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Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Catching Fireflies - Summer Fun Sew Along

Oh, how I love summer.
So many fun things to do and enjoy the outdoors.
Today, we are celebrating
sweet summertime with a sew along.

I'm so excited to join the 
talented Thermoweb designers
 for the
Summer Fun Sew Along.


Today I am sharing this quilt block:

There are 4 quilt blocks and the patterns are all free.


The fabrics I'm using are from
Island Batik
and the thread I used to stitch around the applique is
Aurifil thread:  50wt #2620


I'm using
to print the patterns right on the fusible adhesive to create all of the quilt blocks. 
 Just print, fuse, cut, bond, and stitch.  It's that easy.



Head over to the Thermoweb Blog
to download the 4 FREE patterns
and
Quilt Along
 with us.


I'll have a project with all the blocks to share on July 28th over on the Thermoweb blog.
I've been having some summer fun.


Monday, July 8, 2019

Blog Hop Announcement - My Favorite Quilt Block

We took a little break, but it's time to start thinking about fall.

Today I am happy to announce a new stitching blog hop.


There are about 2 months to sew something and join in on the fun.  
It's another easy theme that should have you thinking of lots of things you could make.

Your favorite quilt block should be your inspiration.
Show it, explain why you love it, and make it a project.
What kind of project?
Anything you like.  
Make a tutorial for the block (or not), make a quilt (or not), make a pot holder, make a mug rug, just make us smile to see your favorite quilt block.

Interpret it any way you like.


The blog hop rules:  
sorry, there has to be a little organization...

Sew something that includes "your favorite quilt block".

It's up to you!  Inspire us.

Post your project on your assigned day.

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.

Are you in?


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




Let's get to stitching.



Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Carpenter Star - Quilts of Valor Blog Hop

Welcome to Creatin' in the Sticks
and 
my day in the 
Quilts of Valor Blog Hop.


Jennifer over at Dizzy Quilter is hosting this blog hop
and
Island Batik has been super generous and provided the fabrics
from the new
Freedom fabrics collection designed by Kathy Engle.


I've always wanted to participate in the 
The mission is to cover service members and veterans touched by war with comforting and healing 
Quilts of Valor.


My first step after joining the 13 other fellow 
Island Batik Ambassadors
to make quilts for our local
Quilts of Valor groups
was to check out the QOV Foundation website
for quilt requirements and ideas.
The first free pattern listed is a Carpenter Star quilt
which became the inspiration for my own design.


With this beautiful package of fabrics by
Island Batik
I decided to take advantage of the 10" x 10" precut squares
and
made 9 1/2" half square triangles.
I also used 2 yards of White Basic for either 9 1/2" squares or a few extra squares to make the half square triangles.


My Carpenter Star is 72" x 72"
and
is a great size for wrapping around the shoulders of a service member.

Hobbs provided the Ambassadors with batting
and I chose to use the Heirloom Natural Cotton Batting.



I quilted it on the Handiquilter with Glide thread in stars and loops with the pro stitcher.


It was moving to take pictures of the quilt
at the 
Veteran's Memorial here in Dodge City.



Be sure to visit the other
Island Batik Ambassadors
making quilts for the
Quilts of Valor Foundation.

July 1

Becca Fenstermaker — Pretty Piney

Denise Looney — For the Love of Geese
Gail Sheppard — Quilting Gail
July 2
Pamela Boatright — Pamela Quilts
Anne Wiens — Sweetgrass Designs
July 3
Bea Lee —Bea Quilter
Carla Henton — Creatin’ In the Sticks
July 4
Emily Leachman — The Darling Dogwood
Joan Kawano — MooseStash Quilting
Jen Strauser – Dizzy Quilter
July 5
Steph Jacobson — Steph Jacobsen Designs
Leah Malasky — Quilted Delights
Anja Clyke — Anja Quilts
Maryellen McAuliffe — Mary Mack Made Mine



As I was finishing the quilt, I reached out to my friend Joyce.
She just opened a quilt shop here and just became a Quilts of Valor shop.
Her shop, Birds of a Feather Quilt Shop, also has Island Batik fabric.
She provided the label pictured above and also wants to display the quilt
until the shop has it's first presentation ceremony and Carpenter Star will be given to a Veteran.

I snuck down and took a picture through the window of my quilt on display.
What an honor and I hope the quilt will encourage other quilters
to jump on board with more donations.


This has been such a great experience and I am so happy that someone touched by war will receive this quilt as a comfort. 

Thank you, Jen and Island Batik, for putting this blog hop together and including me.

 I hope to do more in the future.
I just love the Island Batik Freedom collection
and
there's just something about red, white, and blue.


Be sure and visit Jennifer Jennifer over at the Dizzy Quilter for an awesome giveaway!

Have a safe and happy 4th!



Monday, July 1, 2019

Sweet Summer and Waving Stripes - A Time For All Seasons Block of the Month - July

Today is the first day of July
and time for new blocks 
for
Block of the Month.


Our team of designers is so excited about this
Block of the Month
 and
love showing new blocks each month.



We have 2 new blocks for July and I am the designer this month.

Sweet Summer


Applique your own sweet summertime watermelon.

Click HERE for the pattern.

AND

Waving Stipes


This is the pieced block for the month.  Make a dimensional block with color.

Click HERE for the pattern.

These blocks are only FREE though the month of July.

At Midnight eastern time on July 31st they are available in my Etsy store for a small fee.

I hope you enjoy the blocks as much as I enjoyed designing and writing the patterns. I appreciate all of you for your super sweet comments and your support. Happy stitching.

You can find a list of the fabric requirements and more information about the
Block of the Month
by clicking HERE.


I love printing the applique patterns right on the fusible adhesive with

(no tracing!)

I'm stitching around my appliques with



Join us for this fun Block of the Month. 
 There are over 3000 friends on the Facebook group and we are having a blast.
Everyone is so encouraging.

Make the blocks and share them and win prizes.
Come have some fun with us
and
follow along with the designer blogs.



Sunday, June 30, 2019

A Time for All Seasons - June Blocks

Today is the last day of June
and I have the blocks finished
for
Block of the Month.

Our team of designers has been so busy with this
Block of the Month
 and
love showing new blocks each month.

I'm just a touch behind in sharing this month.

Carol at Just Let Me Quilt
is the designer for June
and
there are 2 blocks.



Dad's Tie Overload


and 

Sailing into Summer Solstice


Aren't they the cutest?

Find Carol's pattern information by clicking HERE.

She even has a bonus block for the month of June!!
(I'll have to show that one later...)


You can find a list of the fabric requirements and more information about the
Block of the Month
by clicking HERE.


I love printing the applique patterns right on the fusible adhesive with
(no tracing!)

I'm stitching around my appliques for the most part with
It's a nice neutral color for all the pieces and the thread is awesome.

Join us for this fun Block of the Month. 
 There are over 3000 friends on the Facebook group and we are having a blast.
Everyone is so encouraging.

Come have some fun with us.

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Try It! - A Day at the Beach

The June challenge for the Island Batik Ambassadors is
Try It!

Today is my day to show
A Day at the Beach
with a new, to me, piecing technique.


The challenge was to face our fears or sewcrastination and step outside the box to try a technique that is new to our sewing toolbox. There were no rules other than to try something new and use the fabrics that Island Batik provided in the Ambassador Box.


I had bookmarked an article in the May 2008 issue of American Quilter magazine by Scott A Murkin, "Strata Quilts: Layer upon Layer" that inspired my quilt. It's all about freeform curved piecing, a technique I had never tried but had always wanted to.

I started with an Island Batik
"French Blue" package of 10" squares.


Next, the blocks were paired with right sides up and a soft curve was cut with a rotary cutter.


The pieces were switched and stitched with matching Aurfil 50 wt thread. Then the process was repeated.


Each block has 8 curvy pieces and the process was so much fun.
The blocks were trimmed after they were stitched.
They were pretty wonky before they were trimmed to 7 1/2" but that was part of the fun.


The 8" border is also from the "French Blue" collection by Kathy Engle and is Paisley in Sky.
The finished size is about 57" x 57" and is perfect to wrap up in.


The colors of the quilt remind me of the beach and the quilting is just a simple wave design.
A Day at the Beach was too much fun.
I really loved doing this curvy improv technique and really can't wait to try it again.



You can find the full list of Island Batik ambassadors posting for the 
Try It! challenge 
by clicking HERE.


What will you be trying next?