Tuesday, November 27, 2018

2019 1930's & Feedsack Lucy Boston Patchwork of the Crosses Blocks of the Month Sign ups!

2019 Lucy Boston Patchwork of the Crosses 1930's & Feedsack Block of the Month Program


Hello!
I am super excited to announce Sign-ups for our 
 2019 Lucy Boston Patchwork of the Crosses 1930's and Feedsack Reproduction prints Blocks of the Month Club exclusively from Featherweight Quilt Company! So exciting to be starting our 3rd year for the BOM club!!! 


Background quilt above stitched by Nancy Davies of our 2017 POTC Group

  Once subscribed you will be automatically enrolled in our club program.

What you will receive:

 Each month you will be sent a package that will include adorable and fun fabrics to create THREE Patchwork of the Crosses quilt blocks! Some blocks will be fussy cut!  You will also receive a Paper Pieces 100 piece package of 1" Honeycomb cardstock templates!! Plus FREE shipping! Woohoo!! You will have 28 honeycomb papers remaining each month to use for the background squares. It will be up to you to keep up with how many block kits you have and to determine how large you want to make your quilt. The original quilt has 56 blocks and measures 88x99 finished. (We will also offer additional kits if you would like to make your quilt bigger or you can just opt to stay in the program next year!). 



 Fabrics will be focused on 1930's and Feedsack Reproduction prints along with coordinated dots, stripes and solids. You will need to purchase 9-11 yards of background fabric( if you are making the 56 block quilt 88x90)  and 3-4 yards of connecting and cornerstone fabric of your choice separately. I recommend you purchase plenty of background and connecting/cornerstone fabric in case you decide to make a larger quilt. Each month there will be at least one additional fabric remaining from your block fabrics that can be used for the centers of the cornerstones for a fun and scrappy look.

Sue is appliqueing hers onto black background squares!

 We also have a facebook group for subscribers only where we  show and discuss layout and occasional fussy cutting options so I encourage you to join the facebook group.  ( BOM subscribers only) I will not be showing block layout every month, however occasionally there will be opportunities to fussy cut and I will share these along with other tips and techniques within the facebook group. I highly encourage you to join the facebook group so that you do not miss out!

One of my favorites, piece by Liz Gray.

Block of the Month Skill Level:                                                        
 You do need to have a basic knowledge of English Paper Piecing. 
 I do recommend using the 1" Honeycomb Acrylic for cutting your shapes and for occasional fussy cutting. Supplies that you will need are in my ETSY shop here:
https://www.etsy.com/shop/FeatherweightQuiltCo
 I also recommend a good quality thread.My favorite thread for English Paper Piecing is Aurifil 50 weight. I also recommend Foxglove Cottage Straws or Sharps Needles. I use sizes 10 or 11. If you are not familiar with these needles, I have Sample packs and vials in my ETSY shop along with Acrylics and threads. I also have the 1" Square cardstock templates and acrylics along with edge finishing pieces. I cannot combine orders from the ETSY shop with the BOM subscription. 

Pieced by Bev Boston Parker


Currently the 2019 Lucy Boston Patchwork of the Crosses 1930's and Feedsack Reproduction prints Block of the Month Club is open to US and Canadian residents only. The program is non-cancellable.  The costs of the Club is $26.95 per month for US residents and $38.95 for Canadian residents (prices may change dependent upon US postal increases) .  This price INCLUDES shipping. I do not keep your credit card information on file.  Each month you will receive a Paypal invoice by the 5th of each month ( usually on the 1st)  for $26.95 US residents and $ 38.95 Canadian residents. This includes shipping!! You may remit payment from your Paypal account or by credit/debit cards thru paypal. Your BOM Club kit will ship within 1-3 business days after receiving cleared payment. (Please note that e-checks take longer to clear and may delay shipment. I do recommend setting up a Paypal account.) I cannot stress enough how important it is to have the correct email and mailing addresses in Paypal! You are responsible for any change of address. And you must notify me of any Paypal email address changes.

I love Liz's pink connectors!


 Signup forms are below. ( If you are having problems with the signup form, please try it from another computer and then contact me).  Be sure to use the correct email and mailing address of where you would like your 2019 Patchwork of the Crosses 1930's Feedsack Reproduction Prints BOM Club package to be sent. Please fill out ALL lines of the form. You will be sent a confirmation email that you must validate before your registration is complete so please check your email after signing up!  There are only a select number of memberships available and the signup form will be removed when all the spaces are filled.  By signing up below, you agree to participate in the full 12 month program.

I am so excited to share this fun and exciting Block of the Month with you! English paper piecing is so fun and relaxing too! I also have a tutorial on my blog if you need help! 
http://sewandsowfarm.blogspot.com/2017/02/lucy-boston-patchwork-of-crosses.html


I hope that you will join us on this fun journey recreating this beautiful quilt! Spaces are limited so sign up today! There is no Reservation FEE!  Please let me know if you have any questions.
xo jan

PS.  There will also be a few little surprises and treats along the way for Block of the Month members :)! And be sure to join our facebook group here: 

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1874807332737894/ AFTER you have signed up! You will only be approved after you have signed up. 
I am on facebook daily and it is the quickest way to reach me. 

Sign up here: And then check your email for the Confirmation email!


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Friday, October 12, 2018

October!


 Oh I couldn't agree more! October is my favorite month of the year! 
  The wildflowers and butterflies have been beautiful this year! 




And I get to bring in my houseplants to enjoy this winter! 
I love to use some of my vintage Milk Glass to display them. 




I am not sure the name of this plant. It was actually in a small dish garden at the beginning of the summer and I transplanted it to this pot. It has tripled in size and is now blooming the cutest little pink star blooms! Does anyone know the name of this plant? Someone on facebook suggested a Sopadilla. 


And my Avocado I started from a pit really grew this summer on the porch! 
I have several more plants to bring in before it gets too cold for them. It was 46 degrees last night! 

 And I have been very busy in the ETSY shop with Autumn themed  Patchwork of the Crosses kits! These are really pretty in a table runner or for mug rugs! Almost sold out though.





We've been really busy with hay the latter part of the summer but we almost have the hay barn full! Yeehaw!!  There will be some very happy cows this winter.! 


We've had alot of calves this year but I've too busy to roam the pasture and take pictures. This fella was born with a bad leg. The Vet wanted to put him down but hubby said he would take care of him and see how he did. He spent hours each day taking care of him. He would let the calf get his morning milk and then turn mama out to graze, then doctor the calf 3 times a day, then turn mama back in so she could feed her baby and spend the night in the barn with him. Now he is doing great. Spoiled rotten and getting around fine! Hubby named him Lucky. If he were a girl , I'd name him Grace. 

Missy is doing well. She has made every step I made.



And the sunsets have been beautiful this year! Ones like this make you feel like a speck! 



I haven't done anything to get ready for Autumn or Halloween around the house. I saw this on facebook and laughed myself silly. Doesn't take much some days :)! 



I am off to see if I can find a pumpkin! I want a really big one!
Happy Fall Ya'll!!
 Thank you for stopping by!
I hope you are having a beautiful day wherever you are! 
xo Jan
PS!!! Google has had alot of issues. I can't tell if anyone is commenting or not. I think I have that fixed so if someone could leave me a comment I can check that out. Hugs! xo


Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Lucy Boston Patchwork of the Crosses 1930's & Feedsack Block of the Month Program

CURRENTLY FULL _ I WILL POST AGAIN WHEN I HAVE MORE OPENINGS AS MEMBERS FINISH UP THEIR QUILTS> xoxoxo Jan

Hello!
I am super excited to announce ADDITIONAL Sign-ups for our 
2018- 2019 Lucy Boston Patchwork of the Crosses 1930's and Feedsack Reproduction prints Block of the Month Club exclusively from Featherweight Quilt Company!


Background quilt above stitched by Nancy Davies of our 2017 POTC Group

  Once subscribed you will be automatically enrolled in our club program.

What you will receive:

 Each month you will be sent a package that will include adorable and fun fabrics to create three Patchwork of the Crosses quilt blocks! Some blocks will be fussy cut!  You will also receive a Paper Pieces 100 piece package of 1" Honeycomb cardstock templates.It will be up to you to keep up with how many block kits you have and to determine how large you want to make your quilt. The original quilt has 56 blocks and measures 88x99 finished. (We will also offer additional kits if you would like to make your quilt bigger or you can just opt to stay in the program!). YOU MUST NOTIFY ME A MINIMUM OF 30 DAYS BEFORE OPTING OUT OF THE PROGRAM. 



 Fabrics will be focused on 1930's and Feedsack Reproduction prints along with coordinated dots, stripes and solids. You will also receive a 100pc package of 1" Honeycomb cardstock templates every month. You will use 72 of the Honeycombs each month to make your POTC blocks and the remaining 28 honeycombs you will use for part of your background honeycombs. You will need to purchase 9-11 yards of background fabric( if you are making the 56 block quilt 88x90)  and 3-4 yards of connecting and cornerstone fabric of your choice separately. I recommend you purchase plenty of background and connecting/cornerstone fabric in case you decide to make a larger quilt. Each month there will be at least one additional fabric remaining from your block fabrics that can be used for the centers of the cornerstones for a fun and scrappy look. I do reserve the right to substitute fabric where necessary.

Sue is appliqueing hers onto black background squares!

 We also have a facebook group for subscribers only where we  show and discuss layout and occasional fussy cutting options so I encourage you to join the facebook group.  ( BOM subscribers only) I will not be showing block layout every month, however occasionally there will be opportunities to fussy cut and I will share these along with other tips and techniques within the facebook group. I highly encourage you to join the facebook group so that you do not miss out!

One of my favorites, piece by Liz Gray.

Block of the Month Skill Level:                                                        
 You do need to have a basic knowledge of English Paper Piecing. 
 I do recommend using the 1" Honeycomb Acrylic for cutting your shapes and for occasional fussy cutting. Supplies that you will need are in my ETSY shop here:
https://www.etsy.com/shop/FeatherweightQuiltCo
 I also recommend a good quality thread.My favorite thread for English Paper Piecing is Aurifil 50 weight. I also recommend Foxglove Cottage Straws or Sharps Needles. I use sizes 10 or 11. If you are not familiar with these needles, I have Sample packs and vials in my ETSY shop along with Acrylics and threads. I also have the 1" Square cardstock templates and acrylics along with edge finishing pieces. I cannot combine orders from the ETSY shop with the BOM subscription. 

Pieced by Bev Boston Parker


Currently the 2018 - 2019 Lucy Boston Patchwork of the Crosses 1930's and Feedsack Reproduction prints Block of the Month Club is open to US and Canadian residents only. The program is non-cancellable.  The costs of the Club is $26.95 per month for US residents and $38.95 for Canadian residents.  This price INCLUDES shipping. I do not keep your credit card information on file.  Each month you will receive a Paypal invoice by the 5th of each month ( usually on the 1st)  for $26.95 US residents and $ 38.95 Canadian residents. This includes shipping!! You may remit payment from your Paypal account or by credit/debit cards thru paypal. Your BOM Club kit will ship within 1-3 business days after receiving cleared payment. (Please note that e-checks take longer to clear and may delay shipment. I do recommend setting up a Paypal account.) I cannot stress enough how important it is to have the correct email and mailing addresses in Paypal! You are responsible for any change of address. And you must notify me of any Paypal email address changes.

I love Liz's pink connectors!


 Signup forms are below. ( If you are having problems with the signup form, please try it from another computer and then contact me).  Be sure to use the correct email and mailing address of where you would like your 2018-2019 Patchwork of the Crosses 1930's Feedsack Reproduction Prints BOM Club package to be sent. Please fill out ALL lines of the form. You will be sent a confirmation email that you must validate before your registration is complete so please check your email after signing up!  There are only a select number of memberships available and the signup form will be removed when all the spaces are filled.  By signing up below, you agree to participate in the full program.

I am so excited to share this fun and exciting Block of the Month with you! English paper piecing is so fun and relaxing too! I also have a tutorial on my blog if you need help! 
http://sewandsowfarm.blogspot.com/2017/02/lucy-boston-patchwork-of-crosses.html


I hope that you will join us on this fun journey recreating this beautiful quilt! Spaces are limited so sign up today! There is no Reservation FEE!  Please let me know if you have any questions.
xo jan

PS.  There will also be a few little surprises and treats along the way for Block of the Month members :)! And be sure to join our facebook group here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1874807332737894/ AFTER you have signed up! You will only be approved after you have signed up. 
I am on facebook daily and it is the quickest way to reach me. 

Sign up here: And be sure to watch for the Confirmation email!

CURRENTLY FULL _ I WILL POST AGAIN WHEN I HAVE NEW OPENINGS> XOXO JAN



Friday, July 20, 2018

Little Dresses for Africa 2018 Winners

   Hi everyone! 
   I just wanted to say a great big THANK YOU to all of our participants in the 2018 Little Dresses for Africa Sew Along! I really appreciate each and every little dress and pair of shorts that were made!


  Along with my dresses, shorts and tees we had a total of 
36 Dresses, 14 pair of Boy Shorts and 11 Tee shirts!!! Woohoo! It really warms my heart to have such caring friends! I really appreciate all of you that participated!  
  I also appreciate the wonderful people at Aurifil thread for being our sponsor once again! We have 3 prizes this year. A large spool box of Aurifil, a small spool box of Aurifil and a $25.00 Gift certificate from my ETSY shop. So let's draw the winners.

The winner of the Large Box of Aurifil is: Donna Lee!
The winner of the small box of Aurifil is: Elise Jane Stone!
and the winner of the FQC Gift Certificate is : Sue Willison!!

Woohoo! Congratulations winners! I will message each of you for your addresses! 

I think we are all winners when we help children in need!  Thank you all for having such a kind and generous heart! 


Ya'll this has been so fun and heartwarming. I really appreciate all the sweet words to me and the kindness shown to these children. And please, keep on sewing and making these little dresses as you have time.  You can send them directly to Little Dresses for Africa year around! . The address is here.

Hugs!
Jan

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Little Dresses for Africa Link-up Party 2018


Welcome to our 4th Annual Little Dresses for Africa Sew-Along link up party at Sew and Sow Farm! 

  Every year I like to choose charity projects to work on during the hot summer months. Little Dresses for Africa is one of my favorite projects! LDFA makes and collects little dresses and boy shorts to help clothe children AROUND THE WORLD! LDFA collects the clothing at their headquarters and then either mails them around the world to mission groups or carries the clothing with them on their many  trips to impoverished areas throughout Africa.
  I really had fun this past year choosing and setting aside fabrics to use for this project. I love using pretty, happy fabrics!

 I couldn't resist this border print fabric even though I knew it would take a little extra work as the print ran along the selvage instead of across the width of the fabric. I used a French seam to enclose the raw edges of the Back center seam. I had enough fabric to make two dresses. I think they turned out really cute!

 I also found a little tee shirt and wanted to try making a tee shirt dress. I didn't have a pattern and it was a little fiddly. I don't do fiddly well. Things went smoother after I used a 1/2" wide strip of iron on interfacing around the cut edge of the tee that eliminated the stretching.  I also wasn't sure about where to cut off the Size L tee so that I could attach the skirt. I finally settled on 4" below the armpit. I am not sure exactly what size the dress turned out to be, maybe a Large. If anyone has any sizing/pattern info for making dresses like this, please let me know. I think also you have to be careful to match up the amount of fullness of the skirt with the Tee size so that the dress doesn't end up being too A-line and restricting. This one has a little fullness in the skirt but not alot. Maybe this style is more suitable for a smaller size tee? Or you could use more fabric to make a fuller skirt. 

I also found out that Little Dresses for Africa desperately needs boy shorts.  They will accept gently used shorts but please make sure zippers and buttons are all working properly. I went to my local Goodwill to see what I could find. They offer a half price sale once per month on Children's clothes! These shorts were normally $2.49 pair but I was able to purchase them at $1.25 each! Much less expensive than I could sew them! I am not sure if the Swimming trunks are ideal, but I do like that they are lined. 


I also found a group of Tee shirts at our local Save-a-lot grocery store for .99 cents each! I think I will wash both the shorts and the tees before sending them off. 


Little Dresses for Africa asks that we size our items before mailing them. 
Packaging & Sizing Instructions:
Please package Dresses in Size Groups in Zip Loc Baggies. The air can be removed from the bags and take up less room in suitcases and boxes.

Size them by length from the shoulder to the hem.
Small = 2, 3, and 4  (16-22 inches long)
Medium = 5, 6, and 7 (24-28 inches long)
Large = 8,9, and 10 (30-34 inches long)
X-Large – size 11 and above (anything over 35 inches long)
Any size boys shorts are welcome. Elastic or drawstring waist works well for boys shorts.
If you are sending Sani Pads and Panties, I am packaging one pair of panties with two pads per baggie.
 You can mail your items to Little Dresses for Africa Headquarters at:
Little Dresses for Africa
24614 Curtis Drive
Brownstown, MI 48134
Enclose a self-addressed stamped envelope if you’d like to be notified when they are received.
 Or you may mail your items to me at:
Featherweight Quilt Company
P.O. Box 1715
Chatsworth Georgia 30705
I am still waiting to hear from our local Missionary group to see if they are going again this fall. If they do not get to go, I will mail them directly to Little Dresses for Africa. 
Also, if you did not get to participate, Little Dresses for Africa accepts items year around. So it is never too late to help a little boy or girl in need! Here is the link to their website where you read all about the organization and find their patterns:
 http://www.littledressesforafrica.org/blog/
  Aurifil is once again hosting our Sew Along! They have generously donated a Large Spools thread box and a Small spools thread box. Both are to be mailed directly to the 2 winners directly from Aurifil to save on postage! Be sure to drop by Aurifil on facebook and let them know how much we appreciate their generosity and support. Thank you Aurifil!! 
 My ETSY shop, Featherweight Quilt Company, is donating a $25.00 gift certificate to one lucky winner. Winners will be chosen at random and announced Friday, July 20th!

Having prizes for doing what we love is like the icing on a cupcake! It just makes it all a little sweeter!

It's time to link up those Dresses and Shorts!

1. You must link to a specific and current blog post or face book post. Not just to your homepage. Be sure to set your viewing to public on facebook so we can see your beautiful items. 

2. Please visit at least one person before your link and one person after your link. We want to share our sewing and be sure and leave nice comments! We all love receiving comments and encouragement on our efforts! Plus it's a nice way to make new friends!

3. Please take time to visit Aurifil and let them know how much we appreciate their great prizes! You can tell them all about your dresses and /or shorts or just tell them hi! Tell them I said hi too! Aurifil is such a fantastic company with superior products! 

4. Share, share , share! Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, twitter, blogs.....The more people we have making dresses and shorts, the more children we can help!

5. Be sure to follow up and get your items in the mail! You can find packaging and mailing instructions above!

6. The link up will only remain open until Thursday July 19th 11:59 pm EST. You must add your link before then to be eligible to win one of the prizes! You must link to at least one completed dress or boy shorts. You can still make more after the link up party !

7. Winners will be announced on Friday July 20th right here on this blog! BE SURE TO CHECK BACK HERE ON Friday! SEVERAL OF YOU ARE SHOWING AS "NO REPLY"bloggers SO I HAVE NO WAY TO REACH YOU IF YOU WIN ONE OF THE PRIZES!!

8. If you are planning on sending your items to me , be sure to leave a comment on this blog post stating the number of items that you have so I can give a count to the Missionary.

I really want to say THANK YOU to everyone for participating. It really touches my heart how generous our sewing and crafting community is! 

 So let's get this party started! Follow the Linky below to add your photo and links! (click on the "click here to enter")