Monday, June 18, 2018

Summer...

Otherwise known as the season where you hit the ground running...

8 short weeks of sun and fun!!

As you can see...

Summer has arrived with all the flowers blooming!



I realize I have been a very bad blogger....

But in my defense...

I have been super busy with seeding and getting cows to pasture.

The cows are usually gone around May 5th 
but
 with such dry conditions there was no grass yet.

Thank goodness for the last few rain storms!!


I hope Thursday's storm is the last for the summer!!
This photo was taken by Jeremy Russell
 of the possible tornado
 on Thursday near Estevan,Sk

With crops in and the cows finally gone.....

The garden seeded....



My 50th Birthday celebrated with family and friends...


Spoiled with gifts of fabric and this amazing bench made by Chantel


My sisters and mom made a list of the things that make me special.

It was pretty cute....


#29 Can get a weeks worth of work in 2 days.....

 Brenda King?? Were you talking to my family???

I loved #31 and 32...

31 - I am an animal whisperer....

and

32 - I can castrate a pig....



Justin's piglets were not whispered when #32 was in use last week.

Also not something I usually put on my resume.

Now you know... the secret is out!!


I haven't had a ton of sewing time.

It's a good thing I bought a big machine as Lucy can be 'close'


I did give Amy Ellis' pattern Hyperspeed a try...


I have to say my version has failed Amy miserably....

I thought the blocks would work...


No contrast what so ever- 



I am going to have to use this as a back or add some kind of snazzy border!!

Sorry, Amy!!

But on a brighter note...

My Ricky Tim's exchange quilt arrived on Friday!!

This was made by Gwen Mitsche of Wisconsin.


She made a mini bargello as her rendition
of
 the Canadian Rockies 
to
the open Plains.

She did hand quilting and bead work which is hard to see in the picture.

Thanks so much, Gwen!!!

This was my exchange quilt for her.


I made a mini wedding ring quilt.

This quilt is only 20" square 
 and
 has 72 rings!!!

I used bias strips to make the rings stitching down both sides of each ring.

This is truly international as the blue is from Hawaii 
and 
the green is from Bali.


The intersections were too small to piece so I used little sequin flowers 
and
beads to tie it all together.

My free hand machine stitching definitely needs improving.

They really do not flow like I would have liked 

Practice...practice...practice....



It was a fun project.



 I love thinking outside the box!!

Hope she loves it!!
Christa 











Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Claudette's Quilt

I had the pleasure of seeing an INCREDIBLE crazy quilt!!
It was all hand done!!

This is Claudette's Quilt.


She was known for fabulous cross stitch and hand work throughout her life.



This quilt is filled with years of perfecting the art of embroidery.


Pictures will not do it justice....


But gives you an idea of the fabulous-ness...


There are 3 spiders and her webs on this quilt.

It is supposed to be good luck to have them on a crazy quilt!



There is every kind of embroidery you can think of on this quilt!


Cactii,wheat sheaves, pansies, roses...




Fabrics from any source...


All stitched together by hand...


Claudette may be gone...but not forgotten.

An ode to an incredible fellow quilter! 

Such inspiration!!

Claudette Dubreuil

August 17- 1944 ~ October 24, 2017

Monday, May 28, 2018

The Regal Way To Do a Quilt Show

You take one large empty Catholic Church...


150 matching sets of tea cups...


One vendor selling backings and battings....


One mediocre host...


5 Jelly roll mats for a runway....


AND....

14 enthusiastic and creative quilters....

The Block Party Quilt Guild


You have a magic potion to create a fabulous quilt show!!

The theme was the Royal Wedding 
in honour
 of 
Prince Harry and Megan Markle.


Everyone who came dressed to the nines!!

It was great to see friends from Regina....


Assiniboia....


Whitewood....


Alameda, Oxbow, Weyburn, and Estevan!



And friends that used to live here!!





The facinators came in every shape and size...

 

Some as far away as Dubia!!

Every one was excited for the show to begin...


It was sure not to disappoint...

 

The stories of how these quilts fit 
into 
'Something Old, New, Borrowed or Blue'


Began to emerge...










There was no shortage of things to see. 


There were 170 different quilts to see!

All new since our 2016 show!


 After the show, 
Tea and Dainties beyond were served 
and 
the visiting began!!


It was another successful show...


Not sure how we will top this one...

BUT...

We will!!

Great job, girls!!!

Christa