Thursday, December 31, 2015

Happy New Year to EWE!

Happy New Year's Eve ya'll! I have a wild and crazy night planned with some sheep and some string! lol!
 Actually it is a project I am working on for this Saturday Jan.2, 2016,  Sew Simple Saturday Link Up Party. Ewe won't believe how easy and fun this little project will be whip up for yourself or for a friend! Be sure to stop by and link up for your chance to win a large spool collection from Aurifil thread, a gift certificate from the Fat Quarter Shop or a fabric bundle to make the above project!
  I love , love my blog readers and dear friends! I wish EWE all a healthy, happy and prosperous New Year filled with all things Quilty!
Happy New Year!
 xo jan

Monday, December 28, 2015

"Happy, Happy Happy" and Sew Simple Saturday!

Well,  it has a name!

"Happy, Happy, Happy"  83" x 85" by Jan Manley

The hubby really loved his quilt. He thought I was working on a quilt for someone else. So he was greatly surprised. He even said "Well, this makes me Happy, Happy Happy"! Why was I not surprised? He is always quoting Mr. Phil Robertson. Thank you all for your input and sweet comments on the quilt. I hope ya'll had a great Christmas too!
  I am really looking forward to a New Year and to our next Sew Simple Saturday coming up this Saturday January 2,2016!!!

 We have a large spool thread collection from Aurifil, a gift certificate from the Fat Quarter Shop and a FQ bundle from Featherweight Quilt Company for our prizes! So be sure to come back this Saturday and link up for your chance to win! I have a fun little project that I am working on to share! 
 Happy Stitching ya'll!
xo jan

Thursday, December 24, 2015

It's finished!! Now I need a name!

Quilt Stats

Name: ???????
Fabric: Duck Dynasty Panel,DD fabric and scraps
Thread: Aurifil 4173
Batting: Warm and Natural
Size 83"x 85" 

Woohoo! I am so glad I was able to finish this quilt for the hubby before Christmas. Just in the Nick of time! I personally think that is where Old St Nick gets his name! And this was no small task since I only started it on December 21st! And since I totally made up the design as I went along. And it turned out wayyyy bigger than I had planned!

The fussy cut tumblers were really fun. I especially like the "Late and Dirty" one .It describes my hubby to a tee since he is usually coming from the Barn or hay fields!

I don't know if those Duck boys noticed, but there are some pretty colorful geese flying overhead! I don't use Cheddar fabrics enough. I really like the color it adds!

A very sweet friend, Chris, (actually she is an Angel), quilted it for me. I chose a Maple Leaf pantograph. I really love how it turned out!

I am not crazy in love with the backing but it was what I had on hand that wasn't pink or floral . It is flannel, which I love. So it will be warm and toasty in the truck!

I used Aurifil 4173, which was a perfect match . Overall I guess the quilt makes me Happy, Happy Happy! (especially that I finished in time for Christmas)

Now I need to choose a name. I didn't have time to make the label before I took it to Chris for quilting so I will just hand stitch the label to the back.  I was thinking maybe " Low Tech Livin' " or "Low Tech Life in a High Tech World". What do you think? Any Duck Dynasty fans out there? Any name suggestions? 

Merry Christmas dear friends! I am so grateful to have ya'll in my life. One of my New Year resolutions is to spend more time blogging! I hope each and everyone of you have a wonderful Holiday season filled with love,good health, friendship and joy! 

Merry Christmas ya'll!
xo jan
and Riley

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Birds of a Feather......A Challenge!

Yeah - this is a real challenge. I mean, I love panels ...sometimes... and The Duck Boys as my hubby fondly refers to them are presenting a real challenge to me to make this pretty. But since this is for the hubster to use in his truck, maybe it doesn't have to be PRETTY.
 Keeping things Low Tech,  I decided no Duck Boys quilt would be complete without some Flying Geese (akaDucks) :

Then I tumbled around a few more ideas and added in some fussy cutting:

It was all so exhausting:

and I am still at it, with a friend (angel!) on standby to get it quilted at the last minute.Quilting sometimes is just not all it's Quacked up to be. I like to live Low Tech in this High Tech World as Mr Phil Robertson would say!
So,  I think it was very appropriate to walk outside and see this:

Now if I can just get my ducks in a row like these geese are VERY loudly trying to do, then maybe I can have this thing wrapped up by Christmas!
  Happy Winter Solstice everyone! Please wish me luck! I'm gonna need it on this one!
xo jan

Friday, December 11, 2015

Patchwork of the Crosses Mystery!

 Now this will be fun! I can't wait to see what everyone creates with their Mystery kits! And I have added alot of new Moda Mini Charm Hexagon Gift kits but best of all, they are on sale!

These are really cute gifts and Hexies are HOT! I have been having alot of fun sending these for people for their secret Santa swaps! Include a Christmas Card and gift baggie at no extra charge! Ho,Ho!
I  hope everyone is getting their shopping and decorating and cooking in full swing!
 Merry Christmas ya'll!
xo jan

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Sew Simple Saturdays - December Winners 2015

Hi everyone! I really enjoyed our December Sew Simple Saturday Linky Party! Ya'll shared some great tips and tutorials! And Thank You for all the lovely comments on my Shelter blankets! I hope to have them finished and delivered to the Shelter this week.
  So let's pick some winners!
1. The Aurifil Splendor 1920's Thread Collection goes to:

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 Woohoo! Congratulations to #10 Leanne at Devoted Quilter!

2. The Gift certificate from the Fat Quarter Shop goes to:

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Yeehaw!! Congratulations to#5  Linda D @ MStitcher!

3.  The winner of Featherweight Quilt Company's Gardenvale Hexagon Christmas Gift Set goes to:

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Woohoo! Congratulations to Karen of Moose Bay Muses! *****************************************************************
Leanne and Karen I need a mailing address and Linda I need an email address of where to send the gift certificate!

Be sure to drop by Aurifil and the Fat Quarter Shop and show your support and thanks! They are awesome and generous sponsors!   Thank you everyone for participating! Our next Sew Simple Saturday Linky Party will be January 2nd 2016! What a great way to ring in the New Year! I can't wait to see what ya'll come up with next! Be sure to help spread the word and invite all your friends! Happy Sewing ya'll! xo jan

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Sew Simple Saturday Linky Party December 2015!

Hi everyone! Thank you for joining us for another Sew Simple Saturday. I have a fun and easy project this week! Braided Edge Fleece Blankets! Recently our local animal shelter asked the community for blankets to help with the dogs and cats at the local Animal Shelter and Humane Society. I LOVE , LOVE helping our community whenever I get the opportunity. During the Black Friday sale at Joann's Fabrics, no pill Fleece , normally $10.99 to 12.99 per yard, was on sale for under $3.00 a yard! SO I went a little crazy and bought 10 yards! (I had them cut each at 1 1/4" yards)  Now, I wish I had purchased more:.
  I could just hem the edges and send the blankets on their way, but I decided I wanted to make them a little extra cute. For each blanket I used a 1 1/4 yards.
  I have a few handy tips that makes this a fun and fast project!

First, choose your fleece and a coordinating thread! I ADORE using 12wt Aurifil with fleece. I chose a pretty variegated in color 4658. I also used a 100/16 needle.

Trim the selvages and cut about a 2" square off of each corner. This will eliminate some of the bulkiness when we hem the edges.

I chose a Blanket Stitch on my machine. Fold over the hem to about 2". (Same distance as the corner you cut out.) Now here's my tip: Instead of pinning the hem, I use a simple piece of cardboard the width of the hem as a guide. I just measure the turned up hem every so often with the cardboard. It helps me keep the hem even without having to measure or pin.

When you get to the corner, just fold over the hem and turn the corner. . You will have a raw edge on the 2" part that you cut out but don't worry about it now. I LOVE this Blanket Stitch using Aurifil 12wt! Look how pretty! Continue around all 4 sides.

Now you could just call it finished right here. Look how nice this edge looks!

But let's have a little more fun! Lay down the blanket and smooth down the hem. Then once again, cut out that corner. Be careful not to snip thru the seam.

Now, snip fringe all the way around the blanket approximately 1/2" wide intervals. I prefer to use my Karen Kay Buckley scissors. They have a serrated edge and grip the fleece so it doesn't slid away from the scissors. And they are very sharp and strong.

Or, and here is tip #2 - Use the top of your Shape Cutter ruler and Rotary cutter! And the slits are at 1/2" increments!  Woohoo!   Be sure the end of the cutting slit does not extend past your seam! Awesomesauce!

Be sure you have a fringe at the end and beginning of each side.

Continue around all four sides until you have Fringed the entire blanket.

Look how pretty. Now we could stop there and have a cute little blankie, but let's have some more fun and Braid those Fringed Loops!

I use a large Crochet hook, or you could just use your fingers. Start close to the end of one side an simply pull one loop through the next.

Continue up to the corner. The just grab the first fringe on the next side and keep going all the way around all four sides and back to where you started.

Then you will have one loop still on the hook. 

I just remove the hook and fold (hide)  the last loop into the next loop and hand stitch it into place with a needle and thread. 

And you are finished! 

Well, almost finished. You have to put a puppy on it to test it out!

Yep - works just fine! Now make another one! This one is for a kitty!

2 down and 6 to go! Woohoo!

Now I know I should have bought more fleece! I can't wait to deliver them. I hope I don't come home with a puppy though! 

So, I hope you enjoyed my little tutorial. I also hope you will consider donating a few blankets to your local Animal shelter.
This month the wonderful folks at Aurifil are gifting a beautiful set of 12wt  thread from the Splendor 1920's collection. This is so neat because I didn't realize this months prize was 12wt! I am so jealous of whoever wins this. My only spool of 12wt yellow variegated is getting mighty low!  

Look at these yummy colors! 

And that's not all, a second lucky participant will win a Gift Certificate form the fabulous folks at the Fat Quarter Shop!
 Shopping time! 

And, my ETSY shop , Featherweight Quilt Company, is donating a Mini Charm Christmas Hexagon Gift Kit to a third participant!! Woohoo! 

Now lets get this party started and link up your Sew Simple ideas, tips, techniques and tutorials!

Here are a few tips and guidelines!

1. Using the Linky tool below,  link to your blog post or face book post.
2. Be sure your face book post is set to public so we can all see it.
3. Be sure to link to your actual blog/facebook post not your blog/facebook homepage. We want to be able to find your Sew Simple link!
4.Please post the Sew Simple Saturday Button ( the button and HTML code are on the right sidebar of this blog)  somewhere on your blog OR include the text link in your post. It helps to spread the word. The more people that link up, the more fun and encouragement we will receive!
5.Visit as many of the other link ups as possible. Everyone loves to gain feedback on their hard work. And be sure and spread the comment love far and wide!
6. Following my blog is not a requirement, but it is greatly appreciated, plus you won't miss a thing!
7. Be sure and stop by our sponsors , Aurifil  and Fat Quarter Shop, and let them know how much you appreciate their continued support and giveaways! They are the most awesome companies that truly love our community!

The Link-up will be available Saturday December 5th through 10:00 pm EST Sunday December 6th!

Please stop by and visit as many people as you can! And leave them some comment love!  Who knows what neat idea or tip you may come across!
Now,  Let's make some friends and let's PARTY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thank you everyone for linking up! xo jan

Friday, December 4, 2015

Patchwork of the Crosses - Christmas 2015

SO.MUCH.FUN.! I have been really, really busy working on my Christmas Patchwork of the Crosses blocks!

  I have also been putting together a few new Moda Mini Charm Hexie Gift Sets! These are really cute for Guild friends, Bee mates, Stocking stuffers, mug rugs, table toppers etc...  or just treat yourself! They include a Mini Charm, 42 1" Hexagon Card Stock templates and a Collectible Christmas Gift Tin!

There is Jingle by Kate Spain:

Gardenvale by Jen Kingwell:

Holly's Tree Farm by Sweetwater:

Elementary by Sweetwater, Joyeux Noel by French General, Clara's Garden by Kansas Troubles  and more! All mini charm kits are 84 pcs plus Christmas tin!  These are really fun little gifts!

So lots of Christmas fun has been going on in the shop. We are also having another little giveaway on facebook!  Just drop by the ETSY Shop and have a look around, then leave a comment on Featherweight Quilt Company's facebook page what your favorite item is in the shop! One lucky winner will receive a Christmas Hexie Gift Set! Winner will be announce on Tuesday Dec 8th on facebook!
   Are you doing any Christmas sewing! I still have lots to finish up! Including the items that I am going to share tomorrow on Sew Simple Saturday! Are you ready to link up? It's gonna be fun!
Happy sewing ya'll!
xo jan