Bringing in the Sheaves

Harvest on our farm is almost complete for 2015 !

We have a few more hundred acres of canola to combine and then we’re going to give a neighbour a hand to finish up as it is threatening to rain again. Then it will be on to fall field work which means cultivating and putting down fertilizer.

I haven’t had much time for sewing these last few weeks but there have been a few days of rain and I was able to go out to my studio and try a granny square block.

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Actually, I made two…

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I flipped one so you could see the back.

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Lorna wrote up a terrific tutorial that I used.

Look at this perfect fabric that I found for the binding…

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It’s the words to the old gospel song “Bringing in the Sheaves” – just right for some harvest potholders !

I didn’t have allot of time for taking pictures while I was working in the field with my son and husband. Most days I didn’t even think about taking my camera with me because there are so many jobs to get done before we head out.

Here are a few pictures I did manage to take.

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The above pictures were taken as we finished one field and moved on to the next. The piece of equipment hooked up to the back of the combine is called a straight cut header. It is 45 feet wide so it has to be detached from the front of the combine and put in transport mode or else we would never get it down the road.

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We are dumping the grain from the combine into the grain cart in this picture.

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After the grain is moved from the combine to the grain cart it gets augured into the truck and hauled to the bins at our yard.

The picture below was taken a few years ago  but it shows how we usually unload the grain from the combine to the cart. The combine is cutting and thrashing the grain at the same time the combines unloading auger is dumping into the cart that is keeping pace beside it. It takes some skillful operating to do this but it saves a lot of time if the combine doesn’t stop !

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                                 I usually run the grain cart, my husband’s on the combine and my son is on the grain truck.

Some of the fields have to be swathed ( cut and laid in rows ). While my son does the swathing I will run the combine and my husband hauls the grain into the yard.

 I’ll leave you with a fall picture my daughter took of our dog.  Isn’t she pretty !  Have a great weekend  🙂

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Linking up with Amanda for Finish it up Friday.

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13 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Vera
    Oct 16, 2015 @ 11:29:41

    Nice color combo on your block and interesting pics!

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  2. ann
    Oct 16, 2015 @ 11:45:07

    Lovely potholders (nice fabric combinations) and lovely pictures! Can’t go wrong ending with a dog pic!

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  3. Judy
    Oct 16, 2015 @ 16:51:55

    Pretty fabric choices. Thanks for the farm pictures, looks lovely.

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  4. allisonreidnem
    Oct 18, 2015 @ 11:29:05

    I really enjoy seeing your working farm pictures and reading about some of the things you do. It must be very special working with family, does your dog get to ride with one of you? The granny squares look great – good use of Autumn colours too.

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    • Colleen
      Oct 19, 2015 @ 07:24:43

      I enjoyed making the granny squares, I might get around to making a GS quilt someday ! Glad you enjoy the farm pics. I didn’t grow up on a farm so I think it’s good to let people know what we’re doin out here to grow their food 🙂 No, our dog does not ride around with us. She is a guard dog so she gets quite anxious if she is away from her post. Occasionally I have to take her to the vet and the ride is the worst part for her.

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  5. Mary at Fleur de Lis Quilts
    Oct 19, 2015 @ 19:20:54

    I enjoyed your explaining how the combine works. I see this quite often as I live in the country, but I really didn’t have some of the words for the work that was being done. Thanks for giving me the words! Love your granny squares.

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  6. Aaron G. Kramer
    Dec 05, 2015 @ 14:24:26

    I like very much the red perfect fabric. You have a nice blog. It’s a pleasure to read it!

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  7. Aaron G. Kramer
    Dec 10, 2015 @ 08:47:29

    I like the ideas you have about works. The granny squares are lovely.

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