Saturday, August 22, 2015

"Sweet Salt Air", Goldenrod and Lucy Boston

  All summer I have longed to go to the beach just to get a breath of some sweet, salt air! We haven't taken a vacation from the farm in years. 65 +/- cows pretty much keeps us close to the house. So no wonder I was drawn to this book:



 Have you read any of Barbara Delinsky's books? This is my first but definitely will not be my last. I love to find new-to-me authors that I connect with their writing style from page one.  I think the characters and the location in which this book is based is what drew me to it. Not to mention the cover and title! Charlotte is a freelance travel writer, Nicole is a food blogger. They grew up best of friends spending their summers on an island off the coast of Maine, Quinnepeague. The story takes place years later when Charlotte returns to Quinnepeague to help Nicole write a cookbook ( which involves lots of herbs) . But they both hold secrets from the past, and little do they know, these are secrets that will change their lives forever. Then enters Leo Cole. A native of Quinnepeague with secrets of his own and a heart needing mended. If you like these type novels,( I call them "Easy Reads") then I highly recommend "Sweet Salt Air"!  Also, I recently became an Amazon affiliate and you can click on the book photo above to go to Amazon or the link on the right sidebar. ( Thank you for going through my link) If you do read it, I'd love to hear what you think.

   Although it has been an extremely hot summer for us and a very wet August,we have managed to spend some time in the hay fields!

 I was not expecting to see Goldenrod already starting to bloom:


I think the bumblebees are loving it though!

  And these are a couple of my latest Lucy Boston Patchwork of the Crosses! ( You can find kits in my Etsy shop here.

Simple fabric but I think they made really pretty blocks. I am thinking about using them with my Bavaria fabric and Redwork blocks that I blogged about here!
 I found this vintage trim last year at an attic sale in an old coffee can. I later purchased these fabrics to go with it:


Then decided I would embroider some Dutch girls in Red work to go with the fabric and trim:

 I still have a few Dutch girls to finish, but I think all these need to come together into a quilt. For myself :)!
 I may make a few more Lucy Boston blocks using some of the Bavaria fabrics. These are not normally my colors but I really like how the Lucy Boston blocks turned out. Now if I could just improve on my embroidery. How can I have patience for English Paper Piecing and not have patience for embroidery? I guess I need to pull this project back out and finish it up. I really want to use this Vintage trim too!

We managed to get all the hay hauled home and put into the barn except for the last 8 rolls. It started raining before we got it home. Guess there will be some happy cows come morning!
Happy Stitching yall!
Thank you so much for stopping by and a HUGE WELCOME to all my new friends and followers!
Let me know if you have read any good books recently!
xo
Jan

Friday, July 31, 2015

Patchwork of the Crosses and a Sunflower






 Hi everyone! Although things have been really quite around the blog lately, I have been busy! We've been to the hay fields ( boy has it been hot!) , but mostly I've been trying to stay indoors as much as possible. I've made lots and lots of Patchwork of the Crosses blocks for the ETSY shop Featherweight Quilt Company. They have been really fun! I also put together some Halloween Hexagon kits and I have Patchwork of the Crosses Starter kits back in stock!
 I made my first attempt at an Autumn Wreath.



     I really, really dislike the center of my Sunflower even after I went back and fixed that one rogue piece on the right. I still want to use burlap but I am thinking about a smooth center. It was really fun to make and very easy! I can't wait to make a Christmas Wreath! ) Can you tell I am dreaming of cooler weather?)

 And somebody needs to tell this guy that it is NOT February and he needs to stay out of my Corn Patch!


I hope yall are staying cool and getting lots and lots of sewing done this summer!
 Thank you for stopping by!
happy Stitching!
xo jan

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

A bit of Hope and the winners......




    Before we get to the winners, I want to say a great big Thank you to everyone that participated in our LDFA Sew-Along! We made a total of 28 Little Dresses and 1 pair of Boy Shorts! Woohoo! I know the 28 little girls and the little boy that receives these clothes will be so happy! 
     I have to be honest about something. At first I was kinda disappointed that we didn't have better participation . Especially from people that I think of as friends. I probably should not say that, but it is how I feel. HOWEVER,  that wise old farmer hubby of mine set me straight real quick! . He said "One dress is more than some of those children had two days ago! And you all made 28 dresses and a pair of shorts! That's 29 children that ya'll have helped!" You know what? He is so right!  That is 29 Children that we have helped have a little bit more dignity, a little bit more hope and maybe even given them a little boost in their self esteem!  So THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart! I truly appreciate each and every item that ya'll made! 
      Little Dresses for Africa accepts clothing and monetary donations ( to get the dresses to their needed destinations)  year around! So if you haven't finished making all that you wanted to make, you still can. Or you can send what you have completed and then make some more. 
  So, now , guess what? We had 6 prizes and 6 participants (besides me)! So WOOHOOOOOOOO ! EVERYONE that participated gets a prize! Two will get Aurifil thread sets and four will get a $50.00 gift certificate from the Fat Quarter Shop!
 First up for the (4) Gift Certificates from the Fat Quarter Shop in no particular order (other than the way they came out of that handsome, farmer,  hubby dudes hat) is:
# 4. Five Little dresses for Africa aka Nia L.
# 6. 2 Little dresses aka Maryellen Mc.
# 1. Little Dresses aka Robyn M.
# 2. Sending Love aka Debbie B. 
For the 10 small spool collector box of Gleeful from Aurifil is:
# 3. Little Dress/Shorts aka Donna L.

And the for the Large 40wt Spool box of Arizona from Aurifil is:
#5. Lixie Dresses aka Alex Y.

 Congratulations ladies! I really appreciate your participation in the First Annual LDFA Sew Along at Sew and Sow Farm! I look forward to doing this again next year! I hope that ya'll had fun and that you all will enjoy your prizes! Debbie, Robyn, Maryellen and Nia please email me the email address that you would like to receive your Gift Certificate at and Donna and Alex I need a mailing address from both of you to send your threads. My email link is over on the right sidebar where the little mailbox is located!
 Thank you so much Aurifil and the Fat Quarter Shop for your generosity! 
Happy Stitching everybody!
xo jan

  

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Little Dresses for Africa Linky Party!

 Welcome to the first Annual Little Dresses for Africa Sew Along Linky Party at Sew and Sow Farm! Each summer I like to choose a project to make for charity. In 2013, I found out about an organization that makes and collects simple little dresses to help clothe children around the world, Little Dresses for Africa! I really enjoyed making those first dresses. So this year, I decided to do it again and asked for some help from ya'll! I also asked some of my sponsors to give us a little incentive to Sew - Along! Aurifl and the Fat Quarter Shop didn't hesitate and have offered some very nice prizes! I have the BEST sponsors! They are ALWAYS so generous! I have been making some little dresses too! I am so excited ! I set a goal of 10 Little Dresses and gues what?, I reached that goal! Woohoo!
    I had to hurry outside yesterday and quickly get them on the clothesline between thunderstorms to get a photo:
I made 4 Size Small, 1 Size Medium, 2 Size Large and 3 Size Extra Large!They range from 13" long all the way to 43" long! These were so much fun and so very easy! I hope whoever receives them enjoys them! And I still have some fabric to use up! I already have them sorted, packaged and labelled, ready to ship:

So, have you been making any? 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.
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 Aurifl and the Fat Quarter Shop and let them know how much we appreciate their great prizes!You can see the prizes here! You can tell them all about your dresses and /or shorts or just tell them hi! Tell them I said hi too! They are both fantastic and generous companies with superior products!
4. Share, share , share! Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, twitter, blogs.....I would love to make this a yearly event and 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 here.
 http://www.littledressesforafrica.org/blog/
6. The link up will only remain open until 11:59 pm EST July 5, 2015!!!!!!!! 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 linky !
7. Winners will be announced on Tuesday July 7th right here on this blog! BE SURE TO CHECK BACK HERE ON TUESDAY! SEVERAL OF YOU ARE SHOWING AS "NO REPLY" SO I HAVE NO WAY TO REACH YOU IF YOU WIN ONE OF THE PRIZES!!
 Thank you all so much for participating!!
 So let's get this party started! Follow the Linky below to add your photo and links! (click on the "click here to enter")


Thursday, July 2, 2015

Decorative Stitching and Little Dresses for Africa!

 One of my friends, Alex, of Lixie Makes It!, posted a photo on her blog of a couple of the Little Dresses for Africa that she is making for our Sew - Along!. She is so smart! She used Decorative Stitching in her machine to stitch around the hemline!
Swiped this photo from Alex at http://lixiemakesit.blogspot.com/2015/06/two-little-dresses-for-africa-ldfa.html


That is sooooo adorable! I love this idea. I just wished I had seen this before I finished my little Dresses!
  But wait! I have one more dress to finish! And I have a machine that makes Decorative Stitching!

   Since my last dress was already hemmed, I thought I would try it on the Bias Tape Ties!  So, I loaded up my machine with some Aurifil #2021 in 50wt and a new needle and experimented on some extra pieces of Double Fold Bias Tape.
I curved a piece to make sure I could do Decorative Stitching while going around the armholes:

It worked great! I think it adds a little extra sweetness!

 What about you? Are you sewing along with us? It is not too late! You can find all the information about the sew along here! You must have at least one dress and or shorts finished and photographed to link up this Sunday, July 5th! You will be mailing them directly to the address on the Little Dresses for Africa website, so you can finish them after the linky if you need to. You will need to link to a current blog and or facebook post to be eligible to win one of 6 prizes!
 These are sew fun and quick to make! Maybe I can find time to make a few more before Sunday!
Happy Stitching ya'll!
Have a safe and Happy 4th!
xo jan

Monday, June 29, 2015

Little Dresses!

Well I've made a good start on sewing my Little Dresses for Africa for the Sew along! Are you joining in for a chance to win one of 6 prizes? We have some stunning thread boxes from Aurifil and gift certificates from the Fat Quarter Shop! There will be 6 winners chosen at random! You still have time to sew up a little dress or two or Boy shorts! You can find all the information with the pattern links here! The linky party will be July 5th so be sure to take a photo of your dresses and /or shorts and link them up on July 5th! Happy Stitching ya'll! xo jan

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Chain Piecing Log Cabin Blocks and LDFA !!

 Have any of you ever chain pieced Log Cabin blocks? I've had these pretty Autumnal fabrics for a while and finally decided to make Log Cabin blocks. I started with the red on the outer two strips, then thought maybe the brown would look better. I just couldn't decide. I decided to ask friends on facebook and the majority chose the red!
So I started chain piecing 4 blocks at a time!


This is a really neat You tube video that I watched!


It is really fun sewing! Until........... the UN-SEWING begins:


Yep, because when you pick up the incorrect strip/log to sew next - you sew it onto FOUR (4) blocks incorrectly instead of just one block!
 I was very happy  when I picked up Jack ( my trusty seam ripper) that I was using Aurifil thread. See that long piece of Aurifil. I took the seam out of all four blocks and didn't wind up with a million , kazillion tiny pieces of thread on both sides of my blocks. Just on the one side.The other side came off in one , long happy piece!  So Aurifil is great for sewing and Unsewing! :)

 Do those tiny pieces of thread drive ya'll crazy like they do me?
  Once I got over that catastrophe, I decided to switch things up and work on my Little Dresses for Africa!


 If you didn't read the last post, we are having a LDFA Sew Along with some great prizes like Gift Certificates from the Fat Quarter Shop ( yep 4 of them) and Aurifil thread boxes! I love my sponsors! They are always so generous! If you haven't joined in on the LDFA Sew- Along, it's not too late! You can find all the information here!
 And for those of you that have been wondering, Missy is doing much better. We are slowly, slowly weaning her off of the seizure medications.

The medications keep her so sleepy. It will take a couple of months to get her weaned off if we don't have any problems or symptons of the seizures returning!
  Thank ya'll for stopping by! Let me know if you have ever chained pieced blocks before and any helpful hints would be much appreciated! Hope ya'll are sewing a Dress or two along with us! There is a "Sew Along " button you can grab over on my right sidebar!
Happy Stitching!
Welcome to all my new friends and followers! Happy to have ya'll plowing along with us!
xo jan