Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Merry Christmas to all!

Hey yall! I just wanted to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas! 2014 has definitely had its ups and downs around the farm. The kindness and friendships that I have experienced over these last few months have been so overwhelming and truly appreciated!I am so grateful to have you all in my life and truly appreciate you letting me share in yours. Merry Christmas everyone! xo jan

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Pecan Pie Muffins.... yummy!

Hey yall! I just wanted to pop in this afternoon and share this yummy recipe with everyone!
Pecan Pie Muffins! Yall these are scrumptious! And so simple to make. I love having these ready for gifting and ready for a late night snack! The recipe makes 1 dozen.

Pecan Pie Muffins
1 cup packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup All Purpose flour
2/3 cup butter, softened ( I like to use real butter, salted)
2 eggs beaten
2 cups chopped pecans ( or Walnuts!)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine sugar and flour and mix well. Add in pecans and toss well, then add softened butter and eggs. Stir until well blended. Fill muffin cups 2/3 full. Bake 15 - 18 mins or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. ( I had to bake mine for almost 20 minutes.) Let cool or slather with butter while still hot and enjoy! :)
They are also yummy when cooled.
xo jan

Sunday, December 14, 2014

The winners are..........

Hey everyone! You guys sure do know how to PARTY! Thank you so much for all the visiting around to my followers, facebook and especially Aurifil, our sponsor!  I know yall are anxious to see who won the Aurifil thread boxes, so let's get straight to it!

The winner of the 12 wt box of variegated "Prism"  is:
#221. lalaluuDecember 8, 2014 at 1:03 PM
I visited She had made a trip to The Bennington Museum in Vermont (a state I haven't visited yet!), and has LOTS of amazing pictures (including the original Dear Jane quilt, an intriguing driftwood statue, and the early autumn countryside) as well as a visit to a neat used bookstore. I left a comment because I wanted to thank her for the great pictures!

And the winner of the gorgeous box of " Springtime Roses " is :
I stopped by Aurifil and said hi (I already follow them on Facebook). Thanks!

Woohoo! Congratulations winners! Please email me your mailing addresses and I will get these shipped out to both of you!
Yall, I would like to say a great big THANK YOU to Aurifil for making this giveaway possible! They really are a very generous and caring company and offer alot of support to our sewing and crafting community! I really love using their threads. I love the 50 wt for hand and machine piecing. I have also used the 12, 28 and 40 wts for machine quilting! And the Aurifloss for embroidery! I love Aurifloss! There are 270 colors of gorgeous 6 strand floss!! You can use it as a single strand or it can be separated for various thicknesses. And it comes on a cute little WOODEN spool! How cute is that?

I LOVE the variegated! I am definitely asking Santa for some Aurifil in my stocking! Aurifil has an interactive map of where to purchase their threads here! And you can check your local quilt shops! I purchase mine online since I do not have a local quilt shop. And right now The Intrepid Thread and The Fat Quarter Shop has Aurifil on sale! Woohoo! Time to stock up! 
  Thank you EVERYONE for all your kind and sweet comments! I hope you had fun and had the opportunity to meet some fun and exciting new friends! Watch this space, there just might be another giveaway coming up ! :) (wink) 
 WELCOME to all my new friends and followers! 
Happy Stitching yall!
xo jan

Monday, December 8, 2014

Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day!

EDIT: This giveaway is now closed! Winners will be announced 12/14/2014. Thank you everyone for entering. I hope you had fun and found some new and inspiring friends and blogs to follow! xo jan

Hi everyone! Welcome to my stop on theSew Mama Sew giveaway day!  And welcome to the farm! If this is your first visit here, I'd like to introduce myself. My name is Jan and I am a farmer's wife living on a wee farm in the beautiful North Georgia Mountains with my darling farmer husband. He sows while I sew! We have lots and lots of cows, chickens, cats and dogs. Currently I have been bottle feeding orphan twin calves!
Needless to say, these two characters haven't left me much time for sewing lately. We spent the summer in the hay fields and hopefully we will soon be gathering our corn. I was finding less and less time at my sewing machine so I took up English Paper Piecing. I really didn't think I could hand sew ANYTHING, but I soon learned it is ALOT easier than it looks. I am particularly fond of Lucy Boston Patchwork of the Crosses blocks which use the traditional Church Window or honeycomb shape.
I LOVE fussy cutting these blocks. They are so much fun. Last year I started the "I Love Lucy International Bee" and I made the above block for a Bee mate. Black/gray with a pop of color was her request for her blocks! It was so much fun to make.

These are the blocks that I received from my Bee mates (with a couple of my blocks). I just love them. I chose soft florals for my blocks! These are so addicting to make. Especially all the fussy cutting. To share my love of sewing, I started a little quilt shop called "Featherweight Quilt Company". It has been so much fun sharing my designs with others. I sell block kits with the paper pieces to get you started on making your own blocks. It is a fun and easy way to learn the technique and to learn fussy cutting these adorable blocks. I also offer fat quarter bundles and other notions.
 I firmly believe in having the right tool for the job. I use Aurifil 50 wt thread for all my hand piecing and machine sewing!. Aurifil has an 18 step process to produce their threads . Aurifil is a gorgeous thread with beautiful colors and a nice sheen. I love that it is very thin yet extremely strong. It doesn't tangle when hand sewing. Nor does it fray from running against my paper templates in English paper piecing! And the 50 wt seems to just melt into the fabric. The colors are just so rich and blend perfectly!

 So I thought for this fun giveaway I would love to offer my favorite tool for sewing: Aurifil thread!
 Aurifil is so supportive of our sewing and crafting community! When I contacted them about a giveaway they offered not one but two thread sets! So here we go:
 Up first is a gorgeous Aurifil10 spool set of 12wt variegated thread : "Prism" designed by Michele Scott:

 Ooh la la! look at all the gorgeous colors! And in 12 wt! I used Aurifil 12 wt in my machine this summer on a sewing machine cover! My little machine loved the 12 wt! I set my machine stitch length to 5. The longest length that it offers. I used 50 wt in the bobbin. I also think 40 wt would work great in the bobbin with the 12 wt!

Secondly, we have an Aurifil 12 large spool collection of " Springtime Roses in 40wt!!!! Woot! Woot!!

Wowzers! These colors are absolutely gorgeous! Springtime Roses is the perfect name for this Aurifil collection from Elizabeth Phillips and Lyn Kenny!
 Yall, Aurifil is so generous! Both of these collections are beautiful! If you have never tried Aurifil thread, or would like to try a different weight,  then here is your chance to win a beautiful set.

 Now, you have FIVE FAT CHANCES TO WIN one of these sets! Enter once or all 5 times! It is up to you!

1. Leave me a comment letting me know which of these two collections you would prefer if you win!
2. Visit Aurifil's face book page - tell 'em Jan at Sew and Sow Farm sent cha over to say hi! Let them know if you have ever tried their thread. (optional 2nd entry)
3. Sew and Sow Farm followers NEW OR PREVIOUS get another chance - just let me know how you follow along with us. (optional 3rd entry)
4. Go and visit one of my followers. Yep, just go over there to my right sidebar and pick one or two or three of my Bloglovin or Google friend Connect followers and pay them a quick visit. Tell em I said hi! You will be so glad you did. There is alot of fun and inspiring things going on with these folks! Leave another comment letting me know who you visited! (optional 4th entry)
5. This is a new thing for me. Visit my new face book page Featherweight Quilt Company. Yep, I have a new Facebook page for "Featherweight Quilt Company" ! If you like what cha see, give me a good ole thumbs up! (optional 5th entry)

Yeehaw Yall!

 That's 5 chances to win! Enter once or enter all 5 times. It's up to you. Just have fun!
 It's kinda like a blog hop, giftaway, hen party! All rolled up into one!
PLEASE be sure and leave a separate comment for each entry. Also if you are a no-reply blogger, leave your email address in the comment so I can get a hold of ya!  Open to International entries also!

Now you have all week to get er done! This giftaway will close at 5pm EST on December 12th, 2014. The two winners will be announced on or around December 14th, 2014!

Have fun yall! Thank you for stopping by! I hope to see you around here again real soon!
Good luck!
xo jan

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Aurifil BOM and Lucy Boston

Hey yall!
   I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving! We were busy, busy here on the farm. The twin calves are really growing and following me EVERYWHERE!

 I have to keep them closed up in the barn or they would follow me to the house!  We had a fantastic visit with family and ate way too much delicious food!
    I did manage to get my November Aurifil Block of the Month sewn just last night. The block this month was designed by Scott Hansen of Blue nickel Studios. Scott is fantastic. He uses ALOT of bright happy colors. Here is his block:

Scott Hansen - Blue Nickel Studios
Cute, right? I love it. You really need to go to his blog and see the scrumptious one he made using Liberty fabrics. And the awesome look you can achieve when you rotate these blocks and put several together!
  Here is my take on Scott's block:

I couldn't help it! I had to make a little farm out of it. I love my pink house with the Rose Wreath on the door and the brown thatch roof. It is raining on my little house and yard. The brown flying geese above the roof is a rain cloud. There are rose bushes growing on each side of the house .Across the dirt road, is my hubby with a wheelbarrow of mulch for my rose bushes. Funny thing is that he has a hat alot like that one, only he doesn't carry a slingshot in his back pocket :)! Then there I am feeding my little chicks. I do occasionally wear my hair in pigtails :).
  I had to tea stain the fussy cut fabric because it originally has a bright white background. I have 2 more blocks to catch up and then December's block is right around the corner. Here are my blocks so far in no particular order:

I still can't decide if I want to remake the top right block. These have been so much fun! And it is a FREE Block of the Month sew along with Pat Sloan and sponsored by Aurifil thread. Pat always makes everything fun and Aurifil has been very generous! Each month you have the opportunity to win a LARGE spool box! That is a $120.00 value.! You can find the flickr group here: Aurifil BOM flickr group. There are so many different versions of the BOM. Really inspiring!
  I also wanted to share a couple of my latest Lucy Boston Patchwork of the Crosses blocks in my ETSY shop Featherweight Quilt Company. I had several requests for bright blues and oranges.
   And those that know me, know that "bright" is a little outside of my comfort zone.
 But these were really fun;

I am still just so hooked on making these blocks. The possibilities are endless. But I have to do some holiday sewing that I must get finished, so I am going to set these aside for a little while, I think. I can't hand sew right now anyway. I am still just glue basting.
  So, do you have Holiday sewing to do? I really want to make a flannel quilt BEFORE Christmas! EEEk! Has anyone sewn with flannel? Do you have any tips or techniques that will make it easier on my wrist? The front and back will both be flannel. Do I need to use batting? Should I have it longarm quilted? I am planning on using my Singer 401a. She will sew through just about anything I put under her needle. And of course I will be using Aurifil thread. My machine loves it!
  Happy stitching everyone! Thank you so much for stopping by. Any advice on the flannel is much appreciated!
xo jan

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving!

 I am so grateful for YOU my friends for all your love, encouragement and friendships! I hope yall have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
xo jan

Friday, November 21, 2014

Bottles, Babies and Lucy Boston

Hey yall!
Autumn is hard upon us although it seems more like mid winter especially for those of you in the Northern United States. All the hay is home and in the barn which brings a sigh of relief although we have approximately 100 less rolls than last year. So we will either be selling alot of cows or hauling more hay when we can find it at a reasonable price. Usually those with bountiful hay figure out that they have too much around January and will start selling some off. So we are fine for now. We were getting the equipment ready to start picking corn when we had a few stumbling blocks arise. The first was these two:
This brother and sister pair were born November 9th. Their mama suddenly passed away on the 11th. The vet said he thought it was a blood clot. We had just fed her and less than an hour later she was gone. And the babies just 2 days old. Early the next morning I took off to the feed and seed to buy a 50lb bag of milk replacer (formula) and a new bottle and 2 new nipples.
The bottle on the left is probaly 20 years old. I think it is a "Sealtest". 
The good news is that these two are doing great. They are so much fun. I have become their new mama. They come running as soon as they hear my voice or see me. 
Please excuse the no makeup, farm clothes and my pink fuzzy socks! These rascals are rambunctious! The little girl has the red tinted hair on the right. I was so worried the first few days especially because of the Artic blast we had and them being newborns. Their umbilical cords still haven't fell off. I tried to upload a cute video of these two but blogger would not let me. You can view it on face book  here.
  After losing their mama, we had a young heifer( 2 yrs old) get injured at the hay ring. The vet was here again today and we are pretty sure her leg is broken. We are not giving up on her yet though. We have pain medications and she is eating and drinking well. The vet didn't give us a good outlook for her though. 
  Then if that wasn't enough, we had this little girls mama prolapse 4 days after she was born:
Usually if a cow is going to prolapse, they will either do so before calving or when they calve. Not 4 days later. So the vet showed up again and we put her back together and sewed her up with a few stitches. She should be fine now. The stitches will have to come out in a couple of weeks. Her daughter is a gorgeous smoky, silver gray!
 She is half Black Angus and half Braunvieh.
   So that's the farm report this week. Other than I wanted to show yall a picture of Gracie:
Gracie has started following me to the barn from the house, especially when I go out to feed the twins. I think she has her eyes on those bottles!
  I also wanted to share about our  "I Love Lucy International Bee". We ended up with 10 members instead of 12. These are the beautiful blocks that I received from my Bee mates this past year: (with a couple of my blocks). Each member gets to chose their color and style preference. I requested florals.
I think everyone did a fantastic job! It was so much fun and I am really looking forward to round 2. We decided with the upcoming holidays to take a break and start Round 2 in January 2015. I am hoping that this down time will also give my Carpal tunnel time to get better. I am really concerned because it seems to be getting a little worse instead of better. I think that wrestling with those twin baby calves everyday is keeping it irritated. I have been having to glue bast honeycombs for my blocks for my Etsy shop,  Featherweight Quilt Company as I can't hand sew right now.  If you are interested in joining our Bee, please let me know. We would like to have at least 2 more , possibly 3 if my hand doesn't get better, members. If you are interested in joining our group, just send me an email and I will tell you more about it. My email is on the right side bar with the little mailbox and I will get back to you asap.
 Yall, Thanksgiving is just around the corner. It is my favorite time of year. I love to try to give back in some way during this time, so be on the lookout for some upcoming giveaways. I had planned on having a sew along but things around the farm has kept me pretty busy lately. Maybe in the very near future we can get around to that. So in the meantime, I hope that everyone is staying warm and safe and that you are enjoying your Autumn and finding a little time to sew. 
  Happy Stitching yall! Keep your fingers crossed for me and the little ones and the other two. Hopefully all the problems are done for a while around here!
Thanks for stopping by yall!
 xo jan

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Books and a Beanie...

Hey yall! I hope everyone is staying nice and warm. We have had below freezing temps and snow on the mountain! I took this photo the first day of November from a friends hay field. When the hubby told me we were going to start hauling 70 or so rolls of hay home, I was very happy to know that I would be the one driving the truck, where it was nice and warm!

I carried some yarn and a crochet hook with me since I have been struggling with carpal tunnel again with my right wrist/hand. I can crochet and knit, but it really hurts to hold a needle and hand sew!

I love this yarn. It is a very warm acrylic blend. Since I lost my hat last year to a fresh cow patty, I don't like to use good yarn for wearing around the farm, just in case a cow patty claims another one. I really think that my color choices whether I am sewing or crocheting is highly influenced by my surroundings. However, the color name of this yarn is "Teddy Brights"! ha!

 Missy was very intent on supervising my progress! Or maybe she was counting stitches :)!

At least for a little while......

Then I think the warm sun shining into the cab while the wind was howling outside was just too much! I lost her quick! Sleeping on the job. Snoring too!

About the time hubby had the load ready to take home, I was making good progress on my beanie.

  And on a totally unrelated note, I wanted to show y'all this old home that we pass by on our comings and goings.

Isn't it gorgeous? Look at those triangular windows up top! It seems like I should know the history behind this house, but I can't recall it. I will definitely have to look it up.
    When we returned for the 2nd load, I decided to give my hand a rest and finish up a book that I was reading.

. This is "The Funeral Parlor Quilt" by Ann Hazelwood. It is the third novel in the Colebridge Community Series. The first and second books in the series are "The Basement Quilt" and "The Potting Shed Quilt". Now I want to say that I have mixed feelings on exactly how much I want to say here about these books. I am not an experienced book reviewer but I would give all three of these 4 stars. If you go to Amazon and look at the reviews there, you will find everything from 5 stars to 1 star!.The series begins with introducing you to the local florist, Anne Brown, in the small town of Colebridge and her extended family that gather to finish a quilt. There are some very repetitive phrases used throughout the books, especially the first novel, that are mildly annoying. I do not like to analyze why an author uses certain phrases, repetitive or not. Maybe that phrase holds certain memories for the author and she is just wanting to share. I certainly did not let simple over usage of a phrase or incorrect grammar deter me from enjoying what I think is a very well written set of events that brings you into the fold of the community within Colebridge.After all, The Basement Quilt is Ann Hazelwood's first novel!
  Now the books are set up as a SERIES! Someone actually wrote in a review that the books "left you hanging". I did not feel like either of the first two books ended badly.They could be stand alone books.  However, the third book, The Funeral Parlor Quilt, does leave you hanging. And at a crucial point! This, I did not like. It is like one of those movies where something happens right at the end and you don't know the outcome. It kinda leaves you aggravated, for lack of a better word.
  I also want to mention that the series has some "Supernatural" events going on that some reviewed as making the books unbelievable. Ya know, I am one of those people that kinda believe in "Live and let live". Once again this is an issue that did not deter me from enjoying this series. I think the author did a very good job in making the reader feel the attachment that "Anne Brown" feels to the supernatural powers within the books.
  Now all that being said, I have enjoyed reading each of these novels and I have already ordered the fourth in the series, The Jane Austen Quilt Club and the fifth The Ghostly Quilts on Main! From the first book to the third, I often found myself searching for my book. Whenever a book makes me feel like I know the characters personally and I can't wait to see what they are up to next, then I count it as a good book. It's been a while since I carried a book (s) around with me everywhere I went, but I have with this series. I just hope Amazon hurries and gets the next two to me quick! I need to know what happened!

After I finished my book, I finished my Beanie!

Ain't that color gorgeous!

 Yeehaw! for a warm noggin!
And no wise cracks about my gray  silver hair!
Time to head home!
Y'all, thanks so much for stopping by! I know my blog has been rather quiet lately but it really does hurt to type much. Hopefully my wrist/hand will improve soon.
Happy stitching and reading dear friends! 
xo jan
PS. I forgot to mention, these books are published by American Quilters Society and each book has a link for a quilt block pattern! Free! You Can't beat free :)!

Friday, October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween and Patchwork of the Crosses!

image courtesy of Google images
Happy Halloween everyone! Just wanted to pop by and wish everyone a fun and safe day! I will be dressing up as a "Farmer's Wife" :)!  And I have a few new blocks and some new kits in the ETSY shop.
3 block Autumn Runner kit

Blocks 46 and 47

AND,  All orders today get a surprise "Treat" in with their order! Happy stitching yall!
xo jan

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

You can take the girl out of the Sewing Room but.....

You can take the girl out of the sewing room BUT you can't take the sewing away from the girl!
10 hours at the Cattle Auction!
Happy Stitching yall!
xo jan

Monday, October 13, 2014

A flop is a flop is a flop.....

     Do you ever make something and it turns out to be a flop? That is how I feel about this block.

  I actually cut it incorrectly. I had intended the block to be ( working from the outside to the middle) brown floral, white floral, brown floral, red floral, cream background and then the center fussy cut red rose. IF I have enough fabric after all the blocks are made, I will remake this one! Yep! All 60 seams :)!

 So to make myself feel better I went ahead and made another block. This one I love :)!

I haven't used plaids much before, but I think I am loving plaids with florals and polka dots!
 So tell me, have you ever made a flop? Did you leave it or re-make it?
Happy or Happier Stitching yall!
xo jan

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Winners and Patchwork of the Crosses.....

Hi everyone!
   I just want to say thank you to everyone for participating in my giveaway! And a great big Thank you for letting our sponsors know that we are grateful for their generousity!  I know yall are anxious to find out who the latest winners are, so here we go:

The winner of  Mary Jane Butters newest book "Milk Cow Kitchen is:
# 23
DorianSeptember 24, 2014 at 7:36 AM who said;
And I'm a follower, thanks for the great giveaways!
The winner of the charm pack of "Milk Cow Kitchen" from the Fat Quarter Shop is:
# 156
I already liked Fat Quarter Shop FB page and I have just signed up for Jolly Jabber blog - it looks great.
The winner of the Aurifil "I can fly" Thread collection is;
# 107
I do a little hand stitching and it is when I make hexies. I would really be able to use the thread. Thank you.

Congratulations ladies! If you can please send me your mailing addresses I will get your prizes mailed out to you! Thank you everyone for participating! And I would like to say Thank you to the folks over at Mary Jane's Farm Fat Quarter Shop and Aurifil for their generousity to our online sewing and crafting community!

Now, yall know I can't let ya go without sharing a couple of my latest Lucy Boston Patchwork of the Crosses. The first one has 5 different layout possibilities! 

And the second one has at least 4 different layout possibilities:

I am having so much fun with these blocks. I can no longer look at fabric without seeing if there is a Lucy block hiding in there! I also want to say a great big THANK YOU to all my Featherweight Quilt Company customers. I am so happy that yall are enjoying this journey along with me! It is so exciting to see everyones blocks popping up on facebook, blogs and flickr. I appreciate each and every one of you!.

Also, I have been planning a little project that I hope yall will want to participate in and there will be some great prizes for that! So be on the lookout in the near future for an announcement about that! 

 I cannot believe Autumn is already upon us. We have more hay to get out of the the fields and soon it will be corn pickin' time! And, we are still battling a few pink eye problems! It's been a hot and busy summer. 

Happy Stitching yall!
Thank yall for stopping by!
xo jan