Tuesday, May 26, 2015

"Summer Posies" Table Runner

 Hey ya'll! I have a fun and really easy table runner tutorial that I would like to share. It is made using a Mini Charm Pack , a little yardage and some English Paper Pieced Hexagons! With Summer almost here, I wanted some fun and cheery colors so I am using a mini charm of "Horizon" by Kate Spain.

Here is what you will need:

(1) Mini Charm pack or (42) 2 1/2" Squares
(2) 6 1/2" x 18" Strips of Accent fabric
(1) 18 x 20 1/2" Center Background Fabric
110"  of 2 1/2" Fabric Strip for binding ( I used the same fabric as my center background).
(42) 1" Hexagon paper Templates ( I have kits available in my ETSY shop)
Coordinating threads ( I recommend Aurifil 50 wt.)
 Applique and/or straight pins
Hand Sewing Needle - ( I use Straw #11)
Fons and Porter Glue Pen for glue basting your hexie flowers ( Or you can baste them by hand)
(1) 22 x 36 fabric for backing (This will be trimmed down)
(1) 22 x 36 batting ( This will be trimmed down)

One thing I love about English Paper Piecing is it's portability. I carried my Mini Charm Squares and Hexagon papers all over the farm and worked on them whenever I had the opportunity:

I made Hexagon flowers while I watered the cows:

After I fed the calves:

While waiting on the other cows to come up for water:

Finally got my 6 hexie flowers finished. I glue baste so it goes fairly quickly! :)

A Mini Charm pack will make 6 hexagon flowers or 7 hexagon flowers if you use a different fabric for the flower centers :)! We need 6 for this project.

Now lay your completed flowers out in a circle in an eye pleasing layout and whip stitch them together where they meet: DO THIS WITH THE PAPER TEMPLATES STILL IN THE FLOWERS:)!

Using your 18 x 20 1/2" Center background fabric, fold it in half in both directions to find the center. Remove your papers from your flowers, press really well to insure that the seam allowance stays turned under the petals.  Pin your flower circle into place for appliqueing onto the background. You may machine or hand applique it onto the background:

Next pin the Accent Fabric strips onto both ends and attach using a 1/4" seam:

Open and press seams toward the Accent Fabric:

Woohoo! Your top is finished! Now you can go watch a calf smell a Posie!:

When you get back , go ahead and layer your top with the batting and the backing fabric. Pin and quilt as desired:

This is the first time I have used a Hera Marker to mark a quilt. I really enjoyed it and I don't have to worry about ink on my fabrics. Since these prints are so busy, I kept my quilting really simple with straight lines in the center and through the accent fabrics and Daisy loops in the flower petals.

 After you have finished quilting your Runner, trim and square it up. It should measure 18" x 32".

Prepare and attach your binding. I like to machine sew bindings to the front and hand sew them down on the back. I used Aurifil #2847 50 wt for the binding and the quilting.

And woohoo! You are finished!

 And the back! I love it almost as much as the front.

Now you can go find some posies to set on your "Summer Posies" Runner!

I hope that ya'll have enjoyed this tutorial! If you make a "Summer Posie" table Runner I would love to see it! You can share it on my facebook page (click here)! 
     I  have a few "Summer Posie" Table Runner kits available in my ETSY shop: Featherweight Quilt Company. And I have other Mini Charm Kits available that include (42) hexagon papers and (42) 2 1/2" squares, Straw Needles, Glue pens and more so you can design your very own Posie runner!!
  Thank ya'll for stopping by! I appreciate your time and please help me offer a very Big WELCOME to all my new friends and followers!
Happy Stitching ya'll! I hope you have a quilty kind of day!
xo jan

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Happy Mother's Day!

Hi everyone! Happy Mother's Day! I hope all of you are having a great weekend and getting to spend some quality time with your families and friends!  Things have been busier than usual around the farm the past few weeks. On April 16th my little friend Missy started having seizures. She was given a new flea medicine on the 14th, Comfortis. We are not sure if that is what started her seizures. She was not having any health issues prior to the flea medicine. Seizures are listed as a possible but not usual side effect. She has had a pretty rough time of it. The seizures went away for 4 days after we started her on phenobarbital, then they came back worse than ever. Continuous seizures, so we had to rush her to Chattanooga to the Animal Hospital. They added Keppra and upped her dose of phenobarbital. She has been seizure free for 6 days now and is finally adjusting to the medications. She couldn't walk for almost a week, which is a side effect of the meds. She is so happy to be able to walk , stand and get around without having to be carried. I am very happy to have her able to walk. She has gained weight from 13.5 lbs to 16 lbs! Another side effect. We are not sure yet if they are going to try to get her off the medicine after the flea medicine wears outs of her system or wait awhile. I am just so happy to see her happy! Since she rescued me almost 5 years ago, I do not know her health history prior to that time!
  I have finally had a little time to work on some new Lucy Boston Patchwork of the Crosses blocks! I never tire of designing these! I have also added a "Starter kit" to the ETSY shop. The kit includes everything you need to get started with these blocks! I decided to use my first block in the kit! It is still one of my favorites.

I hope yall have had time for some stitching! Happy Mother's Day!
Thank yall for stopping by!
xo jan 

Friday, April 24, 2015

Patchwork of the Crosses and Farm Love Friday!

Double daffodils, lots of dandelions ( need to make some Dandelion Jelly) , very fat lizard ( wonder what she's been eating?) , Snow on the Mountain ( I love how they close up each day and reopen the next) fading tulips ( hate to see them go) , Snowball bush ( I LOVE this color before they turn white) A lone turkey in the farm drive, ( I hate hunting season) and my daffodil, dandelion inspired Patchwork of the Crosses block.
Happy Friday ya'll!
xo jan

Friday, April 17, 2015

Patchwork of the Crosses and Farm love Friday!

These last few weeks have been so busy. I had a request for a two block Patchwork of the Crosses kit using bright yellows, greens and blues. I think she liked it! The red block is my new block for this week. An old barn down the road from our place,sweetie pie calf, beautiful blossoms everywhere, my eggs I decoupaged, and a hexagon table runner I am working on! The only bad spot was a dang Copperhead snake in the drive going up to the house! ( I sneaked that snake picture right in there!)
  I have a few hexagon and Patchwork of the Crosses kits left in the ETSY shop here! I hope yall have a great weekend! Spring is here! Thank you for stopping by! Happy Sewing and Sowing!!
xo jan

Friday, April 3, 2015

Farm Love Friday 4/3/15

Whew! Where do I begin with these past few days. We decided to carry some cow/calves to the cattle Auction up in Tennessee. As usual, nothing ever goes smooth for us. We got up extra early, 5:00 am, took care of our chores and were about to load the cows/calves into the trailer when hubby decided to go check on a heifer we had up at the barn that was expecting her first calf any day! Well, you guessed it! It was of course the same day we were headed to the Auction. When he went around to check her, her water had broke. He called me ( I had just changed into clean clothes for the trip to the Auction, so I changed back into my work clothes) to let me know what was happening. The "Weigh " Sale starts at 3:00 pm. After finally helping the heifer deliver a very healthy calf, we left the house with just 2 1/2 hours until the Sale. We arrived with 30 minutes to spare! I carried my camera along and took a few photos out the window as we whizzed  along (I should really say "chugged slowly" along with a trailer full of cattle) ! So over the mountains, across the river, through one "Small town America" after another, passed by a Blue Bird, met a train, past Athens Plow (Est 1921 and my hubby has some farm implements from them), past the City park, past Mayfield's Dairy Farm ( my favorite milk and the school's all visit them each year), passed by the local library with the Barn Quilt ( gorgeous),past the First Baptist Church (beautiful) and finally arrived at the Sale Barn! Since we got there so late, that meant the cattle would sell very late. I was so happy that I carried along some sewing. We have Wild Wood Violets blooming all over the farm and in the yard. So my two Lucy Boston Patchwork of the Crosses blocks are inspired by them! And they are available in the ETSY shop! We finally made it back home at 1:30 am! What a long, but gratifying day!
  How was your week? I hope you had time for some stitching!
Thank you all for stopping by!
And welcome to all my new friends and followers!
xo jan