Friday, September 21, 2018

Autumn Love..... Part 2

Harvest in the garden has been going on...

The colors are amazing...


Pumpkins, squash and gourds...


And a bit of sewing here and there!!!

I am keeping up....


Maybe even a little ahead of myself...


I am actually enjoying this turned applique!!


These 4 1/2" stars are adorable!!


I had to go to the dentist so I took this little man to keep me company....


Two crowns and 3 fillings later.....
(five hours to be exact)



Dr. Hoium
 (who is the best dentist I have ever been to!!)
said he thinks I took the record for the most done in one sitting.

I don't like going to the dentist 
and
 would talk myself out of going back.

I said just do it all!!
He is as great a dentist as his dad was a vet.

I miss having his dad out for pregchecking and bull checkups.

These little 4 1/2" shining stars are adorable!!



 As well as the harvest stars are gorgeous!!






Now for the letters....

'AUTUMN'



I am not sure that I want to go that route so will have to think about it....

Christa










Wednesday, September 19, 2018

My Tula Pink Butterfly

I thought I would participate in the fun over 
at



Amy is hosting a Quilter's Blog Festival!!

Be sure to go check out the amazing quilts over there!!

When I saw this pattern 
by Tula Pink .....
I really wanted it to do it.


But Pink is just not me...

Now on the other hand.....

 Blue and Browns in Batiks.....



I wasn't sure it was going to work
but
they always make more fabric....


I am also the luckiest person in the world
as
my friend, Terry Whitman is an amazing custom longarmer!!


She brought out all the details of this beauty!!


I especially love the feathered feelers!!


And the filler in the background...


I was also VERY lucky that Terry had purchased the same pattern 
as
MY book was missing the 4 middle pages.

I had the start and end but was lost in the middle!!

This butterfly won't be migrating anywhere!!

Christa 





Friday, September 14, 2018

Deadwood and I Didn't Bust!!

The last couple of years,
 we have finished combining before the long weekend.

I love it....

It means I actually get to have fun on the LONG weekend!!
We hopped in the car and headed to the Black Hills!!

We spent on day in Rapid City,
 where
 Tracey told me about a quilt store I had not known about!!

The Quilt Connection


Arnold thanks you, Tracey!!


There was so much eye candy!!!


I had to buy this pattern.  

These round quilts are the creation of Joanne Hoffman who is from that area

I just loved the colors and symmetry of these ladies!!


But I controlled myself and enjoyed the teasing!!


Browns and blues...can't go wrong!!


The old fire hall has been repurposed as a restaurant and bar




There was an Artist Trading Post beside that...

Native star quilts.....


Czech glass beads of every color......


Leathers and buttons made of bones....


We toured the canyons back to Deadwood stopping at the Cosmic Mystery

This is where there is one spot that defies all gravity.

It forces you to lean as far as you can just to feel like you are standing straight!!


Just the weirdest but coolest thing!!


Was worth the 10$ to see water run up hill!!!

The second day we rented an UTV and did the trails in Spearfish Canyon.


This is how someone else returned their unit!!



We had no troubles at all...

It was crazy to see how much damage a tornado had done to the forest this summer...


Trees were down everywhere but the Forestry was quickly cleaning it up!


Good old green to the rescue!!





We didn't really know where we were going so just picked our way through trails...


weaving between South Dakota and Wyoming


We stumbled across a Ranger Station where you could see the world!!


I think I see home....




This is the 5th wettest year in the Black Hills. 

The cows were to their bellies in grass.



It was a fun day and no one had to come find us!!


On the way home we stopped at Watford City, ND at a new Deli chain

The Smiling Moose 


They had very interesting combinations of soups and sandwiches

Their marketing and logos were really cool


But the kids working the joint made the presentation very sloppy!! 

Looks like they dipped the mug in the soup to serve us!!


I guess they were trying to make us feel like we were at home!!
It was a nice little get away none the less!!


Christa