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April 16, 2019
AccuQuilt Ready. Set. GO! Challenge Baby Quilt - Chunky Twists from Creatin' in the Sticks

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 ...

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December 2, 2018
NEW Favorite LQS and NEW Project! Modern Baby Clam Shell Quilt from Cheeky Cognoscenti

Okay, so the advice I got from you all from my last post was pretty evenly split down the middle between quilting another charity quilt for more practice versus attempting to custom quilt my Paint Me a Story bear paw quilt with my current skill set.  So last week I quilted nothing in real life and designed a compromise project in EQ8 software instead.  

The new project will be more interesting to piece than what I'd choose for a charity outreach project, but not nearly as complex as any of my WIPs that are anywhere near quilting stage.  This ...

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September 1, 2018
Guess Whoooo is Here? from The Cozy Quilter

A colleague at work is having her second baby any time now and her last day of work is tomorrow.  I started this quilt last week and finished it up on Tuesday night.  I brought it to work today to give it to her.  I included washing instructions!  Mom was thrilled with the quilt and promised to send me pictures of the new baby and her big sister with the quilt.

The name of the quilt, "Guess Whooo is Here?" came from the owls on the white fabric.  The quilting is a wavy cross hatch.  I used some solid yellow ...

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August 26, 2018
Frank and Another Baby Quilt from The Cozy Quilter

I want to start today's post with a thank you.  On Friday, an envelope arrived in the mail with more DMC #318 thread in it...and it matched the thread I have been using on my Frank Lloyd Wright Fountain Glass counted cross stitch project.  Thank you Karla for sending the thread to me all the way from Kansas!  The thread wrapped around the lower cardboard holder is my thread and I cannot tell the difference between it and the two skeins sent by Karla. I now have enough to finish my picture!  (Thanks again to Cathy, Carole, Pat ...

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July 29, 2018
Revisits for Unbelievable Cuteness from Creatin' in the Sticks

How life can change in one year.

I posted this tutorial last year
over on the Thermoweb Blog
before I knew I was going to be a Grammy.

Yesterday, my sweet Grandbaby modeled the outfit for the first time...

She just makes the outfit so much cuter and I'm so glad I kept it for her.
This is her first photo sitting up on her own, too.
She is sitting on a blanket my mom (Great Grammy) made for her.
I just can't believe this could be any cuter.

This was another tutorial from this year over on ...

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May 25, 2018
Twinkle - Wish Upon a Star Blog Hop from Creatin' in the Sticks

Welcome to 
Creatin' in the Sticks
where the stars are twinkling today.

The Wish Upon a Star Blog Hop
is hosted by my friend
and she has a super sweet giveaway for the hop.
Don't forget to enter over on her blog by clicking HERE.

I was so excited to make stars, so I started with a couple charm square packs
 (Riley Blake's Willow), sliced a few and stitched them together.

Next, I made a table of stars in Word and printed them on one of my favorite
fusible applique tools, HeatnBond ...

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April 27, 2018
It's Fashion Friday from Creatin' in the Sticks

I have to take a little pause in the 30 Quilt Blocks in 30 Days Blog Hop and Quilt Along
Fashion Friday 
over at Thermoweb.

 I must tell you when I saw this sweet novelty cotton knit fabric, I couldn’t wait to sew a little outfit. 

 Knits can be tricky, especially the less expensive ones, but with the help of HeatNBond Soft Stretch Lite adhesive, the task of sewing stretchy fabrics is easy. 

 A little t-shirt was transformed into a sweet little dress in an afternoon. 

 You will find my free tutorial for this t-shirt dress over on ...

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March 23, 2018
You're One Cute Chick - Split Skirt Onesie Tutorial with Deco Foil from Creatin' in the Sticks

One thing I've learned by sewing for this sweet baby is
comfort is not only the number one priority in her clothing,
but she won't tolerate anything but comfort.

She makes everything "over the top'"cute, so there's no need for lace and frills
and this grammy has such a pretty model for all the little projects!

She's growing fast and has a lack of appreciation for uncomfortable dress-up clothes. 
 This is what led me to create a tutorial for a split skirt onesie over on the Thermoweb blog.

Now she can wear a dress and ...

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March 6, 2018
Small, Smaller, Smallest Blog Hop from Creatin' in the Sticks

The challenge:
said, "Make something small"
show everyone what you made.

So I made a small quilt

using my latest quilt block pattern, Deer Meadow.
It's block #2 of the

I made the applique quilt block center and added scrappy 6 1/2" blocks for the border.
This is the first time I have backed a quilt with minky fabric and I love it!!
I quilted it with flowers on the Handi Quilter.
The quilt is 36" square and is a small project ...

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January 30, 2018
Drumroll, Please: MORE New Projects! Feathered Star Baby Quilt Variations Designed in EQ8 from Cheeky Cognoscenti

Oh, SHHH!!!  I hear you all, clucking your tongues at me in disapproval!  Designing new projects in EQ8 is GOOD for me, and this little detour from my immediate projects only took me about 20 minutes, I swear.

44" x 44" Feathered Star Baby Quilt, Designed in EQ8
Okay, so designing the "bones" of this baby quilt only took 15-20 minutes.  Click, click, click, done!  Then I spent another 45 minutes playing with different color schemes and fabric possibilities.

Same Quilt, This Time With Novelty Prints
And This One in Kaffe Fassett Collective Prints
How fun is that, to see ...

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January 12, 2018
Little Miss Snow Princess Dress from Creatin' in the Sticks

It's Fashion Friday over at Thermoweb
I have a special little outfit to share.

Making little clothes adds such joy to the season for me and Thermoweb has all the fusible tools to make garment sewing quick and easy.   
If you love to sew clothing and haven't tried 
HeatNBond Soft Stretch
you'll be amazed how easy sewing knits becomes.
This little outfit is a mix of stretchy knit and soft cotton fabric
I'm over at Thermoweb today with tips and tricks to make it easy.

Applique isn't just for quilts.
Use your Aurifil ...

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December 12, 2017
Keepsake Handprint Christmas Ornament from Creatin' in the Sticks

Making little ornaments with sweet little hands can be a joy for you
a keepsake for years to come.

I had a little helper for the design with this project.

Thank you, Bella!

Wouldn't it be fun to make one of these every year?

We designed this ornament for Ornament Week at Thermoweb.

The full, free tutorial for the Christmas Ornament is on the Thermoweb blog today.

Happy Creative Christmas!

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September 29, 2017
Gender Reveal Party - I'm going to be a Grandma! from Creatin' in the Sticks

Hubby and I couldn't be more excited to become grandparents
now we know what our first grandchild will be.

I had to take a quilt to the party.
I just didn't know what color I would be leaving.

My daughter has a great friend that planned the whole party.
Here are a few lot of the pictures....

We are all football fans and the party was all about team blue vs. team pink.

The party was such fun with tailgate food and decorations.
We even had a Ruffery.
Our first grandpuppy.

Another friend (my son's girlfriend ...

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June 24, 2016
New Swaddle Fabric from My Heritage Fabric's

At Quilt Market we finally found soft, cuddly double gauze for swaddling by Camelot Fabrics!  If you like Aden and Anais swaddles sold in stores you will love these. These make fast and easy baby gifts that you know new Mother’s will love!

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