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

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Sew Simple Saturday April 2016 Winners and upcoming Little Dresses for Africa Linky party!!!!!!!!

      Hi everyone! Thank you so much for participating in our April edition of Sew Simple Saturday! Things have been really busy around the farm this week, but before we get our feathers ruffled,  I have some winners to announce!

The Winner of the beautiful 10 spools 50 wt Folk Story Collection from Aurifil is;

Myra at Busy Hands Quilting!  Woohoo! Congrats Myra! These are gorgeous colors that I am sure you will enjoy using! And a HUGE Thank you to Aurifil for donating this fabulous Collection of thread!


The Winner of the Gift Certificate from the awesome folks at Fat Quarter Shop is:

Lisa of Quilts by Lisa! Woohoo! Congratulations Lisa. I hope you enjoy your shopping spree! Thank you to the wonderful folks at the Fat Quarter Shop for their generous Gift Certificate!


And the Winner of the Lori Holt - 2016 Cozy Cottage Calendar from Featherweight Quilt Company is:

Donna of Donna Sews! Woohoo! Congratulations Donna! I hope you enjoy the Calendar. I LOVE the free patterns in the back! Sew cute!

Congratulations ladies! If you could please email me your mailing addresses to : sewandsowfarm at gmail dot com I will get your items mailed to you and Lisa I need an email address for the Gift Certificate! Thank you everyone for participating!


Our next Sew Simple Saturday will be a special edition on May 7th! It will be our link up for Little Dresses for Africa! Aurifil has generously donated a gorgeous 12 Large Spools Collection of Aurifil 40wt from their Gleeful Collection!

The Fat Quarter shop is donating a $50.00  Gift Certificate to their online shop! Woohoo Shopping Spree time!

And Featherweight Quilt Company is donating a $25.00 gift Certificate to their ETSY shop!


To be eligible to win you must link up to a blog post, facebook post or flickr post of recently made Dresses, Boy shorts and/or Sani Pads that YOU made for Little Dresses for Africa! You can read more about the ongoing effort to help these children on the LDFA webite here:

 If you need a pattern, there are several available on the LDFA website here:

and also at Nancy's Notions here:

Nancy's Notions is my favorite pattern to use for the little Dresses. If you need a tutorial, then I have one on my March 2016 Sew Simple Saturday here:

and a Sani Pad tutorial here:

I am so excited to share this wonderful opportunity with you to help these beautiful Children around the world! So rally the troops, sewing sisters, friends and relatives and get those machines humming!

 I hope you find the time to make a few of these simple but much needed items and join us on May 7th right here on this blog and link up your generous and heartfelt work!

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me!

Congratulations to the April 2016 Winners!

Welcome to all my new friends and followers.

Thank you Aurifil, Fat Quarter Shop and Featherweight Quilt Company!

Happy Stitching ya'll! I can't wait to see what you create!

xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo jan

Saturday, April 2, 2016

April 2016 Sew Simple Saturday!

 Hi everyone!
   Welcome to the April 2016 Sew Simple Saturday Link up Party!
One thing that I know about quilters, seamstresses and women in general is that we like to help each other! Sew Simple Saturday is a time where we can come together and share out tips and techniques for sewing and crafting!

 A little while back I announced my annual Little Dresses for Africa Sew Along. If you haven't heard about the LDFA Sew Along,  you can read more info here and see how you can be involved.
    Last month I shared my tutorial and the Nancy's Notions Pattern on how to make the little dresses from yardage. You can read that tutorial here!

   I recently found out about another need through the Little Dresses for Africa website. Re-useable Sanitary Pads for young girls!

  The following is from the LDFA website and from UNICEF explaining why these pads are needed:
"According to UNICEF, one in ten schoolgirls in Africa miss classes or drop out completely due to their period, and substitute pads or tampons for less safe and less absorbent materials such as rags, newspaper or bark.
There are many aspects that link girls’ attendance rates to their menstrual cycles. Firstly, the lack of affordable sanitary products and facilities for girls and women keeps them at a disadvantage in terms of education when they are young and prevents their mobility and productivity as women. Secondly, the lack of clean and healthy sanitation such as toilets and running water means that girls often do not have anywhere to change or dispose of pads safely and in privacy at school. Thirdly, the taboo nature of menstruation prevents girls and their communities from talking about and addressing the problem; raising awareness and education to eliminate the stigma of menstruation is a large part of the battle.
UNICEF reports that “in countries where menstrual hygiene is taboo, girls in puberty are typically absent for 20% of the school year”. Most girls drop out at around 11 to 12-years-old, and miss school not simply because they fear being teased by their classmates if they show stains from their period, but also because they are not educated about their periods, and their need for safe and clean facilities is not prioritized. The idea that monthly bleeding is something shameful, polluting, or taboo may also encourage girls to avoid social contact during their period. Additionally, the cultural implications of menstruation as a stage in a woman’s development may be used to take girls out of school – the idea being that if a girl is ready for motherhood, then she is ready for marriage.
From LDFA:

Little Dresses for Africa has seen the need among the young girls and women and encouraged our sewers to take part in sewing and sending what we call “sani-panties”.  Improvements in sanitation can go a long way to combating the problem. The distribution of these washable pads along with adult sized panties lead to very helpful discussions surrounding their use and general health.  The resulting good hygiene enables the girls to manage their periods more easily.  Thank you for joining us in this life-changing project


Can you imagine living under those conditions???  I can't. But I do know that I can sew some simple reusable, washable pads!  I tried several patterns on the internet and finally settled on making my own.
I would like to share a tutorial for making these reuseable pads.
Please just skip the tutorial if you find this information offensive in any way. 
Here is what we will need:
1. Sanitary pad with wings to make a pattern. ( if anyone wants my pattern, I will try to upload it to you)
2. Flannel for outer covers (or quilting cotton) 
3. Absorbent cloth. You can use terry cloth, flannel or diaper material.
4. PUL fabric  (polyurethane laminate) ( this is the same fabric used in Diaper covers. Readily available at Joann's Fabrics & Crafts. I used a 40% off coupon. I also bought a PRINTED PUL version to help me keep track of  the waterproof side easier.)
5. Snaps or velcro for the fasteners. I've tried both and prefer sewing the Velcro on by machine.

So let's get started:

First open up a pad and trace around it onto cardstock or cardboard. Include the wings.

Cut out the pad and cut the wings off. We will use the center to make the absorbent center of the pad and realign the wings to make the outer covers. Mark on the center template where the wings will re- align.

To make the center absorbent pad:

Cut the following rectangles wider than the center pad and longer. Cut one rectangle of the PUL cloth, One rectangle of the flannel that will be next to the skin AND instead of cutting 4 to 8 individual rectangles of the absorbent cloth, I cut one large rectangle and folded it to get 4 - 8 layers. This eliminates so much cutting . 

Layer all your rectangles in the following order:
1. PUL on bottom with printed side down ( I flipped up a corner so you could see it in the photo below)
2. 4 to 8 layers of absorbent material in the middle (terry cloth, flannel, diaper cloth)
3. Flannel that will be next to the skin on top.

Lay the pad template on the top of the flannel and trace around it. Sew ON the traced line through all the layers:

Trim close to the sewn line: This is our absorbent center pad.

To make the covers and assemble the pad:

Cut two large rectangles of flannel. 
Trace the pad template laying the wings back in position.  Cut out ADDING A SEAM ALLOWANCE. I added a good 1/2" or more!

The PUL or waterproof side will not be visible once the pad is completed. So in order for the girls to know which side goes down or next to the panty,  I sew a small strip of the PUL fabric on the bottom piece of flannel from wing to wing.  This will let them know which way is bottom so that the waterproof side is not next to the skin and which way to snap or velcro the wings closed.

Next, attach the absorbent center pad  to the other flannel cover with a zig zag or blanket stitch, pul side down toward the flannel.  ( I forgot to take a photo of this step so this photo is from the next one that I made in pink :) 


Now you have the top and bottom made.

Layer the top with the bottom wrong sides together. ie -BOTTOM PUL STRIP face down, absorbent pad face up.

Zig Zag or blanket stitch all the way around. 

Add snaps or velcro to the wings. MAKE SURE you attach them to the correct sides of the wings. 


Some notes:

  I used flannel for the outer layers to help with absorption.
  I used red or pink to help hide staining.
  PUL fabric is slippery. If you use it as the bottom layer, then the pads will slide around. Therefore,  we enclose the PUL inside the pad below the absorbent cloth layers. You must mark which is the top or bottom of the pad. We don't want them wearing the pads with the absorbent pad next to the panty and the PUL side next to the skin.That is why I sew a strip of PUL to designate the BOTTOM. 
  The blanket stitched edges are less bulky compared to several that I made stitching right sides together and then turning right sides out and slip stitching the opening closed. Those were just too bulky around the edges.
You can cut all the layers the shape of the center pad and attach the layers to the top cover all in one step, but all those layers slide around too much for me to get them sew on straight. therefore I make the absorbent pad first and then attach it to the top cover with wings.

When these are distributed, each girl will receive only two. One to wear and one to wash. They also ask for new panties to distribute with them. Each girl gets one pair of panties! Most don't even have one pair!
   I purchased a 6 pair package of 100% cotton panties in women's size medium. I hope to make at least 12 pads. 
Please wash the pads before sending them. Do not use fabric softener or starch as this makes them less absorbent.

There is also a Sani Pad pattern on the Little dresses for Africa website. You can find it here!

Here are all my trial and error pads: They are all still useable ,but I like my method above best.

I do hope that you will consider making some of these pads After all, we are women helping women! 
 I have also been making some little dresses and I made a little pair of boy shorts. I hope to get lots more made before our Little Dresses for Africa link up party on May 7th! 

 I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. 

This months Sew Simple Saturday linky Party is being sponsored by AurifilThe Fat Quarter Shop and Featherweight Quilt Company! Do you have a tip, technique or tutorial that you would like to share. If so, follow the Linky Tools below to link up and be entered into the chance to win one of 3 prizes.

One lucky participant will win this beautiful 10 Spools Collection of Aurifil 50wt threads:

Another participant will win a Gift Certificate from the Fat Quarter Shop!

And a third person will win an adorable 2016 Cozy Cottage Calendar from Featherweight Quilt Company!

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 April 2nd through 10:00 pm EST Monday April 4th!!! So you have an extra day to link up! 

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

And don't forget to be working on those Little Dresses for Africa. We will have some fabulous rpizes for that Linky Party on May 7th! 
xo jan