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Sunday, December 4, 2022

Virtual Christmas Cookie Exchange - Bits of Christmas and Peanut Butter Swirl Brownies

 Welcome to 

Creatin' in the Sticks!

I'm excited to kick off the
where bloggers are sharing Christmas cookies recipes, traditions, 
sewing projects.
Thank you, Carol, for including me!

Merry Christmas!

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 (this blog hop)
 to get my projects finished on time.

I have committed to using only mostly scraps for my projects this year.

I had a bunch of small Christmas bits and decided to use them for this quilt.
Even the white bits are from my scrap bins (they aren't all "white")
I didn't even make a dent in the scraps.
This is tiny piecing and I loved every moment.

The Bits of Christmas Quilt Recipe

Finished quilt size: 52" square
I3 blocks across and 13 blocks down.

All seams stitched 1/4"

Red Block
Unfinished size 4 1/2" x 4 1/2"
Finished size:  4" x 4"

Cut 4 rectangles - 2 1/2" x 1 1/2" - white
Cut 4 squares - 1 1/2"  - red
Cut 1 square -  2 1/2"  - red

Make 85 Red Blocks

Green Block
Unfinished size 4 1/2" x 4 1/2"
Finished size:  4" x 4"

Cut 2 rectangles 1 1/2" x 2" - white
Cut 1 square 1 1/2" - green
Cut 2 rectangles 2" x 4 1/2" - white

Make 84 Blocks

I would love to make another
Bits of Christmas Quilt
I have enough little bits to make one for a king-sized bed.
(better start now for next year...)

I've been working on another project I thought I would share.

My first Ombre Puff Quilt

It's a sew-along on Instagram with Brittany over at Lo and Behold Stitchery (Pattern Here)

I'm so in love with this quilt and I've really enjoyed the process.

You're saying, "But Carla, what does that have to do with Christmas?"

I made a Christmas Puff Pillow with 5" charms for a practice run before I quilt the big one.
It's full of cushy goodness!

But you are here not only for Christmas inspiration but for some virtual cookies.
I made Brownies - Peanut Butter Swirl Brownies.

Yep, I bought a brownie mix and used the recipe on the side of the box.
I did change it a bit by adding pecans to the top.
You can get the recipe HERE - they are amazing!!!

If you want more cookie recipes, you are in luck:

Wednesday, November 16, 2022

Violin Collage - Quilt the Music!

  Welcome to Creatin' in the Sticks 
my day - the final day for the Music Blog Hop.

To all that participated or commented -
Thank you so much!

My head is swimming with all kinds of music
stitching ideas I can't wait to try.

But first, it's my day to show my
Violin Collage Quilt.

Dedicated to my daughter.

This was a year ago when she was about ready to have our grandson.
She can play about any instrument, but has a passion for her violin.
I love that I can still go to see her play.

I love to make collage quilts.
To start with a drawing and add fabrics to add shadows and highlights with the fabrics.
In the meantime adding little bits for character.
Here is the violin coming to life...

Close for quilting and a little more detail:

I've used this technique a lot!
I have a brief tutorial using a sugar skull HERE if you want to see more collage ideas.

Please check out the bloggers posting with me today:

Thursday, November 17th

You can find the rest of the schedule HERE.

This blog hop is for everyone!
Have fun visiting each blog and making new friends.

They have worked hard to show us some new ideas, so be sure to thank them with 
a sweet comment!

You can check out the
Pinterest Board
to stay up to date, too.

We are making sweet stitching music together!

Happy melodies to you!

Sunday, November 13, 2022

Music Blog Hop This Week

 This week is the
Music Blog Hop!

I invited a great group of Bloggers to
create something inspired by music for this blog hop.

What is a Blog Hop?

It's like a "show and tell" online.
Our blog hops feature sewing and quilting and are like joining a quilt guild without leaving home. 
Carol at Just Let Me Quilt, Joan at MooseStash Quilting, and I come up with a challenge
and invite bloggers to join.
We give everyone plenty of time to sew something, usually two months. 

We assign a date for the bloggers to post their projects during the hop
they inspire us with projects, tutorials, or patterns. 
Sometimes there are a few giveaways, too.

I'm sure this group will wow us!!

Monday, November 14th

Tuesday, November 15th

Wednesday, November 16th

Thursday, November 17th

This blog hop is for everyone!
Have fun visiting each blog and making new friends.

They have worked hard to show us some new ideas, so be sure to thank them with 
a sweet comment!

You can check out the
Pinterest Board
to stay up to date, too.

We are making sweet stitching music together!

Friday, November 4, 2022

Sew It Show It - Shades of Blue

Are you up for a challenge in January?

Instead of a blog hop, next year we are starting something new.

It's called, "Sew it - Show it" and is exactly like a blog hop with a different name.

No changes, only the name.

The Challenge: 

This one is Shades of Blue.
Easy, peasy.  Add shades of blue to your project.
Show us your winter blues.
It can be any stitched project, just make sure there is a shade of blue somewhere.

The Rules:

Post on your assigned day at 12:00 am Eastern time.
Have a giveaway or don't have a giveaway. It's totally optional!
Visit everyone's blog on the list and leave a sweet comment. Make friends!!!!

To sign up:
Send me your information and we will assign you a day!
YES, that really is gochefs!!!!!!!!

Send me an email with the following information:
Your first name
Your email address
Your blog name
Your blog URL

Subject Line: Blue
PLEASE, email me the info.
I do know most of you, but if you don't send the info, I have to look up all your information.

If you have emailed me and don't hear from me within a week, please email me again or contact me on Facebook.  Sometimes Hotmail eats my homework...lol

(I will send you a date within one week after you sign up.)

Monday, October 17, 2022

One Scary Pumpkin - Gremlins, Goblins, and Ghouls Oh My! Blog Hop

to the Sticks
 the second day of the
Gremlins, Goblins, and Ghouls Oh My! Blog Hop.

I've created One Scary Pumpkin

or 2 or 3...

Joan at MooseStash Quilting invited bloggers to dust off their brooms and come out and "fly"!
Or share some great Halloween-inspired projects.
Thanks, Joan, for inviting me!

I have way too many Halloween scraps - I tend to purchase more every year.

So, I broke out all the Halloween Fabrics and put together twenty 10" blocks
with random-sized scraps.

Then I stitched and flipped the four corners of the pumpkin, added some borders, and appliqued a stem and a leaf.

I had planned to make this quilt larger, but as usual, my time ran out.
I had made more blocks than I used in the quilt, so I cut some pumpkin sections out of the blocks.
I don't want any more orphan blocks than are necessary...

Now I have 2 spooky accent pumpkins to go with the quilt.

And a whole lot fewer Halloween fabric scraps.

Check out the others that are breaking out their brooms today:

Tuesday, Oct 18

Creatin’ in the Sticks (ME)

Joan has the rest of the schedule HERE
a Pinterest Page HERE.

We have 2 more blog hops to go this year:

I am hosting the Music Blog Hop next month

and Carol is hosting her annual
Virtual Christmas Cookie Exchange in December.

Email Carol if you would like to join:

 About those blog hops Carol, Joan, and I host...we're changing it up a bit!
We've decided to call it Sew It - Show It.

We've been challenging our blogger friends each month and they never disappoint.
With a new name, Sew It-Show It, we'll be looking for twenty bloggers each month
who want to meet our challenges and share their creations. 

It won't be much different than our previous blog hops, but we've found that it's hard
for some people to visit so many blogs in one day. So...it will be just four days with five
bloggers each day. That means (sadly) that we won't have unlimited openings anymore.
But, we may have a few more surprises.
It all begins in January and I will be hosting the first Sew It-Show It in 2023.
If you are reading this, think of shades of blue for January.

I'll be posting about it after the
Gremlins, Goblins, and Ghouls Oh My! Blog Hop
 is over so watch for it here at Creatin' in the Sticks.

Did you know that Carol, Joan, and I host a block of the month every year on Facebook?
We are seriously working our fingers to the bone right now
we couldn't be more excited!!!!
We'd love to have you join us on our Cackling Stitches Facebook page!
The group shares Halloween Love all year long.

That is a lot of information!

I'll just be on my way now...

have a Happy Halloween!