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

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Aurifil BOM and Giveaway

Hi everyone!
  Have yall been following along with the Aurifil Block of the Month? Each month a different Designer posts a block with instructions. You can make the blocks out of the fabric of your choice and link them up on FlickrPat Sloan is our host and each month she chooses a winner from all the blocks for that month. The winner wins a scrumptious box of Aurifil thread!
  This is my September block:

Oh, I loved making this block! It is "The Stars of My Life" designed by Pat Wys of Silver Thimble Quilts! I just love Pat and this design. You can read all about "The Stars of My Life " here!

It is not too late to join in the Aurifil Block of the month!

Happy Stitching yall!
Have fun!
xo jan

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Have a Cow why don't cha and Giveaways!


Hey yall! Happy Autumn !
   Well, yall may as well grab a chair and a cup of tea because this is going to take a minute. But there will be cuteness overload  I promise and some giveaways to boot!

Photo Courtesy of Mary Jane Butters Milk Cow Kitchen
Awwwww!! Cute!!!!!!!! Told ya!
   Yall, I was so excited last month when I received a copy of Mary Jane Butters latest book "Milk Cow Kitchen to review and giveaway to one of my readers!

"Milk Cow Kitchen" by Mary Jane Butters

  Mary Jane wants us to have a backyard milk cow and she shows us how in her 5th book "Milk Cow Kitchen!
Photo courtesy of MJB Milk Cow Kitchen
In her 400 page book, MaryJane starts off with teaching us about the differences between store bought milk and homegrown milk. The meanings of all the different milks offered in our Supermarkets like Skim, 1% Low Fat, 2% Reduced Fat, Whole Milk. Cream Line, Buttermilk, Old Fashioned Buttermilk and Organic! And how those differences affect the recipes offered in the book.

Photo courtesy of "Milk Cow Kitchen"
Oh and recipes? How about Sweet Cream Butter, Cultured Butter, Flavored Butters, Cultured Buttermilk, Cultured Sour Cream, Cultured Plain Yogurt, Cultured Greek Yogurt, Cultured Kefir? Then we get into the cheeses. Soft Cheese,Cream Cheese,Cottage Cheese,Mozarella, Monterey Jack,Cheddar, Colby-Jack, Feta, Manchego, Gruyere,Swiss, Parmesan, Asiago, Blue Cheese and Brie! There are lists of all the equipment needed and each recipe tells you which type (s) of milk works best. Thermized, pasteurized or raw! There is a description of each cheese presented and step by step instructions with photos.
Photo courtesy of MJB Milk Cow Kitchen
I have never seen a more thorough collection of recipes.
Photo Courtesy of MJB Milk Cow Kitchen
Then we get into the recipes that utilize these cheeses such as Creamy Garlic Breakfast potatoes,French Toast casserole,Grilled Cheese and Pear Sandwiches,Eggplant Parmesan,Salad dressings,Buttermilk Biscuits,Kitchen Gravy, Pastors Pie, Four Cheese Macaroni and many many more! Geez I'm starvin" :)
Then she teaches us how to make Ice Cream, cookies and Ginger Snaps! And thats just the first 200 pages of the book! The next 200 pages are dedicated to how to buy a good quality cow, why it is so important to keep good breeding records, how to care for your cow, how to milk the different size cows, yes cows come in different sizes. Full size, mid size, mini and micro! lol!
  The differences in feed, how to get rid of pests, how to build shelters, vet care, dehorning, ear tagging, and companionship. Now we get into the business side of this adventure!  Do you want to sell your extra milk? The legalities of selling raw milk. Zoning laws. Home decor and if that ain't enough, she rounds it all off with how to braid your hair like a milk maid!
Courtesy of MJB Milk Cow Kitchen
No, I wasn't kiddin! There is a section just for Milkmaid Fashion!
  Yall I have to tell you, this book is the first book that I have ever seen that actually tells you step by step how to "Have a Cow"! Whether it is in your backyard or on the farm. Now, we have around 80 cows at the moment. But I have shied away from keeping a milk cow because it is just my hubby and I at home. That was before I found out about Mini -jerseys! They give 1 -2 qts of milk a day! I think I could handle that amount of milk! And a mini! Sweeeet! So, I guess I know what is going on my Christmas wish list!  My very own copy of Milk Cow Kitchen" and a Mini Jersey!
   Now, if being an author and organic farmer isn't enough to keep MaryJane busy, she is also a fabric designer. Her past collections of Glamping and Bee My Honey were so adorable! She has a new line to go along with her book Milk Cow Kitchen and the Fat Quarter Shop was kind enough to send me a little to play with and some to giveaway!
I fell in love with the cutesy cows on that butter yellow background. I knew right away that I wanted to make a table runner for my big table and to use on my sideboard.
I used a charm pack and my tumbler template. Those tumblers remind me of an old fashioned milk jug!

I bordered it with Moda Essential Dots in Mocha ( think Chocolate milk!) and Crazy Girls in Butter!
I took it outside to see what my babies thought about it.

I think Clover approves!
I added a little grass to the lower forty for those pretty girls on the back!
I used a super yummy Aurifil 2105 for the quilting and Aurifil 2372 for hand stitching the binding. I love to hand stitch binding! I think it just gives a very pretty finish!
I stitched in the ditch around the borders and did a simple meandering in the center. I love these cows!

I made a couple of tumbling coasters with the extra charms, insul-brite and flannel.

Yall, this project has been so fun. My mother in law used to have a milk cow. She had 8 children at home. I can definitely see the benefits of having a source of good nutritional milk right outside your back door. We have several full size Jerseys but I don't milk them. We would never use that much milk. But I would love a mini Jersey!
  Now I promised some giveaways. So let's see what we have:

First we have Mary Jane Butters new book Milk Cow Kitchen. Thank you folks at Mary Janes Farm for sending this incredible book for me to pass on to one of my readers.

Next we have a charm pack of Mary Janes newest fabric line Milk Cow Kitchen. Thank you Fat Quarter Shop for offering a charm pack to one of my readers so they can make their very own project!

And finally we have a 10 spool set of Mark Lapinskis "I Can Fly" Aurifil 50 wt thread collection! Thank you Aurifil for offering this collection for one of my readers!

Woohoo! THREE great giftaways! So how do you go about winning one of these prizes?

You have up to 7 chances to win! Enter once or all 7 times!

1. Leave a comment below. I would love to know if you do any type of  hand stitching?AND which gift you prefer if you win!( first entry)
2. Drop by MaryJanes  Facebook page and tell her Jan from Sew and Sow Farm said hello and what you think about her book! (optional 2nd entry) Let me know that you did.
3. Follow the Fat Quarter Shop blog "The Jolly Jabber"like their Facebook pageor check out their You Tube channel! ( yes they have their own channel.Leave me a comment letting me know which you have done.( Optional 3rd entry)
4. Drop by Aurifil's facebook page and tell them Jan from Sew and Sow Farm said hello and if you have tried Aurifil thread! Or sign up for their newsletter Auribuzz!(optional 4th entry) Let me know which you have done.
5.Sew and Sow Farm followers New or Old get another entry! (optional 5th entry) Leave me a comment letting me know that you do. 
6. Help spread the word through facebook, twitter, pinterest, instagram or your blog! Leave me a comment letting me know how you shared ( Optional 6th entry!)
7. Visit one of my followers from the sidebar and let them know that Jan from Sew and Sow Farm sent you! Let me know who you visited.( optional 7th entry)
What?  Yall, I have so many nice people that have helped me along with this blog and I want to show them some love. Over on my right sidebar you will see Google Friend Connect followers (just click on one of the icons) and Bloglovin followers(click on followers). And also Google + followers.(I can't see my email followers) Just look around and pay a visit to at least ONE of them.( Try not to all visit the same person/blog as everyone else is) You may even decide to follow them. That is up to you. But I would love for you to just pick someone NEW to you and pay them a visit. Give them some encouragement!You will find so much inspiration and be so glad you did. If you need help, let me know and I will walk you through how to visit! Leave me a comment of who you visited! ( Now this is the 7th optional entry!) Kinda like a blog hop, giftaway ,visiting party! Yeehaw! AND when someone reaches out to you and visits your blog, try to return the favor if you can! I am certain they would love it!

That is 7 possible entries! Enter now through Sunday September 28th 2014! Winners will be picked at Random.org and I will announce the winners next week! 

This giveaway is open to everyone, everywhere! Also if you are a no-reply or anonymous commenter, please include your email in your comments. 

Yall, this has been so much fun! Thank you so much to our sponsors that make this all possible! Have fun everybody! And Good luck! 
Thanks for stopping by! 
I gotta go drink me a big glass of Chocolate Milk!
xo jan

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Slow Stitching Sunday Sneak Peek!

Hey yall! Happy Sunday! I hope that yall have had a chance to do a little Slow Stitching today! I am working on hand stitching a binding. I love to hand stitch especially when it goes this smoothly! I can't show you the whole project yet as it is for an upcoming giveaway later this week! Actually three giveaways! Yeehaw!!!
So stay tuned for that. Happy Stitchin' yall!
xo jan
I'm lovin these two Aurifil colors! # 2372 and 2105!
Have fun yall! Linking up with Kathy over at Kathy's Quilts for Slow Stitchin Sundays!

Monday, September 1, 2014

Around the World Blog Hop...

Hey yall! Welcome to my stop on the "Around the World Blog Hop"! That's me down there under that big cloud covering North Georgia, USA! If you've landed here, it's probaly because you have been hopping around visiting bloggers from all over our gorgeous big blue orb, better known as planet Earth!

   But before I tell you a little more about me, I would like to say a great big THANK YOU to Karen of Karen's Quilts, Crows and Cardinals for tagging me in this hop. Karen is incredibly talented and generous.
And soon to be teaching her very popular quilt that she cooked up for the Moda Bake Shop, "Red Birds and Berries".
Isn't it gorgeous! It is definitely on my bucket list. And look at her free motion quilting in the background. Just stunning.! Karen will be teaching this darling mini at Quilters Corner in Ithaca NY on Sept 10 and 24th along with three other projects and an open class studio during the Fall Semester! You should see the other projects she will be teaching! Adorable! Way to go Karen! You can read more about Karen and her post in the Around the World Blog Hop here! Thank you Karen for being such a dear and supportive friend!
   For this blog hop we were asked to talk about and share the following with you:

1. What am I working on? 
2. How does my work differ from others of its genre? 
3. Why do I write/create what I do? 
4. How does my writing/creating process work?

1.  What am I working on??
 Well if I am anything like most quilters/sewist/crafters I have more than one project in the works at any given moment.
  My latest and biggest UFO to date would have to be my Lucy Boston Patchwork of the Crosses quilt. These are my latest two blocks:
 These are English Paper Pieced. A huge obsession of mine lately! It takes 56 of these little beauties to make the original size quilt of 88"x 99"!   No, I didn't fall off my tractor and bump my noggin'. But farm life is the main reason that I took up English Paper Piecing. I often found myself out at the barn or the hay fields wanting to sew and I began carrying along little hand sewing projects like my Hexie flowers for the Inchy Flower Swap. Then I discovered Lucy Boston Patchwork of the Crosses and was totally hooked. I love fussy cutting. And I am working on a pattern that incorporates these blocks.
I am so excited also to share my love of Patchwork of the Crosses and have opened an ETSY shop "Featherweight Quilt Company" to share my block designs. I sell kits of my blocks from whatever fabric I have leftover after making my blocks. This is a great way to get started making these blocks and to learn fussy cutting. The kits include the necessary fabric and the paper templates for making the block. Additional English Paper Piecing supplies, like hexagons, diamonds for 6 pointed stars and acrylic templates, can also be purchased from my shop! I want to take this opportunity to say THANK YOU to everyone that has been purchasing items from Featherweight Quilt Company!  I truly appreciate each and every one of you and the support that you all have shown to me. I get so excited each week when I am working on a new block to bring to yall. And I can't wait to share my pattern, hopefully in early Spring 2015!

2. How does my work differ from others of its genre?

Well, I do not know how to really answer that except to say that we are all individuals. Even with my Patchwork of the Crosses kits there are usually several layout options so you can change the block up. However, these blocks are all made with the same 24 - 1" honeycombs. The fabric choices and placement makes each block unique. I am very excited about the fussy cutting possibilities within these designs and how you can derive a secondary pattern from fabric/color placement.

3. Why do I write /create what I do?
Well, my English Paper Piecing projects were born out of necessity really. Finding myself daily away from my sewing machine and feeling that need to create was driving me crazy. So I began English Paper Piecing as a way to fulfill that creative desire.
 Many of you already know that I love to write and tell stories. I love, love my blog as an outlet for that. My writings generally stem from my experiences from living on our farm and the happenings of that lifestyle.

I also LOVE photography and have been saving up for a nice camera! And I love to tell stories with photos. I think I would love instagram if I could find a way to fit it into my day and learn what the heck it is all about!

4. How does my writing /creative process work?
Well, let's see. I have not really just sat down and thought about how I think??? :O I think I glean inspiration from my daily routine, unexpected surprises and the things I experience in and around the farm. I would have to say an idea usually hits me and I just have to do it or create it. Whether it is a block design or a story to tell. Sometimes I wake up in the middle of the night and just have to get a pen and paper and start writing or designing something.
I am so grateful that I am finally in a place in my life where I have the freedom to create and the time to enjoy all the simple pleasures that life has to offer.
from Kelly "Always Applique"
Eeeeeek!!! See why I am enamoured by her work! Adorable!! Kelly will be posting her stop of the "Around the World Blog hop on Monday Sept 8th.. Be sure to stop by next Monday and tell her hello. I can't wait to see how her creative mind flows! 

 Secondly, I chose Cynthia of The Cranes Nest! Yall I met Cynthia through the "Grow Your Blog" Hop party. I actually won one of her giveaways. Her blog is full of gardening, redecorating and remodling and pottery! Cynthia is a very talented painter and sculptor. Her work is adorable and I want to collect it all!
Cynthia Crane on Etsy!