Sunday, April 23, 2017

Gifts on Short Notice

My sister,Larissa is heading to England in a few days to visit family
(Yup...all my family are gypsies) 
She asked if I could make a couple quilts for two new babies!
I was going to try but time has creeped away!
So it was going to have to be something quick and easy.
Two little girls...
This called for some sweet Tim Holtz cotton
And some bubble minky!! 

I made best use of all of my fabric so I was able to get two receiving blankets.

The Tim Holtz fabric is wide back and the minky was 60" wide.

 A couple yards of satin binding at Walmart..... mitred the corners

Using a decorative stitch to catch the edges of the binding.

I snuck in a little 'ps.i love you' tag in the angle! 

Just in the nick of time. 

 Hope they love them!! 


Friday, April 21, 2017

A Father and his Daughters

We had the opportunity to meet some new friends 
David and his two daughters are taking the west by horse! 
They started in Pierson, Manitoba on April 8, 2017
The daughters, Stacey and Tressa want to qualify for the Long Riders Guild
means they need to do over 1000 miles in one trek! 
They hope to stay on side roads most of the way taking in all of what the west has to offer 

They are pretty self sufficient but appreciate all the help that has been offered! 

 They stayed a night at Justins farm. 

It was fun to hear about their adventure and live it a bit from our kitchen table! 

You can follow along with their excursion


I don't know why but when I was at the Monastery the day before,
I had purchased this little key.

I asked the Monk what it signified.

He told me it was a key for safe travels with the Saints on one side 


forms of travel on the other.

I gave it to David and the girls. 

I told them they will need it more than I will. 

Till our paths cross again...

Safe travels!  





Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Holy Cheese

Another trip to the JD doctor
In Holland, Manitoba
As usual, we slipped in a side trip.
We stopped in at the Trappist Monastery 
Where they have been making cheese since 1976
They used to run a 55 cow dairy but no longer have the manpower
They get their milk from a local dairy. 
There are only 6 monks left at this Monastery. 
The oldest is 92 and the youngest is 76. 

This is Albert.

He is the official cheese maker.

He makes 8 wheels a day.

He used to make 20 a day.

He washes and flips 200 wheels of cheese a day. 

He used to wash 800 wheels a day.

It takes 6 hours a day  

 He's a young 83 years old. 

He runs the store in the afternoon selling the cheese


Maple syrup that they make themself.

Monks are vegetarian 


they are self reliant growing and canning their food.

 The house was built in 1886.

 The carriage house has been converted to a little chapel 

 It was a cool little side note. 

The church was beautiful.

The post and beam structure was incredible.
We just don't make things like this any more.

The organ was a piece of art in itself.

It took all I had not pull the ropes and ring the bells! 

The grounds were so well kept.

 Well worth the little trip down the road! 

This rock says it all! 


Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Hot off The Press

It's auction season! 
These days the equipment up for sale is too large for our farm.
But this one was perfect 
This house and land was part of the sale. 
It was built in 1913 by Jim Allin in Stoughton, Sk 
The Krell family have lived here since 1943.
It is a beautiful house and farm.
It is going to a new family. 
If only these old houses could tell the stories of the life they have led! 
When perusing the boxes of things to be auctioned I had to laugh when I saw this book.
It didn't really go with all the manuals for machinery!! 
  Or maybe it did....
Justin wanted to buy this JD 95 combine because it was so cute!

 But we were really there for a new swather.

Got two!!!

This was a newer healthier version of our old BLUE grain truck.

It had to come home with us too! 


 The Krell family purchased these old chairs and took in the sale  

They had the best seats of the day! 

I am in the market for a new iron but haven't found the right one yet.
But these irons were a steal of a deal!!
5 bucks for 7 irons!!
These showed the history of a good press.
Irons that were heated on the stove,
irons that were gas fired! 

I think I have nightmares about leaving the iron on?!? 

I can think that the gas version was that safe!  

I REALLY appreciate the shut off version now!  

You never know what kind of deals you'll stumble on at a farm auction!  

Some of these are going to make great door stops or weights.

It was quite the load to haul to the truck!! 

Pressing on for the search of a new iron...


Thursday, April 6, 2017

Meeting of the Guilds

Crocus Quilters of Weyburn host a Meeting of the Guilds each year

We always enjoy attending.

We had a great showing of our group this year! 

10 of 13 came!!

Thanks to Adeline Johnson for taking our pic! 

It was a celebration for the Canada 150 birthday

Jaynie Himsyl was their guest speaker.

She is a fabulous art quilter 

as well as 

the Saskatchewan rep for the Canadian Quilter Magazine


a member of their guild!

Jaynie has a quilt that is showing in Paducah, Kentucky this year!  

She had a variety of works!
This prairie scene is one of my favourites!
Jaynie based this one on a topical map

She also is participating online in a monthly challenge 

There was a contest for best Canada 150 piece  

This was my choice!

Each guild did show and tell.

Lori made this pattern of her motor home in the desert.

Terry showed some of her collaborations using Kaffee Fasset fabric

Jane brought her stack and whack 

Elenor painted some cute barn quilt boards 

Marilyn showed her Veterans Quilt for her dad 

Mae brought her grandsons hockey Quilt 

Marg had a beautiful pointsettia Quilt 

Vera had a beautiful Quilt for her grand daughter 

Thank you for the invite! 
We had a great time!!
Quilters are like family and it was a fun reunion.