Sunday, May 31, 2015

Raining cats and dogs

What a pretty patchwork Saskatchewan is when all the crops are just getting going...
Toronto was nice and green...


The airport was easy to get around...


And the rain was super warm... I told mom I'ld try to send it home...


We were only a little delayed due to the lightening so the landing crew could not be out on the tarmack


But all was good...



Everyone in Quebec City has a pool in their back yard!!!!


When in Rome... Justin tried the cheese plater....that blue cheese was BLUE!!!


 And of course I had to try a poutine....yummy!!


We are hitting the ground running today...going to old Quebec!!

Christa 

Friday, May 29, 2015

A Lot of Irons in the Fire

Literally!!!
 
Most of the cows are tagged, branded and off to pasture... 
 
 
Branding is my LEAST favorite thing to do!!
 
Hurts me as much as I think it hurts them.
 
I think 20 bucks worth of tags is PLENTY to identify them by!!
 
But..... I don't make the cow rules....

 
It was my 47th birthday this week.
 
Where do the years go??
 
As my friend said - When we were in school, a year took forever!!!
 
Thanks to my family and friends for the surprise supper!!

 
You are all such great LIARS!!!
 
If you missed the Estevan Quilt Show...
 
 
The Block Party Spring Tea....
 


Then you probably don't know....
 
I am now carrying a line of Widebacks called Fit for a Queen.
 
This is the box of new backs that just arrived!!
 

 
They are 110" by 3yds
 
The Flannels are 58$
and
 the Cottons are 55$

 
If you are in need of any
 just email me at acmarcotte@sasktel.net
 
I can send you a picture of what I have on hand!
 
They will also be available through Terry Whitman,
 
 as well as the batting on a roll

 if you are sending any quilts to her!

 
The battings are Quiters Dream
and
 are cuts of 122"x3yds.
 
 Quilters Dream Cotton ~ 55$
 
 
 

 

Soft and supple... very smooth!!

 
 
Quilter's Dream Poly ~ 33$
 
This is not your grandma's Poly!!
 
It is as beautiful as the cotton.
I have a few customers doing some hand quilting with it right now
 and
can't wait to hear what they thought of it!!
 
Did you finish your quilt, Rose??

Quilter's Dream Orient ~ 66$
(a blend of Silk,Bamboo,Tensel and Cotton)
 
My Favorite!!!
 
It's almost a sin to sandwich it as it's so dreamy and soft!!

All prices include all taxes.
 
 
Now to get packed...We are off to QUEBEC!!
 
Justin is attending an economic development conference at La Malbaie,Qc
at
this lovely little place!!!
 
Image result for la malbaie quebec
 
We have never been out that way so what the heck!!
 
He probably will need parental supervision!!
 
We will TRY to be back from our adventures when he's done each day...
 
but I can't promise!!
 
Au Revoir....
 
Christa
 
 
 
 
 
 








Sunday, May 24, 2015

Ricky Tims SUPER Seminar

And I do mean SUPER!!!
 
We knew it was probably going to be a wild ride!!
 
 
First stop was Carnduff at the Flying M Restaurant
 
It had a diner feel to the place.
 
Maryann even had a black cherry float
 

 
Then it was off to the Peace Gardens just south of Boissevain



Look at all these playing cards,Charlene!!
 


 
The quilts were incredible bursts of color everywhere...
 
 
It was three days of intense information that kept us riveted to our seats

 
I had no urge to make a convergence quilt...



Or a Rhapsody quilt....
 

 
Or a paper pieced master piece...

 
but after half a day...

 
Ricky had us all hooked and believing "You can, IF...."
 
Ricky pointed out that we each have a start date and stop date...
 
If you don't feel like making supper...Don't!
 
Let them eat peanut butter and jelly!!
 
Go write your story in your quilting.
 
Quilt your tops.
 
 So what if your not perfect.
 
 It is how good your are.... right now.
 
Don't want to quilt it...do it by credit card.
 
However you chose, just finish that quilt.
 
Don't pile them up and say later.
 
Later never comes.
 
Just do it.
 
ALWAYS sign your quilts. Even if it's with a sharpie marker.
 
It's your work of art.
 
History(or her-story) in the making.
 
Be proud of it.
 
 
I went to this seminar with absolutely no expectations
but
 to have good times with fellow quilters... 



But it was spent listening to this Master of having fun quilting!!
 

 
 
After he showed his process of making these quilts,
 
 you had to go for another indepth look at the ingenious skill he presents as being so 'easy'.


 
During some of the breaks, we took in the cactus conservatory

 

 
I never knew there were this many kinds of cacti!!

 
Wouldn't this be an awesome hang out in the middle of winter??

 
 
They were just starting to bloom...
 

 
Amazing...

 
We also strolled around the peace towers
 

 
 
Mom and I as she tries to dash away...
 
 
Mom, Maryann and Terry...
 
 
Sunken Gardens...
 
 
On Friday evening, we were treated to a concert by Ricky Tims.
 
He is an incredible pianist.
Incredible.
(It has to be said again)

 
He was so entertaining and such a story teller.


 

 
Breakfast on the patio
 


 It was awe inspiring to see into the mind of such a talented person.
 
Not fair that one person has so much talent!!
 
This was the building of a Kalidescope quilt...


 
As each round was place on....

 
It was more and more apparent that there is a possiblity

 
of going home and trying one of these!!

 
It was so refreshing to listen to someone who was so willing and encouraging

 
You know this man is good,
 
 when there are 350 women in their seats when the games were to begin again after EVER break!!
Ricky ran a tight ship
and
 all his mates(the quilters) were ready and waiting right on the clock!!
 
It was FREEZING in the building but we didn't want to miss an iota of information!!
 
As if this was not ENOUGH'quilting'...
 
We spotted a quilt store in Bottineau on the way home,
 
did an illegal u-turn and went to see if she was open.
 
Simple Threads Quiltshop
 
 
 
She had also been at the Seminar and had just gotten home.
 
She said she would stay open for as a long as we wanted her to be!!
 

 
Of course, we could help but make a few purchases here, too!!


Very cute store!!
 

 
Thought this was pretty funny!!

 
So if you EVER get a chance to go see Ricky Tims...
 
Just do it!!
 
I can't say enough....
 
I have to get to my sewing room...so much to do and so little time!!
 
Christa