Friday, April 29, 2016

Farm Love Friday and Poor Mr Owl

Oh my what a trying few weeks this has been. I think we went straight into summer around here! We have already been hauling hay from a friends barn and getting ready to get into the hay fields. Our flowers just aren't blooming like they were last year. The pretty little pink Shamrocks by the back porch are the only flowers that seem to be enjoying this Spring. Our Cherry tree did not bloom well either, nor the Apple Trees. It has been so hot already." Big Kitten" , yes the fat cat above, just gets lazier and lazier. And fatter and fatter. I picked up a crochet hook for the first time in a looooooong time the other night when I could not sleep. I am so out of practice as you can tell by my crummy stitches. The Twins are doing really well. Can't seem to keep them out of the mud. 
  A noticed some Crows carrying on something awful late one afternoon and the cows were looking at one of the pasture fences. I went down to see what the ruckus was about and it was a poor Great Horned Owl that thought he was stuck in the fence. I called my neighbors boy that works for the county Animal Control to come help me ( I couldn't be on both sides of the fence at the same time). He held open a Dog Carrier while I backed the owl out of the fence. Poor thing didn't know he could just back up. He was very, very weak and as you can see only has one eye. Owls do not drink. They get their fluids from what they eat. But I could tell he was dehydrated, so I used a straw and got some Distilled Water in him.  I called a friend at the Department of Natural Resources ( aka Game Warden). He gave me another number to call. That guy emailed me a list of LICENSED Predator Rehabilitators in the State of Georgia. The nearest one to me is located in Blue Ridge Georgia. They said they would take him in if I could bring him over there the next morning. I said I would be there when they opened. I put him in a small chain link dog lot. He went into the back corner of the dog house and shut his eyes. I am very sad to say that he did not make it until morning. I called to see if I needed to still take him over to Blue Ridge, but they said I could just bury him. Poor guy. He has lived in one of our barns for years. I will miss hearing him. 

  I did get some time to work on a few more Dresses for our Sew Along! I am so excited to see all the little dresses. Have you been sewing along with us? If you need a pattern you can find it here! The Little Dresses for Africa Link Up Party will be NEXT SATURDAY May 7th right here on the blog! And we have some fabulous prizes, so be sure and come back and link up! And please share this post!

Also I have been looking at this adorable Quilt Kit on Craftsy!  Isn't it just too cute? I really LOVE the Owl and Hedgehog! Here is my My Craftsy link for the kit.

Robert Kaufman Elizabeth Hartman Pacific Fabric & Fancy Forest Pattern Quilt Kit - None

Also Craftsy is having a 50% off Sale now through May 1st  on Project Kits and Supplies! Just in time for Mother's Day or treat yourself! 


Now would be a great time to stock up for Summer Sewing! You can click on the above image for my link to the Sale! 

And next Friday, May 6th will be our next Mystery Patchwork of the Crosses kits AND the May kits for The New Hexagon in my ETSY Shop! 

Sew much fun coming up next week! I can't wait to see what ya'll create!

Welcome to all my new friends and followers! 
Happy Stitching!
xo jan

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Sunday, April 17, 2016

"In Our Garden" BOM - April Blocks 5 & 6

Hi everyone!
  It is time for month 3 of the "In Our Garden" Block of the month!


 Blocks 5 and 6 were designed by Doris of Quilting Queen Online

Her blocks are just too cute! I love the fun and bright colors that Doris used!

I am using "Sunday Best" by Kim Diehl for Henry Glass Fabrics!

These were really fun to make! I loved doing the embroidery work on the water droplets. I did not have the Aurifloss in the color that I wanted, so I used Aurifil 12wt Color 1148. I really love the sheen of the 12 wt Aurifil. 

You can find Doris's pattern FREE for the month of April through her blog here! Doris is also hosting a giveaway on her blog so be sure to stop by ! Thank you Doris for such fun blocks!

Here is the schedule for the remaining months:



Kris – Kris Loves Fabric
Pat – Life in the Scrapatch
Vicki – More Stars in Comanche
Lana – It Seams to be Sew
Jan - Sew and Sow Farm

Amy – Sew Incredibly Crazy– Final Blocks and wrap up

We also have a facebook page where you can share your blocks and see what everyone else is making here:


Also, our next Sew Simple Saturday will be the Linky Party for out "Little Dresses for Africa 2016 Sew Along"! We have 3 weeks to get those dresses, shorts and sani pads made and ready to link up to be eligible to win one of our three fantastic prizes! 

You can find a tutorial for the Dresses here and a tutorial for the Sani - Pads here!
I have also been experimenting with Boy Shorts with elastic waistband:

I made a pattern from a pair that I purchased at the Goodwill for .50 cents. 

And I have been making a few more Dresses with Decorative stitching on the bias tape ties. 

    I have been very busy in the ETSY shop with new Patchwork of the Crosses blocks!  This two block kit using Civil War Reproduction fabrics is a little challenging but lots of fun!

I love how the gold in the first block appears to just pop through! Lots of fun! I also designed a Mother's Day Block :

And I have a couple of my favorite Aurifil Thread sets remaining in the shop: 


Thank you all for stopping by! Be sure and mark the date, May 7th, for the Little Dresses for Africa Link up Party!

 And if you are making the "In our Garden" BOM blocks be sure to link up on Amy's blog for a chance to win this months beautfiul bundle of fabrics from Timeless Treasures:

Welcome to all my new friends and followers!
Thank you all for stopping by!
Happy Stitching!
xo jan