Thursday, February 21, 2019

Tea Time - Dust Off a Quilt Book Blog Hop

It's the week of the minis here in the Sticks.
How about some tea?

Today is my stop in the 
Dust Off a Quilt Book
Blog Hop
Hosted by Bea at Beaquilter 

The idea is for the hop is to find an old quilt book on your shelf and make something from it.

Here is my lovely:

21 years?  Wasn't that just yesterday?
I really was into Debbie Mumm too.
That seems so long ago and so crazy.

Finished size:  15" x 14"

I purchased this book a couple year ago at an antique shop for 3 dollars
It has a quilt in it with baseball gloves, bats, and balls that I really want to make someday, but time wasn't on my side to do it this time.

So I chose this cute mini and updated it with more modern colors from my stash.

Here is the schedule of those showing off their old quilt book projects:

Monday Feb 18th
Turid at densyendehimmel
Pamela at Pamelaquilts
Selina at Selinaquilts
Kathleen at Kathleenmcmusing

Tuesday Feb 19th
Jennifer at curlicuecreations
Stephanie at stephjacobsondesigns
Kathy at Kathysquilts
Shasta at high road quilter
Theresa at bumbleberrystitches

Wednesday Feb 20th
Sharon at Vrooman’s quilts
Suzy at Websterquilt
Nancy at patchworkbreeze
Karrin at karrinscrazyworld
Denise at craftraditions

Thursday Feb 21st
Leanne at Devoted Quilter
Jennifer at Dizzyquilter
Carla at Creatin' in the Sticks - You are here!
Lee Anne at Podunk Pretties
Lyndsey at Sew Many Yarns

Friday Feb 22nd
Bea at Beaquilter
Barbara at Bejweledquilts
Marian at seams to be sew
Brenda at songbirddesigns

Please leave them some warm and fuzzy comments.
Just like Debbie Mumm's vest...

Thanks, Bea, this was fun!

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

On Angel's Wings - Show Your Wings Blog Hop

Carol said, "Show Your Wings" and let's do a blog hop.

I put on my angel wings.

Welcome to the Sticks and my stop in the

Thank you, Carol, for a great idea for a blog hop!

It's no secret, I love collage quilting and this hop seemed like the perfect chance to pull out my box of  HeatnBond® Lite backed floral fabrics and make some wings.

I stitched my angel with Aurifil thread in a triple stitch on my machine
then I appliqued my wings.

To hold down all those edges, I micro stippled the wings.
Collage quilting is one of my favorite techniques and it was so perfect for wings.

This wall hanging finishes at 20" x 22"

Here is a list of all the amazing bloggers who are participating:

Be sure and leave these bloggers some super sweet comments.

See all the frost on the fence.
Great for pictures, but I'm tired of it.

Wake me up when spring arrives.

Monday, February 18, 2019

Grow - Magnificent Minis with Island Batik

Becoming an 
Island Batik Ambassador
is a chance for me
to grow both as a quilter and a blogger.

Every month,
Island Batik Ambassadors have a challenge in which a project is made and shared
this month's challenge
Magnificent Minis.

The challenge for February is to make a mini quilt that is smaller than 24" x 24".

I used the challenge to make a wall hanging to remind myself to 
grow from these challenges.

(In case I forget why I'm doing
Actually, I picked out some of the fabrics I liked and I designed the wall hanging to add a little color to my sewing room and bring in a little spring.
Will winter ever end?

I received some 5" strips in my Island Batik box.

 I used some of those with  the 
basic grey and white that I received.

The fabrics are so bright and I love the designs.

I used Aurifil 50 wt in black to stitch down the fusible appliques
to stitch the "GROW" with a triple stitch on the flower pot.

I used Hobbs Thermore batting which is perfect for wall hangings.

The quilting is free-motion
 with Aurifil 50 wt on my domestic machine.
Minis are perfect for playing with quilting designs.

Finished size:  18" x 18"

As my gift to you for visiting my first challenge post as an
Island Batik Ambassador,
help yourself to the free pdf pattern by clicking

It's going to be a year of 

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Valentine Sew Along - Framed by Love

Happy Valentine's Day!

I'm excited to share
Framed by Love

Did you follow the Valentine Quilt Block Sew Along over on the 
 Thermoweb blog?

Teaming up with other Thermoweb designers for the 
Valentine Quilt Block Sew Along
 has been so much fun! 

As a member of the designer group,
I shared this quilt block:

The fabrics I used are
and the thread I used to stitch around the applique is
Aurifil thread:  50wt # 2620

 I used HeatNBond EZ Print Lite 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.

Today I am ready to share the finished quilt and the free pattern to put the blocks together. 

In fact, there are 4 different ways to put the blocks together today over 
on the Thermoweb blog.

Click HERE to find my PDF pattern in a special blog post over at Thermoweb today.

I hope your day is full of LOVE!

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Color It In - Project Quilting Season 10, Challenge 3

This is the third challenge of Season 10 of
Project Quilting.

I'm excited to join in this challenge, "Bigger Than a Breadbox"

My entry:

Color It In


Kim announces a challenge and you have one week to create something quilty.
Prizes can be won and it's a great way to meet new blogging friends.

The rules:

  1. Your project must have one measurement (length, width, or height) larger than 16″, and another measurement larger than 8″. 
  2. Projects need to be created during the week of the challenge (started on or after February 3, finished by February 10).
  3. Your project does not need to be a traditional quilt, but must meet at least one of these three requirements: include patchwork, include appliqué, have 3 layers stitched together by hand or machine.
  4. Incomplete or unfinished does not qualify. Every challenge piece must be a FINISHED project seen through from INCEPTION to COMPLETION during the challenge timeline.
  5. Link up by Sunday, February 10 at noon CST


This challenge came the same weekend that I was able to open the boxes I received 
I am so excited to be an
 Island Batik Ambassador for 2019
One of the many benefits of being an Ambassador for Island Batik this year
is the gift of an 
Accuquilt - Ready Set Go! Ultimate Fabric Cutting System.
This challenge seemed like the perfect opportunity for me to figure out the cutting system,
so I used a free pattern from the Pattern & Idea Book from the GO! Qube 8" Block,
Pencil Me In Wall Hanging

Instead of using my new Island Batik fabrics, I thought I should start out with some scraps from
my stash to figure this whole new world out.

As I was cutting, I found out, 
the system is really easy to use and my worry about fabric was silly.
But, this challenge gave me a chance to try out my new toy. 
I'm calling my new quilt, Color It In.
I used Kona Solids for the pencils and border and white stash scraps for the background.
The pencil tan color is Moda Grunge

Color It In

Project Quilting Season 10, Challenge 3 - Bigger Than a Breadbox
Made by Carla in Dodge City, Kansas
Size: 42" x 18"
Die-Cutting and Crosshatch quilting.

You can see all the other challenge projects and vote for your favorites starting at noon central on
February 10th
by clicking 
This one is #117

Now, which one of my teacher friends or relatives needs this one???
I may need to make a few more.

Monday, February 4, 2019

Island Batik Ambassador 2019 - BOXES!!

Imagine my surprise when 
these HUGE boxes arrived here in the Sticks.

Did I miss an email?
Yes, the day before I had received an email
to announce that I had made the cut and I am an
 Island Batik Ambassador for 2019.

I'm so excited and I have to show
what is in these boxes.

These items were provided to me by Island Batik:

Lots of Batik fabrics, rayon fabric, 
 Aurifil threads, Hobbs batting galore,
 a gorgeous rayon scarf, Island Batik pins, a surprise package
 an Accuquilt - Ready, Set, Go! Ultimate fabric cutting system!

But let's take a closer look.

Look at these Island Batik fabrics!

I received a surprise package of fabric that I can't share yet
but it is beautiful and it will be worth the wait.

8 foundation Island Batik 1/2 yard cuts

I received two packages of 5″ strips of assorted batiks, there are 2.8 yards in each package!

Look at all these fabric bundles of yardage.

How about these beautiful blues?  
This is an Island Stacks in French Blue with coordinating fabric yardage.

Rayon fabric for maybe a skirt?  
a fringy scarf.

A sweet assortment of my favorite Aurifil threads.

A huge stash of Hobbs Batting.

Oh, and one last thing...

Oh my goodness.  
I had to try this out right away!

(I didn't even do my hair for the video)

That's a lot of fun!

I want to thank Island Batik for sending me all of these goodies.

I’ll be sharing projects, quilts, or tutorials each month as an
 Island Batik ambassador.

Here is a list of the 
2019 Island Batik Ambassadors:

Carolina Asmussen ~Carolina Asmussen
Gene Black ~ Gene Black
Pamela Boatright ~ PamelaQuilts
Connie K Campbell ~ Freemotion by the River
Anja Clyke ~ Anja Quilts
Becca Fenstermaker ~Pretty Piney
Jennifer Fulton ~ Inquiring Quilter
Barbara Gaddy ~ Bejeweled Quilts by Barb
Dione Gardner-Stephen ~ Clever Chameleon
Sarah Goer ~ Sarah Goer Quilts
Vasudha Govindan ~ Storied Quilts
Joanne Hart ~ Unicornharts
Mania (Magdalini) Hatziioannidi ~ Mania for Quilts
Carla Henton ~ Creatin’ in the Sticks
Stephanie Jacobson ~ Steph Jacobson Designs
Connie Kauffman ~ Kauffman Designs
Joan Kawano ~ Moosestash Quilting
Kim Lapacek ~ Persimon Dreams
Emily Leachman ~ The Darling Dogwood
Leanne Parsons ~ Devoted Quilter
Bea Lee ~ BeaQuilter
Toby Lischko ~ Gateway Quilts & Stuff
Bill Locke ~ Studio Bill Locke
Denise Looney ~ For the Love of Geese
Leah Malasky ~ Quilted Delights
Sally Manke ~ Sally Manke
Maryellen McAuliffe ~ Mary Mack's Blog
Kathleen McCormick ~ Kathleen McMusing
Carol Moellers ~ Carol Moellers Designs
Karen Neary ~ Sew Karen-ly Created
Jackie O’Brien ~ If These Threads Could Talk
Laura Piland ~ Slice of Pi Quilts
Michelle Roberts ~ Creative Blonde
Vicki Schlimmer ~ Vicki's Crafts and Quilting
Gail Sheppard ~ Quilting Gail
Sherry Shish ~ Powered by Quilting
Anita Skjellanger ~ Quilt in a not-Shell
Laticia "Tish" Stemple ~ Tish's Adventures in Wonderland
Jennifer Strauser ~ Dizzy Quilter
Jennifer Thomas ~ Curlicue Creations
Terri Vanden Bosch ~ Lizard Creek Quilts
Alison Vermilya ~ Little Bunny Quilts
Sandra Walker ~ mmm! quilts
(Debora) Anne Wiens ~ Seams like a Plan
Geraldine Wilkins ~ Living Water Quilter
Janet Yamamoto ~ Whispers of Yore
This should be a crazy, fun year!