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Friday, September 23, 2022

Music - Blog Hop Announcement for Sign-Ups

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

Let's jam in November!

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.  Once the theme (challenge) is presented we set to work sewing.
We inspire each other with projects, tutorials, or patterns.
Anyone can follow along.

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.

The Challenge: 

Create something to do with MUSIC.
Do you have a song that inspires you or a tune you listen to when you sew?
Do you love a particular instrument or know someone who does?
Maybe something, anything, is music to your heart.
Does your Mary have a lamb?
Do you ave music fabric you need to use?
You decide!  
The theme is really your own interpretation, surprise us!

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!!!!

Are you in?

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: Music
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.)

Remember, this is for fun.
Let's grow together!!!!

Next year we have made a new plan, so you have only a few more chances to join
Blog Hops with us.  (more on this later)
We aren't going away, just going to make it a little more fun!!!!

Monday, September 19, 2022

The Magical Needle - Queen of Gadgets Blog Hop and Giveaway

the first day of the
Queen of Gadgets Blog Hop.

I'm happy to kick things off with
The Magical Needle.

Carol of Just Let Me Quilt invited bloggers to make a project with a favorite sewing tool
tell exactly why we love it.

What better tool to start the hop with than the foundation for all sewing, the magical needle?

Thank you, Carol, for inviting me to join this super fun blog hop!

I think the sewing needle is certainly the queen of all gadgets and has been around since pre-historic times.  There are so many types of sewing needles and if you can understand the size of a needle, you have accomplished something.  
Who decided the sizing of needles???
  The larger the number the smaller the needle?

My witch really likes a big needle!

She is stitching to get ready for Halloween
is joining my Stitchy Witchy table runner witches...

You can find that pattern HERE.

"The Magical Needle" witch pattern is the sitting down witch from the runner,
 only I enlarged her and made a very large needle.

After all, it's about the gadgets this week.

Check out the others sharing gadgets today:

September 19
Creatin' in the Sticks (you are here)

Here is the rest of the schedule:

September 20
September 21
September 22
September 23

I'm sure you will find all kinds of useful gadgets on this adventure.
Cross my heart and hope to die,
Stick a needle in my eye...

Carol's Creepy Bunny has stopped by and asked me to share a surprise!

Ready for a giveaway?
Benartex generously offered this fun bundle of "Halloween Spirit" fat quarters!
One lucky winner!
Enter using the Rafflecopter below.
USA mailing addresses only.
One entry per person.

Wednesday, August 24, 2022

Kayak Me Happy - See Ya Later, Alligator!

 Welcome to Creatin' in the Sticks 
my day - the final day for the See Ya Later, Alligator Blog Hop.

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

My head is swimming with all kinds of wanderlust
and I can't wait to try some new travel projects.

But first, it's my day to show my
Kayak Me Happy Quilt.

The inspiration for this hop came from the idea of traveling to all 50 states.
Hubby and I had been visiting the idea
only we don't want to just visit the states.

We want to paddle in each state - kayaking that is.
I guess that means we would have to go back to Hawaii...
But for now, Kansas has beautiful scenery to see too.

To make the quilt, I tweaked the Crossed Canoes quilt block pattern.
I didn't paper piece, but went old school and made templates.
I found I didn't waste as much fabric or end up with as many bias edges.

Instead of 2 canoes, I appliqued paddles to one to make it a Kayak quilt block.
The block has so many possibilities - rotating the blocks makes a really cool secondary pattern.
But, that will be another quilt at another time...

Thanks for visiting my travel dream with me.
Adventure awaits!

I enjoy hosting blog hop events so much!

Joan from Moosestash QuiltingCarol from Just Let Me Quilt
and I, Carla from Creatin' in the Sticks
take turns hosting the blog hops and themes/challenges.

This month was my turn to host the
See Ya Later, Alligator blog hop!

And I'm sharing my day with these bloggers:

Thursday, August 25th

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.

Happy Travels!

Sunday, August 21, 2022

See Ya Later, Alligator Blog Hop This Week!

This week is the
See Ya Later, Alligator Blog Hop!

I invited a great group of Bloggers to
create something inspired by travel for this blog hop.
Anything from places to go, to how you get there, and anything in between.
Maybe even an alligator?

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!!

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.

Enjoy the places we go this week!

Sunday, July 31, 2022

Creepy Critters 2022 Cackling Stitches Quilt

 My Cackling Stitches
 sisters and I are wrapping up the
Creepy Critters 2022 Quilt.

That means the pattern is now available in its entirety for purchase.

If you were unable to start at the beginning, don't fret!
We have the entire pattern for you for just $10.00!

It's available in my Etsy Store

You can also purchase the pattern at my 
Cackling Stitches sisters stores:

Joan's Etsy Store


Carol's Esty Store

This is my version of Creepy Critters

Join our group on Facebook
for more information and to share your progress!

We are working on 2023
you are going to love it!

Monday, July 25, 2022

11 Checks - UFO Blog Hop

   Welcome to the second day of the

UFO Blog Hop!

 I'm always saying,  "Check that off the list!"
Today I have 11 checks thanks to Joan at MooseStash Quilting.

Joan at MooseStash Quilting presented bloggers with the challenge to make something 
inspired by UFOs.  Are we talking Unfinished Objects or are we talking Aliens?  
Joan said it was completely up to us.
Thank you, Joan, for inviting me to join this super fun blog hop I needed this one!

I chose to tackle a big pile of unfinished objects.

The pile of quilts has been in a corner forever!
I really didn't know what they needed.  I knew 2 needed to be trimmed and binding added.
A few needed a little repair here and there.
Some (4) had the binding added with HeatnBond Lite because of deadlines (don't judge)
 and needed the binding stitched.
Now all those quilts are really
All 10!  All Finished!

The dinosaur had been cut out in February one day when I had a little helper.
Only 5 months ago - that's not so bad. 

It certainly wasn't the easiest thing to sew, but it is finished
and now this dinosaur is ready to be loved.  

The first person to say they want this book can have it!
I'll never stitch another one of these.
I won't make you fight over it, but mention you want it and I'll do an impromptu giveaway.

Check out all the other UFO's this week for lots of inspiration!
Here is the schedule:

It feels so good to wrap these UFOs up!
There is a happy corner in my sewing studio.