Tuesday, July 14, 2020

A Lightbulb Moment Table Runner

A Lightbulb Moment Table Runner Designed & Made By Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
Today is my 41st wedding anniversary and to celebrate I'm sharing a new pattern using my lightbulb block from my "A Lightbulb Moment" quilt in the new Best of Moda Bake Shop book. Have you gotten your book yet? You'll want to get your copy ASAP so that you can sew along with me and the rest of the designers in the upcoming Pillow Parade in August! And, of course, you'll want to get the book so that you can make all of the fun patterns I will be sharing over the next month or so using the lightbulb block from "A Lightbulb Moment"!


A Lightbulb Moment Table Runner Designed & Made By Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
This table runner is a fun and festive way to dress your table for the holidays this year. It's so bright and cheery and I just love the rick rack!


A Lightbulb Moment Table Runner Designed & Made By Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com

A Lightbulb Moment Table Runner Designed & Made By Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com


Download the "A Lightbulb Moment Table Runner" pattern by clicking HERE.



Remember, you need the "Best of Moda Bake Shop" book for instructions to make the blocks. (You can order from Martingale here or Amazon here, or pick a copy up at your LQS.) The pattern I'm sharing today shows you how to assemble the blocks into a table runner. I can't wait to see your table runners, so be sure to share them on Instagram with the hashtag #alightbulbmomentquilt. And, of course, tag me @thistlethicketstudio!

Happy Quilting!

~Sharla

P.S. Here's a sneak peek of my pillow for the Pillow Parade starting in August!
A Lightbulb Moment Table Runner & Pillow Designed & Made By Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com



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Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Book Release + Giveaway!

WooHoo! Today is the day! Today is the release of the "Best of Moda Bake Shop" book! I shared before that I am blessed to be included in this book and I'm so excited that the book is finally hitting store shelves.


I hope you'll run out and buy your copy ASAP because all of the MBS Chefs in the book have some fun things planned over the next couple of months and you'll need the book to participate. As you can see from the table of contents from the book, you'll want to grab your favorite precut fabrics and whip up these 15 easy projects from the Moda Bake Shop designers. There are helpful photos, clear instructions, detailed step-by-step illustrations, and clever tips sprinkled throughout to make these projects easy to complete. There's an awesome assortment of table toppers, wall hangings, and lap-size quilts and I know you'll want to bake up a batch of each one. 

Of course, the first fun thing I'm doing is hosting a giveaway of a copy of the book! For a chance to win, be sure to comment on this post and tell me what project you want to make from the book before midnight (U.S. Central Time) on July 4th, 2020 and I'll choose a winner using the random number generator. Only U.S. entries are eligible to win. You can check out photos of all the projects in the book here on Martingale Publishing's website.

Of course, you'll all want to make my "A Lightbulb Moment" quilt to deck your halls this Christmas! But that's not the only thing you can make using my lightbulb block featured in the quilt. I'll be sharing additional free patterns on my blog over the next couple of months, including a tablerunner, tree skirt, advent bunting, potholder, tree decorations and who knows what else! 

And of course pillows! Because all of the "Best of Moda Bake Shop" Chefs are hosting a Pillow Parade Blog Hop starting August 10! Each Chef will share a pillow tutorial using a block from their project in the book. Another reason why you need to get your book ASAP because you'll need the book to know how to make the block portion of each project. Naturally, if you're a lucky one, you can hold out to win my giveaway on July 4th (wink, wink).

So stay tuned! There are lots of fun things coming as I celebrate Christmas in July here on my blog with my "A Lightbulb Moment" projects.

Merry Quilting!
Sharla

P.S. Starting today on Instagram, you'll meet one of the Chefs from the book every Monday, Wednesday and Friday until the Pillow Parade starts. There might be a few giveaways with the intros, just sayin'!

http://www.thistlethicketstudio.com/2020/07/book-release-giveaway.html


Saturday, June 20, 2020

The Ugly Duckling Challenge - Part 2

Yesterday I shared the Ugly Duckling Challenge project I made for our quilt guild exchange (click here to see more) and today I'm sharing the Ugly Duckling Turned Beautiful Swan project that I received. Luckily, my mom drew my name so I was doubly blessed - a pretty, functional gift and a gift made by my mom!

Ugly Duckling Challenge Armchair Caddie by Thistle Thicket Studio's Mom. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
Mom gathered ideas from several sites to design an armchair caddie and I LOVE it! One of the sites she used as a guide was the same site I found my Ugly Duckling pattern. Lillyella has an armchair caddie called the Mini Maker Station

Ugly Duckling Challenge Fabric from Thistle Thicket Studio Stash. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
She did a great job of turning this Ugly Duckling fabric with monkeys on it into a beautiful Swan. She did it by fussy cutting just the green background and using the little pieces in the pieced half-square triangles. She did put a piece of the fabric for the lining of the thread catcher so you can peek inside to see the original fabric. This had to be the ugliest of all the Ugly Duckling fabrics brought for the challenge. I bought this piece as a back-up choice for a backing for my first grandson's baby quilt. Luckily, I found something better after this purchase! 

Ugly Duckling Challenge Armchair Caddie by Thistle Thicket Studio's Mom. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
One of my favorite things about the caddie mom made is that she used a vintage appliqued placemat and napkin on the pockets on each side and on the pincushion. This embroidered flower on the placemat was where the napkin slipped in! Mom used it to hold a little pair of scissors. So creative!

Ugly Duckling Challenge Armchair Caddie by Thistle Thicket Studio's Mom. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
Mom said she had to order the binding clips to find them in colors that matched the caddie. She also hunted to find pastel pearl-head pins to match the little pin cushion. And she tucked a vintage green seam ripper under the pin cushion and color coordinated the spool of thread. Now that's going the extra mile!

Ugly Duckling Challenge Armchair Caddie by Thistle Thicket Studio's Mom. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
I can't wait to bind a quilt (one of my least favorite things) just to use my new caddie. Thank you mom for such a special gift!

~Sharla

http://www.thistlethicketstudio.com/2020/06/the-ugly-duckling-challenge-part-2.html

Friday, June 19, 2020

The Ugly Duckling Challenge - Part 1

Ugly Duckling Challenge - Sewing Machine Mat by Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
Way back in February, mom and I came up with an idea for a quilt guild challenge called the Ugly Duckling. Each member was to bring a piece of their ugliest fabric - at least 10" square - from their stash. At the meeting, we labeled each piece with an Ugly Duckling tag with their name on it and placed them all in a sack. Then for roll call, each member drew a piece of fabric out of the sack. Their challenge was to make something pretty from the fabric - turning the Ugly Duckling into a beautiful Swan - and then we would gift them back to the original fabric owner. We were going to hold the gift exchange at our spring retreat in April. Then the stay-at-home order happened in March and our guild didn't meet again until last night. So now that we've finally gifted our Ugly Ducklings back, I can show you what I made.

Ugly Duckling Challenge - Sewing Machine Mat by Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
My Ugly Duckling was not really ugly, but a pretty piece of vintage fabric from guild member Pat's mother's stash that she inherited. I was lucky that she brought a yard of fabric so I had lots to play with. When we have our Sewcial Hour (an open sewing afternoon prior to our evening guild meeting), Pat brings her featherweight to sew. I decided I wanted to make her a sewing mat to put under her sewing machine. I used Lillyella's Undercover Mat tutorial for my pattern, except I decided to piece the mat so that I could use a variety of fabrics.

Ugly Duckling Challenge - Sewing Machine Mat by Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
Since the piece of fabric I drew was vintage, I decided to use reproduction 30's fabrics for the project. I had this Modern Gem P2P quilting pattern in mind when I chose to piece that mat section, I just think it is such an awesome design by Anita Shackelford.

Ugly Duckling Challenge - Sewing Machine Mat by Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
Ugly Duckling Challenge - Sewing Machine Mat by Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
Lillyella's tutorial includes cute pockets on the front of the mat to hold sewing essentials.

Ugly Duckling Challenge - Sewing Machine Mat by Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
And a little thread catcher that hangs from a button attached to the front.

Ugly Duckling Challenge - Sewing Machine Mat by Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
I finally got to use some of my polka dot bias binding with the crochet edge that I bought a year or two ago - it was just waiting for the perfect project. 

I just love the way this Ugly Duckling turned into a beautiful Swan. I hope Pat does too!

Happy Quilting!
~Sharla

P.S. In Part 2, I'll share the Ugly Duckling fabric I brought for the challenge and the Swan I received last night!

http://www.thistlethicketstudio.com/2020/06/the-ugly-duckling-challenge-part-1.html



Monday, June 15, 2020

Moda Block Heads: Blocks 18 - 22

Moda Block Heads 3 Blocks by Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
I'm all caught up on the Moda Block Heads 3 sew along until Wednesday. Wish I was caught up on my temperature quilt blocks but that's for another day, I guess. Don't these blocks look so cute! I'm loving this color palette!

Moda Block Heads 3 Alternate Block 18 by Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
Block 18 was another applique block from Jan Patek so chose to make one of the alternate blocks by Sheri McConnell of A Quilting Life. Her block called for 4 of these tulip blocks but when I made this on Saturday, I wasn't in the mood for tiny pieces so opted to make just one larger one. Even at one tulip, the largest finished piece is 1 1/2".

Moda Block Heads 3 Block 19 by Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
Block 19  is called Compass Point by Brigitte Heitland. This was a quick foundation paper piecing block and I chose to make mine patriotic. I probably need to make some more two-color blocks or this one may stick out like a sore thumb.

Moda Block Heads 3 Block 20 by Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
Block 20 is Contribution by Lisa Bongean. I put this one off until yesterday because it looked like it was going to be a lot of little pieces to fiddle with but it wasn't as bad as I was anticipating. Although I did have to rip out a couple of seams and redo them to get all the points to meet. I like the fussy cut dresden plate in the center of the star.

Moda Block Heads 3 Block 21 by Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
Block 21 is by Lissa Alexander and is called XOXO - who would have guessed! 

Moda Block Heads 3 Block 22 by Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
Block 22 is called Hen & Chicks by Laurie Simpson. Color placement on this one can really change the look of this block and I debated on what I wanted to do. Not sure about the end result but it's ok. Any time there is a center block that's 2" I'm going to fussy cut something in it!

How is everyone else coming along on their MBH3 blocks? It's so fun to see everyone's blocks on the Facebook page because, as I said earlier, color placement can really change the visual design of a block. 

Now back to those temperature blocks!

Happy Quilting!
~Sharla

http://www.thistlethicketstudio.com/2020/06/moda-block-heads-blocks-18-22.html

Friday, May 29, 2020

Best of Moda Bake Shop: A Lightbulb Moment

I am so incredibly thrilled and honored today to finally share that I have a new pattern that is included in Moda Fabric's soon-to-be-released book called "Best of Moda Bake Shop" published by Martingale!!!! My pattern is called "A Lightbulb Moment" and, of course, is a Christmas-themed quilt featuring a big string of old-fashioned lights. 
"A Lightbulb Moment" Quilt by Thistle Thicket Studio Featured In "The Best of Moda Bake Shop" Book. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
This quilt has a very modern vibe (yet if made in different fabric, it could look so vintage or country) and is a really quick and easy pattern. And who doesn't love rick rack!! And this photo of my quilt in the book is gorgeous!!! I want those jumbo jingle bells!

"Best of Moda Bake Shop" Book Featuring "A Lightbulb Moment" Quilt by Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
The book features a total of 15 easy projects using pre-cuts - table toppers, wall hangings and lap-size quilts - and is already available for pre-order from several online shops, with a release date of July1. Check out Martingale for photos of all the projects on their "Best of Moda Bake Shop" book page here.

I want to thank Moda Fabrics for asking me to be a part of this book. It has been a great experience and so fun to see how things come together behind the scenes. Can you believe this book has been over a year in the making? I don't know when the idea was born but I was first contacted in June of last year to submit an idea for the book. My first idea was not accepted because it was a pinwheel-themed design and they had already selected a pinwheel project (FYI: that first design will be featured on the Moda Bake Shop website some time in June) and they asked me to submit another design - I'm so glad they gave me a second chance! I received a heads up from Moda at the end of June that "A Lightbulb Moment" was selected for the book and to order my fabric, which arrived on July 16. Between that time there were contracts and details about my responsibilities shared, including this very important deadline date - August 16! As you can imagine, I was mostly MIA for those 30 days making the quilt and writing the pattern, etc. 

I also want to thank Martingale. They were so great to work with and very timely in answering my questions during the process. After I mailed my quilt  and pattern off to them, not much happened that involved me - but Martingale put in so much time on their end writing and designing and photographing and all the other details that go into publishing a book (as you can imagine!). And it looks sooo good - or at least my portion of the book that I've seen (I received my portion to edit at the end of January). 

With such top-notch companies as Moda and Martingale involved, you know that this book is going to be fantastic and I can't wait to see the book! Of course, I'll be sharing more after the book is released, including additional projects that can be made with my lightbulb block and giveaways - So Stay Tuned!!!!

Happy Quilting!

~Sharla

http://www.thistlethicketstudio.com/2020/05/best-of-moda-bake-shop-lightbulb-moment.html

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

MBH3: Blocks 13-17

Moda Block Heads 3 Blocks By Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com

I haven't sat down at the sewing machine for a couple of weeks. Wow! Where is the time going? I definitely seem to be busy but not much to show for it. Today I sat down to catch up with my Moda Block Heads 3 blocks and realized I haven't shown them for a few weeks here on the blog. They are coming along and I really like how they are looking in a grouping....

Moda Block Heads 3 Blocks By Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com

Block 13 is called The Baldwin by Jen Kingwell. I like the geometric design of this block. The paper piecing made this block a breeze.
Moda Block Heads 3 Block 13 Sewn By Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
 
Block 14, Summer Breeze, is by Joanna Figueroa. Those little half square triangles are 3/4" finished! Turned out cute but not the most fun to make. Those Dresden plates in the large triangle corners were fussy cut but didn't quite land in the same place in each triangle. Whoops!
Moda Block Heads 3 Block 14 Sewn By Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com

Starry Eyed, Block 15, is by Corey Yoder. I like my fussy cut dress in the center of this one. 
Moda Block Heads 3 Block 15 Sewn By Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com

Sherri McConnell designed Block 16 called Dream. I used my Triangulations 3 paper piecing patterns and this block was a 'dream' to make.
Moda Block Heads 3 Block 16 Sewn By Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com

Lastly is Block 17 called Crossroads by Betsy Chutchian. Again, using my Triangulations 3 CD, I was able to print out the perfect-sized flying geese paper piecing patterns to make this block easier than it looks. It was just a little time consuming, but a fun block. Mine is a little busy but it's growing on me. Again, I fussy cut those Dresden plates and placement is better this time.
Moda Block Heads 3 Block 17 Sewn By Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com

Block 18 came out this morning and is an applique block by Jan Patek. I don't think I want any applique in this quilt so I'm waiting until Friday when at least a couple of designers have said they will post alternate blocks for this week. 

Are you a Moda Block Head? If so, how are you coming along with your blocks? Want to become a Block Head? Check out Moda's website with all the patterns released so far here.

~Sharla

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