Monday, March 30, 2015

Anniversary Winners!!

The winners of the above Anniversary gifts are:  Tami Chaulk, Maryellen McAuliffe and Jennifer Essad! Woohoo! Congratulations ladies! This was such a fun giveaway! Everyone had such wonderful ideas for my Etsy shop Featherweight Quilt Company! And alot of questions were asked about English Paper Piecing, so over the next few weeks we will be discussing some of those things! This was so much fun. If you missed out, you can find Featherweight Quilt Company's facebook page here and the ETSY shop here!
  Also, we have started expanding the shop to carry different English Paper Piecing supplies such as hexagon templates, assorted hand needles, fabric kits, glue markers and more! We will slowly be adding more items over the next few weeks! So stop by often!
Happy Stitching everyone and thank you all for the well wishes!
xo jan

Friday, March 27, 2015

Anniversary Giveaway!!!!!

Hey ya'll! Featherweight Quilt Company is one year old! Sweeeeeeeeeeeeeet!!!
  One year ago I began a journey making Lucy Boston Patchwork of the Crosses! I fell in love with all types of English Paper Piecing! It just fits into our farm lifestyle so effortlessly! After giving away quite a few POTC block kits I decided to open an ETSY shop! I have ALWAYS dreamed of working in the craft industry, so here was my opportunity! So I say lets celebrate! I have been promising my friends over on my Facebook page that I would host a giveaway on facebook. If you aren't a Fan yet of Featherweight Quilt Company on facebook,  you can find us here!
  I have also expanded the Shop to include other English Paper Piecing supplies, such as my favorite needles, glue pens and an exclusive to Featherweight Quilt Company  "Hexagon/ mini charm kit"! These are so adorable! The kits include a mini charm pack and 42 1" hexagon paper templates ! You can make 6 Grandmothers Flower Garden hexie flowers! Or just use it to make 42 hexagons for your Scrappy Hexagon Charm project! I will also be adding even more English Paper Piecing products to the shop! I really like offering a variety of items so you can combine your orders and save money on shipping! I always combine shipping charges and charge only actual shipping costs!
  So, since my first block shown above has been my most popular block, I decided that I would bring it back just for this celebration! I switched out the white,  to a tone on tone for the Anniversary edition! And you can have a chance to win one of these block kits along with some other fun prizes!
So here are the prizes:

Prize #1: An EPP kit containing an Anniversary POTC Block kit w/ 25 1" honeycombs, A Mini Charm Hexagon kit and  a cutesy little pair of scissors all packed up in an adorable quilted travel bag ( with a scissor zipper pull :)! )

Prize #2: An exclusive Hexagon/Mini Charm kit which includes an "April Showers" mini charm pack and 42 1" hexagon paper templates!

Prize#3. A cutesy little Red and White Polka Dot Pocketbook Travel Sewing kit! Sew stinkin' cute!

  The giveaways are taking place on My Facebook page ONLY! So pop over and check it out! I always announce new block kits on facebook first, usually on Fridays. I would LOVE it if you would give me a good ole Thumbs Up while you are there and please help spread the word on facebook, twitter, instagram and pinterest! Also please remember to favorite  Featherweight Quilt Company on ETSY!
Happy Stitching yall!
 Good luck in the giveaway! Welcome to all my new friends and followers! I am so happy to have ya'll plowing along with us!
xo jan
Oh, and here is one of the new blocks for this week! So much fun!

Friday, March 20, 2015

Farm Love Friday 3.20.15

HELLO SPRING!! We have sorely missed you! I had to go out of town for a few days this past week and I could not believe the difference those few days made in the signs of Spring! The jonquils,forsynthias,peach blossoms,bridal wreath and violas blooming so prettily! Robins singing and building their nests! Even kitten rolling around trying to scratch off her winter fur! The grass greening up around an old abandoned farmhouse on a neighboring farm makes it look not so forlorn.
  Next week I will be celebrating the one year anniversary of my shop Featherweight Quilt Company! It started with the Patchwork of the Crosses block pictured above! It is so hard to believe that a year has come about! Be sure to check my company facebook page next week for a giveaway celebration!
 Happy Spring yall!
xo jan

Friday, March 13, 2015

Farm Love Friday 3/13/15

Spring is so close! Only 7 more days! I think the animals are as excited as I am. Lucy and Lily really enjoyed the warm and sunny day we had last Sunday. Although the mud is still everywhere, there are less runny noses around here. I can't seem to keep the fiesty heifer at the barn from laying in the warm, dry hay INSIDE the hay ring. The silver maple is already budding and the daffodils are rapidly growing. Someone asked for a close up of the little black bull calf. I love the little heart on his forehead. And a pair of gray doves are already looking at last years nest in the big pine. Goodbye Snow! I am not ashamed to say I am glad to see you go!Although you did give me some time to work on Patchwork of the Crosses for an Easter runner and a new block for my ETSY shop!
I also want to say a great big welcome to all my new followers! I am so happy to have yall plowing along with me!
Happy Stitching ya'll!
 I hope better weather is in your forecast too! Thank you for stopping by!
xo jan

Friday, March 6, 2015

Farm Love Friday 3/6/15

" Oh,  Mr.Winter, although I love you and your cold beauty, you have outstayed your welcome!
 Your bleak skies, dreary rain and deep, mud laden paths reach out to sap all my strength. 
The cattle straggle along trying to keep their babies clean and away from your grasp.
 Take heed Sir.
Promises of Spring are all around.
She will cast you out
And You shall not prevail!"
jan manley

Sunday, March 1, 2015

A Chubby little finish!! Woohoo!!

Woohoo! I love this little mini, especially in the snow nestled against my daffodils. It just screams "SPRING IS ALMOST HERE ! "
   I decided to use a gray pindot for the sashing and binding. And since I was having tension issues with yet another sewing machine, I took the plunge and tried some big stitch quilting! And guess what? I LOVE hand quilting!

 I really like the texture that it gives to the little quilt. And it was so much fun. I used Aurifil12wt Variegated# 4668 for the hand quilting and an Aurifil 50wt dark gray for the binding. I REALLY like the variegated thread. I didn't mark the quilt. I just tried to keep approx 1/4" away.  And hopefully my stitches will get a little more even with practice.

I wanted to brighten up all that gray sashing with a little border print hidden away in my stash just waiting for the perfect project to use it on. I LOVE these little pots of flowers!

I think they add just the right touch. Oh, I wish I had some Aurifloss in these bright and happy colors to outline the flowers!~  I added a strip to the top and bottom.

 And a bright and pretty print from Rashida Coleman Hale for the backing and the hanging sleeve.

This Chubby Churn Dash was so fun to make! I ventured a little outside of my comfort zone with all the bright prints but I am so glad that I did!

If you would like to make your very own Aurifil Mini of the Month Chubby Churn Dash you can find the pattern here! And be sure to enter your mini into the Aurifil Flickr Group for your chance to win a 12 Large Spools Box of beautiful Aurifil thread!

      This was so fun, I think I want to go back and do some more big stitching in the sashings and borders!
Happy Stitching yall!
   Linking up with Kathy for Slow Stitching Sunday! Be sure to pop by and see all the other beautiful projects being shared!
Thank you so much for stopping by!
xo jan