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Friday, December 6, 2019

Christmas Virtual Cookie Exchange and Blog Hop - Final Day

It's the final day for the Virtual Cookie Exchange
My head is swimming with all kinds of Christmas ideas.
I can't wait to bake and stitch from all the inspiration.
(and I'm no baker)

This is an annual event hosted by 
Carol at Just Let Me Quilt
it's grown over the years to become an excellent way to get inspired for
Christmas baking and stitching.
(Carol has an Indoor S'mores Bars recipe today you don't want to miss)

Here is the complete schedule:

December 2nd

December 3rd

December 4th

December 5th

December 6th

Be sure to stop by Carol's blog, 
to sign up for her giveaway and pick up her free quilt block patterns
she designed for our friends at Thermoweb.


Thursday, December 5, 2019

Throw Back Thursday - Grandma's Pudding Cookies

I am participating in 2 events this week.
The first is the 
and the second is the

In the 31 Day Blog Writing Challenge, Cheryl Sleboda has a list of prompts to help with subjects to blog about every day in December.
Today's prompt is "First Project".

The Virtual Cookie Exchange and Blog Hop is an annual event hosted by 
has been so fun
with all kinds of cookie recipes and sewing projects shared.

So I decided to combine the two events today and share one of the first recipes I published on my blog back in 2012.

Maybe it's not a "first project" but it's one of the first things I put on this blog.

These are

This is my beautiful Grandma that made these cookies in a picture with my kids back in 1994.

And this is the recipe for these light and tasty cookies.
She made them with lemon pudding which is a bit of sunshine during these cold winter months.

1 cup Bisquick
1 (about 3 1/2 oz) pkg. instant pudding
1/4 cup veg. oil
1 egg

Mix all ingredients until dough forms a ball.  Shape dough by teaspoonfuls into balls.  Place on an ungreased baking sheet.  Dip bottom of a glass into sugar; flatten balls.  Bake about 8 minutes at 350 degrees.  Makes about 2 dozen.  Good with lemon pudding or the flavor of your choice.

For a lot more cookie recipes, check out
the complete schedule for the 
Christmas Virtual Cookie Exchange and Blog Hop

December 2nd

December 3rd

December 4th

December 5th

December 6th

The 31 Day Blog Writing Challenge. continues through December.

So you will be seeing me a lot (I hope) in December.
I'm going to give it my best.

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

31 Day Blog Writing Challenge

I'm joining Cheryl Sleboda
for her annual 

I'm trying to up my game by blogging every day in December.

That's 31 days straight
designed to build good blogging habits as we head into 2020.

Do I have that much to write about?
Luckily for me, Cheryl has prompts to help us along the way.

The first 3 days of December were reserved here in the Sticks for

Today I'll use Cheryl's prompts 1-4 to catch up.

#1 - Introduction

I'm Carla
I live outside of  Dodge City, Kansas - (out in the sticks)
I started this blog back in 2012 and the name, Creatin' in the Sticks, just seemed fitting.
Creatin' in the Sticks is the name of my business where I sell PDF quilting and sewing patterns.  I am a designer for Thermoweb and a 2019 Island Batik Ambassador.

#2 - Sewing Space

 My studio is above our detached garage.
I love that I can work and leave my mess and no one knows

because it usually looks like this...

I'm usually fighting deadlines and this is my ugly.

#3 - Machine

You can see my Janome MC6600P  in the above pictures and she is certainly a workhorse.
She is humming pretty much every day.

This is the machine that should get more credit that she does though.
This was the first sewing machine that was my very own.
Mom and Dad gave it to me for Christmas before I graduated High School.

The old Kenmore will stitch through just about anything and I've stitched a lot of miles on her.  I did my first free-motion quilting on her without a needle down feature.  That seems like such a challenge now that I'm spoiled with the modern features of my Janome.

#4 - Favorite Tools

This is such a hard prompt for me.  Every tool is a must-have once I have it.
I mean, I didn't know how cool a rotary cutter was until I had one.  The modern conveniences we enjoy in quilting is amazing.
If I have to choose, it would be my new pink Oliso Iron and wool mat.

There is just something about having a pretty iron and that wool mat is a game-changer.

Thanks for visiting my daily blog in December.
This should be fun.

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

A Time for All Seasons Block of the Month- Hanging Around the Christmas Tree - It's a Bonus Block

I've enjoyed watching everyone's progress with the 
A Time for All Seasons blocks.

Included in the Block of the Month is 6 Bonus Quilt Blocks.
This is the 5th one.

Hanging Around the Christmas Tree.

This applique block design is from Carol at Just Let Me Quilt.
You can find the pattern information by clicking HERE.

In case you missed this month's blocks,
here is my version of Carol's designs.

Angel Heard On High and All Wrapped Up
Such great blocks for December.
Find Carol's pattern information by clicking HERE.

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

Join us.
 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 from our great sponsors.

There is only one more bonus block and 2 more regular (January) blocks to go
this quilt will be ready to put together...

Monday, December 2, 2019

Christmas Virtual Cookie Exchange and Blog Hop - Buffalo Check 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 to get my projects finished on time.

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!

I've been so inspired by all the buffalo check prints and plaids 
this Christmas.
They seem to be everywhere from decor to clothing.

This wrapping paper inspired me to make a Christmas throw.

I found the black and white striped fabric that was perfect for this project
you certainly do not want to work with that fabric too long.
Dizzy is not a strong enough word to say how I felt at times while I cut the fabric.
Once it was cut in smaller bias pieces, I could work with it a little easier.

This quilt is simple square piecing with a half square triangle bow
HeatNBond Lite used for an applique tag.
I stitched arouond the appliqued tag with 50 wt. Aurifil thread.

Quilted with snowflakes and backed with Minky, it will certainly be a nice cozy
Christmas present.

But you are here not only for Christmas inspiration but for some virtual cookies.

If you love coconut as much as I do, you'll love this recipe.
It's not super sweet, but it is a jazzy version of an oatmeal cookie.

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

You could add raisins or chocolate chips, but this little one likes them just like the recipe.

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

December 2nd
Creatin' in the Sticks - You are here!

December 3rd

December 4th

December 5th

December 6th

Please leave each one a sweet comment.
It gives warm and fuzzies...

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 Winter Blues Blog Hop.
Find more information by clicking HERE.
We have big plans for next year!

I hope your Christmas is amazing.