Sunday, August 30, 2015

Patchwork of the Crosses

 Woohoo! I finished my "I Love Lucy Boston " Bee block  for August just in the nick of time! Karen chose muted colors in browns, green, blues and creams. I hope she likes this one.

 I really am not a procrastinator! I had her block planned before August 1st! August has been a very busy month! 4 new baby calves!!!!!!! And lots of new things happening in my ETSY shop Featherweight Quilt Company.
  I started offering hexagon kits in my shop a month or so ago along with new Patchwork of the Crosses block kits every week. And new supplies!  I am really excited about my newest Hexie kit!

 Sew cute! It is a 240 piece set which includes (6) 2 1/2" Squares of 20 different 1930's Reproduction Print fabrics and 120 1" hexagon card stock templates!  You can use the kit to add variety to your Scrappy hexagon project or add a fabric from your stash for the centers and make Hexagon Flowers!
It is sew fun! You can find the kits in my ETSY shop here!
  I cannot believe September is upon us! The older I get the faster times seems to fly by!
Our September Bee mate chose 1930's Reproduction prints for her Patchwork of the Crosses!
Eeeeek!! I am so excited. I just happen to have the perfect fabric and the perfect Aurifil 50 wt thread!

Some things are just "MINT" to be!
Happy Sewing ya'll! Thank you for stopping by!
Enjoy the last bit of summer!
xo jan

Saturday, August 22, 2015

"Sweet Salt Air", Goldenrod and Lucy Boston

  All summer I have longed to go to the beach just to get a breath of some sweet, salt air! We haven't taken a vacation from the farm in years. 65 +/- cows pretty much keeps us close to the house. So no wonder I was drawn to this book:

 Have you read any of Barbara Delinsky's books? This is my first but definitely will not be my last. I love to find new-to-me authors that I connect with their writing style from page one.  I think the characters and the location in which this book is based is what drew me to it. Not to mention the cover and title! Charlotte is a freelance travel writer, Nicole is a food blogger. They grew up best of friends spending their summers on an island off the coast of Maine, Quinnepeague. The story takes place years later when Charlotte returns to Quinnepeague to help Nicole write a cookbook ( which involves lots of herbs) . But they both hold secrets from the past, and little do they know, these are secrets that will change their lives forever. Then enters Leo Cole. A native of Quinnepeague with secrets of his own and a heart needing mended. If you like these type novels,( I call them "Easy Reads") then I highly recommend "Sweet Salt Air"!  Also, I recently became an Amazon affiliate and you can click on the book photo above to go to Amazon or the link on the right sidebar. ( Thank you for going through my link) If you do read it, I'd love to hear what you think.

   Although it has been an extremely hot summer for us and a very wet August,we have managed to spend some time in the hay fields!

 I was not expecting to see Goldenrod already starting to bloom:

I think the bumblebees are loving it though!

  And these are a couple of my latest Lucy Boston Patchwork of the Crosses! ( You can find kits in my Etsy shop here.

Simple fabric but I think they made really pretty blocks. I am thinking about using them with my Bavaria fabric and Redwork blocks that I blogged about here!
 I found this vintage trim last year at an attic sale in an old coffee can. I later purchased these fabrics to go with it:

Then decided I would embroider some Dutch girls in Red work to go with the fabric and trim:

 I still have a few Dutch girls to finish, but I think all these need to come together into a quilt. For myself :)!
 I may make a few more Lucy Boston blocks using some of the Bavaria fabrics. These are not normally my colors but I really like how the Lucy Boston blocks turned out. Now if I could just improve on my embroidery. How can I have patience for English Paper Piecing and not have patience for embroidery? I guess I need to pull this project back out and finish it up. I really want to use this Vintage trim too!

We managed to get all the hay hauled home and put into the barn except for the last 8 rolls. It started raining before we got it home. Guess there will be some happy cows come morning!
Happy Stitching yall!
Thank you so much for stopping by and a HUGE WELCOME to all my new friends and followers!
Let me know if you have read any good books recently!