Sunday, June 15, 2014

Sewing and Sowing......

Oh these hot , hot days and it's not even summer yet. Thankfully afternoon thunderstorms bring some relief. We've had a pretty slow Sunday here. Shelling seed corn and hand stitching.
  We hand shell a lot of our corn seed. Especially the white corn. It is an Heirloom, open-pollinated corn. Makes the best cornbread you have ever put in your mouth! My husband started grinding cornmeal in his early twenty's. His mom sold cornmeal off the back porch until she got to where her health no longer permitted it. I continued the tradition until a couple of years ago when the grinder tore up. Nowadays it would take more to repair the grinder than we could ever recoup in cornmeal sales. But we still grow the corn every year and save the seed, carefully selecting only the best kernels. We plant some and save some just in case we do not make any. We do not want to loose the seed.
  The yellow seed is field corn that we grow for the cows. It is a hybrid. We also grow some sweet corn for the garden. Can you see the difference in the size and shape between the heirloom and the hybrid?  How the heirloom is not as uniform in size and shape as the hybrid. We are a little later than normal for some of our planting. But we've been later than this getting it in the ground so hopefully we'll be alright.
 Yall, I guess I have completely fallen head over heels in love with these Patchwork of the Crosses blocks.I wish that I could have met Mrs. Lucy Boston! I would love to sit and learn from her and share my blocks with her! I think I am finally starting to see the potential in fabrics that I thought before were rather plain. This block is made with a simple floral stripe. I really like how it formed a little churn dash in the center!  I love, love the vintage summery feel of this block! Reminds me of my grandmothers hankies!  Not to mention the fact that it matches my mug! :) I have some of this fabric leftover so I have listed a few kits in my ETSY shop.

  Welcome to ALL my newest friends and followers, the latest two being Silmara at Quilters Studio and Becky Wilson! Welcome to the farm ladies! I hope that yall will enjoy plowing along with us!
Have a great week everyone! You will find me either Sewing or Sowing!
Yeehaw yall!
xo jan

 I am linking with Kathy's Slow Stitching Sundays! Kathy has some yellows seeds happening over there and it's not corn either! Check it out yall!

Friday, June 6, 2014

Can I get a Whoop, Whoop?

Can I get a Whoop Whoop for a Lorax finish?
Yall, I love, love the Lorax! Have you seen the movie or read the Dr. Seuss book? I know I am not a child anymore but this character is just so stinkin' cute! LOOK at those whiskers!!!!!

This one is in the earth tone colorway. ( My favorite!)  It measures 36x46. A great size to use in either the crib or as a throw or a pallet for nap time!

My customer requested the allover windows for the backing.
 I was a little nervous about using this print when I first got it because it was so warped! I took the steam iron to it and got most of the warping out. Then I had sewing machine trouble but a friend came to the rescue and quilted it for me in an allover meandering pattern. I love the texture that it gave to the quilt and she did a GREAT job! Thank you Chris!
I just adore this Aurifil Color # 2000 Light Sand. it was a beautiful choice to use with all these rich earthy colors. 

I chose the green Truffla trees for the binding. I am so excited for my customer to receive her quilt. They are expecting a baby boy this summer! Now to go make a pillowcase to slip the quilt into for gifting and I will be all ready to pop it into the mail! Woohoo! Yay for a finish!
 Also , don't forget about the New Quilt Blogger Blog Hop hosted by Beth at Plum and June that started this week: Here is the current lineup:

Blogs to visit today:
Michelle @ Michelle Bartholomew
Yvonne @ Quilting Jet Girl

There will be two blog hop days this month and two days next month - plenty of time to visit the over 80 participants! Lets go pay them a visit and give them lots of bloggie love!
And Welcome to all my latest friends and followers the last two being : Jennie Adcock and Donna Gebbinck! Welcome to the farm ladies! I hope that yall will enjoy plowing along with me!

  I am linking to the ever so fantabulous : Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict! Yall if you get a chance please go by Sarahs blog and read about her "Giveaway with a Cause". Better yet, help out if you can! She is trying to raise funds to help with adopting Nathanael, Sarah's  2 1/2 year old Chinese grandson. Nathanael is profoundly deaf.  Sarah's daughter is selling necklaces in her ETSY shop to help reach the needed funds. You can also find out more on her Facebook page. Yall, you really can help make a difference in someones life today!
Thank yall very much! 
Now "Get excited and make something!"
xo jan