Friday, October 9, 2015

Farm Love Friday 10.9.15

It is so hard to believe that Autumn is here. My scraggly pot of Sedum has made a come back and is blooming. A GIANT dandelion is growing behind a small trailer. It is way over my head even with me standing on the trailer. Maybe I should call Guinness Book of World records. Libby is 15 months old and the bull has been after her. We put her up in the barn because we don't want her bred yet. She loves laying in the hay as much as eating it. Every time I walk past the hay barn, my brow furrows with worry at the how much we have left to go to see it full for the winter. I don't think we are going to make it this year. I've lost count over the last few weeks as to how many calves we still have. The Morning Doves have abandoned the pine by the barn. I love how the little white, wild Asters make me smile.My sweet Lily seems to be really lonely with out Lucy. She doesn't hang around the other chickens much. We lost Lucy this summer and I really miss her. (is it crazy to say I miss a chicken? Have I turned into the crazy chicken lady?)And I seem to be growing Cat Nip Nap without even trying.
  How is your Autumn starting out?
And no post would be complete without a Patchwork of the Crosses block.

Thank you for stopping by ya'll.
Happy Friday!
xo jan

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

October Sew Simple Saturdays winners!!!!!!!

 A HUGE Thank you to everyone that participated in our first Sew Simple Saturday linky Party! And a huge Thank you to our sponsors Aurifil and the Fat Quarter Shop for donating some awesome prizes!

So let's announce our winners!

The winner of the STUNNING 12 Large Spools Aurora Collection from Aurifil Thread is:

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And The winner of the Gift Certificate from the Fat Quarter Shop is:

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#6 Carole from My Carolina Home
Woohoo! Congratulations ladies and Thank you for sharing your great tip, technique or tutorial with us! 

Now don't despair if you didn't win this time because we will do it all over again on Saturday, November 7th! So get those projects and ideas ready to share! We will once again have a Sponsored giveaway from the Fat Quarter Shop and Aurifil thread! So if you didn't get a chance to stop by and tell them Thank you, please drop by and show them some love! 

Now, I had a few questions regarding linking up. First you must link to an ACTUAL POST either on Facebook or your blog. You can link to Flickr but be aware that Flickr is not compatible with a lot of today's tablets and Smart phones so you may not get many visitors. Also you must actually LINK UP. Just leaving a comment on the facebook page or blog post does not qualify as a link up. Linking up is very easy - just follow the steps through the Linky tool that is at the bottom of the Link Party page! Also, be sure to visit the other participants that are linking up! . We all enjoy receiving feedback on our projects and ideas! Plus it is a GREAT way to make new friends and gain lots of inspiration.

Also, please don't forget to add either a text link in your post directing people to the Linky Party or post the Sew Simple Saturday Logo on your blog! . Someone mentioned that they could not get the Button code to work correctly for them. I am not sure why. I removed the code and reworked it, so therefore those of you that it did work for previously,  has now probably had it disappear. Sorry for the inconvenience, if you could please re-post it to your blogs I would greatly appreciate it.  We want all of  your friends to be able to find the party too! 
  Sew get those ideas and projects ready! We will see you right here on November 7th for the next Sew Simple Saturday Linky Party!
Happy stitching everyone!
xo jan

Saturday, October 3, 2015

"Sew Simple Saturday" - October 2015

Hi everyone and welcome to our first Sew Simple Saturday! One thing that I LOVE about our Sewing and Crafting community is how much we like to share our knowledge and encourage and help others. So the FIRST Saturday of every month we will have a Linky Party to link up our tips, techniques and tutorials.Everyone loves and needs a little encouragement, so be sure and spread the comment love around!

I have a simple little Halloween project that is all Treats and no Tricks that I would like to share to get this party started! We live in a very rural area and just don't get many visitors at Halloween. Except for two little sweeties from down the road. I always like to make their Treats a little extra special. I usually give them a store bought bag each with a Caramel Apple, Halloween cookies and other sweet treats. Maybe even a little book or two. So this year I wanted to put to good use some cute little Halloween Hexagons:

  I found these adorable little Gift bags that I think are just the right size for little ones! And I love the colors!
   I took one of the Hexagon kits and made a hexie flower for the little girl! I decided to hot glue the hexie flower onto the bag. I left the papers in the hexagons so the glue would not come through the fabric. I think it is simple but really cute! Ashley will love the little Black Kitten!

For the little boy, I decided to use one of the strips from a Fat Quarter and create a Halloween scene across the bottom of the bag!  I used a lightweight Heat n'bond and simply ironed it on across the bottom of  the bag! (Only press it for about 10 seconds with a warm iron) I think Trevor will really like it!

I will have to wait until closer to Halloween to make the Caramel Apples and Halloween Cookies. I have plenty of time to shop for some fun goodies too! I love spoiling these two.
     I can't wait to fill up these two bags with lots of goodies!

 I hope they like their Trick or Treat bags! And I hope you enjoyed this Sew Simple  Halloween idea!

 Now lets get this party started and link up your Sew Simple ideas, tips, techniques and tutorials!

Here are a few tips and guidelines!

1. Using the Linky tool below,  link to your blog post or face book post.
2. Be sure your face book post is set to public so we can all see it.
3. Be sure to link to your actual blog/facebook post not your blog/facebook homepage. We want to be able to find your Sew Simple link!
4.Please post the Sew Simple Saturday Button ( the button and HTML code are on the right sidebar of this blog)  somewhere on your blog OR include the text link in your post. It helps to spread the word. The more people that link up, the more fun and encouragement we will receive!
5.Visit as many of the other link ups as possible. Everyone loves to gain feedback on their hard work. And be sure and spread the comment love far and wide!
6. Following my blog is not a requirement, but it is greatly appreciated, plus you won't miss a thing!
7. Be sure and stop by our sponsors , Aurifil  and Fat Quarter Shop, and let them know how much you appreciate their continued support and giveaways! They are the most awesome companies that truly love our community!

Two winners will be chosen using Random Number Generator and the two winners will be announced Wednesday October 7th!
One winner will receive this STUNNING 10 Large Spools Collection from Aurifil!

The second winner will receive a $25.00 Gift certificate from the Fat Quarter Shop to spend in their online shop ! Woohoo!!!!!!

The Link-up will be available Saturday October 3rd through 10:00 pm EST Sunday Oct 4th!
Please stop by and visit as many people as you can! Who knows what neat idea or tip you may come across!
Now,  Let's make some friends and let's PARTY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Upcoming Linky and Giveaways!

    This Saturday, Oct 3rd, will be our first Sew Simple Saturday! Do you have a tip or technique that you would like to share with us? Whether you hand sew, machine sew,hand quilt,applique, free motion quilt, embroider, craft, make your own clothes, make bags or pouches or slippers or tea cozies? Whatever your passion is, we want to hear all about it! You can write a blog post or face book post! We will have a linky tool that is very easy to follow so you can link to your post!  I am always open for new ideas, tips and techniques that would make my sewing/crafting time more enjoyable and faster!
 And for caring enough to share, two of my fantastic sponsors are offering some great prizes for two lucky participants!
  First, the Fat Quarter Shop is offering a Gift Certificate to their beautiful online shop! They have a HUGE variety of fabrics, notions, books,patterns etc... I am sure it will be very easy for one lucky participant to spend this Gift certificate!

Second, our great friends at Aurifil is offering up a BEAUTIFUL Large Spools box of  Aurora Collection by Leah Duncan for one lucky participant!
OH MY! SCRUMPTIOUS colors! This set is just stunning! I love all these colors! And in 50wt!

So are you ready to link up to your great tip, technique or tutorial? This is so exciting! I can't wait to learn something new! Oh, and let's spread the word. Do you have a special person that taught you your craft or love of of sewing? Be sure to include them!
  So I will see you right back here on the blog to PARTY! Saturday October 3, 2015!
This is gonna be fun!
Happy Stitching ya'll!
xo jan

Friday, September 25, 2015

Lucy-Boston-Patchwork-of-the-crosses-Farm Love Friday and 100 Blocks and a Giveaway!!

Hey ya'll! Boy, I don't know where the summer has gone. Between the pretty little yellow wildflowers, the hay field and the Goldenrod , it seems I wake up each day with a headache! But they sure are pretty. I love being outdoors too! And Missy is doing great! Woohoo! I finally have weaned her off the seizure medicine for three weeks now with no side effects and no more seizures! I thank ya'll for all the kind words and support. Her and my little bull  "Quinto" are both waiting on the water to come out of that hose. And I have been VERY busy in the ETSY shop. See that pretty little block in the middle of the table runner I am working on? That is my 100th BLOCK! WooHoo!!!!!!!!!! I can't beleive I have designed 100 of these intriguing blocks. I guess I am totally addicted! To celebrate I thought I could giveaway a Starter kit to one lucky person and a set of Finishing Edge Templates to another person.. I am hosting the giveaway on facebook, so pop over there and leave a comment if you would like to be entered into the drawing! And if you share the giveaway either through your blog, facebook, instagram, pinterest, then you can leave a second comment for a second chance to win! The Starter kit comes with my very first block kit, 100 honeycomb cardstock templates, 150 Square templates, one Honeycomb Acrylic template and a Sample pack of my favorite needles! And the Finishing set comes with one pack each of the 3 different shapes for finishing the edges :)! I will randomly pick winners on Tuesday and announce it on facebook.
  And don't forget October 3rd will be our very first "Sew Simple Saturday"  Linky Party right here on the blog with prizes from Aurifl thread and gift certificates from the Fat Quarter Shop! So get ready to link up your simple sewing tips and techniques! You can link to a blog post or facebook post!

Let's have some fall fun ya'll! Thank you so much for stopping by!
Happy Stitching!
xo jan

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

It's "Sew Simple"!

 Last week I was able to sneak away from the farm for an afternoon and I headed straight to Chattanooga for the AQS Quilt Show! I had signed up for a class and a lecture so I didn't have alot of time to actually see  all the gorgeous quilts! I did walk around for about an hour and visited with a few friends working in some of the vendor booths. One thing that I really noticed as I walked around, was how helpful, caring and friendly everyone was toward one another! I kept hearing things like " I wish I knew how to do that!" or "I wonder how she did that?" or "I wish I could learn that!"  and ALOT of "I could NEVER do that!" . Everyone was more than happy to share their process and encourage each other. So that got me to thinking. I wish we had a place where we could share our tips, techniques and tutorials! Just simple everyday stuff. like how to bind, Free motion quilting on a domestic machine, Applique, English paper Piecing, time saving shortcuts, cute little projects, maybe even no sew projects etc...etc...etc....Crafts?? Holiday projects! Quilters as a community have a very, and I mean VERY, vast wealth of information! 
  So I thought maybe we could have a MONTHLY LINKY PARTY to share our helpful hints and sweet little projects! AND I contacted my sponsors and they are very excited to offer prizes along the way! Woohoo! So get ready for....................

Yeehaw!!! This will not only be fun, but you could win some awesome prizes along the way, such as Aurifil thread sets from Aurifil  and gift certificates from the Fat Quarter Shop just for linking up, sharing and caring! I LOVE my sponsors!
  So, the very first "Sew Simple Saturday" link up will be Saturday, October 3, 2015! Get ready to link up to your blog post or face book post with a helpful tip or tutorial. It doesn't have to be a completed project, or an entire tutorial,  just something that you have learned along the way and would like to share or teach to others! We will then plan on the FIRST SATURDAY OF EACH MONTH for Sew Simple Saturdays!
  I will pop back in, right here on this blog with a reminder and some helpful guidelines for linking up before
October 3rd! So mark your Calendars with the date (Oct 3rd) and get those ideas and tips ready! I made us a cute little "Sew Simple Saturday" button on the right sidebar that you can grab for your blogs! Help spread the word and I'll see ya'll back here real soon!
This is so exciting!!!!!!!!!!
xo jan

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Hexagons kits , Dutch Girls and Notions !

 Hi everyone! Just wanted to pop in and let you know about a Sale and that I have restocked all my hexagon kits in the ETSY shop! Plus added Embroidery patterns, quilt panels and more!

  I have Christmas Hexie kits: These are great for making Hexagon Wreath ornaments, gift tags, mug rugs, teachers gifts and more!

And 1930's Reproduction Print hexie kits; Adorable for your Hexie swap Partner!

 And Halloween Hexie kits; These make really cute Trick or Treat bags and mug rugs! Or decorate your favorite shirt or sweater! Fat Quarters sold separately!

 And coming soon, I will have Civil War Reproduction Prints Hexagon kits and more!
I am also working on adding an Embroidery section to my shop with iron on transfers:
I have Dutch Girls: (these are the ones I am using for my Redwork)

Colonial Girls:

Purrfectly adorable Kittens:

Monograms and more!

And a beautiful 36" pre-printed Floral panel"

Also all Notions and Aurifil Thread is still on sale! All to celebrate National Sewing Month! I do ship outside of the United States, just contact me prior to purchase for the best shipping rates available. And I do combine shipping and reimburse any overages!
 Featherweight Quilt Company will be having different items on sale all throughout September to celebrate National Sewing Month and a very nice giveaway is coming up here on the blog and on facebook! So be sure to find us on facebook! And if you are not set up to purchase thru ETSY, just send me an email or private message on facebook !
  Happy sewing everyone! I hope you get lots of time with needle and thread!
It's back to the hay field for us! Gorgeous weather!
Thank you for stopping by!
Welcome to all my new friends here and on facebook!
xo jan