Wednesday, July 30, 2014

"Sew Your Own" and 5 Giveaways!

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

Friday, July 25, 2014

A Pictorial.....

 I have had several requests regarding how to fussy cut, especially regarding the honeycombs that are used in making Lucy Boston Patchwork of the Crosses blocks. I have a tutorial HERE on how to assemble the blocks and a brief explanation of fussy cutting, but stripes can be a little different.


A square in a square , or not??


And sometimes a picture can be worth a thousand words, especially when you are trying to explain mirror images, or opposite sides, flip it over,  or line it up with the edge?? Which edge, my right or your right? lol... So in this case maybe several pictures would be better!

 This entire block is made from the same fabric.


 The center four honeycombs: Option 1.

Or option 2:
You can make the center however choose. I just chose this section of the fabric.

Now to start making the large square that surrounds the center. I find it easier to work on a Side section.  I chose the red in the stripe and made the middle piece with the gold first:


This is how you align your template.

The green washi tape is for this demonstration only.It denotes where on your template to align the fabric.

Now the left side:

Then the right side:

Repeat for the other three sides of the block.


Now decide on the outer corners. I wanted to use the gold stripe.

Make two for each corner.



I wanted to show a picture without the center to help you see the layout of the square better.See how each SIDE has the three pieces. Then the two gold corners


Now to decide which way I want to sew it together. Square in a square?


Or floral center?


Which do you prefer? I'd love to know! It amazes me how just changing a few pieces around makes this block look so different. And I think these are a great use for a stripe or border print! I have 4 of these kits available in my ETSY shop. The kit comes with 25 paper templates for making your block.(It takes 24, but I always enclose at least one extra) I also have the acrylic templates available. If you make one I would love to see it!  I hope you enjoyed this pictorial! Please let me know if you have any questions! Have fun yall!
xo jan

Friday, July 18, 2014

Wagons Ho! yall and LOTS of other stuff!!!

Hey yall!  Whew it has been a busy couple of weeks since my last post. From my town's 53rd( I believe) Annual 4th of July Wagon train parade, to my wonderful trip to Chattanooga to hear Alex Veronelli's lecture on Aurifil threads, to hay fields and babies, and bee blocks and black berries. So here we go.... take a deep breath , this might take a minute :

















 Hey look! I can see our Traffic Light at the other end of town! And the Courthouse rotunda!

That's the end of the Wagon Train ! Yall come back , ya hear?

Then on to Spool in Chattanooga! Yall, I love this shop. Maddie is such a hoot and we had a great visit with Alex Veronelli of Aurifil. Alex took us step by step, (15 steps to be exact) , through the processes of making Aurifil thread! I was amazed by the dedication of Alex and his company in producing these high quality threads. Although Aurifil has alot of state of the art equipment, many of the processes are performed by hand in order not to rush the process of creating their splendid products.  Here are some photos from the lecture and quilt examples of how the different weights and thread types are used.





This was stunning! Beautiful thread collection!


Hand applique!

Sashiko!

Thread Painting!


The people are made of thread!

Loved the varigated


Loved this one!
 And then my favorite and what I waiting to see! Luke Haynes's quilt of Alex!

Can I just say this is amazing! I am just enamoured with Luke's work. He is so dang stinkin talented! Drop by his website and view his galleries! Speechless!



Maddie Kertay of Spool and Alex Veronelli of Aurifil!
Thank you guys for a fun afternoon! And also hello to Brad, Alex's assistant! He did a phenonmenal job and was so friendly and personable! It was a pleasure chatting with you Brad!

And I would love to say Thank you to Gayle! She was the wonderful lady that was sitting next to me during the lecture. As the quilts were passed around, Gayle would stand up and hold the quilts up for us all to get photographs! Thank you Gayle! She is so sweet and we are friends on Facebook now. I hope we can get together again in Chattanooga  again very soon!
Also, I have been hard at work trying to keep my ETSY shop stocked. This 6 block kit  was so dang fun to make. And I LOVE that I had Aurifil to match! :)


 And, in other shop news, I am working on putting together a couple of English Paper Piecing travel kits in a cute little burlap clutch that will include my favorite 4" Sullivans Stainless Steel Embroidery Scissors,an Acrylic 1" honeycomb template, 100 paper honeycomb pieces, a needle sample booklet ( so you can try different needle sizes), a glue pen, and a bobbin of Aurifil #2021 White 50wt thread that I will wind myself because I want you to try this thread for hand piecing! Pure Heaven! I think I will only have two of these kits, so if you are interested let me know asap before I list them on the company Facebook page at the beginning of the week.


And I have been busy with Bee Blocks and Charm Swaps:

Flowers for the Inchy Flower Swap.


Liberated Wedding Ring for the Global scrap Bee
Kaffe Fassett Charm Swap

1930's Charm swap


I Love Lucy International Bee
WIP for the I love Lucy Bee!

And Blackberries, babies and a high steppin' rooster!:

Blackberry juice!

Just had to eat a few with my afternoon tea!

Hi pretty lady on a gorgeous horse riding across my table cloth! I love your hat scarf thingy!

And Blackberry pie in the makin'!

 I have never made a blackberry pie that did not bubble over! Glad I put a cookie sheet under the pie plate!

I want to feed Swans too!

New babies;
This cow is "Little Bit III". Her calf is "Little Bit IV". They are both half Holstein/half Braunvieh.  My hubby's father brought home Little Bit I as a calf, she had a heifer, Little Bit II, which had Little Bit III and now she has Little Bit IV. All heifers. So 4 generations of Little Bits! (We lost Little Bit I last winter.) 
And this is "Libby", named after Lady Liberty! She is a fullblood Braunvieh and a sweetie!
And, I have a hen sittin'.  She is sitting on 16 EGGS! The second from the left is a photo of her last year! I will try to get a photo of her grown up and sitting on her eggs when it stops raining. They grow up so fast :) She is black with gold around her neck now.!

Whew!
  Yall, I am serious when I say I don't know if I have been washing or hanging out! It has been a whirlwind around here! I left out hay baling and corn planting and canning green beans, corn and tomatoes and making Bread and Butter pickles!  But I wouldn't have it any other way! I love our busy farm life. Sewing, quilting and blogging is definitely icing on the cake! And I have made a ton of friends on facebook. Facebook can be a really inspiring place and there are so many sweet and friendly people just waiting to talk and share their work! I spend way too much time over there! :)
  And, I WON a fantastic pair of Karen Kay Buckley scissors from my new friend Carole at " From My Carolina Home! " She has an awesome blog with lots of well written tutorials, recipes, book reviews and more! Thank you Carole for your generosity! I can't wait to try out those scissors!
  I was introduced to Carole by Karen of Karens Quilts, Crows and Cardinals! Karen does alot of wool applique, writes patterns and is awesome at Free Motion Quilting! If you haven't checked out her blog you should. She has several FREE patterns and tutorials and some gorgeous patterns to purchase in her Craftsy shop! Such cute stuff! I really want to make her Spring Basket! It is going on my "Must Make" Bucket list!

 AND,  a little exciting news is that I am going to be teaching a class at Spool! It will be a class on Lucy Bostons Patchwork of the Crosses! Yay! Here is the sample I made for the class!
So fun and very modern. I wonder what Mrs. Lucy would think of it??
I am sooooo excited to get the opportunity to share my LOVE for these fascinating little blocks! I am definitely addicted to making them! I will share class information as soon as I can!
  Now ,before I forget, I want to say a big warm WELCOME to all my new friends and followers! Fiona Ransley,Reconstructed Fabulousness,Elizabeth, Kiki's Dolls, Valerie, Jette, Lorraine, and Paula! Welcome to the farm ladies! We are so happy to have yall plowing along with us!
 And last but certainly not least! Aurifil has kindly donated a couple of gifts for an upcoming giveaway! I hope to be able to announce the plans for that sometime within the next couple of weeks, as soon as I can get things planned out, so stay tuned for more information!
 Until next time, have fun yall! Thanks for dropping by!
Let's get excited and make something spectacular!!
YEEHAW YALL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
xo jan