Thursday, December 1, 2016

In Our Garden Block of the Month - December!


        Wow! I can't believe it is already December and my turn to share some fun blocks with you for the In Our Garden Block of the Month organized and hosted by the ever so talented Amy of Sew Incredibly Crazy!!!



   First however, I would like to say a great big THANK YOU to Amy of Sew Incredibly Crazy for hosting and organizing our Block of the Month! Amy has done a fantastic job not only organizing this BOM but the all the behind the scenes help and support!!  You have really done a wonderful job AMY! Thank you!  Woohoo!

    This year we have moved through the seasons with our blocks, so I wanted to continue with that theme for December! My sponsor was Henry Glass. I am using "Sunday Best" fabrics by Kim Diehl.
Thank you Henry Glass for these beautiful fabrics!


   Both of these blocks were really fun to create  I am a big fan of Sun Bonnet Sue! In my "Sun Bonnet Sue and Friends" block, Sue is getting loads of help from a little Bunny offering up his last carrot for Frosty's nose. And the pretty little Dove is bringing Sue another twig for Frosty's arm!  This block is really fun to create. I used tiny buttons, 3/8" ribbon for the Scarf and embroidery for the eyes,mouth and twigs to embellish Frosty! The pattern also has the Scarf for needleturn applique if you prefer applique.


I always think of a Winter Star shining bright in the night sky in December. My "Winter Star" block has a fun little twist with the striped star points!


                           You could also add in a third color for a fun variation of this block!

     Both patterns are available for Free download for the month of December here and here! I can't wait to see your blocks!

      All the Designers have really done a fabulous job with sooo many cute and fun blocks this year! Thank you all for sharing your talent and inspiration with us!

    Don't forget to upload your photos to the group facebook page AND be sure to link up your photos on the  Linky party on Amy's Blog for your chance to win a fat quarter bundle and
 the Fat Quarter Shop has generously donated a $25.00 Gift Certificate to one lucky participant, so be sure to link up your blocks on Amy's blog!



  I am also hosting a little giveaway on this post ! I thought it would be fun to giveaway a Jolly Bar of Snowman Gatherings II!


 
    To enter, leave me a comment with your favorite Snowman building story! Or if you have never built a Snowman, leave a comment with your favorite Winter memory! Winner will be announced December 15th!

  Good luck everyone! I hope you have fun and enjoy making your blocks! I can't wait to see your designs!
Happy Stitching!
xo Jan

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Customer Appreciation Giveaway!!

      Happy Belated Thanksgiving to all my dear sweet readers! I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving Holiday! We had a very quite Thanksgiving this year and was busy around the farm!
    Every year around this time I like to say a great big Thank You to all my customers with a fun giveaway. This year I am hosting the giveaway on my company facebook page Featherweight Quilt Company and another giveaway from orders placed in the ETSY SHOP!  Two  84 piece English Paper Piecing Hexagon Christmas Kits are the prizes. The giveaway is also open to my Blog readers :)!


I offered these kits last year in my ETSY SHOP and they were a customer favorite! They make great Secret Santa gifts! They are also great stocking stuffers and fun to use to teach children and grandchildren how to English Paper Piece or learn yourself! You can make 6 Hexagon Flower ornaments! I also have several other fun English Paper Piecing kits and Christmas Patchwork of the Crosses Kits available.










  These have been SOOOO fun to design! The White Poinsettia is one of my favorites. I can't wait to find time to sew it together! The Patchwork of the Crosses blocks would look so FESTIVE together in a table runner!!  And I love the navy and gold Angel Block! I am making one of those as a Candle Mat!


Be sure to drop by the facebook page ot the ETSY shop for your chance to win! Contest ends at midnight tonight and the winners will be announced on Tuesday Nov 29th! Good luck everyone!
Happy Sunday!
Thank you for stopping by!
xoxoxoxxo jan

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Curveballs and Cabins......

  Yippee!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I have finally, finally finished and gifted my Log Cabin quilt that has been two years in the making! I mean, it's big, like 92 x 98, but 2 years?? Anyway, here she is : Laverne's Log Cabin!


 I just really love the way this quilt turned out.  I had the pretty little center Kim Diehl panel and thought it would make a really pretty medallion style quilt. But I wanted to make a Queen sized bed quilt for my Aunt Laverne and Uncle John that had recently (ahem, 3 years ago)  moved to Ellijay Georgia! These are her colors throughout her house. The log cabin blocks are made with Jan Patek's "Castlewood" line. ( thank you to my hubby and daughter for holding up the quilt for me to photograph) (sorry for the glare on the photograph) I designed two rows of Log Cabin blocks above the Medallon and three rows below so that the Medallion would be center of the bed. I used Aurifil 50wt color numbers 2460 and 2316.



I really wanted to do some custom quilting on this one, especially with the center medallion, but due to time constraints, I had it longarm quilted with a floral pantograph


It fits her Queen pillowtop bed perfectly! They were both very happy and surprised! I did make two pillowcases but forgot to take a photo. If I can find two of the Center medallion panels I would like to make Pillow Shams with Medallion centers.


  I want to say a great big Thank you for all of your thoughts and prayers over the last few months. Hubby is doing very well. The surgery was successful and they removed all of the Cancer and the lymph nodes around it. They also tore his bladder which meant a longer surgery and a little longer healing process. He is back to doing a little work on the farm. He still has help everyday as he is still rebuilding his strength. Emotionally, I think he is doing better than I am. I kinda feel like a Batter in the World Series. If I take my eye off the ball, life will throw another Curve Ball and I'll strike out. Seeing my strong, hard working farmer dude unable to care for his animals and tend his crops has been very difficult. We had to buy all of our  hay this year and we have no corn to harvest. We also had to sell quite a few of our cows :(.  It is still hard for me not to "hover" over him like a mama hen . It is also really hard for me to concentrate (and have an interest in) on other things. I have kept the ETSY shop going but just haven't felt able to start sharing until now. Thank you to Tonia for the gentle nudge to get back to my space here in blogland!
  Thank you dear friends for stopping by and taking time to visit with me! I am soooo glad to be able to finally share Laverne's Log Cabin with you! I hope all of you have had a wonderful summer. I can't believe Thanksgiving is just around the corner!  Oh, I also wanted to share with you this years Patchwork of the Crosses Autumn blocks that I made for the ETSY shop.


I think these are sold out but they were so fun to make. Love those Turkeys!
Happy Fall yall!
Thank you for stopping by!
xo jan

 

Saturday, August 13, 2016

2016 Hoffman Challenge

   The 2016 Hoffman Challenge was Crystalia! A gorgeous digitally printed fabric in two versions : Opal and Onyx with 10 Blenders from  Hoffman Bali Batiks (Style 885 Dots) and Hoffman Bali Watercolors (Style 1895). !



And Aurifil put together a beautiful matched thread set just for the Challenge which I also purchased. I love their threads! 



    When I read that the main Challenge fabric was N4240, the Butterfly prints, I knew I wanted to fussy cut those gorgeous Butterflies! 
N4240 - Challenge Fabric

   I asked my good friend Karen Miller of Redbird Quilt Company and Karen's Quilts, Crows and Cardinals to quilt it for me! I absolutely love Karen's quilting. I think it really made my little mini shine! I love the echo stitching around the butterflies.



We also had to use the Challenge fabric in more than one location.
(and look at Karen's gorgeous quilted feathers!) 

I loved using the prints to fussy cut for the Patchwork of the Crosses blocks! So fun!


Since the prints were rather busy when combined, I wanted to keep the design simple and really focus on the main print. I love butterflies and pink and green is one of my favorite color combinations. I used all Hoffman Challenge fabrics (except for one piece I picked up by accident.)


 "A Wing and A Prayer" was such a joy to design and create. It combined my love of Butterflies with my love of English Paper Piecing and fussy cutting!

   The 2016  Hoffman Challenge was the first time I have ever entered ANY competition and  although "A Wing and A Prayer" did not receive any ribbons, it was chosen to travel with the 2016 Hoffman Trunk Show! So exciting! 

  I had some Crystalia scraps leftover and wanted to make a table runner for my own personal use. 



   I have always wanted a Crazy Quilted Table runner that I could actually use and throw in the wash without worrying about damaging the decorative stitches.  I used Aurifil 12, 28 and 40 wt threads and some of the decorative stitches on my sewing machine to create "Crazy for Butterflies". I experimented with a little thread painting on the butterflies.  I also added a heat resistant fabric on the inside to help protect my tabletop. 



    I was super excited to learn that the deadline for  the challenge had been extended so I sent "Crazy for Butterflies" along with "A Wing and A Prayer" into the Challenge.
    "Crazy for Butterflies" did not win any ribbons either but it was selected to travel with the 2016 Hoffman Trunk Show !



   I learned so much from the Challenge about myself and some new to me quilting techniques! 
  It is really hard as a quilter/artist/designer to put your work out there to be judged, but I am really glad I did. I do wish that I had taken more photographs to share before mailing my two pieces into the Challenge. Both pieces are backed with the main Butterfly print N4240 in Opal. ( This was during the same time that I found out about my hubby being sick so I wasn't completely focused on my quilting. )

 I do absolutely adore Karen's quilting on "A Wing and A Prayer". Thank you so very much Karen for all of your hard work!

   You can see all the winners and honorees here: Hoffman Winners 2016

It will be September 2017 before they come back home to me! 

If you are interested in having one or more of the 2016 Hoffman Challenge Trunk Shows come to your Guild or shop you can find all the information for the Exhibits here: Hoffman Challenge Travel Exhibits.

  Also I want to say THANK YOU for all the good wishes and prayers for my husband and I. They had to reschedule his surgery for later this month as he was not able to go thru the surgery last month. Hopefully he will be strong enough this time around. I really appreciate all the prayers, emails and cards. I know I haven't been around blogland or facebook very much lately. I have been working hard getting things ready around the farm for when the hubby isn't able to be on the farm. And I have been working hard to get ahead in my ETSY shop and with my I Love Lucy Boston International Bee obligations. I do really miss having time to spend with all of you. 

Thank you so much for stopping by dear friends! Welcome to all my new friends and followers. 

Happy stitching!
xo jan


Saturday, July 30, 2016

Hoffman Challenge sneak peek, Patchwork of the Crosses and Little Dresses for Africa!!

Hi everyone!
    Wow - It has been a while since I have had the opportunity to share with ya'll here on the blog. I hope everyone has been having a great summer! We have been very busy around the farm. And lots of time spent in doctor's offices.  My hubby has not been well and was supposed to have surgery a week ago, but wasn't well enough to undergo it at that time. He is feeling better and they have rescheduled surgery toward the end of August. His doctor is very optimistic that the surgery will handle the problem with no follow up treatments. Hubby is looking at an 8 - 12 week recovery with no outside activity or lifting. We have sold a few cattle ( prices have dropped by more than .30 cents a pound!) and we moved some to a relatives farm. The remainder of our herd will be looked after by my daughter and her boyfriend, myself and hubby's brother in law and sister. There will be 5 of us doing what he would normally do each day. Maybe we can handle it! Now more than ever, I have to concentrate on my ETSY shop and do the best I can do with that. I would really appreciate all your prayers and good wishes during this time for our family and farm!!
    A little while back I mentioned a secret project that I was working on. I entered the 2016 Hoffman Challenge! I had purchased the fabrics and Aurifil thread set when they first announced the Challenge fabric. Life got in the way and I barely made the entry deadline! My very good friend , Karen Miller of Redbird Quilt Company quilted it for me! I did not get to stick to my original design, but I love the way the project turned out! And the great news is that it was one of the projects chosen to travel with the 2016 Hoffman Challenge Trunk show for the next year! Judging will be the week of August 1 - thru August 8th! Fingers crossed! I haven't ever entered a competition or quilt show in the past so this was a first for me! I do not think we are allowed to share the completed projects yet, but here is a sneak peek of "A Wing and A Prayer". AWAAP was English Paper Pieced by me and machine quilted by Karen L Miller.


  These bright Hoffman batiks and gorgeous digital printed fabrics of Crystalia really challenged me to step outside of my comfort zone! I can't wait to share the completed quilt with you. I LOVE LOVE the way Karen quilted this mini too!
  I had quite a few scraps of Crystalia left over so I decided to use them up in a table runner for me. Then Hoffman Fabrics extended the deadline so I finished the runner up and entered it also. Here is a sneak peek of my second entry, "Crazy for Butterflies"!  It was also chosen to travel with the 2016 Hoffman Challenge Trunk Show! I used lots of Aurifil thread in different weights. I experimented with Thread painting with assorted Aurifil colors and weights and used the decorative stitches on my machine for top stitching! I had a blast creating this piece!


  I have also been busy trying to catch up with my "I Love Lucy Boston International Bee". These are my latest two blocks and they will also be available in my ETSY shop next Friday August 5th! These were really fun to make!



 And I just found out that my Aunt 's church in Ellijay has a Missionary leaving for Africa the first week of September. I have already sent all my other dresses (and the ones ya'll sent to me) with two other missionary groups going from a different church earlier in the summer. I received this photo back from one group that I sent:


Look at those smiles! Thank you to everyone that sent dresses and shorts! I really appreciate all your hard work!  I only have a couple of weeks to prepare some Dresses and /or shorts for the next trip! I would love some help! If any of you have time and would like to make a Dress or pair of shorts it would be greatly appreciated! I need to RECEIVE them by AUGUST 26TH so I can get them delivered before they leave the first week of September! Just email me for my mailing address whenever you are ready to mail! I would really appreciate any help!

 I made one little dress this morning. I just LOVE this fabric! Hubba Hubba by Me and My Sister!





And how sweet are these ties! I used Aurifil 5015 and a decorative stitch on my machine!



Please help spread the word for Little dresses! 

If you need a pattern you can find one on LDFA website here: 
http://www.littledressesforafrica.org/blog/

or I use the pattern from Nancy's Notions here: 
http://www.nancysnotions.com/text/pdf/LittleDressesforAfrica_pattern.pdf

and I have a tutorial on this blog here: 
http://sewandsowfarm.blogspot.com/2016/03/sew-simple-saturday-link-up-party.html


  I have had pounds and pounds of Zucchini from my little garden bed. I have been sharing with my neighbors and making lots and lots of Zucchini Bread. I really like to make small loaves for the freezer. They freeze really well and will be fantastic this winter!
(I shared this photo on social media but couldn't remember if I shared here)




I love using crushed pineapple and fresh de-pitted cherries when making Zucchini Bread. The pineapple really keeps it moist! I will try to write up my recipe and share it next time!

Thank you all for stopping by! I really love and appreciate my readers/friends! Please keep my hard working hubby and all of our family and critters in your thoughts and prayers over the next couple of months!


Have a great weekend! Please let me know if you can help out with the dresses/shorts!
Hugs!
xo jan

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Patchwork of the Crosses


I am still totally in love with Patchwork of the Crosses! This block is for my May (yes I am running behind) Bee mate, Ann Caldicott,  in Australia! She chose Purples and greens.There are several options for fussy cutting. I decided to put the flowers in the center instead of making a "square" block. I used Aurifil 50 wt color #'s 2520 and 2886. I just LOVE how the 50wt melts right into the seams.


There have been several requests for kits so I may be adding this one to my ETSY shop.

 And yes, I finally made ME a new ring pincushion. My little orange one was getting rather rough around the edges (and a little grungy) after almost 3 years of hand sewing and 2 summers in the hay fields :)!


I'll keep this old one just for using at the barn and in the hay fields.
Tomorrow I have dental surgery :(. Wish me luck!
Have a great day stitching yall!
Thank you for stopping by!
xo jan

Friday, June 10, 2016

Farm Love Friday 6.10.16
































     I love the sights and sounds and smells of summer around the farm! The Privet hedges are so tall and full of their sweet smelling blossoms. These are basically a nuisance shrub but I love the smell of their flowers. Honeysuckles are everywhere, full of blooms. Old purple pea vine threatening to overtake the Allis Chalmers 5040. I haven't seen the fox or kits in the last few days. I know she moved the kits out to the old metal scrap pile, and the rabbits are back out and about, so the fox must not be too close either. My sweet little Tuxedo kitten. He thinks he is so tough, but really he is just a sweetie.  I love the old climbing roses. I think the old fashion varieties have the best smell. These little pink ones are my favorite. The twins are growing so fast and continue to climb INTO the hay ring to eat, and nap. I am just waiting for the day that I will have to help them get out! It has been a little over a year since Missy, my rescue Chihuahua mix, had the reaction to the flea medicine and started having those seizures. I am so happy to see her happy, healthy and completely recovered. Riley, the feral cat, that took me 6 months to get my hands on, is really happy summer is here. He stays outside all the time. I have made 3 appointments to get him neutered. EVERY TIME he disappears for at least 3 days! I think he knows what I have in store for him! And the Rain Lilies are blooming, 5 days AFTER it rained. My husbands mother planted these in this hanging basket several years BEFORE she passed away in 2005. I have dutifully been caretaking, praying, watching, weeping, begging, and fretting over them ever since 2005. It will be a very sad day around this house if I ever loose them. I absolutely ADORE them! I sat on the porch late yesterday afternoon, while the hubby was still working , with Riley and Missy and my Rain Lilies and watched the spectacular show that God sent us with the sun set. Our Earth is such a magnificent place. It brings inspiration to my heart and tears to my eyes. 
Have a beautiful day dear friends!
Thank you so very much for stopping by!
xo jan