Friday, January 22, 2016

Patchwork of the Crosses, Mystery Blocks, The New Hexagon and In The Garden Blog Hop!!

Happy Friday everyone! Things have really been busy around here lately. And the weather has turned horrid! 
 I have been working on my 2016 English Paper Pieced Valentine table runner. This is my favorite fabric to use for Valentines Day!

  I love the Chrysanthemum Heart! It is a little tricky and easy to get the pieces confused. I found it really helps to number each card stock (Frt1 Back1 etc... )  template on the front and back so you can keep them in order while piecing.

And the Patchwork of the Crosses block is really fun with two layout options!

It is the SAME block! Each one is fussy cut differently! So much fun and very easy to make!.

I do have kits available in the ETSY shop. These are really cute individually as Mug Rugs also! I  have matching Aurifil Thread available! And needles, and templates, etc..!!

Have you started on any Valentine Projects yet? I will have a fun and easy tutorial for a Valentine project for that special someone in your life coming up on our next Sew Simple Saturday on February 6th!!!

And, I have started a Patchwork of the Crosses Mystery ! The first Friday and the third Friday of each month I offer two Patchwork of the Crosses Mystery Block kits! There are no set number of blocks that you have to purchase. You may want to make a lap quilt, a wall hanging, place-mats, or bed quilts. This is an ongoing Mystery so the possibilities are endless. I give sneak peeks of the fabric kits as they are available in the ETSY shop!

And we started "The New Hexagon" Quilt Along in the ETSY shop! We are using "The New Hexagon" Book by Katja Marek and each month we offer fabric packs for 4 or 5 blocks!

 Since you do need the book in order to make the blocks we have the book on sale!

I also have the complete 32 piece acrylic set at half price for a limited time only!   I love this set because you can not only fussy cut blocks for this pattern , but you can reuse the templates for other patterns!

And we even have the COMPLETE Paper Template pack!

These pieced hexagons are sew much fun.And great to quilt as you go(some call them Hickory Nuts) and then they are ready to put together into a finished quilt! Katja has a facebook group that is doing the quilt as you go method here!

    And I am participating in a Blog Hop hosted by Amy from Sew Incredibly Crazy . It is the "In the Garden Blog Hop!
Sew Incredibly Crazy

Here is the entire schedule and you can read more about the blog hop here! :
Carol – Just Let Me Quilt
Amy – Sew Incredibly Crazy– Final Blocks and wrap up

Whew! So much happening for the new year! I think my 2016 Word for the year -"GROW" is working already!

Don't forget Sew Simple Saturday coming up February 6th! I am making my project for my Sweetheart and I will be sharing the tutorial. We will also have prizes from Aurifil Thread and the Fat Quarter Shop and my ETSY shop, Featherweight Quilt Company! So get those projects, tips or tutorials ready to share and come back here and link up on February 6th for your chance to win a great prize! And you can read more about Sew Simple Saturday here

Happy Stitching dear friends! Thank you all for stopping by! Let me know what you are working on or looking forward to participating in this year! 

Wednesday, January 20, 2016


It has become a popular trend every January for bloggers to choose a WORD that will give direction to their thoughts and actions for the year. Back in December 2015, I noticed that I kept thinking ahead to this New Year in great anticipation. I felt an excitement for the New Year to begin. I have all sorts of thoughts and plans for things that I would like to accomplish.

I want to EXPAND and DEVELOP my faith.
I want to CULTIVATE current friendships and BUILD new friendships.
I want to BECOME a better quilter, writer, designer, business owner and blogger.
I want to THRIVE and MULTIPLY as a member of my community.
I want to MATURE and always CULTIVATE as a wife and mother.

Expand, develop, cultivate, build, become, thrive, multiply and mature! All these thoughts keep floating around in my head and heart. All these words are synonymous with "GROW"!  And just like that, my new word found me!

  To keep me on track throughout the year, I made a little mini quilt of my new favorite word.
I used some sweet little scraps  and my favorite embroidery floss, Aurifloss from Aurifil. This collection is Pie Making Day by Brenda Ratliff. I love these yummy colors and the adorable wooden spools!!  I had a little fabric scrap with this adorable kitten. I appliqued him onto the background with Aurifil 50wt and gave him some whiskers!

    I love having a little mini quilt to remind me to NEVER stop GROWING!

 Thank you Patty of Elm Street Quilts for pushing us a little to delve deep into our hearts to find that One Word to inspire us throughout the year!

 Have you chosen a word for 2016? I would love to hear all about it!  If so, be sure to link up at Patty's One Word 2016 linky party for a chance to win some fabulous prizes. If you haven't chosen your word, you still have until the end of January to share your special word with us.

Happy Stitching dear friends! Thank you for taking time to stop by! I look forward to seeing what you create!
xo jan
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Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Sew Simple Saturday Winners!!

Hi everyone - Thank you for participating in our first Sew Simple Saturday of the New Year! A SPECIAL THANK YOU to our sponsors Aurifil, The Fat Quarter Shop and Featherweight Quilt Company!
 And thank you for all the kind comments on my Knitting Needle roll up! I LOVE knitting, especially in the winter and I definitely needed somewhere to keep my favorite Needle and Tools!

Let's draw some winners!

For the Aurifil Thread Box , the winner is :  Sew Incredibly Crazy !

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For the Gift Certificate from the Fat Quarter Shop the winner is : Lily Pad Quilting! 

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And the Winner of the Ewe fabric bundle is Karen's Quilts Crows and Cardinals!

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Thank EWE everyone for linking up! Our next Sew Simple Saturday will be Saturday February 6th! Please help share the link up! I can't wait to see what tip , technique or tutorial you have to share with us!                  Happy Stitching Yall!    xo jan                                                                                                                               Ladies I will email you for your mailing addresses! . xo jan                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Saturday, January 2, 2016

Sew Simple Saturday 1.2.16

Happy New Year everyone and Welcome to our first Sew Simple Saturday of this exiting new year.!
If you are not familar with Sew Simple Saturdays, you can read more about it here!

I hope all of you had a wonderful Holiday season. I certainly did, it was just too short! I did manage to put together a little project that is so simple, so easy , very useful and lots of fun!
  Ewe will just not believe how simple this little project is and it only takes about 2 hours to complete! Start to finish! Woohoo!
 I had some adorable fabric that I have been waiting for the right fabric and project to come along to compliment it. This is by Timeless Treasures Pattern# FUN-C9182:

I found these other prints at The Intrepid Thread! Julie is such a sweetheart and got these sent straight out to me DURING the holidays! If you have a chance , drop by The Intrepid Thread and say hi to Julie! Be sure and tell her I said Hello!

So let's get started and I will show you in just a few steps how to make an adorable Knitting Needle Case Roll-up!

You will need:
 2 Fat quarters, one for the front and one for the back.
 1 muslin fat quarter or you could use interfacing.
 8 1/2" x 22 fabric strip for the pocket
 1 button and 1 piece of elastic
 Aurifil 12wt and Aurfil 40 or 50 wt.
 1 piece of batting slightly larger than your fat quarter

First , make a quilt sandwich with your outer fabric fat quarter, batting and muslin or interfacing. Then quilt as desired. I quilted mine with Aurifil 12 wt Black using long stitches. I wanted the thread to look like the yarn that the Ewes are using :)!

Then hem one long edge of your pocket fabric and line it up across the bottom of your inner fabric:Pin or baste your pocket to the inner fabric.

Measure and sew your pockets. I used Two of my favorite needles to measure the approx width of each pocket:

Also add a few large pockets for Stitch Markers , stitch counters etc.. Tip - I keep my Stitch markers on safety pins by size and in a little baggie.  I also added a long elastic to tie to my small scissors that I like to use:

Once you have all your pockets made, layer the pocket and inner lining with the outer quilt sandwich RIGHT SIDES TOGETHER . Mark with a pin or go ahead an insert your ties or elastic half way up one side depending on which direction you want to roll up your case.  (You can add your button before or after if you don't mind sewing all the way through your sandwich.)I decided that I wanted to use a Loop and Button for closing my Roll Up. You could also use ribbon ties. Measure halfway  down the right side of and insert a pin or mark with chalk where you want your ties or loop.

After you have it all sandwiched together, right sides together, trim and square up,  then insert your ribbon or elastic where your mark or pin is,  and sew all the way around the entire rollup  leaving a 5" opening on the bottom. Slightly trim the corners and turn your rollup right side out. Make sure you get the edges and corners all the way out, then press and topstitch all the way around. I fold in the Opening that we left at the bottom, and topstitch it closed! Or you can whip stitch it closed.

Then load it up with your favorite Knitting tools. I added my button after I had it loaded with what I wanted in it so I would know exactly how far over to go, in this case it was 8 inches.

I LOVE it already! All loaded up with my FAVORITE needles and tools!

Woohoo! Wasn't that sew simple? I just LOVE the EWE fabrics. I think they were perfect for this fun and simple project!
  So let's get this party started and see what Sew Simple tip , technique or tutorial you have to share with us! Our fabulous sponsors have some wonderful prizes for three lucky winners:

First Aurifil Thread is offering this BEAUTIFUL collection of 50 wt thread!

The Fat Quarter shop is once again offering a Gift Certificate!

And I am offering a kit to make your very own Knitting Needle Roll up! Ewe are going to LOVE this fabric!

Woohoo! So you have a chance to win one of three prizes!!

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! And please SHARE!!!
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 January 2 through 10:00 pm EST Sunday January 3rd!

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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Friday, January 1, 2016

Happy Moo Year and a Mystery!

Happy MOO year dear friends and followers! 

I am starting 2016 off with a BANG! in the ETSY shop! This is going to be soooo fun! I've teamed up my favorite sleuth, Nancy Drew with my favorite English Paper Piecer, Lucy Boston for an exclusive Mystery Patchwork of the Crosses! 

I can't wait to see what everyone creates! Happy New Year ya'll and Happy Stitching, always! xo jan
And don't forget tomorrow is our Sew Simple Saturday Linky Party! Woohoo. Now where did I put those sheep???