17, 2014

A Very Productive Week

Between the rains,

We have managed to get some swathing done...

We had a picnic in the hayfield with the Whitmans last night...

Behind Boundry Dam.....
To watch some fireworks....

It was an amazing display of color...

And we had front row seats....

Only 100 yards from where they were set off...

Some were shot off into the water and came back up into the sky!!

It was part of the Beach Bash for Boundry..

It was a fun evening!!

Thanks to the Whitmans for inviting us!!


We also had a reconnaissance mission
 recovering Justin's pigs from the neighbours place...
Yup...those are 2  VERY DIRTY pigs in the back seat of MY truck!!

I think Justin owes me some detailing for my truck!!
I also finished a quilt for my friend, Pat Jones...
Pat had a stroke just after purchasing the fabric for a Judy Neimeyer quilt.
I felt so bad for her so I offered to make the quilt for her....

I have a 'Love-Hate' relationship with these patterns.

I LOVE the end result
 HATE the waste of fabric as per Judy's instructions.

After all the components are sewn together...

There is some serious paper removal...

involved in getting to the end....

This is the LOVE part....

It's off to Terry Whitman's to be quilted!!
Going to be gorgeous..


Sunday, August 10, 2014

My Bear Creek Row Robin Quilt

In Halloween Style!!
My Row Robin quilt arrived home at the same time we did!!
It is filled with such creativity with Caldrons....

Candy corn....

Fussy cut Cats.....

Hand embroidery....

 A paper pieced haunted house....

Some Tricks...

And Treats...

A cutie-patootie vampire...

Some knock-your-socks-off Witches boots....

Some spiders and a witch!!

I can't thank the girls enough for all their amazing work on my travelling Row Robin!!!
Seven different States and a home in Canada!!
What a great International experience between quilters!!

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Next Stop....

Next stop......Bozeman,Mt
Where car washes use solar heated water and natural is the way to go!!
Bozeman is a beautiful town!!
You know you're in cowboy country when even the Coke machine is wearing a hat!!
I sent Arnold golfing and I toured around to all the quilt shops
My favorite was Mainstreet Quilt Co
Not so much for the fabric as the building!!
 It was beautiful!!
I had a chance to try Oprah's favorite drink..
' Moscow Mule'

It contained ginger beer, vodka and lime.
Mighty fine on a hot muggy day!!

We headed over to Dickinson, ND to meet up with Arnold's sister and brother in law.
Anita and Arnold
We dined at The Brick House Grill
and golfed at the Bully Pulpit Golf Course

Well...they golfed while I stitched in the golf cart....

Working on 'Rabbits Love Embroidery'
I even had to go back and search for my needle and thread
Talk about a needle in a haystack...or golf green!!
I heard the views were spectacular on this course so I rode along for the day..

It was breath taking....

Bully Pulpit was rated one of the top 100 courses in the States

The Guys were in the rough....were it is really ROUGH!!

The paths weaved up and around the Badlands....

making for amazing contrast between greens and Buttes

Someone had some incredible vision to make this course!!

It was a good day...

with all of us doing what we love in a setting that couldn't be beat!!

I must say...
 when this snake started to cross the cart path


I was glad I stayed in the cart!!!

I just hollered 'FORE!! Snake coming your way!!'
The afternoon was spent in Medora,ND

Where we listened to the tale of Teddy Roosevelt

in the Town Hall

He had a tragic start to his life with severe asthma as a child and later as a married man.
 His wife had their first child on Feb 12th.
 His mother died on Feb.14 and his wife passed later that afternoon.
His daughter, Alice was raised by his sister.

Supper was a Pitchfork Steak Fondue....

followed by the Medora Musical in the Hills...


This was an interesting use of a grainery!!
It was a much needed rest!!
Time to get ready for Harvest.....