Monday, December 17, 2018

Gearing Up for 2019

December is so busy for everyone,
including me!

That doesn't mean my sewing room isn't getting some attention.
Besides Christmas gifts, I've been preparing some fun projects for next year.

Maybe you want to jump in too.

Here are some of the things I'm gearing up for the first few months of 2019:

This is the last call to sign up for the Black & White Blog Hop

It's is your interpretation of the theme. 
I'm not going to say you have to have a project that is 100% black & white.  Make it white with a black stripe, make it black with a white stripe, make it black & white with a pink accent.
It's up to you!  Inspire us, but sign up now because it's almost a month away.
Find all the details by clicking HERE.

Season 10 for Project Quilting starts January 6th.

My friend Kim at Persimon Dreams hosts this super fun challenge for 12 weeks at the beginning of the year.  A challenge is announced and you have 1 week to make a quilty project and link it up to win prizes. 
 I've been gathering supplies so I'm ready to meet the challenges, whatever they happen to be.
Find all the details by clicking HERE.

The sign-ups for the Show Your Wings Blog Hop in February have started.

You need to have something in your project that involves wings or that flies. 
Carol at Just Let Me Quilt is hosting this one and has all the details on her blog.
You can click HERE for the instructions to sign-up for the hop.

Another blog hop in February:  Dust Off a Quilt Book Blog Hop

Bea over at Beaquilter is hosting this blog hop where you find a project in an old quilt book to share.
I'm not sure if she is still accepting sign-ups but click HERE for the details.

We are also gearing up for the new 2019 Block of the Month over at
but I can't share that yet...

Have a great December, friends.

Saturday, December 1, 2018

A Midnight Picnic - It's a "Wild" Life Block of the Month - #11

It's December
the eleventh month for the 
It's a "Wild" Life Block of the Month!

A Midnight Picnic!

And that's not all.

You see, this month the block wraps around one of the February blocks.

Amy from Sew Incredibly Crazy is so clever.
She designed this months block.

Thank you, Amy, for designing this for all us "midnight bandits"!!!!

Amy has the pattern information HERE.

I'm using fabric from my stash this year.
These blocks are perfect for extra fabric laying around.
(who has extra?  lol)

To applique,
 I ONLY use my favorite fabric iron-on adhesive by Therm O Web,

Did you miss the first eleven months?

The patterns are available:

Here are my versions:

Maple Leaves - Block #1 Click HERE for the pattern.

Deer Meadow - Block #2 click HERE for the pattern

The Big Tree and The Little Tree Stand Tall Blocks - Blocks #3 click HERE. for the pattern.

Bear Paw - Block #4 Click HERE for the pattern information.

Owl Tree Block - Block #5 Click HERE for the pattern information.

Lunchtime - Block #6 click HERE for the pattern

Home at the Cabin - Block #7 Click HERE for the pattern.

He's So Foxy - Block #8 Click HERE for the pattern.

I Moose go Camping - Block #9 Click HERE for the pattern

Wishful Love - Block #10 Click HERE for the pattern.

Only one more block to go!

We started in February and will end in January

All the blocks are free
for the month that they 
have been released.
After that, there
is a small fee.

quilt along with us.

There is a 
monthly prize drawing 
for those
who finish the blocks
from great sponsors!

Make the block and link it up over at Amy's blog to enter.

Join us for a "Wild" Life!
if you haven't already,
 join the
Facebook group

you can find it HERE.  

Let's get a little "WILD" together!

Thursday, November 29, 2018

30 Quilt Blocks in 30 Days in South Africa

It was about a year ago when I created

and my year has been so fun keeping up with the enthusiasm I've received by everyone making blocks and quilts.

My heart swells and eyes tear from the comments and visits to my blog.

I designed these blocks with the beginner in mind
 the blocks are perfect for quick piecing for anyone.

Each block makes so many designs when put together.


Or make all 30 blocks for a great sampler quilt.

Today I received such a wonderful email from a guild in 
South Africa
 and I wanted to share their pictures.

In January, Sue emailed to ask if I minded if she used
to share and teach to her guild,
Hayfields Quilting Guild in Pietermaritzburg SA.

Mind?  Of course not, but thank you, Sue, for asking!!!!

She explained her group of about 60 meets once a month to share, quilt, and chat.

Sue sent me this picture of her work in progress quilt top last April.

Today she shared more made by members of the guild:

Each quilt is a little different with color, but also with borders and sashing.
The quilting is so cool, too!

Thank you, Sue, for the email.
Feeling the love today!

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Virtual Cookie Exchange - Spread Joy

It's time to make Christmas happen here in the Sticks
my friend Carol at Just Let Me Quilt
has a way of pushing me to get my projects finished on time.

Welcome to 
Creatin' in the Sticks
my stop for the 
where bloggers are sharing Christmas cookies recipes, traditions, and/or sewing projects.
Thank you, Carol, for including me!

'Tis the season to spread JOY!

I'm thrilled to have a free tutorial over at the
today for this 
JOY Wreath
 Merry and Bright Fabrics by Corri Dantini for Blend Fabrics.

Put it together in an afternoon.
(I made it faster than I iced the cookies - lol)

The free PDF pattern and tutorial is available today by clicking HERE.

When I found out my tutorial for Thermoweb was the same day as my post for the hop
I decided to try a theme of JOY and that is how these cookies happened.

Lemon JOY Cookies
(not the dishwashing liquid - lol)

They are sweet and tart at the same time.

I made the recipe a JPG file so just right click on it to save it.

Here is the list of bloggers ready to show you some new ideas and traditions for your holiday:

November 27

November 28

November 29

Please leave each one a sweet comment.
It gives warm and fuzzies...
(Don't leave them feeling left out)
We remember feelings...  just saying.

Thank you for stopping by
thank you, Carol, for this fun hop!.

One more quick thing:
Our hop for January is filling up but there is still time to join the 

Black & White Blog Hop. 
Find more information by clicking HERE.

I hope your season is full of JOY!