Monday, August 6, 2018

How Not to Move a Piano

I have been wanting to do a piano removal for about a YEAR now!!



No one plays it anymore and I have a sideboard I want to put there...

So today was THE day.

I was getting it out. 

Ok....

Me and Justin

(even though I know that was not his plan for his day)

One  strong skinny kid and one fat mom.

I did as much as I could with fulcrums and trolleys.

But then I needed to recruit Justin.

We can do this. 

Well... 

We got it half way out the door.



What is a farm girl going to do in a situation like this??

No strong men around. 

Arnold is out swathing.....


Get the tractor, Justin!!


I am happy to report the only casuality in this piano removal....
was this little trolley.


I guess it was not weight rated for 'PIANO'

We have been super busy with haying and harvest.

We managed to get 900 bales home before starting to combine!!


My word...September is going to be a 'free' month!!!

The wheat is ready....


Some has been combined



Hope to fill the bin!!


The bulls have been pulled from the pastures.

This one didn't think the quad should ride along with him!!



 

The heat has really been ON!!

We have been finding Dawson in her personal pool quite a bit.


Too bad the cattle waterer doesn't have jets!!


That hodge podge of a fence might just be a September project!!

I have tried to get back into my morning sewing
 at 6:30am
 so I can get a little therapy.

I think I was still sleeping when I put this block together!!


I am doing the Border Creek Quilt-along.


It's only 2 blocks a week....


I am using Laurel Birch's Twilight Layer cake.

I can get all the pieces out of one 10" square
 except
 one 2 1/2" which I have to piece to make the 8th piece.

Isn't that what quilting is about any ways...

Piecing??


There are 42 blocks so this is perfect!

If only Lucy could sew for me!!


She is always trying to help me!!


And since I have soooo much time on my hands right now....

I figured I would also do the Quilt-along 
with 
Tim Holtz Eclectic Element scraps


I know... I am crazy.....

Christa 

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

The Block Party Goes On A Picnic

Ok...I lied...

This was no picnic...


Our 'president' of the guild knows how to throw a tea party!!

There was compote, muffins and bread pudding served in the garden!!

Colleen's granddaughters Olivia, Emily and Anna served us like royalty.

Thanks so much,girls!!

It was so much fun!

Next.... 

We had some show and tell...

We started the show off with a bang...

Colleen...

otherwise known as Grand- ma -ma for the morning

(because Your Majesty was much too pretentious!)

Her rendition of Elizabeth Hartmans Feathers is spectacular!!

and her dachshund was just as fabulous... 


Lori has been super productive this summer also
as
her husband is recouping from hip surgery
 so
 they haven't been out and about as much!

This was a challenge quilt with the Estevan girls



In purple....


and Autumn colors

Lori finished her Country Chic by Sew Kind of Wonderful

Terry quilted this beautifully!!

I may need to do it a second time just to have it quilted like this!!



This was Lori's first quilt with Kona Cottons....


Lori's Gypsy Wife....


She said this was a big challenge but loved every minute of it!!


Must be a reason why there are so many support groups for this quilt online!!

Jane also has been sewing up a storm....

'Carousel Horse'


Hunter Star


Charlene always cracks us up!!

This is her Magic Tiles

 

She definitely worked some magic as she has worked out all the angles!!

It still turned out beautifully!!

The rest of us just showed plans of our intentions one of these days

Theresa has chosen some fabulous colors for this bargello


I loved these quick table runner projects..... 


out of one of the books passed around


It was a fun day and I think we all missed each other!!

We laughed for 5 hours!!

Thanks again, Grandmama!!

~INSERT HERE~

(bow..curtsy...rolling of the hands)

Thank you so much,

Christa and the Block Party

PS.S.S.S.S

In case you haven't heard...



Angela Denys And Taja Rooks
of
'ADD A METRE'
 will be at Estevan Farmers Market
 with
 their new Quilting trailer full of Quilting Treasures!!
on
Saturday, July 28th, 2018.

Hope to see you all there!!

Friday, July 13, 2018

I Did It Again.....

Last year I entered the Cherrywood Fabrics Challenge


The theme was Van Gough using their hand dyed blues.


It had to read 70% blue, be 20" square and be reflective of Van Gogh.

I was a finalist 
and
it made it in their book!!


It's actually still on tour.

My family tried to get me to one of the viewings when it was in Minnesota this summer 
but
there is never a dull day around this farm.

I couldn't drag them that far for a quick peak.

This years challenge was purple.

Like BLUE...Purple is my 'next' favorite color!!


This was my entry for a quilt based on Prince (the singer)



I called it 'Let It Rain'

The list was published this morning at 4am!!

Third column....top of the list!!!



Crazy!!

If you want to see the real thing before it goes touring.....

Mom and I are off to the lake today


To set up the artisan cabin for the weekend
at
Moose Mountain Park,Sk

Come for a visit today or tomorrow!!



Christa



Saturday, July 7, 2018

A Whole Lot of Haying Going on!!

July 7!!!!!! 

Where are the days going??

We have been thrust into the thick of haying.


Quite the difference from last year where we had NO hay....


This is the heaviest hay I have ever cut!!

So if you don't hear from me for another stretch,

You know where to find me....the tractor!!

Last weekend was crazy busy....

We celebrated our grandson, Jaxon's 5th birthday!!


Arnold's mom's 80th birthday


Just some of  Marie's grandchildren.....

all grown up with kidoos of their own!!


We made a picture frame which everyone had a whole lot of fun with!!


 
My daughter Chantel and her boys....

 

Justin and his cousins, Gordon and Scott

We do have a third child....Jeremy but he always seems to duck out!!

We asked Chantel and Gordon to take pics with our phones.....

We got a whole lot of this.....


A couple of goof balls!!

I gave Marie her portrait of when she was 16 
and 
was in the running for Fair Queen in Estevan,Sk.


I think she liked it.

I didn't know purple was her favorite color till I saw her flowers!!


We celebrated Canada Day with a trip to Kenossee Lake to the Artisan Cabins

Ken Frederickson is working on  a few new pieces.


Loved his incorporation of little bears on the back of this bear's head



Margaret Delainey is back!!

She broke her knee last year and was out for the whole season!!




She has some of her daughter's pics at the cabin this year!


It added a new flair!!


Shirley Rumble is also a resident painter in one of the cabins.

Love her works!!


Shirley is 83 years young!! 

She is such a fire cracker!!
She skunked Arnold in 3 games of cards...

If you get time, go to the lake and check out the artisans!!

Hope your summer is off to a great start!!

Got to pack my lunch.....

You know...Make hay while the sun shines!

Christa