30 January, 2019

Ring Toss baby quilt

Usually I do not work much with pastels, but this little quilt is an exception. It will be a gift, but since it will be a surprise let's not reveal to whom. 'Very pleased with the results. The ring fabrics are scratchy-looking solids, and the white background fabrics have tiny floral prints. You know how when you see a pattern, it just has to go on the must do list? This one did that. This adorable free block pattern is designed by Vickie Eapen, and it can be downloaded from: All People Quilt. Guess what- it is also my first finish for 2019!

♦finished size: 30" square

♦fabrics: 100% cottons: Burnish from Adornit® fabrics, and my stash

♦backing: pale yellow cross-hatch cotton

♦binding: same as backing, done by machine and hand

♦batting: Warm N' Natural© 100% Cotton

♦machine quilting: walking foot horizontal lines

♥ Completed WIP/UFO quilts in 2019: 1 ♥

24 January, 2019

Black & White: giveaway!

In appreciation of all of the wonderful comments to my Black & White Blog Hop projects, let's have a giveaway! The prize will include the two black and white fat quarters pictured + one fat quarter in a solid color of your choice. Comment on this post to be entered for your chance. Please do not include your email as the comment may get flagged as spam. There will be a GDPR-compliant info form for the winner, who will be chosen by a random number. Do remember to mention the solid color of your choice in your comment.

*Open to the 48 US + the DC (Washington), due to shipping costs.

*Ends on 31st January 2019 at 10 PM CDT.


22 January, 2019

Black & White Blog Hop: my projects

From the 21st through 24th of January, there is an awesome Blog Hop going on at Creatin' In the Sticks. Carla is hosting this awesome event and we were to create something that is black and white, with some color added if we wished. Here is my project: Black & White Color Study Pillow. It is actually an 18" square cover with a black envelope style backing for the form. Since green is my favorite color, the pillow has varying shades and tones of green on the lower section. The quilting is just simple walking-foot grid work. Very minimal design. Guess what- there were enough of the fabrics left over to make a matching soda can cozy! Be sure to hop on over to Carla's blog to see many other unique creations through the 24th. The link below redirects to a list of all participating blogs. Happy creatin'!

~Creatin' in the Sticks- Black & White Blog Hop~

20 January, 2019

Black & White Blog Hop: coming soon!

'Just to let you all know that the Black & White Blog Hop begins on the 21st, Monday. Be sure to visit to see many variations on the black and white color scheme. The link below redirects to a list of all of the participants. My project will be posted on the 23rd, Wednesday. It's gonna be awesome!

~Creatin' in the Sticks- Black & White Blog Hop~

17 January, 2019

Another raggedy doll

'Just realized that although I thanked her, I never blogged about this darling raggedy doll that Diane of: Lavender Dreams sent to me back in 2017. What a wonderful birthday gift! She is sitting in a little wood chair that I actually found at a local thrift store. Perfect fit! The doll's green frock is my favorite color too. Oh, and one more thing: how do you all dye the fabric black for primitive black crows, dolls and such? Acrylic paint dries and forms kinda a hard plastic shell. 'Difficult to sand without ripping the fabric. Any suggestions will be appreciated.

14 January, 2019

Yay! It's our birthday!

Goodness, how time seems to fly. It is my twin and my birthday again. This is the blue cat pillow that I made for her. 'Made it up myself. As children, we had a white cat with blue eyes, so this is a throw-back to him. The quilting is straight line walking foot, and the pillow measures 16" square. Actually, it is a pillow cover with an insert inside. The backing is envelope style. Blue is her favorite color, so she should love this pillow. Mother, sister and I will be having our "bash" on Tuesday, though, due to sister's husband's work schedule. People often ask me what it is like to be a twin. It is truly unique and special for sure. We are fraternal twins, born about five minutes apart. Happy birthday!

10 January, 2019

Poncho for granddaughter

This is a fleece poncho that I made for my granddaughter for Christmas 2018. 'Made a matching hat also. Yes, she loves them both. The floral fleece so reminds me of her. The pattern is McCall's 7012, and it does include the hat pattern plus several poncho variations and a cowl scarf. Tip: when sewing with fleece, use a walking foot and sew slowly to allow for the fabric's thickness. Also, remember to use scissors (not fabric shears) to cut fleece and any other synthetic fabrics. Synthetics will quickly dull fabric shears. The difference? Fabric shears have a downward bend near the center where the blades are attached and scissors are straight with no bend. This pattern was really fun to sew, and has no fasteners to attach. It will get a Pattern Difficulty Rating of:


06 January, 2019

Quilts needed: Carolina Hurricane Project

Carole of From My Carolina Home Blog is requesting that those who can please send completed quilts for Carolina hurricane victims and their families. The latest reports are that over 4,500 homes have been totally destroyed and more than 700,000 homes have sustained damage mainly by flooding. So, as you might guess, a large number of quilts is needed. Twin, full or queen size quilts are requested as the need is so great that each household can only receive one quilt. Bed-size is because if someone is starting over with nothing, they really need those sizes. Likely most people will not receive a quilt at all unless there is a huge response to this project. The project will continue through summer of 2019, so there is plenty of time to make and ship, or to drop off a quilt. You may read more about this effort at: Carolina Quilt Project Update.