Wednesday, November 19, 2014

T'was the Night Blog Hop- Quick Gift Ideas and Giveaway

Welcome to the Creatin' in the Sticks
version of quick gifts
for the
T'was the Night
blog hop.

The participants in this hop have shown amazing "quick gifts" for the season.
Check the complete schedule 
Stitchin by the Lake.

Part of this hop was to swap with other bloggers - gifts which can be made in an evening.
Something that says,
"I care."

Look what arrived in my mailbox:

Kathy from Kwilty Pleasures 
 (love that blog name)
must have known I had this mug when she chose the fabrics...

A little journal to keep all my holiday lists organized and

a mug rug for a cup of hot chocolate or coffee or tea.
Thank you, Kathy, I love them!!!
The fabrics are so "me."
I went over and found Kathy's tutorials for both projects.
The Journal is here and the mug rug is here.

I've had so many visions of sugar plums dancing through my head to share.

Here are a few  you could whip up in an evening for holiday gift giving:

Want a quick hostess gift?

Just finish pre hemmed toweling with a ruffle and a little applique.

2 tea towels - 90 minutes.
I used binding to finish the other edge, but you could always just hem it.

Want a cozy gift?

Sometimes I don't have time to make quilts for family gift exchanges
but that doesn't mean I can't show up with a cozy gift.

To make one of these in 3 hours
I skipped the batting and just backed them with fleece or minky dot fabric.
So I call these
Blillows -  Blankets that fold into pillows.

Perfect for a car blanket or a cozy television watching blanket at 42" x 58"
and great for family gift exchanges.
When you just can't cut into that special fabric
make a blillow.
When you cuddle up with one there is a pocket to put your feet into.

I will do a tutorial for these, but if you are in a rush - do a search for quillow on the web and you will be happily surprised by the number of tutorials that are out there.
So I'll just add another.

Want a gift for a stitcher?

How about a teapot pincushion?  About 2 1/2 hours for these.
This free pattern was the inspiration, although
 I changed the handle, spout, size and added a ruffle. 
(so it's quite different).
I used Madame Samm's tutorial to make the little pins, although mine aren't as fancy as hers.
You will see one of these at your next stop on the hop... 

Looking for a trendy unisex gift?

You can always expect the unexpected from me ;)

Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer, the movie, turns 50 years old this year
and to celebrate, Quilting Treasures has a line of fabric, 

Rudolph - 50 Years and Still Glowing

I used one of the fabrics to make a hanging deer head.

You can make your own with this free pattern from Charming Doodle.
This is a quick project with only 5 pattern pieces and about 3 hours of time.

This one is going on my wall at work
I just can't give it away.

Don't worry

 I didn't forget the other reindeer...

She was made for my niece who is walking 60 miles to raise awareness for breast cancer this weekend. This is the 7th walk she has participated in this year.  That's 420 miles walked this year.
I have a special reason for making her a pink buck.
But more on that in a different post to come....

The deer heads can be made in miniature for great ornaments.
The one on the right is in OU - University of Oklahoma fabric for my dad.  He is one of those sportsman with real deer heads hanging everywhere.
(I'll stick to the fabric ones)

How about a gift for you?

Sorry, giveaway is over.

Fabric - Sherri Baldy's 
that I used for one of the blillows.

I was lucky enough to receive two 1/2 yard cuts to giveaway to one lucky reader.
1 of the Besties
1 of the pink stripe

Just leave a comment to enter.

I will ship this anywhere and anyone can win.

Giveaway ends Saturday at 11:00 pm Eastern time.
Winner will be announced Sunday, November 23rd.

Many of the above projects have already found new homes 

The deer heads are very popular with my loved ones and I have at least 2 more to make...
I only thought I was ahead of schedule...

Have fun creatin' quick gifts this holiday season.
I still have so many visions dancing in my head
 have a few still on the workbench to share
so come back soon.

Now Dash away, Dash away, Dash away all
to the other blogs sharing my day.

Wednesday, Nov. 19
                                                              Kwilty Pleasures  -Kathy made the journal and mug rug for me
                         Creatin’ In The Sticks  -You are here
                                                 From This To That  -See what I made for Bobbie
Leaving comments is like blog candy and always makes a blogger smile.

Thank you Madame Samm at Sew We Quilt and Marlene at Stitchin by the Lake for putting this blog hop together and giving us all the gifting spirit.  

You two are the best elves of all!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

A Photo or Two, I just have to share


Labrier Photography: Kyle & Trista Joyce &emdash;

There are more to share, but this is a moment I will never forget.

Part of the photos are finished and the album can be viewed (for now) by clicking on the photos.

Labrier Photography: Kyle & Trista Joyce &emdash;

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Friday finishes on Saturday. Always a day behind.....

Here come the holidays and I'm already running.
I have my November blocks complete for the 
Modern Block Party.

(What?  before the end of the month?)

Ms. November requested blocks to make the quilt
"Second Wind" 

These were very simple blocks, but sometimes those are the things that get wonky on me.  

The bright and fun fabrics she chose are Kate Spain's Day Dream.

Ms. November mentioned something about creating a group in the future to make
little pink houses

Why wait for the future?
I created a little pink house as a surprise.

One for her and of course one for me.
9 1/2" x 12 1/2"

The last one is mine because the bottom roof is a touch wonky.  
It was the first pattern I drew and the blasted triangle just isn't right.
I like the squared up roof a little better.

Picket fences and little pink houses
 of course, as usual, I want a quilt of them...

Next week

Projects that can be made within a couple hours or in an evening.
Perfect for the season.
Gifts you can make in a jiffy.

I have been busy getting ready...

My day is 
Wednesday, November 19th.

Marlene is cheering this one on 
and she has already coordinated a gift exchange among the bloggers in the hop.

You will see what we have created for each other, too!

Monday, October 27, 2014

Tropical Sunset for Blogger's Quilt Festival Fall 2014

Welcome to my entry into the

I call this quilt
Tropical Sunset

This year, Kona Cotton Solid fabric  by Robert Kaufman is celebrating 30 years
and have now reached 303 hues of solid colors.

I tend to use a little Kona in most of my quilts.

This quilt was made for the 
in January.

I was lucky enough to receive an advanced copy of Amanda Murphy's book
Color Essentials
which is full of information in color study and has great projects using Kona palettes.

The pattern is from this book and is called Color Burst.

I used Black Kona as the background.
In her book, Amanda Murphy talks about using "Poison Colors" - colors directly opposite on the color wheel to add interest and movement to a design.  I decided to take that advice and use orange as the binding color. 

The orange really fits with a sunset and added a little pop.
I quilted the main part with free motion flowers using Aurifil thread and wavy lines on the water (teal) part.
Amanda has an excellent tutorial for continuous bias binding on her blog. 
This was my first  bias binding, by the way.  Love.

A view of the back.

According to the calculations

(Circumference of a circle)

With a radius of 36"
this quilt is approximately 226" around, not counting all the bumps and indentations.

So here are the details:

Quilt size:  70" across 
 see above calculations :) 

Fabric:  Kona solids in Sunset palette

Quilting:  by me on my Janome domestic

Thank you, Amy of Amy's Creative Side
for this opportunity.

Be sure to visit Amy's blog and see all the quilty inspiration!

If you are looking for my post in the
Black Cat Crossing Blog Hop
it is HERE.

90 Degrees in October?

90 degrees in October?

Why yes it is.

That's why we are smiling.

That and we took a ride in the Viking this afternoon.

And watched the sun go down.
It was just beautiful.

I finished a couple of blocks for October in my Modern Block Party.

The queen of October is using these blocks to make a Patchwork Chevron Quilt.

Why is it, that every month I make these blocks I want to make the quilt?

These girls have great taste in pattern and colors.

The weatherman is saying this warm weather is going away.....
How sad.
I'll miss you warm weather.
Until we meet again.

P.S.  Don't forget to check out the blog hop going on over at Sew We Quilt.

Wicked Wendy has the complete schedule HERE for the Black Cat Crossing Blog Hop.