Sunday, December 31, 2017

2017...What a Year!!

I hope your Christmas was filled with food, family and fun!!

Ours was very filled with food.

So much for that 10lbs I melted off in Bali!!

We played lots of cards and had plenty of fun!

Good bye 2017......

We started 2017 off with a vacation to Hawaii


My PAY IT FORWARD Chairs...


Only had one adventure after us.....


Thank you, Seth for trying!!

They have never been heard from since....


We had a snow storm from Hell

This was the day before... gorgeous out...


 We knew the storm was coming and spent the day preparing...


Day 2



Brutal!!!


The wind and snow really blew!!


We dug out of that.....

Calving went well till we had 2 C- sections in 24 hours...


We took in a few quilting trips.....

 The Minot Quilt Festival.

They do such a great job!!

Last year they had Susan K Cleavland

She was amazing!!



If you are looking for something to do its always a good time!


The Meeting of Guilds hosted by Weyburn Crocus Quilters


Enjoyed the Moose Jaw quilt show


Took in the Metachos quilt retreat



Purchased a new set of irons...

New to me anyways..


Seeded in the dust...
but
the bins didn't bust...

Never rained again all summer!!


Watched a jiggers jig on by...



Hosted a Father and his daughters treking to BC





My key for safe travels proved to get them there!


Celebrated Canada's 150th farmer style...


Made gifts for babies abroad...


and babies in the neighbourhood....



A Sew Kind of Wonderful Country Chic 


Added a couple of Abeline cows to the herd...


Worked on a Fair Queen's portrait


Maple Creek Quilt Show


Spent a week at the Artists Colony again


Even Arnold loved it...

He and Shirley Rumble battled it out in cards




My Tula Pink Butterfly in Blue took flight....



One pink bear...


5 commission quilts...






The Cherrywood Challenge for 2017


My rendition was a finalist and is now travelling....


Even was published in this book!!



Our family had a reflection on how much we love life...


We were not ready to let dad go yet
(I know he was not ready to go yet either)
 so
 with this new valve,

 he is going to be down right dangerous!!


Throw in 15 days in Bali...


Yikes!!

That was quite the year!!

It really flew by...

Look out 2018!!

Happy New Year to all who made our 2017 so fabulous!!

Auld Lang Syne
(times gone by)

Christa




Thursday, December 21, 2017

Sundogs and Sweaters

Well, that was quite the change in weather...

-28C this morning

We have had a beautiful December till today!!

Today required a pile of clothes..

Long underwear, heavy socks, a couple of sweaters.


Even Dawson wore her Sherpa jacket.

She is always so embarrassed but appreciates it once she out!
 

Doesn't matter how I try she just won't smile...

Yes...
Animals can smile....
 

You know when you see the sundogs it's bitter out there...
 

Dawson would rather be here...

under my sewing machine in the mess of cords
 

I would rather be here.....


Only a couple of weeks to go!!

Christa


 

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Santa Came Early

Don't you just love the man in red...so thoughtful!!

He knew I would like to finish some gifts before Christmas

Take two HUGE boxes....

 Unpack them in the kitchen....

Why not the sewing room?? You all know!! 


 I have been looking for a new machine for a while now. 

I have been a Pfaff girl for 33 years but they just don't seem to be what they used to be.

I love the drop down walking foot which the Bernina now has.

I also love the fact that it is a metal well made machine.

I jumped right in to trialing this puppy! 


I was commissioned to make 5 quilts from a loved ones clothing who passed away .

These are the five of them...

 

I love Susies magic binding...

adds a bit of color to the binding...

 
 Each one is different and unique.

She loved them and they are ready for Christmas,

My next task was to haul this beast of a machine UP to the sewing room.

I forced myself to address this disaster....


 It always looks worse than it is 
and 
sure feels good to get some control again!!


 The Bernina 770 QE came with the embroidery unit as a Black Friday Sale.

Of course, I dove right in!

I didn't think I would ever do machine embroidery
but
I found out I LOVE it!! 


 . Like I need another addiction...seriously....


The possibilities are endless....


With a clean slate...


I could be down right dangerous!  

You know where you can find me....

Christa