Sunday, August 24, 2014

Aurifil BOM.........

Hey yall!
 First, I am so happy to report that we are finally winning the battle over the pink eye around the farm! Hubby has worked relentlessly treating the infected cows,calves and bulls and implementing more preventative measures with the remainder of the herd. We are down to only TWO infected! Yippee!! We also had a neighbor a few miles away call asking if we had seen any pink eye over on our place? He has 8 infected cows right now and our vet has had around a dozen infected. I don't know why this year has been such a problem in this area, but thank goodness it is almost over. Hopefully with all the cows still retaining their sight. One of the two that we have that is still infected is in pretty bad shape though. She is older and may loose one eye. She was born on this farm along with her twin sister. And we still have their mother. Both of the girls have calves on them too. Even if she looses her eye, she will not be going anywhere. She is here to stay. Like her mother who is now 28 yrs old or there abouts.  My hubby can walk up to most every cow in our pasture and lay his hands on them.  She has been no exception, until now. She has become pretty shy of us. I guess she doesn't want us doctoring her anymore, but we have to. Hopefully she will settle back down soon and maybe that eye will clear up. 
  This afternoon I finally had the opportunity to do a little sewing. Each year Aurifil offers a Block of the Month quilt along. Pat Sloan is the incredibly talented coordinator that brings it all together. You can find the Flickr group here where we upload our photos for a chance to win a Large Spool box of Aurifil Thread EVERY MONTH! Woot! Woot! You can also see all the other participants blocks and a list of the previous months winners and find the patterns for all the Aurifil Blocks of the Month ! 
 Here is my August Aurifil Block of the Month:

 A polka dotted button! The pattern this month is brought to us by Michelle Foster! I love this block. Now I always have a difficult time sewing small pieces but  Michele's pattern was very easy to follow! 
  These are my blocks from January , July and August. I have some catching up to do! I have always wanted to make a pink and brown quilt. I am using Pirouette from Fat Quarter Shop. I love how it is turning out so far!
It's not too late to join in the fun! You can find the pattern for this months block along with all the previous patterns here! These are so much fun to sew and I am learning some new blocks too!
  Now to just catch up with the rest of my blocks! Thank you  Aurifil and Pat  for hosting such a fun Block of the Month QAL! 
I hope yall are finding a little time to sew! And since it is Sunday, I am linking up with Slow Stitchin Sundays at Kathy's Quilts! Drop by and see what everyone is working on today!
Have fun yall! 
xo jan


Now how did those sneak in here??  I did get 3 Lucy Boston Patchwork of the Crosses blocks put in the shop this week. :)
Have fun yall!!
xo jan

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Selfies,scissors and Slow Stitchin Sunday!

Hey yall! I hope everyone has had a great week and weekend. We have been battling pink eye with the cattle. This little guys mama has it so they have been in the barn for a week and he has gotten very spoiled.
"Calf selfie"

He is half Braunvieh and half Jersey. I am really hoping that he doesn't contract it. Pink Eye is caused by a bacteria and spread through flies crawling around their eyes and by them rubbing against one another. We keep fly spray  and other deterrents around, but this year has been a battle.
 We treat Pink Eye with LA200 injections and another antibiotic mixed into their feed. We also clean their eyes and put a salve in it. Needless to say that is easier said than done .  We have started treating the whole herd to hopefully put a halt to it spreading any further. Left untreated it can actually cause blindness.  I ran into our local Veterinarian at the Post Office last week and he confirmed our treatments and said they have been battling it at their place this year too. We haven't had any around our farm in probaly 15 - 16 yrs. . This sweetie has a little runny eye so he is being watched very closely and receiving some antibiotics to help ward it off. He has become so friendly and demands his feed very loudly every morning! I am sure going to miss him when he goes back out into the pastures.
And I am so excited! I won a giveaway from Carole at My Carolina Home. for her 100th blogpost!  A brand spanking new pair of Karen Kay Buckley's 7 1/2" Perfect Scissors! Yall I can honestly say that this is the best pair of scissors that I have ever used! 

I wanted to give them a few test runs before I shared with yall. There are a few reasons why "Perfect Scissors" is the perfect name for these jewels! First, my hands pretty much stay sore from farm chores and sewing so much. I love the soft grip handles and they have a large opening to accommodate my tired and sore fingers. So they are super comfortable to use.  Secondly, they have a micro serrated edge! I have never used a serrated scissor until these. Awesome! The serrated edge actually grips the fabric and keeps it from sliding away from the scissor blades. I never even realized that fabric did that until I used these and saw and felt the difference! With all my hand sewing it has made accurate cutting a breeze. And thirdly, I LOVE the super sharp points and the fact that these will cut the fabric all the way down to the point of the scissors without any fabric slipping or twisting. I love that accuracy with English paper Piecing and cutting those small 1 inch pieces of fabric! And my favorite thing about using these is that with the serrated edge, there is NO FRAYING of the fabric edges!
 
I cut 8 layers of fabric just to try them out and they cut through all layers perfectly straight and with no fraying! That is especially great with needle turn applique and English Paper Piecing! Frayed edges drive me crazy sometimes so I am especially happy to eliminate that problem! I completely believe in using the right tool for the job and these really are the "Perfect Scissors"! Plus they come with their very own protector that slips over the blades. Love that!  So thank you so much Carole @ From My Carolina Home for this awesome giveaway and thank you Karen kay Buckley for creating these Perfect Scissors. I really have enjoyed using them and look forward to trying the the other sizes that you offer! Also, thank you Carole for your cute handmade card! It is so adorable! And if yall haven't checked out Carole's blog then you should. Carole shares a wealth of information in all types of tutorials. This week there is a tutorial on making a Rayon Challis Three Season Skirt using your blind hem foot. There is also gardening, decorating, recipes and beautiful photography! I am so thankful that Karen of Karen's Quilts, Crows and Cardinals introduced me to Carole's blog after she completed one of Karen's Spring Basket pillows. So thank you ladies! These scissors have definitely found a good home here on the farm. They spend as much time out at the water trough watering cows and working on Lucy blocks as I do. Yesterday I used them to cut out my latest Lucy Boston
Patchwork of the Crosses block. I really wanted a soft scrappy block after those last two bold and bright blocks. And I really love using black in a quilt. 



Now to decide on the layout! Decisions, decisions... If you get a chance let me know which option you like best, 1,2,3,or 4??
You can find this block and a few others in my Etsy shop, Featherweight Quilt Company!
 I hope that yall have found some time to stitch this week. Between hay fields and battling pink eye I haven't had as much time as I would like, but I did get to do a little Slow Stitching today! So I am linking up with Kathy's Slow Stitchin' Sundays! Check it out yall. There are some really adorable projects being linked up over there! 
 Also, I would love to give a big warm WELCOME to all my new friends and followers, the latest two being WoolWoman and Lady bug! Welcome to the farm ladies! I hope yall enjoy plowing along with us! 
Have fun yall!
"Get yourselves excited and make something! "
And thank you for stopping by!
xo jan



Thursday, August 14, 2014

Hay fields and Honeycombs......

 The last few days have found me away from my computer, away from my sewing machine, away from the kitchen and even away from my end of the county. A few days back we headed up to the north end of the county to the hay fields.
Lawd, but I love to go to this particular field! Some of yall may remember last years post about the Glory Clouds!

 Being out here is pretty much like magic!
 It helps you to find your way.
Makes you remember who you are.
 Gives a soul time to think,
and
 plum fills your heart with joy!
Not to mention rejuvenates the spirit and gets those creative processes flowing.
Why even my dog loves to go,


I always feel a little bit of relief every time we haul a load of hay to the house.


It amazes me how just a few miles makes a difference in the fields. We haven't had near as much rain at the house on the pastures as there has been on the hay fields..
Dust kickin up, fly swattin, sweat pouring heat!  No wonder my eyes just soaked up all that green grass and blue sky! I love the sweet smell of that golden brown hay!  It always tickles me when we are headed out of the hay field and back toward the house because we have to pass a few different pastures and we always have cows mooing and horses whinnying at us as we drive by when they get a whiff of that hay!

 And Missy LOVES to sit on top of a roll of hay! I guess she feels big as a mountain up there. She is only about 10" tall. The hay is 5 1/2 feet tall.

I love the golden brown color of this cuttin of hay. We cut it during the light of the moon so its golden bright!


Libby and some of the others line up at the fence as we come up the driveway with the hay!
She's always throwing that nose up and those big ears up. 

Libby's daddy, Quinto, heads to the gate because he knows we will put a fresh roll into the hay ring for them to nibble on. He's a big baby, 'bout 2300 lbs worth. 

All that hard work tuckered little Missy out. I had to wake her up when we got home,


I also feel a huge sense of relief when that handsome farmer hubby dude gets down off the top of the hay and gets it unloaded and safely into the barn. Now another 150 or so rolls to go and we should be in pretty good shape for winter. I am trying to see the barn as half full instead of half empty !


All that time in the pretty green field with that gorgeous deep blue sky had me thinkin about some honeycomb blocks. So today I went out and sat down at the table near Libby's pasture where I usually sit and run water and talk to her and the other cows and made this pretty little stack. 

And this block , 
Option 1?

Option 2 ?


Or Option 3?

That darker blue makes me think of raindrops.
These dang things are so much fun to play around with.
 Then I decided to make a hay stack block

Option 1?



option 2?



Option 3 ?

 or Option 4 ??

 I don't know why I haven't used much yellow before. I really love yellow in a quilt, but my stash is slim on it. I'm pretty sure I will be using more of it in the future. And I know every time I look at these blocks, regardless of which layout I choose, that I will remember my time in the hay fields. 
 I'll be listing a few of these blocks in my ETSY shop. 
Yall, I hope you get the chance where ever you are to see some Glory Clouds
Glory Clouds 2013

Or if you get a chance you can go back and look at this post. It does a soul good to connect with this glorious Earth that we call home.
Have fun yall!
 Get yourself excited and make something spectacular!
xo jan

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

"Sew,Grow,Ride and Bake Your Own" winners.....

 Hey yall!
  First I would like to say a great big THANK YOU to everyone one of YOU for making this such a fun giftaway! I hope that yall had as much fun as I did the last few days. You guys tweeted, instagrammed,pinned, facebooked ,commented and visited! Yall have been a very busy bunch! I got so many ideas and inspiration from all the items that yall came up with to use these panels for. I should have bought the bolt! I am very happy that I did buy the 5 extra panels that I did for this giftaway! And I am very grateful to Aurifil and the Fat Quarter Shop for their generosity and participation in this giveaway!
 So let's get some winners! These will be the same order as listed on the giveaway post:

First the winner of a " Sew Your Own " panel and an Aurifil 10 spool collection of "I Can Fly" by Mark Lipinski is:

#322 QuiltaliciousJuly 31, 2014 at 1:51 AM  who said:
Wow... love what you did with these panels - and with your Aurifil thread (my favorite!). Very cute and so creative!

Thanks for sending folks over to my blog, always nice to have visitors!
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Second for a "Sew Your Own "panel and 2 spools of 12wt variegated Aurifil thread the winner is:
# 411 Raina July 31, 2014 at 9:54 AM Who said:
I receive the Auribuzz and Joplly Jabber newsletters
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Third for a "Sew Your Own" panel and 2 spools of Aurifil 12 wt variegated thread the winner is:
# 183.Marti TaylorJuly 30, 2014 at 9:45 PM Who said:
I receive Auribuzz emails and follow The Jolly Jabber on bloglovin
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Fourth for a "Sew Your Own" panel and 2 spools of Aurifil 12 wt varigated thread is:
I pinned: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/51158145742238442/
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Fifth for a "Sew Your Own" panel, a spool of Aurifil 12 wt thread and a bundle of 1930's Playtime Petite Bundle the winner is:
Love Love love this! I want to make a sewing machine cover, a casserole cover and a wall hanging for my niece with the grow your own as we ventured into organic gardening for our vegetables this year. I am sure I can come up with something for the ride your own too. I think a messenger bag would be so cute for that. What a great giveaway. You have outdone yourself.

WOOHOO!!!! Congratulations everyone! I will be emailing each of you for your mailing addresses! 
 Yall thank you so much for participating in my Summer giveaway! I hope that you had the opportunity to meet some new people and gain some inspiration. Thank you to Aurifil and Fat Quarter Shop for their generosity! This has been so fun!

Now, those of you that know me know that I hafta show yall my latest Lucy Boston Patchwork of the Crosses blocks! Both of which can be found in my shop, Featherweight Quilt Company.

I can't decide which layout I like best! Do you like Option 1?




Or option 2?


And here is the second block with different layout options.

Option 1?




I am so hooked on making these. They are super easy and considered a beginner block! 
Let me know which option you like best. And if you get a chance, drop by facebook and see me here! 
And because I can't leave without showing a couple of farm pictures, I'd like for you to meet "Libby",

She is in the "Big Girl" pasture now. No more hugs for me :(

And I tried to take a selfie with Daniel
But he almost ate the camera!

have fun yall! Thank you for playing along in my giveaway! A GREAT BIG HUGE WELCOME TO MY NEW FRIENDS AND FOLLOWERS! 
Yeehaw yall!
Now get excited and make something!
xo jan

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

"Sew Your Own" and 5 Giveaways!

EDIT: This giveaway is now closed. Thank you for your entry. Winners will be announced Tuesday 8/5/14.



Recently I was in Chattanooga at Spool to attend a lecture being presented by Alex Veronelli for Aurifil thread company and I came across this adorable fabric panel:

Cute right?  I knew immediately that I had to have it and exactly what I wanted to make with a couple of the panel blocks.
So I dug out my scraps from a Kimberley's Garden 1930's jelly roll that I purchased from the Fat Quarter Shop and went to work.

I sewed strips together and then subcut them into 2 1/2" strips and then sewed them into a large panel.

 I then decided on the backing fabric and cut out the "Sew Your Own" panel and attached strips on both sides until I had it as wide as my biggest sewing machine. I have several machines and some vintage ones that do not have a cover. I decided to make a cover big enough that I could use on whichever machine that was currently in use.

 I think it turned out so stinkin' cute! I sewed three strips across the top and a panel of the 2 1/2" squares for the back. I bound it scrappy with leftover strips.


I used the twill tape from a fat quarter bundle for the ties on the sides. I love that the cover is adjustable for any of my machines.


I used Aurifil thread 12wt for quilting it! 12wt In My Machine! I set my stitch length to 5, the longest that my machine offers.  I love, love how it looks!


The thread color is # 4668! And its variegated!  I usually machine stitch my bindings on the front and hand stitch to the backing, however this time I wanted to play with this gorgeous thread some more so I stitched the binding to the back and then flipped it to the front and machine stitch it with the 12 wt thread!  I love the vintage, chunky look that it gives.


I used 50 wt in the bobbin. It worked fine. I think a 40wt would work great too!  And a cutsey little floral print for the backing. 


I decided that I wanted to try out my Aurifloss and have started using it on the panel. I should have done this first, but you know me, if I can get the cart before the horse, I do it everytime! :) But I have been able to embroider through the panel but not all the way through the batting and backing. So far...
   Look at those yummy colors. Aurifloss is a six strand 100% long staple cotton floss. Great for embroidery, Sashiko and blanket stitch applique. Just about anytime you want a chunky embroidered look. And,  it can be seperated like any other 6 strand floss.And it comes on these adorable wooden spools! LOVE!
 I also want to do some embellishing with buttons and ribbon. 

When it is not in use, I can open it up and throw it over the back of my chair.


 Sew? Would you like to "Sew, Grow, Bake and Ride Your Own"? I kinda got carried away and bought 
5 (five) panels to giveaway! And Aurifil and the Fat Quarter Shop have decided to help! So here we go with the giveaways! There are 5!

First is one (1)  4 block panel and a 10 Spool Box Collection of Mark Lipinski's  50 wt. "I Can Fly " Collection!!! Woohoo! Aren't those colors yummy!


Second is one (1)  4 block panel and 2 large spools of Aurifil 12 wt variegated thread!


Third is one (1)  4 block panel and two (2) large spools of Aurifil 12 wt variegated thread.


Fourth is one (1) 4-block panel and 2 large spools of Aurifil 12 wt thread:


AND Fifth is one (1)  4-block panel, 1 large spool of Aurifil 12 wt thread AND a  Bundle of 1930's Playtime 2 Petite from the Fat Quarter Shop!


WOOT! WOOT!! Yall, I 'bout fell outta my chair when I saw this! How gorgeous would this all be together! And how cute would a machine cover be made with those little spools print on it???

So, how do you go about winning one of these AWESOME giftaways? Well if you've been here before you probaly have a good idea, but here goes. You have 5 chances to win! You can enter once or all 5 times, that is up to you. I will leave this giftaway open for 5 days to give everyone time to play as much as they want!

 To enter:
1. Leave a comment below. ( first entry) ( I would love to know what you would like to make if you won one of the giveaways.I want to make a casserole cover with the "Bake Your Own"! Cute!)

2. Sew and Sow Farm followers New or Previous get another entry! (optional 2nd entry) Leave me a comment letting me know that you do. 

3. Help spread the word through facebook, twitter, pinterest, instagram or your blog! Leave me a comment letting me know how you shared ( Optional 3rd entry!)

4. SHOW OUR SPONSORS SOME LOVE and GRATITUDE! Drop by Aurifils blog  Auribuzz and  by  The Jolly Jabber (the Fat Quarter Shops blog) and sign up for their newsletters! Did you know that The Fat Quarter Shop has an awesome selection of Aurifil and a You Tube Channel! Or you can visit them on their face book pages  here and here! Be sure and tell them I said hello! (Optional 4th entry!)

5. Visit one of my followers from the sidebar and let them know that Jan from Sew and Sow Farm sent 'cha over to say hi and visit awhile!
What? Yall, this is something I love to do. I have so many nice people that have helped me along with this blog and I want to show them some love. Over on my right sidebar you will see Google Friend Connect followers (just click on one of the icons) and Bloglovin followers(click on followers). And also Google + followers.(I can't see my email followers) Just look around and pay a visit to at least ONE of them.( Try not to all visit the same person/blog as everyone else is) You may even decide to follow them. That is up to you. But I would love for you to just pick someone NEW to you and pay them a visit.Tell them I said howdy! :)  Give them some encouragement!You will find so much inspiration and be so glad you did. If you need help, let me know and I will walk you through how to visit! Leave me a comment of who you visited! ( Now this is the 5th optional entry!)
 Kinda like a blog hop, giftaway ,visiting party! Yeehaw! AND when someone reaches out to you and visits your blog, try to return the favor if you can! I am certain they would love it!

 For those that are not familiar with Blogger,You have to click on Comments below to leave comments to be eligible to win.

Whew! Don't worry you have 5 DAYS to enter. Enter once or all 5 times, it's up to you! Mr. Random will announce the winners next week!

This giveaway is open to everyone, anywhere! I will ship Internationally!  Also if you are a no-reply or anonymous commenter, or not sure, then please include your email in your comments. 

 Yall, I would like to say a HUGE THANK YOU to the  Fat Quarter Shop and to Aurifil! You know, these companies are huge, but yet they still take the time to offer their generosity to a small blog like mine. They are both very caring and generous companies and it shows through the support that they give to our quilting and sewing community! So show 'em some love!

Have fun yall! And good luck! 
xo jan