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Friday, April 26, 2019

Stripe Me a Diamond - Be a Diamond Blog Hop and Giveaway

Welcome to Creatin' in the Sticks
my day in the 
Be a Diamond Blog Hop.

Carol at Just Let Me Quilt is hosting this blog hop
the posts have just been incredible.

I never thought about how diamonds in quilts can be so different 
and add so much movement in a quilt.

My quilt is called
Stripe Me a Diamond.

It's string pieced on a foundation and then the diamond shape is paper pieced.

I started by drawing my own diamond paper pieced quilt block in Electric Quilt.

by Thermoweb
made paper piecing the diamonds
a piece of cake.
They are sturdy and see-through, yet easy to tear away.
They don't fall apart if you have to correct a mistake.
Ask me how I know...

You print the quilt block directly on the quilt block sheet and get right to stitching.

I made 64 blocks and played with the layout.

I wish I had taken a picture of my husband and son helping me remove all the quilt block sheets from the blocks. What would we do without help sometimes?

Ultimately deciding on an ombre look for sashing and borders.

Stripe Me a Diamond is 66" x 66"
is a stash busting quilt.

I quilted it on the Handiquilter with dragonflies and loops with the pro stitcher.

Be sure to visit all the diamonds of the day:

 Today - April 26

And here is a behind the scenes picture of my hubby helping me after a long day at work...

Again, what would we do without help?
I'm so lucky.

Win your own pack of 
Giveaway is limited to the U.S. only this time.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Entries until May 3rd, winner will be announced May 4th.

Monday, April 22, 2019

Feather Me a Rainbow Baby Quilt

My newest quilt pattern is over on the 

I'm celebrating my favorite color - RAINBOW!

Feather Me a Rainbow Baby Quilt

I was inspired by rainbows and Dresden quilt blocks.

My thought was that feather shapes would make a Dresden looking block
in rainbow colors
how could it be wrong?

The quilt pattern features
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.

The colors of HashDOT by Michael Miller Fabrics are amazing for this rainbow quilt.

I stitched around the feathers with Aurifil 50 wt. thread (#2024)

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

I'm dreaming in
Happy Rainbows today!

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

AccuQuilt Ready. Set. GO! Challenge Baby Quilt - Chunky Twists

The April challenge for the Island Batik Ambassadors is
Baby Quilt.
Today is my day to show
Chunky Twists

As Island Batik Ambassadors,
this month is our first industry partner spotlight challenge.
The challenge is to use AccuQuilt dies to create a 40" - 48" baby quilt
using any pattern.

AccuQuilt generously provided the Island Batik Ambassodors with an

I chose a mixture of Island Batik stash builder fabrics and yardage.

The stash builder strips are 5" wide and perfect for the AccuQuilt dies.
I chose to use the Two by Two quilt block in the

The AccuQuilt was so much fun to use to cut the rectangles.
I even made a video to show how fast the rectangles were cut.
If you want, you can see it by clicking HERE

Baby quilts don't have to be pastel, I chose the colors of the rainbow.
I only used one die, the 2 1/2" x 4 1/2" rectangle, #8 in the 
GO! Qube Mix and Match 8" Block.

This quilt was so quick to make and the top was ready in one afternoon.
The cutting was so accurate, the seams met perfectly and everything was so perfectly square.

Hobbs Heirloom Premium cotton batting really makes the straight and diagonal lined quilting pop.
Chunky Twists is finished with an Island Batik foundation Basic fabric - Vino for the binding
and finishes at 40" square.

You can find the full list of Island Batik ambassadors posting for the 
Baby Quilt challenge 
by clicking HERE.

It's amazing how modern tools can help us to create.
This is the beginning of lots of fun and accurate cutting.