Friday, September 22, 2017

Blogger Festival Takes Flight

This is my second entry for Amy's Blogger Quilt Festival 2017

This is Tula Pink's Butterfly
in 
Batiks


Terry Whitman did an insanely incredible job quilting this for me.
 
I was not sure batiks were going to work with this pattern

I think it worked out pretty well in the end

Thinking outside the box!!
Christa 

Blogger's Quilt Festival


 

If you want to see some amazing quilts,
head over to Amy's Creative Side
Amy is hosting a Quilt Festival this week
Click on each picture to read about each quilt!
This is my first entry 

I had the pleasure of meeting the designer, Jacqueline DeJong

This pattern is called Infinity


I used Kate Spain's Latitude 

 

My girlfriend, Terry Whitman is the most amazing long armer

She really brought it to life!!
Christa
 
 

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Who Wants to Be A Millionaire

Who knew?!?!?!

If you take 3 Canadian 100$ bills.....
to the bank
 and 
exchange them for Rupiah(Indonesian money)...
You are an instant Millionaire!!
3.18M to be exact
I have to say that was fun to count out at the bank!!
Why...You ask...would I need Rupiah??
Well....for Bali, of course!!

One year ago,
 our guild started talking about a Craft Tour to Bali....
OK...not 'our' guild...
I did.
A friend had gone a few years back and raved about it.
(Thanks, Betty...we can thank/blame you!!)


Before you know it, there were a couple of girls committed to go.

Next thing we knew.....

24 girlfriends were signed up and even our travel agent, Jodi is coming with us

(This may be her last trip to Bali with a group like us....)


40 days to go.....

How fast has that come around!!
I started looking on the map as to where exactly is Bali....

It's not that close....like only 36 hours of travelling time.

Am I scared of the flight time?
I can not lie...YUP!
But I am in it for the long run.

If you have any good travel tips, please let me know!!

I can't afford a first class seat....drugs are cheaper!!

We are having a contest for the best sleep mask among our group.

Mine will say 'Wake me when we get there'

I found these little pencil misters ....

At 35C and 100% humidity,
 I think this will be a coveted 1st prize!!

Blue beaches.....


Batik making classes.....

Temples and Monkey forests...

Rice fields...
A trip of a lifetime....

I better start my packing list...

1. sleep aids

Christa 


Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Deadwood but Not Bust....

One of our favorite places to go for a quick getaway 
is
 Deadwood, South Dakota


It's like stepping back into the Wild West...


It's just a short drive and before you know it...


You are in the beautiful Black Hills
 

Our hotel room had this pillow on the bed.

My first thought was what a gorgeous One Block Wonder that could make!!
 

No, Brenda...I didn't steal it!!

I would have needed at least four!!

Someone was selling blue jean quilts in the restaurant
 

I thought they were pretty cheap!
 

We love to do canyon tours so we headed for the waterfalls in Spearfish Canyon
 

It is still a WATER fall if it's dry???

We saw the mountain goats...

but not in the Mountains.....

in the middle of Deadwood!!

 
I always feel like it's not a vacation till my first(and only) margarita!!
 

We tried to rent a Side by side and do the canyon trails
 but
 they were all booked for the long weekend
 
So we just took some time to sit and enjoy the scenery

Till the people in the other rockers got up and left 
and
the strange man with his pants wide open started heading our way to chat.

That's when I told Arnold...let's hit the road!!

(there is ALWAYS a 'second story.'..which the girls at quilting are privy to!!)

It was super dry in South Dakota, too.
 

The smoke was extremely thick on Sunday.

You can barely make out the hills in the distance...
 
We met a man from Kansas. 

He was disappointed as he could hardly see Mount Rushmore.

We could hardly see Crazy Horse either.
 
I got to spend some time in at Fabric City in Rapid City, SD

I have been looking for a new sewing machine. 

I am leaning towards a Bernina 770QE. Very similar to my Pfaff. 

They were very informative there!!

I thought I took more pictures but the only one I found was of this pattern.

I was thinking of how much Lori would love it!
 
 
All in all....

It was a nice getaway!!

Christa

Ps.
 My condolences to Heather and Gordon Piermantier 
as their dog, Bandit 
made his way to the Dog Park in the Sky.
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Thursday, August 31, 2017

Harvest Season 2017

It has been a fun and fast summer....

Mom and I went for a lunch at Maryann's cabin with a bunch of friends 


Treated like royalty....


We were fed like those geese they fatten up for foie gras.....


 Then it was straight into a harvest that is super early and very poor...


The heat has been on all summer and the rain has been non existent...


Even baling straw took no time at all....


 There wasn't much straw so hauling went quick....
 

 We didnt even use the big truck...just the half ton...


 You could lose a leg in the cracks in the field....

The dogs loved the fact that they got to ride INSIDE the cab since the box was full!!


 I had the pleasure of helping the Vandenhurks again with their harvest.


 Got to love playing with a new Claas combine I don't make the payments on! 


 Justin has been running grain cart and trucking for them


 With all the dust and smoke in the air, 
 there has been fabulous sunsets....


 If it has to get dark early at least it's a beautiful sight!! 

 

Amongst all this work,

 I managed to squeeze in time,
 with my sisters and niece from Calgary 


I am missing my sewing machine 
and 
am looking forward to a rest yet it's still August!! 

 Hope your harvest is going well! 

Christa