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Volunteering to
help with setup at the 18
th annual Heritage Park Festival of Quilts
in Calgary last weekend brought back a few memories — or was it a nightmare —
involving quilts.

I was probably 6 or
7 years old when my mother took me to a neighborhood quilting bee at Erita
Gallinger’s house.

IHotel Quilts .jpeg

 I don’t remember my mother ever quilting before or since
that day — maybe she found it long too. But there I was in Erita’s kitchen, the
quilt stretched over a frame in the centre of the room and a bunch of church
ladies sitting around the edge sewing and chatting. It was probably the longest
afternoon of my life — 55 years later I still remember it vividly. No
Gameboy, no laptop, no Facebook….what was a kid to do?

I guess I got over
the trauma of that day, so I didn’t hesitate when Darlene Hockaday called a few
weeks ago looking for volunteers to help with the setup at the annual quilt
festival. I hadn’t been to Heritage Park for years and never to the quilt
festival so I said yes, and my wife was keen to go too.

Well I believe the

operation went with military precision. There was a small army of volunteers in
the park dispatched to different work stations. They had something like 740
quilts to get organized for public viewing before the park opened at 9:30 a.m.
Many had been displayed inside buildings Friday and Saturday due to rainy
weather, but on this glorious, sunny Sunday morning a few hundred needed to be
moved outside.

They were hung everywhere….inside
large tents, on wooden racks assembled in the sun, on clothes lines, on the
veranda railings of historic buildings. Terry Hockaday, Darlene’s 

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stopped for two minutes to take a break, they hung a quilt on him.  Quilters are no nonsense.

The job got done,
the park looked amazing and by the time we left some of the hundreds who come
to see this colorful display of artistry, talent and plain old long hours of
tedious work, were lined up waiting to get in the gates.

Even if you’re not
a diehard quilter it is well worth having a look, so plan to visit the 19th
annual event next May. And bring your wallet they do have the odd one for sale
with this year’s price list ranging anywhere from $80 to $2,750 depending on
size and complexity.



Dow AgroSciences is
running a neat contest again for any Western Canada farmers who are keen
football fans, and just happen to use DAS herbicides or grow Nexera canola.

Send in your Best
Pass (or best experience) with a Dow product or with a Nexera canola crop, and
two farmers submitting the best stories will be selected as grand prize winners.
They will get to have the actual Grey Cup in the field or on the farm with them
and then they will each win a premium trip for two to the 101st Grey
Cup Championship Game in Regina this fall. These two farmers will also each get
to host an on-farm Grey Cup party with the trophy for up to 30 people. John
Konschuk of Crossfield, Alta (just north of Calgary) won last year, and apparently
he is still partying somewhere in Toronto.

As well as the two
grand prize winners, 25 other growers participating in the contest will also
receive trips for two to the Grey Cup game in Regina. There will also be 50
rewards of $100 in CFL merchandise.

Use the products,
grow the crop, and have a chance to be up close an personal with the Grey Cup
and the 101st Grey Cup game — you know it is always warm and
sunny at Taylor Field in Regina in November.

“To be considered for these great CFL opportunities, all growers have to do
is submit an MVP Form online at or, telling us about
their Best Pass with a Dow AgroSciences herbicide or Nexera canola,” says
Loralee Orr, Communications Manager with Dow AgroSciences Canada Inc. 


I am not a Dear Heloise kind of guy — not exactly brimming with helpful
household tips — but someone sent me a few ideas other day I thought where kind
of neat, so I thought I would share them here.

And since a picture is worth a thousand words, I won’t say much more. The
one picture, which doesn’t come through for some reason, shows using a large elastic band and stretching it over (that’s over not around) an open paint can so one edge of the elastic runs across the centre of the open can, so you
can wipe excess off the brush using the elastic without getting the can covered in paint.

And the second photo, for you gardeners, shows what you can do with old
boots rather than just let them collect dust in the shed, or back porch.

Lee Hart is editor of Cattleman’s Corner
based in Calgary. Contact him at 403-592-1964 or by email at
[email protected]










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Lee Hart

Lee Hart is editor of Cattleman’s Corner based in Calgary.



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