Thursday, July 11, 2013

Hey Yall - Let's Get Acquainted!

Hi ya'll. Welcome to another week of the 2013 New blogger Blog Hop! I cannot even begin to explain how grateful I am to Beth of Plum and June for creating and hosting this Let's get Acquainted yearly hop for new bloggers. I have already learned soooo much from Beth and ALL the other new bloggers that are participating. They have been so patient in helping me learn the ropes! And yall Beth has lined up a whole slew of guest bloggers giving advice and even technical help on our blogs. You can find the impressive list of Guest Bloggers here. Beth also gave us a few suggestions on things we can talk about, including introducing and telling a little about ourselves.
Well, I am not too good about talking about myself  and I can't talk about myself without talking about our farm, so here goes:( You might wanna grap a cup of tea and a comfy chair! And just a warning there are alot of photos so I tried to condense them into collages.)

My name is Jan. I was born and raised in South Georgia.  I live in the North Georgia Mountains.  I am mom to a beautiful and smart young lady. That's her in the top right photo. She just received her Masters of Science Degree in Astrophysics. Thats a huge telescope she is pictured with. She is currently working on her PhD.
 I am married to a 3rd generation farmer.(the 4th generation back were gold miners and moonshiners).
 Thats us in the cornfield! And that's me looking like a bag lady and holding the twin lambs. We live on the family farm where my husband was raised and has lived for 50+ years. We raise Braunvieh, Red Angus and Commercial cows. We grow all of our corn and some of our hay for the cows. I used to raise sheep and I love to spin wool. (Newbie at that too) We have 60+ cows, 3 Great Pyrenees livestock guardians, 3 Border Collie herd dogs, 1Chihuahua(rescue),2 roosters,7 hens, 2 cats at the house and 3 cats at the barn.
Some random facts about me:
1. I am shy.
2. I love animals and have a natural affinity with them.
3. I drive a tractor on occasion and I wear pearl earrings when doing so. It makes my hubby laugh :)
4. I can't do as much on the farm anymore because I have diabetes.
5. I still cry if we lose an animal.(But I don't kick holes in the barn wall anymore) Farm life is hard not only physically but emotionally.
6. I have helped my husband pull (deliver) several calves if the cow needed help and have pulled two by myself when he was gone.
7. I am very humbled by the person that I am married to. I strive to be a better person because of him.
8. I love to repurpose items into something useful.
9. I used to raise Bonsai trees and was a member of the Atlanta Bonsai Community until I lost one that I had for 12 years. I love to garden and have an herb garden by my kitchen door. Rosemary,basil, mint and thyme. I love to preserve fruits and vegetables, especially jams and jellies.
Have you ever tried Corn Cob jelly?
10. I have insomnia alot!
and I once raised a baby squirrel by toting it around in my apron pocket.
And my hubby says stuff I don't always understand like:
a. Uh -oh it's done cloudied up on a frost!
b. It's the dark of the moon - time to wean calves.
c. It's the light of the moon - time to cut hay, time to plant corn.
There's a bunch of these things that farmers live by. It never ceases to amaze me that this stuff works!

baby squirrel
I have had alot of people ask about our farm life and enjoy when I blog about our farm, so I will be blogging more about our farm life around here in the future. Let me know if there is something in particular that you are interested in.

I first set up Sew and Sow Farm blog in March of 2012. It took me until February of 2013 to get up the nerve to publish my first post.

Why did I start blogging?
I don't really know. I was just drawn to the community as a whole I think. Farm life is very isolating. It is a ton of responsibility EVERYDAY! You can't just take off for a few days and go somewhere! My daughter had bought me a "I Taught myself to Knit" kit for Christmas in 2011. I knitted like a mad woman and then learned crochet. Then I drug out a sewing machine to make her some curtains for her apartment. Then I decided I wanted to make her a quilt for her 25th birthday.
12" blocks set 5x5 so 25 blocks. I went online and found you guys!!!! I was hooked. So for about a year I read a bunch of blogs and finally figured out I could follow and receive new posts in my email! WOW! Then I started leaving comments and asking questions and again I was amazed at how welcoming the blogging crafting community really is! I think my daughter first suggested I start a blog.She thought people might would like to read about farm life, crafting, repurposing.And I love to write. I wanted to be a writer and a veterinarian when I grew up. This is my 67th post.

Here are some of my projects from this year:

This is some of the things I have made this year. I didn't start photographing my projects until I started my blog.

 I made my first quilt when I was 18 yrs old and newly married. I didn't know how to sew and certainly didn't know how to quilt. I bought precut 4" red, white and blue squares and sewed them together with the thickest polyester batting I could find and handtied the mess to a sheet. The next one I made was when I was 27 years old and expecting my daughter. It was yellow gingham check with a brown swiss dot bear appliqued on the front. I didn't know if I was having a boy or girl so I went with yellow. This time I followed a McCall's Pattern. It actually turned out ok. My daughter still has it. I piddled around last year making 9 patch quilts, then I found a quilt shop about 35 - 40 miles from me. They were offering a Beginner class. So October 2012 I took my first official sewing class. I say sewing instead of quilting because she actually had to teach me to sew! Correctly that is. I had ALOT of bad sewing habits that she broke very quickly! The result of that class is the "Summer Breeze" sampler quilt , 3rd row 2nd picture. I am very proud of that quilt. Mainly because I know it is made correctly and measures 84x84 1/2 almost square! Yeehaw!! I finally learned how to make a quilt. I finished it in January 2013. Started this blog in February. I felt presentable now! lol..

  And speaking of presentable... I have been working on a new to me project.Two things about this quilt. First it is an old block in a new size and secondly I used Maureen Cracknells quilt as you go method to make it.


Giant Churn Dash
 A few weeks ago, I decided I wanted to make a Barn Quilt. I couldn't decide on which block I wanted to paint. I had just made the giant vintage star , 3rd row in picture, 3rd across, from Jeni Bakers tutorial. I loved it but didn't want to paint it for my Barn Quilt. So I decided my favorite quilt block is the Churn Dash. I just love the simplicity of the block. So I made a giant quilt block to see what it would look like on my barn. 
It measures 58"square. I used Kona Modern Quilts and Kona Snow for the front.
For the binding, I fussy cut 2 1/2 " strips from the main Kona Modern Quilt stripe in berry. I machine stitched it to the front and hand stitched to the back.

I pieced the back using the dots and kona snow from the front with Kona Scattered in Berry.



I did straight line quilting on the four Half square triangle corners , a sunburst in the center square and simple straight lines on the side blocks.

I really love this pattern for large prints. I think it would look really great with a large floral and polka dots.

On my tractor seat. (hehe)

At the city park.
And it makes a cute tablecloth on the front or back:
 
Fresh picked berries!\
I think that Robet Kaufmans Kona Modern Quilts fabric collection is one of those lines of fabric that did not get enough recognition. This fabric feels wonderful and the colors are so saturated. It is just gorgeous fabric to work with.
I really enjoyed using the quilt as you go method for this quilt. I do not have a sewing machine with a wide throat space so it is very hard for me to machine quilt large quilts. I quilted each block, squared them up, sewed them all together, and then stitched in the ditch and/or quilted 1/4" from each seam. The only quilting lines that show on the back are in the shape of a churn dash! love!  I can see myself making more of these in the future. And I want to try making other large blocks. Heck I don't know if I will ever get a Barn Quilt painted!

Folks, I hope you have enjoyed visiting with me today. I was really hesitant about writing this post, but I can say that I am really glad that you gave me the opportunity to share a little about my life with you. I have learned and continue to learn so very much from you guys which is amazing. You know they say you can't teach an old dog new tricks, but heck, I know it ain't so. I'm learning new stuff everyday!

Now I would like to share a couple of gifts with yall for being so patient and for stopping by to say hi!

First is a charm pack of modas Sakura Park:

Sakura Park
 Second are 5 fat quarters from Robert Kaufmans "Sunshine Sweets"

Sunshine sweets
 To enter, please leave a comment below. You can tell me a really random fact about yourself if you'd like! Also, I have had several people ask me why I don't offer but one chance to win. I just don't like to make you feel like you have to follow my blog. I want you here because you want to be here. But I don't want to make anyone upset either, so if you would like to follow my blog then please do so and followers can leave a second comment for a second chance at winning. Also this is open to anyone. I will ship internationally too.

Again I would like to say a special Thank you to Beth at Plum and June. And I hope you take time to go by and meet all the other new bloggers in this years New Blogger Blog Hop. Here is this weeks schedule:
July 12
Anne @ PlayCrafts
Cath @ Wombat Quilts
Sarah @ {no} hats in the house
Christen @ Love by Hand
Julie @ 627handworks



Bye yall! I hope you do stop back by and stay a spell!
                                                                              xo
                                                                              jan
PS. If you want your own tractor, feel free to grab my button from the sidebar.



105 comments :

  1. I'd give my eye teeth to live on a farm and have all those animals! I too would have more except that it wouldn't be fair to them, I am at work all day.
    I loved reading about your life on the farm and how you learned quilting. Good for you learning all that you have.
    Thank you for sharing.

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  2. What a great blog post! It was fun getting to know more about it. The collage of pics of things you have made turned out adorable! You have worked on some great projects!

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  3. I am so blessed to have found your blog this morning. It is delightful! I'm definitely a new follower but don't need a second chance to win because that is NOT why I am following. I look forward to future posts.

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  4. Jan, what a sincere and interesting post. So glad to be introduced and I am looking forward to following you!

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  5. I too have helped pull a calf or five. Farm life can be hard but rewarding.

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  6. Loved reading your blog. I had seen your tractor stamp on the "Stamp it Up" blog hop. I feel like we're 'neighbors' since I live in North Carolina. We're in Georgia often as our daughter and her family live in Augusta. It's good to 'meet' you!

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  7. I lived on a farm when I was little and I always got the job of feeding the new baby goats. Still love them, they are so cute that size. It was a small farm, so we just had the goats and a few chickens and a garden. I always remember the strawberries, (can't get a &*&^%$ thing to grow now) they always grew first and big and tasty.

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  8. You did a beautiful job of telling about yourself. My husband lived on a farm when he was young. He tells me tails about what he and his brother used to do. It sounds rewarding. Have a super great day.

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  9. Jan- I really loved your post! I'm a southern girl myself and love listening to my grandmother tell about growing up on a dairy farm. Your quilts are beautiful and your photos are filled with the most gorgeous scenery! I just love that barn quilt!

    I'm already a follower on Bloglovin!

    :) Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation

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  10. I'm seriously grinning so big from the animal pics! I'm going to live my farm dream vicariously through you. Just the fun parts though, not the work. And, you need to get a little pet pig for me. :)

    We also have a chihuahua rescue (along with 2 other dogs) and she is a handful. Also totally jealous of the baby squirrel, I just want to pet one so bad. Or a chipmunk. Do you have any goats? If I ever get one I already have a named picked out. Zeke! So, yeah.. I'm glad you'll be blogging about the farm more in the future!

    Your quilting is all so pretty. I really like the fussy cut hexies and redwork embroidery. The big churn dash would be excellent for a barn quilt. You simply *must* paint one.

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  11. What a great post! Good to meet you!
    I'm a farmer's daughter so I've driven plenty of tractors and calved plenty of cows!!
    Your giant churn dash is fabulous - it's my favourite block but I've never thought of making one that big!!

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  12. Nice to meet you. We have 7 hens right now and 3 cats. I would love to have a mini farm. Husband says no ha ha. We both work full time. Heck, I only want one of everything, a cow, a goat, a pig, etc...don't know what he is worried about LOL. Your work is spectacular. I just started my blog a few weeks ago. I was nervous about doing it but you are right everyone in this community is so nice and good at complimenting and cheering each other on. I am a follower and look forward to getting to know you and see more of your talent!

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  13. Hi Jan, I really enjoyed your post. My best friend married a farmer about 4 years ago and to hear her talk she was born and raised in it. It seems to get into your blood super quick. All i can do in haytime is babysit for her while they work but I'm inspired now by your sunbonnet Sue on the tractor. She would just love this!

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  14. Pleased to learn more about you, Jan! That's quite the wild crew you've got with you on a daily basis ;) Love your tractor stamp block! Because of you I've added "postage stamp" quilt to my wishlist ;)

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  15. Oh, and I follow via bloglovin' ;) Thanks for the chances!

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  16. I sure enjoyed learning about you and the picture of the baby squirrel!
    With all the Sowing you do it is amazing that you have time to Sew.
    Thanks for the chance to win something.

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  17. Wow, I love, love, love your blog. You are so "down to earth"! I love it. I live on a small acreage and have goats and horses and also knit, crochet, quilt, love to read, and on and on. Thanks for the chances on the gifts! Can't wait to follow you on your blog!

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  18. Loved the pictures of the baby squirrel! I grew up in the northwest, but am now enjoying life in a small town in the south. Your are one busy woman but it is obvious you really enjoy your life. Great to read about it.

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  19. Sorry, that should have been northeast

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  20. It is great to meet you through the blog hop. What an amazing life you lead, so different from my city life. Your large churn dash quilt is gorgeous.

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  21. I loved reading your blog and I am going to sign on as a follower. I live in North Dakota so there is a lot of farming going on in this state! I am not a farmer but a grandma to 3 grandchildren!

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  22. Enjoyed your post! Are you anywhere near Ringgold?

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  23. Wow, I hope you do continue to post more about the farm, it sounds fascinating! (And hard, and exhilarating and exhausting!) Also, you did answer my question about your pyrs. :) With so many animals it sounds like heaven to me!!

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  24. Jan, this was the best post I have read yet...you even brought a tear to my eye! You seem very genuine and honest and your quilts are just lovely. You definitely have the blogging thing down now:) I have to say I was a little nervous with those blackberries near that quilt,lol. Yummy. See ya around!

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  25. Jan, your big heart just shines through on your blog. I love reading it and I think I've said before that you have a gift for storytelling. It was great to see all those photos of your farm and hear more about your life. Maybe it's the romantic in me but I'd be curious to hear about your life before the farm and what it was like to meet and marry someone with that family legacy. I bet you have a story or two about that! Oh, and that big churn dash is fantastic!

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  26. Wow. I just love that churn dash quilt m so very creative! Random fact on me? I am the oldest of 7.

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  27. New follower. Looking forward to seeing more of your work.

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  28. My husband grew up in Decatur, GA. I met him in Indiana, we moved to NY, and now we are in MI. I love that large, no make that giant, barn block. Just how large is it?

    senstrings (at) yahoo dot com

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    1. I went back and looked again, and see it is 58" square. That is impressive for a single block.

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  29. U just signed up to follow you by email. I love reading about farm life and repuposing items.

    senstrings (at) yahoo dot com

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  30. Jan! 1. I am so jealous of your farm life - I adore cows so these pictures make my heart so happy. 2. A squirrel?! I've always wanted a pet squirrel. Or to hold one - living the dream, lady! Love your quilts, love those repurposed bags - awesome post!

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  31. Loved reading your story today. Very interesting life for sure.

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  32. Enjoy reading your blog. I started my teaching career in northwest Georgia about 40 years ago over the ridge from LaFayette, Georgia. Your blog reminds me of the families I got to know at that small school.

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  33. I just adore this post, your spirit, your passion for farming....we are surrounded by farmers, they rock my world...You and your husband are heroes to me. I dated a farmer for a few years in my teens, my best summers of my life were bringing in the hay, getting eggs from the coop, harvesting potatoes....They truly instilled in me what a positive attitude can bring to ones life. I love love love your large block....wow...
    So glad you took up blogging and quilting...you are truly a JOY Jan.

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  34. What a great post! I think farming is one of the noblest professions (and you don't get paid nearly enough for the work that you do! Beautiful Quilts, adorable squirrel and I love the classiness of wearing pearls while riding a tractor! Beautiful large block quilt!

    PS. I am in love with the squirrel in you pocket that is so adorable!

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  35. Thank you, thank you for sharing a little glimpse into your life!

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  36. I do follow your blog.....and love it!!

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  37. Love your post. Your churn dash quilt really pops! Thanks for sharing all of it. Thanks for the giveaway too. vickise at gmail dot com

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  38. I am a happy follower too. :)vickise at gmail dot com

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  39. Hi Jan. I enjoyed your post. You visited me today so I came over to visit you. :) You must be so proud of your daughter. Good for her! And that baby squirrel is adorable!

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  40. I did follow you on Bloglovin but I would have followed you anyway. I've never lived on a farm so this is all very interesting. I must show the baby squirrel photo to my kids when they wake up in the morning because they will love it.

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  41. Jan! I loooove this post. I am super excited that you are going to share more farm life info - can't wait. My dream is a farm - but for now I live vicariously through you. The squirrel is just too darn cute. I really want to have chickens, there is just something about chickens that makes me happy. Your churn dash is wonderful - the colour play in it is just such fun!!!

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  42. Great post, and thanks for stopping by, and your lovely comment. Farm life sounds fantastic, even if it isn't always a happy ending, your husband's comments are priceless, and there's nothing wrong with wearing pearl earrings when doing a less than glamorous job!

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  43. Nice to see sew much more about you and your family on the farm, Jan! Wow! A picture filled post with lovely bits about you... And a chance to win some lovely fabric? Yee-haw! A random fact - I do drive a tractor, too. Usually in the winter time. Our loader is a 'summer tractor' and it needs a pull down the driveway in the winter to get it started. Hopefully. We have been known to go a country block before this actually works though!

    Lorna:)
    http://sewfreshquilts.blogspot.com

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  44. Hi, Jan! I came over to check out your churn dash quilt that you linked up to Whoop Whoop Friday - and had so much fun reading your post!! Also seeing your Featherweight in your header - I'm off to the beach for a week with my own Featherweight in tow! Beautiful quilt, definitely worth a whoop whoop!! Thanks for linking up!!

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  45. So nice to meet you!
    I love to read about everything you make and esp the farm. I had always wanted to live int eh country with cows and chickens but ended up in town with cats:) I am happy here but visit my cousin that has a farm often enough to get my fill of country without all the work:) haha!

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  46. I am an email follower at louster388atyahoodotcom:)

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  47. A country girl with a flare for modern quilting...I love it and love your quilts too! svonfumetti(at)yahoo.com

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  48. Hello Jan,

    What a lovely blog - so many wonderful pictures. I will be visiting to look at all your gorgeous quilts, and in particular I will be on the lookout for pictures of sheep.

    Random fact - I'm from a town that has a connection with Georgia - it's all here on my blog
    http://lizzielenard-vintagesewing.blogspot.co.uk/2012/12/doll-quilt-out-of-darkness-cometh-light.html

    Second random fact - my mum was from Stoke on Trent, where all the wonderful Staffordshire pottery was made, so I always turn cups and saucers upside down to see the maker's stamp. Jan, you have to show me the underneath of that beautiful cup and saucer - I'm bursting to see it!

    Love from England,
    Muv

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  49. Great post! I love all your pictures :) Farm life sure seems interesting with all those animals and crops to look after!

    I would love to learn to spin wool and make my own yarn! Yarn is another love of mine and it would be so cool to learn how to make it myself.

    It's great to meet you!!

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  50. Wow you keep yourself busy. I was sweating it just having adopted a cat from the shelter recently...I should get some tips from you instead. Your quilts are great. I have never met anyone that spins their own yarn, but you make it sound like fun.

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  51. Followed the link from Crazy Mom Quilts....nice to meet you. I love the bright colors you use in all your projects. Very chhery and eye catching.

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  52. I love hearing about how people in other parts of the country live. I grew up in Montana and would have had a different life if I stayed there.. I've lived in Seattle for 35 years and love it!

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  53. I enjoyed your post very much! I drove through Georgia once when I picked up a truck in Jacksonville, FL and drove it up to Canada (stopping at as many quilt shops as I could along the way). I love the critters too and would have them everywhere if I didn't live in the city. Baby squirrel is precious - thanks for your post and yes, your work is beautiful!

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  54. I enjoyed reading about your life. This was a great post.

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  55. I love your giant churn dash! I grew up in rural Colorado where barn quilts are quite popular, and your post brought back happy memories of country life!

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  56. Excellent Blog Hop post Jan! The giant churn dash is brilliant, such a good idea and I love the fabrics/colours you've used. Really glad to have found your blog via the hop.

    Jenny @ Note to Follow Sew
    http://notetofollowsew.blogspot.co.uk/

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  57. Great post! I really enjoyed reading about farm life and your quilting journey so far. Love the giant churn dash quilt. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  58. Your giant churn dash! Be still, my heart. That's the best use of that Kona Modern Quilts stripe I have seen yet. So smart.

    I would also love to read/see more about your farm live. Us city gals have to live vicariously.

    Random fact: I am NOT named after Laura Ingalls Wilder, and that broke my heart when I was a little girl. My middle name is Anne, and I am also NOT named after Anne-with-an-E of Green Gables--also, tragic. So, I did my daughter a solid and named her Lucy, and she IS named Lucy after Lucy Maud Montgomery. :)

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  59. Glad to meet you and your farm. Wow, you have a lot of animals!! We have lots of crops here, a couple of pigs that my son takes to fair and some cats (to keep the mice out) but that's all for animals. I love your photo collages and your giant churn dash is so pretty:)

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  60. Jan, your Giant Churn Dash quilt it awesome! I love the print you picked out! What a fabulous quilt along with all your other bright colored projects on the mosaic. It was fun getting to know you better :)
    Random Fact about me: I play the piano :)

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  61. Hi Jan...finally have a good connection while on vaca...so fun to see what you are doing! Glad you are part of this hop! So very pleased to meet you!

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  62. Jan what a great post!! I really loved learning more about you - our backgrounds couldn't be any more different but I love how the blogging community can bring people with a common passion together. Thanks so much :)

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  63. Great post Jan! Love all the details about your farm life. Your giant churn dash quilt is stunning! Glad to meet you through the blog hop :-)

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  64. Hi Jan! What a wonderful post! I feel like I am in your barn right now! And I love your blog name...perfect! Your churn block quilt is fantastic (as are the pictures with the quilt)! Isn't it fun to try new things? You obviously have a great eye for color.

    OK...something about me...I would love to live on a farm but I am not a fan of the smell in the barn...just being honest!

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  65. I really enjoyed reading something about you! That churn dash quilt is great! And beautifully photographed with the berries adn flowers!

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  66. I loved hearing about the farm life. I used to spend time on my aunts sheep farm in the summer break when I was little. I love the barn quilt - especially the binding and the backing.

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  67. Thanks for sharing your quilting and farming life! Can hardly wait for the next installment. Please keep them coming.

    Random fact: I cook from scratch, make my own laundry detergent, fabric softener, and hand motion!

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  68. such a fun blog entry - thanks for sharing with us all. Random fact about me - I am a Formula 1 fanatic :-)

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  69. Wow - your churn dash quilt is amazing, I love the back as much as the front!!!!!

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  70. Great to hear all about you and your farming and quilt life! And I absolutely love your churn dash quilt.

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  71. I was delighted to discover your blog. When I saw the thumbnail of your giant Churn Dash over at Sarah's Confessions of a Fabric Addict, I had to stop by and see the whole thing.
    I was born and raised in New York City and now live in northern Westchester county about an hour away so it is a treat for me to read about your life on the farm.

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  72. I'm a new follower with Bloglovin and have added your button to my blog. How could anyone resist Sun Bonnet Sue?

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  73. It's nice to meet you, Jan! My husband comes from a family of farmers (although his parents didn't do it professionally), and I can't even begin to imagine the amount of work that goes into running a farm. I love your giant churn dash quilt! (And your story about raising a baby squirrel!) I also love your blog header--your photos are great! Did you spin that crewel wool yourself?

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  74. I LOVE LOVE LOVE that giant Churn Dash quilt!! I am making a churn dash quilt right now and I am in love with that block. I can't wait to see it on your barn! Do post pics of it! And I love your farm posts...so nice to read and hear about farm life, whilst stuck in the hustle and bustle of the city. Don't stop! ;) I love animals too - I love your pics and that baby squirrel-how fun!!

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  75. Already a follower on Bloglovin. :)

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  76. Mornin, Jan!! I loved this post and learning more about you and your life on the farm. =) Having lived in Iowa my whole life and being surrounded by farms, that life has always interested me. I was city raised, so only saw that life from a distance. My youngest son visits friends of ours every summer and fall for weeks at a time to work on their farm. It has been so good for him to learn about animal husbandry and caring for the farm. I am grateful they are sharing farm life with him....

    Have a great week!!

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  77. What a wonderful intro post! I so enjoy learning about other quilter's lives. Your work is beautiful. I'm in love with the churn dash quilt you made - it's gorgeous and so unusual. I've ben following you since the hop started and am so glad I do. Looking forward to learning more about your farm and quilting/crafting life.

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  78. love all your projects that you have finished! I signed up to follow your blog. i raised a baby squirrel too. i kept him until he got grown and was unruly. i took him to the local city park which is full of squirrels and set him free. i cried like i had left a baby instead of a squirrel. when i was walking back to the car he followed me and tried to get back in the car which just made me cry harder. i still go visit him and take him french fries, his favorite treat. it is amazing how quickly we get attached to critters. babscorbitt@gmail.com

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  79. Such a lovely blog. I feel like I really got to know you. I love your giant churn dash quilt. Great finish! I hope I didn't miss the giveaway because I'd love to get my hands on some of that fabulous fabric.

    I've been thinking about joining the Bonsai club in my city. They had an exhibition at our botanic gardens and I have always wanted to do it. So sorry about your loss - that's rough.

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  80. I'm a new follower on bloglovin.

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  81. Hi, lovely to 'meet' you..that baby squirrel is soooo cute! I love your projects especially the tsuru quilt it's amazing and that giant churn dash is really effective, what a great idea :)

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  82. I love your farm photos. My grandparents are farmers and I spent a lot of time with them when I was growing up so the farm always felt like home. My grandparents have also had Border Collies for as long as I can remember. My grandmother spoils them rotten but they work their hearts out with the livestock. They are such fantastic farm dogs. Can't wait to hear more.

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  83. Love the churn dash, and you did a great job with it! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  84. Love your Life, maybe because it is so different to Mine :-))))

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  85. What a fantastic post - that giant churn dash is just gorgeous. lovely work and lovely to meet you through the Hop!

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  86. Hi Jan! I'm a little late to the party but so glad I stopped by :) I love reading about farm life. There was a time when I thought I would very much like to be a farmer's life. Then I realized I am much too lazy LOL. I look forward to hearing more about your crafting and farming :)

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  87. Thank you for such an amazing post! Sat in London on a Saturday morning I feel as if I have visited you on the farm! Your quilts are beautiful!

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  88. Hi Jan, sorry it has taken me so long to get to your blog hop post. I have really enjoyed reding all about you and seeing your lovely pictures.

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  89. I enjoyed reading your post. I have a fantastic seppia photo of my Great Grandfather standing in front of a house sized hay stack!

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  90. I'm already a Bloglovin' follower!

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  91. Your makes are quite beautiful, and I love that large churn dash! I think I would be upset losing an animal too

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  92. Hi Jan - it's "sew" nice to meet you! What an enchanting farm life full of hard work and hopefully good rewards :-)

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  93. Oh Lordy, that is a huge churn dash! It's quite funny seeing it on your tractor, two giant things! I grew up around farm land and these pictures remind me of home! Sparkly LGA love to you!

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  94. Corn cob jelly? Why no, I have never tried that! I raised chickens for four years before we had to move them to a local farm for this move to San Diego. I just love chickens (and squirrels) so much! Very fun pets!
    You have some fun, lovely makes!
    A random fact about me is I am left-handed.

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  95. I would absolutely love to live on a farm with all those animals despite the hard work. I can't wait to hear more about both your farm and quilt adventures :)

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  96. Nice to meet you via the hop! Quilting seems so at home on a farm :). And the baby squirrel is adorable. And a little hilarious. My dad spins! But I could never get the hang of it, man that's hard...can't wait to see what you make next!

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  97. Wow, great post. You are definitely a busy girl! So productive. I love the baby squirrel, your giant churn dash quilt and everything about your farm. Thanks so much for sharing. I would love to have your recipe for corn cob jelly... this summer I am making tomato jam for the first time.

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  98. New to blogging, found you by chance (isn't it always the way?). Hello, I am Di a UK quilter and vintage tractor fan. I own a MF 35X and she drives me giddy (such a rapid creature). Do UK people enter the hexy swap?

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