Sunday, August 17, 2014

Selfies,scissors and Slow Stitchin Sunday!

Hey yall! I hope everyone has had a great week and weekend. We have been battling pink eye with the cattle. This little guys mama has it so they have been in the barn for a week and he has gotten very spoiled.
"Calf selfie"

He is half Braunvieh and half Jersey. I am really hoping that he doesn't contract it. Pink Eye is caused by a bacteria and spread through flies crawling around their eyes and by them rubbing against one another. We keep fly spray  and other deterrents around, but this year has been a battle.
 We treat Pink Eye with LA200 injections and another antibiotic mixed into their feed. We also clean their eyes and put a salve in it. Needless to say that is easier said than done .  We have started treating the whole herd to hopefully put a halt to it spreading any further. Left untreated it can actually cause blindness.  I ran into our local Veterinarian at the Post Office last week and he confirmed our treatments and said they have been battling it at their place this year too. We haven't had any around our farm in probaly 15 - 16 yrs. . This sweetie has a little runny eye so he is being watched very closely and receiving some antibiotics to help ward it off. He has become so friendly and demands his feed very loudly every morning! I am sure going to miss him when he goes back out into the pastures.
And I am so excited! I won a giveaway from Carole at My Carolina Home. for her 100th blogpost!  A brand spanking new pair of Karen Kay Buckley's 7 1/2" Perfect Scissors! Yall I can honestly say that this is the best pair of scissors that I have ever used! 

I wanted to give them a few test runs before I shared with yall. There are a few reasons why "Perfect Scissors" is the perfect name for these jewels! First, my hands pretty much stay sore from farm chores and sewing so much. I love the soft grip handles and they have a large opening to accommodate my tired and sore fingers. So they are super comfortable to use.  Secondly, they have a micro serrated edge! I have never used a serrated scissor until these. Awesome! The serrated edge actually grips the fabric and keeps it from sliding away from the scissor blades. I never even realized that fabric did that until I used these and saw and felt the difference! With all my hand sewing it has made accurate cutting a breeze. And thirdly, I LOVE the super sharp points and the fact that these will cut the fabric all the way down to the point of the scissors without any fabric slipping or twisting. I love that accuracy with English paper Piecing and cutting those small 1 inch pieces of fabric! And my favorite thing about using these is that with the serrated edge, there is NO FRAYING of the fabric edges!
 
I cut 8 layers of fabric just to try them out and they cut through all layers perfectly straight and with no fraying! That is especially great with needle turn applique and English Paper Piecing! Frayed edges drive me crazy sometimes so I am especially happy to eliminate that problem! I completely believe in using the right tool for the job and these really are the "Perfect Scissors"! Plus they come with their very own protector that slips over the blades. Love that!  So thank you so much Carole @ From My Carolina Home for this awesome giveaway and thank you Karen kay Buckley for creating these Perfect Scissors. I really have enjoyed using them and look forward to trying the the other sizes that you offer! Also, thank you Carole for your cute handmade card! It is so adorable! And if yall haven't checked out Carole's blog then you should. Carole shares a wealth of information in all types of tutorials. This week there is a tutorial on making a Rayon Challis Three Season Skirt using your blind hem foot. There is also gardening, decorating, recipes and beautiful photography! I am so thankful that Karen of Karen's Quilts, Crows and Cardinals introduced me to Carole's blog after she completed one of Karen's Spring Basket pillows. So thank you ladies! These scissors have definitely found a good home here on the farm. They spend as much time out at the water trough watering cows and working on Lucy blocks as I do. Yesterday I used them to cut out my latest Lucy Boston
Patchwork of the Crosses block. I really wanted a soft scrappy block after those last two bold and bright blocks. And I really love using black in a quilt. 



Now to decide on the layout! Decisions, decisions... If you get a chance let me know which option you like best, 1,2,3,or 4??
You can find this block and a few others in my Etsy shop, Featherweight Quilt Company!
 I hope that yall have found some time to stitch this week. Between hay fields and battling pink eye I haven't had as much time as I would like, but I did get to do a little Slow Stitching today! So I am linking up with Kathy's Slow Stitchin' Sundays! Check it out yall. There are some really adorable projects being linked up over there! 
 Also, I would love to give a big warm WELCOME to all my new friends and followers, the latest two being WoolWoman and Lady bug! Welcome to the farm ladies! I hope yall enjoy plowing along with us! 
Have fun yall!
"Get yourselves excited and make something! "
And thank you for stopping by!
xo jan



23 comments :

  1. I love, love, love my Karen Kay Buckley scissors ... I have the same size you do and a smaller pair that works really well when snipping threads when hand stitching (the smaller ones have chartreuse handles). They're not cheap, but I think they're worth every penny.

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  2. Sorry to hear about your problems with 'pink eye' - I'm guessing it's what we call 'New Forest' or 'silage' eye here??
    Congratulations on your win!!

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  3. I will have to see if those scissors are available at my local quilt shop. I hope the pink eye problems are resolved soon. It sounds like a lot of extra work! I like layout number two the best. Happy stitching to you!

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  4. They are all pretty but I think #1 'pops' the most. I never knew that animals could get pink eye...though I remember my kids having it! What a little sweetie that calf is...

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  5. What a darling calf! So sweet. Your blocks all look beautiful. I fancy #2 best : )

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  6. well now I will be needing a pair of those Karen Kay Buckley scissors (sigh) - thanks for sharing your observations about the no sliding when cutting. Sorry to hear your babies are infected with this yucky eye gunk. When I used to show dogs - it was never ending - the battle with worms, topical pests etc etc. good luck with the battle and thanks for the shout out to my blog with your warm welcome. Hope your coming week is better - Mel

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  7. What a cute little fella! I'm sure you've really spoiled him! I sure hope he doesn't get pink eye. It sounds like you really love the new scissors that you won. Lucky you!

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  8. thanks for the review...i have a pair coming and can't wait to use them!

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  9. Great to hear your scissor review ;)
    I like the last block layout the best, but they are all very pretty!

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  10. Rosemary B here
    I like those scissors. I did not know anything about them.
    I love your baby cows. they are sweet.
    Your blocks are beautiful too!
    Happy Monday

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  11. Pink Eye is horrible to control. Not much fun in humans, either. I like all the options of Lucy Boston - none are losers.

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  12. Eight layers of fabric! Thanks for sharing your review....as ya never know. I like the last block also....the blue seems really balanced in that one and kinda leads my eye around the block.

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  13. LOVE LOVE LOVE your Lucy Boston blocks. I went to your easy shop and couldn't find this block. I see that you just posted this yesterday. I am so very hopeful that this is available. Please let me know! Thanks, Joyce (rountreejoyce@gmail.com)

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  14. Oops! Meant ETSY shop!

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  15. I had not realised the seration would hold the fabrics either, thank you for telling us!
    Love the blocks, 1 and 2 especially, so interesting to see such different looks again by the placement changes.
    Off in search of serated scissors now lol

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  16. I can see how difficult it is to decide. I think #3 would be my choice.

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  17. I'm so glad you like the scissors, congratulations on winning the giveaway! Most local quilt shops carry them. Enjoy!! Thank you for the kudos on my card, I like stamping too!

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  18. Hi Jan -- thanks for the shout out and I'm so happy you loved Carole's blog and the scissors.... now I have to get me a pair of them as I've used the Elan serrated edge scissors for ages but never tried the KKB version. After that marvelous review I'll just have to give them a go! Hugs to your critters and I hope the yuck clears up soon.... By the way -- I love #2 first and then #3 but they are all so very beautiful! Thank you for sharing with us. Hugs. Karen

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  19. Hey Jan - I love your baby cow!! so sweet!! Hope she stays healthy!! Those scissors look fantastic!! And I think my fav is #3!! The touch of black is very nice!! :-))

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  20. I think my favorite is #2. Anti-pink eye thoughts to the little one. He's got a pretty cute swirl in the middle of his face!

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  21. I sure am sorry you are still dealing with that bad old pink eye. So glad you won the giveaway, you will certainly give those scissors a test drive! I will have to try those on my next purchase. Thanks Jan!

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  22. Jan, I decided to start looking at fabrics for potential Lucy Boston blocks. I went to my favorite LQS today and found only one small stripe fabric. It is not in one of my favorite colors. It's lilac. While it's not one of my favorite colors, it is a very pretty piece of fabric. Therefore, I did buy it as a starting point. I don't think I'll be disappointed with it at all. I asked the owner about the availability of smaller striped with the print column too. She said they are beginning to see more of them. I was wondering if you order from online and if you do if you have some favorite shops and maybe even some fabrics that you have ordered recently to help give me a jump start in identifying fabrics. Many thanks. I received my survey today from my tour to England. We were to also receive the email of the participants who were willing to share emails. They were not included. So, I sent back an email to ask for those emails. I don't even know Delores, who does Lucy Boston blocks, last name. So, I haven't forgotten about trying to connect the two of you. Thanks for your wonderful blog. I know this is going to have a learning curve and I don't know who else to ask for help except you.

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