Saturday, July 4, 2020

Building a white Rail Fence


Happy Independence Day ya'll! I hope everyone is doing alright. I personally think we need to rewind 2020. I've been laying pretty low mostly around the house and a little time at the farm. Farm life keeps moving through whatever else is happening in the world. I am so thankful EVERY day to live where and how we live! This is a long one folks, so grab a cup of tea and relax while you read.

We had lots of new calves this Spring.

These fat, lazy buggers need to get a job! 

But this little sweetie , can follow me around anytime she wants to. EEEEK!!
Isn't she precious? She is just such a doll and soooo sweet. She butted me in the leg the other day , then fell down . OMGee.. So cute! I keep catching her smelling on the Honeysuckle vines, so I named her Petal. 

Back in late Winter?? February maybe ( my days seem to be running together. Are yours?) I started and finished this Jigsaw puzzle. I love puzzles of any type and really enjoyed this one . It's 18x24 and I hope to frame it (if I ever get to go to Walmart or Hobby Lobby again)  and hang it in my sewing room. 
I believe I purchased it at Books-a-Million before the whole Pandemic thing. 

And speaking of Books-a-million. There are 3 books I would love to read. 
 



Have you read these? I heard they are really good.

We had terrible tornadoes come through our county back in April. This is what is left of my SIL's barn. They lost one calf and a few of their cows had some injuries but recovered just fine. They lease this property and were very lucky. 9 people lost their lives in our county. 7 died that night and 2 passed after from their injuries. It was horrible.

I started a baby blanket and ran out of yarn . The baby came a week early so I went ahead and just finished it off. It was a good stroller or car seat size. 
  I reordered the yarn but it kept getting backordered and finally they refunded my money. I assume because it wasn't considered an essential item. 
I had ordered a couple of cute outfits but only received one . I just had to add a fussy cut little hexagon flower of the 3 Little Kittens. I searched everywhere for mitten fabric for the center of the hexie but couldn't find any. I think it turned out pretty cute.  I wish the little blue jeans had come in. I wanted to add little 3/4" hexie flowers to them.

I've been mask making!

And more mask making..
 And more mask making....
 I love the drawstring type. I started with a pattern by Craft Passion. I tweaked it just a little by adding a little height to the top and a dart under the chin. they have a little sleeve across the bridge of the nose for a pipe cleaner to form fit to your nose. I use tee shirts to make the drawstrings. They are super comfortable, double layer good quality cotton. I had to wait 3 weeks to get the wrong sewing machine needles. I made it thru this last round of masks but have more needles on order. I need to get out one of my Vintage machines. They wouldn't have a problem sewing thru the thicknesses.
And a few more.... These are headed to the Observatory where my daughter is currently working.
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And I would really like to make one of these for myself if I can find the fabric... so if you see any , please let me know...


And I've been enjoying the birds around the house....

It's a bird, it's a plane .... actually it's a bird watching a plane. 






And speaking of birds.....


This adorable guy found this adorable guy!


A racing pigeon! (different than the pigeons you see on rooftops and parks)Early one morning last week when hubby stepped out onto the porch headed to the farm, Preacher was waiting and had a fit wanting Hubby to follow him, so he did. Around the house and nestled against the AC unit was the pigeon. Preacher was jumping up and down for joy! Hubby brought the poor little bird inside and gave him to me. I spent the better part of the day tracking down the numbers on his band that is around his right leg. The numbers on the Band correspond to the Date of birth or age, The Pigeon Club abbreviation and the individual number for that bird. The Club was out of Chattanooga TN. Racing pigeons are like homing Pigeons only there is big bucks to be made by racing Pigeons. Some of these fellas fly over 300 miles! So the Club gave me the name and phone number of the owner of the bird. Success... I called for 2 days and finally the gentleman called me back and I met him on the third day and returned his bird. He didn't know it was missing as he hadn't counted. He owns over 100 birds. hmmm..  They turn the young birds (like this one) out daily just from home. They fly around a few hours and come back to their coop. This guy was probably chased off from the group by a falcon or small hawk (big hawks usually won't bother them) and lost his way. I think he must have seen our lights the night he landed at our house. We live way out in the woods and do not have many neighbors. There are 1000's of DNR and private acres surrounding us. Poor thing was exhausted. I could only get him to eat corn and drink water. He would not have survived in the wild as he doesn't know how to find food. He ran away and across the cage from the worm I tossed in there. lol!! So if you ever run across one, please take it in and find it's home or give it a home.  As the birds gain experience in "Homing" they take them further and further out and release them. They have competitions (Races)  releasing birds and the one that returns the soonest and travels the farthest wins. Sounds kinda mean to me. I worry about the ones that don't make it home.  

I cook a lot these days... as I guess everyone probably does. My latest favorite has been Chicken/Veggie pot pie with a salad. 


Super easy... Pillsbury pie crust, whatever cooked veggies you have on hand (or frozen or canned) , cream of chicken or mushroom soup and some cooked chicken (leftover rotisserie is great) . Salt and pepper. Toss it all together and bake. If I don't have chicken, I'll boil a couple of cubed up potatoes. Leftovers are good reheated too.

I've been really busy with the ETSY shop and the 1930's BOM. Members are starting to finish up their quilts and I have a lot of new members. My BOM program is different as you can start and stop most anytime. It's an ongoing program (in our 4th year!)which gives stitchers more time to stitch since it is hand English Paper Piecing. One of our members Maria Simone just finished hers. 

I am so proud of her beautiful finish! She chose the blue connecting fabric, border and background. Congratulations Maria on your beautiful finish! It measures 99x110!
I've also started adding other items to Featherweight Quilt Company like these fun Fat Quarter bundles .These are great for mask making too. 


Wildflowers and flowers in general just haven't done well this year with the exception of this native milkweed. They are beautiful and loving that ditch next to the pasture.


We had a cold and very wet Spring. I had a few daylilies bloom but not many. This is one of my favorites. The fragrance is lovely! And I love the long, thinner type petals.



The last few that opened were totally scorched and wilting by the time I got home from the farm.

Some of you know that my daughter is working off the mainland for the next 2-4 years on a research grant at an Observatory. I took her to the airport on January 14th. Then the pandemic really got rolling so of course she hasn't been able to come home to visit and I haven't been able to go out to see her. To help keep me distracted I've been teaching myself to Cross Stitch. I've collected charts and threads for a few years thinking one day I would get started. I love it! 
  My first little project was a chart by Blackbird designs called Hats Off to Uncle Sam. I finished the stitching but I still have to get the little beads that go into the flower centers and finish it into a pinkeep. You can actually get the little Uncle Sam hat to paint and finish from Hobby Lobby.

Next was  June Berries, also by Blackbird designs. This is in their book "A Fine Collection" which is out of print. The book has a chart for each month. I would like to stitch "August Melon" to go along with June Berries when I can find another piece of the same ground cloth. I believe it is Charles Craft Natural or Oatmeal. It came in a DMC order but I can't find it any longer on their site. Hobby Lobby also carries it but I haven't ventured into there since the pandemic started. 

Next was "Glad Tidings" also by Blackbird designs. It was really fun to stitch and I changed it up just a little.


I've completed 2 other little projects. One by The City Stitcher and one by Prairie Schooler. They are for gifts so I can't show those yet.  
 Yesterday our town had their annual Wagon Train parade. It's been a tradition since 1962. The Saddle Club hosts its now. there are 2 weeks full of rodeos, horse shows, dances, parades etc.. it will conclude with fireworks tonight ( it's raining so I'm not sure about those. You can watch the horses on you tube here:

Last night when hubby got home, after dinner he asked what I was working on. I told him ...

     "I'm building a white rail fence". 


I love this little stitch by Silver Creek Samplers. I was hoping to have it finished by today for Independence Day, but I am sloooow and haven't had much time to work on it. I'll post a picture when I finish. Maybe 2026 for the 250 anniversary of our Nation! 
 Folks, I hope this post means I have finally found my blog voice again. Thank you so much for stopping by my little corner of the world. I hope ya'll are healthy and happy.
Stay safe. Be kind. Welcome to my new followers too. 
Much love!
xoxo Jan
 (ps. wear a mask in public please) 


Friday, December 27, 2019

Patchwork of the Crosses 2020 Feedsack & 1930's Block of the Month Sign ups!

EDIT - OCTOBER 2020 
We are currently FULL. We may have openings beginning with January 2021. Please watch this post and email me directly if you would like to be put on the waiting list. Thank you! Jan


WOOHOO!! We have a few openings (beginning with August 2020) in our 1930's & Feedsack Patchwork of the Crosses BOM as several members are finishing up their quilts! Information and sign ups below! 
Maria Simone just picked up her quilt from the longarm quilter! Isn't it gorgeous? Way to go Maria! 

Maria Simone's Patchwork of the Crosses 99x110

Hello!
I am super excited to announce Sign-ups for our exclusive
 2020 Lucy Boston Patchwork of the Crosses 1930's and Feedsack Reproduction prints Blocks of the Month Club exclusively from Featherweight Quilt Company! So excited to be starting our 4th year for the BOM club!!! 


  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 honeycombs. Patchwork of the Crosses can be made any size simply by adding blocks and connectors!!  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 longer!). 

Quilt pictured was made by Nancy Davies.

 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.


Made by Marcia de Aguiar

 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!

Made by Ann Carter-Carrington

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:
 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 mETSY shop along with Acrylics and threads. I also have the 1" Square cardstock templates and acrylics along with edge finishing pieces. I am happy to combine your orders from the ETSY shop with the BOM subscription. Just place your order thru Etsy before the first of the month. 

Made by Maria Simone

Currently the 2020 Lucy Boston Patchwork of the Crosses 1930's and Feedsack Reproduction prints Block of the Month Club is open to US residents only. The costs of the Club is $26.95 per month.  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 USD. You may remit payment from your Paypal account or by credit/debit cards thru paypal. Your BOM Club kit will ship within 1-2 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 and cornerstones!

 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 2020 Patchwork of the Crosses 1930's Feedsack Reproduction Prints BOM Club package to be sent. Please fill out ALL lines of the form. IMPORTANT!! >>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.  

Basic EPP knowledge is helpful. I do have a FREE tutorial on my blog if you would like to review it.
 http://sewandsowfarm.blogspot.com/2017/02/lucy-boston-patchwork-of-crosses.html


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! Patchwork of the crosses is a fantastic quilt to English Paper Piece . There are no fabric tails when basting so it goes together very easily! 


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. Stay safe and be well!
xo jan

PS. B
e 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. 

Currently FULL. Check back January 2021.

Sign up here: THEN check your email for the Confirmation email! Remember, you are not enrolled until you click on the confirmation email LINK!
Come join in the fun today! 

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Thursday, November 28, 2019

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I hope everyone has had a wonderful year so far! 


 I started the Spring off with an eye injury. It was a puncture in the cornea at the edge of the pupil.  I still haven't got back to hand sewing but I did pick up a crochet hook again and have been working on projects all year. Yarn is much easier to see than 50 wt thread!



 Spring brought alot of beautiful babies to our woods and the farm! She has twin fawns but the other one had already stepped into the woods.



Summer really brought some super hot temperatures here in North Georgia. Poor pup is melted! 


Summer also brought me a tick bite and Rocky Mountain Spotted fever and a reaction to the antibiotic for it.  I am still dealing with the effects of that and I didn't get to spend much time outside this year. Please if you get a tick bite, even if it looks fine and no rash, still go to the doctor and get tested. I was bit on a Wednesday and I was in full fledge RMSF by that Friday at 2:00 pm. I had to spend most of the summer indoors enjoying my house plants, crocheting, watching birds and very busy with my Etsy shop and my 1930's Block of the Month program and trying to heal. 




 Summer Tanager!



I did make it to the hay field a few times with the hubby just to drive the truck around and I still managed to wind up with a small fractured rib. I've never had a fracture before. They only hurt when you laugh, sneeze or cough lol! It is getting much better though. 


This was our Courthouse on Veterans Day. I love our town.


Autumn has brought me back to Crochet and work in the ETSY shop.  I am still having issues with a tinsy tiny spot of scar tissue in my eye that makes it really difficult to hand sew.....


  Or do Crewel work.
 I gave up on this piece. Maybe I'll visit it next year and finish it before Christmas 2020.


Riley, Preacher and Missy have been my constant companions this year. Sometimes I go days without seeing another person other than hubby. 



I have been getting alot of fun kits ready for Black Friday for the Etsy shop. And our 1930's Block of the Month is going really well.


Even though this has been a challenging year health wise, I have so very,very much to be thankful for! 


“My predominant feeling is one of gratitude. I have loved and been loved. I have been given much and I have given something in return. Above all, I have been a sentient being, a thinking animal, on this beautiful planet, and that in itself has been an enormous privilege and adventure.” - Oliver Sacks

I hope all of you have had a wonderful year so far! I've missed connecting with my blog friends! Happy Thanksgiving! 
Much love!
Jan