Friday, December 14, 2018

Burlap Christmas Stocking Ornament



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Last night my quilt guild celebrated Christmas with a carry-in dinner and gift exchange. Always a night of good food and catching up with quilty friends. I may have mentioned that next year I will be president of the group, so I wanted to do a little something to give them a sneak peek of some of the programs and activities that they can expect in the coming year. I ended up putting together Make It & Take It gift bags with kits to make a burlap Christmas stocking that can be used as an ornament, package adornment or gift card holder.

This is a quick little project that was fun to make and turned out so cute - if I may say so myself - so I thought I'd share it with all of my online quilty friends too!

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The supplies I used were:
  • 5" wide burlap ribbon x 12.5" long
  • muslin rectangle 5" x 12.5"
  • fusible web such as Steam-A-Seam 5" x 12.5"
  • 2" wide lace trim
  • cordonnet thread, size 3
  • jute twine
  • assorted old buttons
  • tapestry needle
I fused muslin to the back of the burlap ribbon using fusible web. Using the stocking pattern below, I traced the pattern onto the muslin and cut out two stockings, one facing right and one facing left.

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Then using your favorite embroidery stitch - I used a blanket stitch and a reverse blanket stitch on mine - sew the front and back stockings together (muslin sides together) around the edges, leaving the top open. 

Embellish your stocking. I hot glued a piece of lace around the top, then hot glued an assortment of buttons. Lastly, I hot glued a jute bow on the center button. On one stocking I even cross stitched a simple wonky little heart. You can finish off the stocking by attaching a hanger using a piece of cordonnet thread or jute.

I think I'm going to make a few more stockings and hang them from an evergreen garland that adorns the top of an antique wardrobe in my entryway. If you make any, let me know how you use them!

~Sharla

http://www.thistlethicketstudio.com/2018/12/burlap-christmas-stocking-ornament.html

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Merry Mail

Tis the season of daily visits from UPS delivering packages destined to be wrapped and placed under the Christmas tree until December 24th. So I didn't even look at the return address to see who the non-descript gray plastic sack was from because I just knew it was one of several gifts I had ordered. 

Printology Fat Quarter Bundle By Modern Quilt Studio For Benartex On Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
But what to my wondering eyes should appear, but a bundle of 22 beautiful fat quarters from Benartex from an Instagram giveaway I was blessed to have won recently! Ok, so it doesn't rhyme like "The Night Before Christmas", but I bet I was just as excited as the character in the poem when he tore open the shutters and through up the sash to see Santa in his miniature sleigh with his eight tiny reindeer!

Printology Fat Quarter Bundle By Modern Quilt Studio For Benartex On Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
The fabric collection is called Printology and is by Weeks Ringle and Bill Kerr of Modern Quilt Studio. It's a modern eclectic collection of prints in bold colors and I can't wait to start looking for ideas to use the fabric (here's a free quilt pattern from Benartex using the fabric) . But it will have to wait until after Christmas because I have a tree to put up and a house to decorate and some secret sewing to do in preparation for a new project I'm going to be sharing with all of you in the New Year. So stay tuned!!!

~Sharla

P.S. I was so excited about the fabric I almost forgot to thank Benartex for such an awesome giveaway and for such a wonderful gift. XOXO

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Wednesday, November 28, 2018

My Trip To Quilt Market As A Designer

Really? It's almost December? And I'm over here still trying to recoup from my trip to Quilt Market and the Immersion Retreat that was at the beginning of the month!

As I've mentioned a couple of times on the blog, this year I spent quite a bit of time learning Adobe Illustrator and surface pattern design. The culmination of all that work was a portfolio containing three fabric collections that I showed to a few fabric companies at Quilt Market in Houston. I approached the opportunity as a learning experience to gain feedback on the direction of my style and designs.

Portfolio Designed & Made By Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
I went armed with my portfolio that I made myself. The cover features the focal print in the fall colorway of my collection "Lena", and the bow is one of the coordinating prints. I had the fabric printed at Spoonflower. 

Inside Cover Of Portfolio Designed & Made By Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
The inside cover and title page also featured coordinates from the Lena collection printed on paper. I named the collection Lena because the collection was inspired by a piece of fabric that I inherited from the hubby's great-grandmother Paulina "Lena" Dierks.

Lena Recipe Tea Towel Designed By Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
I designed a tea towel that coordinated with the collection and featured Lena's recipe for peppernuts or pfefferneuse. The above photo is of the page in my portfolio featuring the tea towel.

Lena Tea Towel Designed & Made By Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
I had the tea towels printed at Spoonflower and gave a tea towel (with a USB drive with my portfolio tied to the ribbon) to each art director I met with. I also had business cards printed featuring the Lena floral on one side and a coordinate with my contact info on the other side and attached them to each tea towel ribbon tie also.

Of course, if any art directors happen to be interested in seeing this collection, please contact me via the email on my contact page and I'll send you a link to my online portfolio.:)

Stay tuned and I'll share snippets of the two other collections in my portfolio soon!

~Sharla

http://www.thistlethicketstudio.com/2018/11/my-trip-to-quilt-market-as-designer.html



Friday, November 9, 2018

Immersion Retreat

Whew! It's been a whirlwind couple of weeks. With my mom riding shotgun, I headed to Texas for some spoiling of grandkids, shopping, antiquing, visiting family, International Quilt Market and finally, the Immersion Retreat.

Bonnie Christine, Skye McNeill and me at the Immersion Retreat. Photo by Callie Lynch. www.callielynch.com
What is the Immersion Retreat? Well, it was one of the most amazing experiences I've been honored to participate in. The Immersion Retreat evolved from the Surface Pattern Design Immersion class that I took this spring from instructor Bonnie Christine Forkner. Bonnie is a textile designer for Art Gallery Fabrics, Skillshare instructor extraordinaire, and such an inspiring and genuine person. I learned so much in the Immersion course about using Adobe Illustrator, the textile market, and the business of surface pattern design. It was such a great learning experience that no one wanted it to end. And then Bonnie came up with the awesome idea of holding a retreat so that her students of the class could meet, share, bond, and learn from each other. 

We gathered outside the Quilt Market hall for our first lunch together.
My retreat experience started on the first day of Quilt Market in Houston, where several of us met up with Bonnie for lunch, followed by a walk of the market floor. Somehow, though, we all kind of went our separate ways after lunch and never walked the market floor together. I think we all had appointments and other things that we had planned while at market. I was so busy I forgot to take any photos, except for this photo as we began to gather before lunch. I'll be sharing more of what I did at market in later posts.

As we arrived at the Immersion Retreat, we were greeted by warmly lit, rustic buildings and a cozy campfire.
The Pearl Barn at The Prairie At Round Top. Photo by Callie Lynch. www.callielynch.com

Table setting inside the Pearl Barn. Photo by Callie Lynch. www.callielynch.com
Another shot of the Pearl Barn. Photo by Callie Lynch. www.callielynch.com
On the second day of market, I traveled to The Prairie At Round Top where our Immersion Retreat was held. The Prairie is a beautifully rustic bed & breakfast. The historic homestead was originally renovated by the creator of shabby chic, Rachel Ashwell. The Pearl Barn, where we ate our meals, was decorated by the Junk Gypsies and featured on their TV show. The setting and d├ęcor was such a laid back relaxing atmosphere, and was a perfect reflection of our instructor Bonnie's style.

Bonnie held a 2 hour Q&A, sharing her knowledge with us.
Bonnie also shared her talents with us, painting linen goodie bags for each of us. Photo by Callie Lynch. www.callielynch.com
A moleskin notebook covered in one of Bonnie's fabrics was inside each goodie bag. Photo by Callie Lynch. www.callielynch.com
Bonnie is such a caring and giving soul, and she is willing to share so much of her knowledge and talents with everyone. I have learned so much from her.

Photo by Callie Lynch. www.callielynch.com
Although the location was amazing, it was the 36 creative women who gathered together for two days of sharing, supporting, creating and encouraging each other that made for such a tremendous experience. I truly feel like I made some life-long friends who will be there to support me as I pursue my creative dreams.

Flower sketch.
But alas, after an evening of drawing, it came to an end all too quickly and mom and I had to head back home to Kansas. I left with a renewed motivation and a ton of ideas that I want to tackle all at once (which means I'll probably be spinning my wheels for a few days until I settle in and start working down my checklist). 

~Sharla

http://www.thistlethicketstudio.com/2018/11/immersion-retreat.html

Monday, October 15, 2018

Finish-A-Long Q4 Goals

Or rather 'goal'. With some travel plans for quilt market and the SPDImmersion retreat (with time to spoil the grandkids too), and with the holidays upon us, I have decided to narrow down my sewing goals for the last quarter of the 2018 Finish-A-Long to one. This summer I joined the newly organized Quilts of Valor group for my area. They have hit the ground running, already holding three presentations for approximately 20 veterans since their first meeting in May! I am amazed at the amount of quilts these 5 or 6 women have made in such a short amount of time. Unfortunately, I have not contributed yet, so my focus this quarter is to complete a quilt for the cause.

Fabric Pull For QOV Quilt By Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
I had some yardage of sunflowers on a navy background in my stash and decided that since we are located in Kansas, it would be perfect to use. I picked up the other fabrics while I was in Lincoln, NE last month for the Mark Dunn Collection opening at the International Quilt Study Center and Museum.

Quilt Mockup For A QOV Quilt By Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
I found a mockup of a free quilt pattern on Robert Kaufman Fabrics that I used as inspiration for this pattern. I'm hoping to sew the blocks during my travels then complete the quilt after my return home. Fingers crossed!

I'm linking this post up with the FAL Q4 link up.

~Sharla

http://www.thistlethicketstudio.com/2018/10/finish-long-q4-goals.html

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Play All Day At Camp Quilt: Q3 Finish-A-Long

Wow, time is flying by!!! Here it is a week into October and another quarter of the 2018 Finish-A-Long has been completed. It's been a busy quarter for me with being a camp counselor for the Moda Bake Shop Choose Your Own Adventure QAL and preparing my first portfolio of fabric designs. So, of course, that means I didn't get much sewing done, except for my MBS summer camp quilt. Although I've already shared my quilt back a few weeks ago, I'm sharing once again so I can link it up for 3rd quarter of the FAL.

Play All Day At Camp Quilt By Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
I had so much fun being a camp counselor for this quilt-a-long and had a great time working with the other counselors to create this quilt and QAL for the Moda Bake Shop. It was amazing how it all seemed to fall into place, from the theme to the design. And we received lots of great feedback about how everyone really enjoyed the QAL.

Play All Day At Camp Quilt By Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
For all the details about this quilt, click here. To see my Q3 FAL Goals, click here. To check out all the projects linked up for the FAL, click here.

Play All Day At Camp Quilt By Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
Thanks for stopping by!

~Sharla

http://www.thistlethicketstudio.com/2018/10/play-all-day-at-camp-quilt-q3-finish.html

Saturday, September 22, 2018

War and Pieced

War and Pieced Exhibit at the International Quilt Study Center and Museum in Lincoln, NE Visited By Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com

I'm back to share a little more of my trip to the International Quilt Study Center and Museum in Lincoln, Nebraska a couple of weeks ago. By far, the most amazing exhibit on display was "War and Pieced", a collection of quilts from the 1700 & 1800's made from the wool of military uniforms by men in the service. The term 'quilt' is used loosely as most of these textiles were not quilted, had no batting, and were almost never backed. Most were used as wall hangings, or sometimes table coverings, and others were used as game boards.

War and Pieced Exhibit at the International Quilt Study Center and Museum in Lincoln, NE Visited By Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
Click here for information about this quilt
The textiles were all very intricate, many created with thousands and thousands of tiny pieces. Most were very detailed and orderly, much like the military backgrounds from which these men came.

War and Pieced Exhibit at the International Quilt Study Center and Museum in Lincoln, NE Visited By Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
Layered appliqued cornerstone of the above quilt.
War and Pieced Exhibit at the International Quilt Study Center and Museum in Lincoln, NE Visited By Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
Close up of the incredibly intricate layered applique border from the above quilt.
Yet, some had a softer touch, as if they were trying to bring remembrances of their civil life back home to the war zone.

War and Pieced Exhibit at the International Quilt Study Center and Museum in Lincoln, NE Visited By Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
Click here for information about this quilt
Two of the quilts on display were appliqued pictorials created from photographs of actual events with elaborate floral borders surrounding them.

War and Pieced Exhibit at the International Quilt Study Center and Museum in Lincoln, NE Visited By Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
A close up of the appliqued pictorial.
It's hard to imagine a soldier battling in war by day and embroidering on this detailed applique by night.

War and Pieced Exhibit at the International Quilt Study Center and Museum in Lincoln, NE Visited By Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
Close up detail of the embroidered and appliqued border of the above quilt.
The detail in the floral borders was beautiful. I can't imagine the hours of work this took. (And to think, I don't have the patience to finish the binding on my quilts!)

War and Pieced Exhibit at the International Quilt Study Center and Museum in Lincoln, NE Visited By Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
Close up of embroidered and appliqued soldiers. The piping in the block seams adds another dimension to the quilt.
This was truly an awe-inspiring exhibit - be sure to go if you ever get the chance to see it. Unfortunately, the show is no longer on display at the International Quilt Study Center and Museum. For photographs and more information about each quilt in the "War and Pieced" collection, click here.

~Sharla

http://www.thistlethicketstudio.com/2018/09/war-and-pieced.html