Tuesday, May 27, 2014

"Get Along little Dogies".....

Hey yall!
 Good Tuesday Morning! I hope that everyone had a wonderful, long holiday weekend. We were able to get 35 bales of hay cut, teddered, raked and rolled! Since we are short on pasture this year, we will feed hay for most of the summer! So every roll that we can bale is a bonus! 

I also wanted to share my latest Lucy Boston Patchwork of the Crosses blocks.

Yall I just love making these blocks so much.I think I have 3 different styles of quilts in the works with these.

And I keep learning so much with each block. The center on this block just makes me grin every time I look at it.  I tell ya, that Lucy Boston was a genius! Each block is made with 24- 1" honeycombs and English Paper Pieced. They are then surrounded with 24 background honeycombs and joined to the next block with 1" squares!  What is amazing to me is that this shape has been around for YEARS and YEARS! It is the original Church Windows shape! Lucy Bostons manner of fussy cutting was amazing.And the order in which she assembled the block gives it a whole new look. I so wish I could have learned from her. But in a way, I guess I am, retrospectively! Kits to make both of these blocks are listed in my Etsy shop Featherweight Quilt Company!  I love how each block is so different.
  We are carrying cattle to the Cattle Auction, so I have a block cut and ready to sew together! I cannot wait to share it with you. I think it will really be a challenge, but worth it!
I also wanted to share my Memorial Day Stitchery with yall! I just love some good ole Red, White and Blue!

Now,  I want to say Welcome to all my new friends and followers. If you get a moment, drop by and tell them hello. Some are really new to blogging and sewing and could use the encouragement! They sure do encourage and inspire me!
 Thank you everyone for stopping by! I hope yall have a great day! If you get to huntin for me, I'll be the one singing "Now Get Along Little Dogies"!
Yeehaw yall!
Have fun!
Now, get along....
xo jan
 "Get Along Little Dogies"

As I was out riding one morning for pleasure
I spied a young cowboy-a riding along
His hat was throw'd back and his spurs were jingling
And as he was riding he was singing this song

Whoopee ti yi yo, get along little dogies
It's your misfortune ain't none of my own
Whoopee ti yi yo, get along little dogies
You know that Wyoming will be your new home

When spring comes along we'll round up the dogies
We'll stick on their brands and we'll bob off their tails
Pick out the strays, then the herd is inspected
And the very next day we'll go out on the trail

Whoopee ti yi yo, get along little dogies
It's your misfortune ain't none of my own
Whoopee ti yi yo, get along little dogies
You know that Wyoming will be your new home

We'll ride on the Prairies' across the wide rivers
And on through the flats where there's never a town
Our horses are weary, we're tired and we're hungry
They still, little dogies stop roaming around

Whoopee ti yi yo, get along little dogies
It's your misfortune ain't none of my own
Whoopee ti yi yo, get along little dogies
You know that Wyoming will be your new home

Tide is a-comin' and the dogies are straying
They're farther from home than they've been before
Come on little dogies it's time to be rollin'
When we get to Wyoming we'll roll no more

Whoopee ti yi yo, get along little dogies
It's your misfortune ain't none of my own
Whoopee ti yi yo, get along little dogies
You know that Wyoming will be your new home
Whoopee ti yi yo

You can listen to Roy Rogers singing it here:

Monday, May 26, 2014

Please remember them!

   Please remember all the men and women that have given their lives in service for our country! 

Monday, May 19, 2014

Don't make it complicated...............

GOOD MONDAY MORNING  yall!   I have a story that I would like to share.

Early Saturday morning our local Veterinarian stopped by the house. He thought he'd check on a prolapsed heifer we've been nursing. Well, I asked how he'd been. He said "Pretty good" and kinda grinned. Well I knew something else was on his mind. Then, he and that handsome farmer hubby dude of mine went to work setting up to take a look at that heifer. I bided my time and waited. I knew he'd spill the beans sooner or later. After a few minutes he said " Let me tell yall what I got into the other day". I pulled up a bucket and sat down. I knew this might take a minute or two. So the story went like this:
  Seems like he was invited a few weeks back to speak at a 4th grade class meeting of some sort at one of the elementary schools. He was running behind as usual that day and hadn't given much thought to what he would speak about. So he got there, grabbed a few things outta his truck and ran into the gymnasium. The entire 4th grade class was patiently (ahem) waiting. Now, he is naturally a man of few words. So I would have loved to have been a fly on that wall.  Well, he ambled up to a podium and looked over at one of the teachers. She just smiled and nodded. So he cleared his throat and tapped the mic and started to speak. Well the darn thang started squealing and squawking like a stuck pig. The darling little teacher ran up and adjusted it somehow, smiled, sat back down and he started again.
  Well he said he started talking about how important a good education is and the more he talked the louder the children became. He said, I could see that I was losing their attention fast. So I pulled out a few instruments and that settled them back down. He said they were "Kinda like a swarm of bees, one wrong move and I'd be running for the door". So he talked about what he used these different instruments for. He is mostly a large animal vet. We have a different one for pets etc.. Anyway, he talked a little more and turned to look at the teacher hoping he was done. She motioned for him to continue. So he pulled something else outta the bag and talked some more. Then turned and looked at her again. She smiled and nodded. Then Hallelujah! she stood up and walked to the mic.
"Lets give the Dr. a round of applause to show our appreciation. " she said. Whew, he said I made through that and was about to head for the door when she said." Now, the Dr will answer a few questions".He stopped dead still in his tracks and walked back to the mic. (Oh boy I thought, he's in trouble now.) Well he answered a few simple questions and then a little boy stood up and said " One time you came to the house and had to take a calf out of our cows' belly! " He thought uh-oh here comes the real questions. The little boy continued" I just wanted to tell you it's doing good and I play with it alot!"
 Whew! Now if you knew our Vet you would know just how relieved he was. But before he could regain his senses, a little girl asked him,
"How do you get the kittens out when the mama can't?"  Uh-oh! He said he just just stood there and looked at her with his mouth hanging open, then turned and looked at the teacher. She smiled and nodded, again. So, he said "I cleared my throat, felt my neck burning and ringing in my ears. I reached in my bag and pulled out a few instruments and very lightly explained how we do a Cesarean Section". (omg!) Now all the children were sitting there with their mouths hanging open! The darling little teacher jumped up and ran to the mic with a horrified  look on her face and asked for applause again! Then the little girl stood up again and said, "but I didn't get my answer"! Well he looked at the teacher and the teacher looked at him and she asked the little girl "What do you mean honey?"
And the little girl said " I just wanted to know how to get the kittens out from under the porch!"

 Oh my yall! I laughed at him till I cried. He said I sure did learn something from that little girl that day. "Not to make things so complicated!"  Poor fella!

I hope yall enjoyed my little story! Have a great day and remember "Not to make things so complicated!"

And be sure to close the gate on your way out!
have fun yall!
xo jan

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Woot! Woot! Winners!.........

Hey yall! WELL! I just hardly know what to say. You guys have really left me speechless this time. I mean has anyone told yall lately how awesome you are? I LOVE it when I can tell that my readers are having a blast! Folks were hopping around from one blog to another , back and forth to facebook, making new friends and finding all sorts of inspiration!  This was such a fun giveaway! Thank you so very much to the wonderful folks at Aurifil for giving us not one, but two wonderful thread collections to share with my readers!  So without further ado, let's get us a couple of winners!

First, for the beautiful 10 spool collection of Darlene Zimmerman's Aurifil thread, the winner is:  cityquilter graceMay 12, 2014 at 7:07 AM who said: 
i visited raewyn and kelly higgins!

And for the bold and sassy 10 spool collection of Everyday Colors by Me and My Sister Designs of Aurifil thread the winner is:Paula @ Sewy StuffMay 14, 2014 at 5:17 PM Who said: 
Love aurifil! Both sets are yummy! I would be happy with either! thanks so much to you and aurifil for the giveaway!

WOOHOO!!! Congratulations yall! I know that yall will really enjoy using this thread! And THANK YOU to everyone for visiting with AURIFIL's facebook page and showing them some love. I think we let them know how much we appreciate them and appreciate them sponsoring this giveaway! I hope we have lots more fun giveaways of their fantastic thread in the near  future!! I really do love using this thread for machine and hand sewing! If you haven't tried it yet, give it a try. You will love it!

Now, I also want to say a special THANK YOU to everyone that visited my new ETSY shop and Facebook page for my new little company The Featherweight Quilt Company! This is a new venture for me. It will be a special place where I can share my sewing and crafty adventures! The door will always be open for you to share your projects too! So if you haven't already, go check it out! Feel free to post your latest sewing/crafty project! I can't wait to see what everyone is up to! This is what I have been up to the last few days! My newest Lucy Boston Patchwork of the Crosses block!

I just love a floral shabby chic look. Sorry for the bad photo! It has been raining here all day. The solid is actually a soft buttery yellow. I only have a few of these kits that will be available in the ETSY shop. Whenever I make a block, I make as many kits with the leftover fabrics as I can, then offer these at Featherweight Quilt Company! Along with other fabric bundles and notions! Since the shop is so new, I haven't had an official opening yet, SOOOOOO stay tuned during the next couple of weeks after I get the shop stocked for a Grand Opening with some AWESOME prizes! YEP, ANOTHER GIVEAWAY! Woot! Woot!
 Now, I want to say Thank you so much for taking your time to enter my giveaway! I really loved reading ALL the comments. And please note that I usually answer all comments except during giveaways! AND A BIG FAT WELCOME TO ALL MY NEW FRIENDS AND FOLLOWERS! I look forward to visiting with ya'll over the next few weeks and I hope you enjoy plowing along with us here at the farm! Feel free to grab a tractor from the sidebar for your blogs! Ain't no tellin' what we'll get into!
 I hope yall had fun and met some new friends!
Thanks yall!
xo jan

Monday, May 12, 2014

Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day!

NOTICE: This giveaway is now closed! Winners will be announced on Sunday May 18th 2014!
Good luck everyone!

Hey yall! Welcome to the farm! If this is your first time visiting us here, we'd like to invite you to have a look around. You'll find a little bit of everything here from baby chickens to Giant Churn Dash quilts. Things get quite busy around the farm this time of year. My latest passion has been a project I can haul around the farm with me, English Paper Piecing:

I tell ya these things are like Lay's Potato Chips. You can't make just one. This is my latest Lucy Boston Patchwork of the Crosses block. I have just fallen in love with making these little jewels! So much fun! The beautiful thread you see up there is Aurifil Color # 2155 50wt 100%cotton. I love using this thread for hand piecing because it is thin yet very strong. And it just blends and sinks down into the fabric beautifully. My stitches have definitely improved since I started using Aurifil. And here is a tip for you: When hand sewing always thread your needle with the end of the thread that you are pulling off the spool. Knot the end that you are cutting off. Thread has a nap, just like fabric. I am amazed when I thread up a needle with Aurifil and pull it through some fabric and it just glides through and doesn't tangle or fray! It makes for a much more enjoyable sewing experience!

 Well, I guess yall are ready for the Sew Mama Sew giveaway!

Today's giveaway is being sponsored by the very generous folks at Aurifil! So if you have ever wanted to try this thread, now is the chance to win one of TWO giveaways!
Up first is a 10 spool box of Darlene Zimmerman's Collection for Aurifil. It is 50wt cotton thread in 10 of Darlene's yummy colors. There are 220 yards on each spool! Boy these are so pretty!

Secondly, Aurifil is generously offering a 10 spool box of Everyday Colors from Me and My Sister designs.
This is also 50wt cotton and 220 yds per spool!. And look at the yummy variegated spool in there.

Yall these are like Lay's Potato chips too! I want the whole dang collection!


1. Leave me a comment letting me know which of these two collections you would prefer if you win!
2. Visit Aurifil 's facebook page - tell 'em jan at Sew and Sow Farm sent cha over to say hi! (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 Facebook page! Yep, I have a new Facebook page for my new little company "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 seperate comment for each entry. Also if you are a no-reply blogger, leave your email address in the comment so I can get ahold of ya!  Open to International entries also!
Now you have all week to get er done! This giftaway will close at 5pm EST on May 16th. The two winners will be announced on or around May 18th!

Now go out and have fun till the cows come home!

I gotta go find those Lay's Potato chips! have fun yall!
xo jan
 I almost forgot - Here is the link to visit the other fantabulous blogs participating in the Sew Mama Sew Giveaway 2014! Good luck Yall!