Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Miscellany

Just popping in to update on things in the Thistle Thicket Studio lately. It's been hard to find the my mojo but I have been working on my Moda Block Heads 3 quilt. I finally finished all of the 56 MBH3 blocks and made an additional 8 blocks from MBH2. All 6". What was I thinking!!! I swore after making the Farmer's Wife quilt that I would never make 6" blocks again. But don't they look so cute all laid out on my 'design floor'?

Moda Block Heads 3 Blocks by Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
I'm working on the setting blocks for this quilt now. I'm going to use Lella Boutique's Mama's Linoleum setting so I have 120 6" setting blocks to make now. Ugh, more 6" blocks! Luckily these go together fairly quickly. Not sure I will get this finished before the end of the first quarter of the 2021 Finish-A-Long or not as I'm hoping to sneak away and spoil the grandkids later this month.

St. Patty's Day Table Scape by Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
I updated my dining room table with lucky clovers for St. Patrick's Day. I had purchased wooden and tin hearts from Hobby Lobby and added cute candy heart sayings cut on my Silhouette Cameo 4 for Valentine's Day (see post here), so I was excited to find similar clovers so I had to get them for my table. I repainted the wooden part with a lighter green (which still ended up not being as light as I wanted) and then added the sayings in white vinyl. 

St. Patty's Day Table Scape by Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
I'm really loving my blue and white themed table but thinking I'll get out my Pfaltzgraff Pistoulet dinnerware to do a spring table scape after St. Pat's Day is over. Can't wait to start playing.

Vintage Tea Cup on Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
This whole pandemic thing has really got me itching to go antiquing. I haven't gotten to do it much (or any in person anyway) this last year. So it was fun yesterday when I had to go to a neighboring town for a farm errand and made a quick stop at a thrift shop. I picked up this cute tea cup and saucer to add to my collection. 

Vintage Santa Pitcher on Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
I have done a little 'antiquing' on Instagram this past year. I have only purchased from one person but she makes it soo easy - too easy because it makes me want to buy all the things! Last week my latest acquisition arrived and he's so stinkin' cute. I collect Santa mugs but have never seen a Santa pitcher until my aunt and I were texting and she showed me hers. Then a couple of weeks ago, my one and only fav IG seller posted a photo of her booth at an antique mall and low and behold, there was a Santa pitcher sitting front and center. I responded that I was interested in it and it was soon on its way to me. Like I said, she makes it way too easy!

So what have you been up to lately? I'd love to hear what you're working on! 

Happy Sewing/Crafting/Antiquing!

~Sharla

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Sunday, February 7, 2021

Exploding Valentine Boxes

Exploding Valentine Boxes by Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com

With Valentine's Day just around the corner, I spent the last couple of days making Valentines for my grandsons. Not just any ol' valentine will do for my grands so I thought I'd try my hand at making exploding Valentine boxes. 

Exploding Valentine Boxes by Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
No they don't really explode, rather when the lid is removed the sides of the boxes fall out to reveal another box inside. Removing the next box lid will result in the same 'explosion' revealing yet another box. The third box in my exploding boxes do not 'explode' but rather holds a little gift.

Exploding Valentine Boxes by Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
To make an exploding box, you need a set of boxes that graduate in size and will fit inside each other. I found my set of boxes at Hobby Lobby. Next, you cut the sides of the boxes apart at the corners so that the entire box lays flat. I cut the two largest boxes leaving the smallest one in tact.

Exploding Valentine Boxes by Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
Next, decorate the outside and inside of each panel of the box. I used scrapbook paper, some printed valentine jokes and emoji laughing faces, candy, and hearts cut on my Silhouette Cameo 4. I used stick glue, hot glue and adhesive foam dots to attach the different items to the boxes.

Exploding Valentine Boxes by Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
Place your gift in the smallest box and place the lid on top. The smallest box is then hot glued to the inside center of the medium size box. Holding the sides of the medium box up, place the lid on top and then the medium size box is glued to the inside center of the largest box. Lastly, hold the sides of the largest box together and place the lid on top. 

Exploding Valentine Boxes by Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
TA DA! Your exploding box is ready to gift. You can make exploding boxes for any occasion and in any size. Wouldn't it be a fun way to wrap presents at Christmas?!

Exploding Valentine Boxes by Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
I found several ideas for these decorative boxes on Pinterest, just search for exploding boxes. You can get really creative if you have the time. Mine are pretty simply decorated but it still took me two whole afternoons to make them.

Exploding Valentine Boxes by Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
Can't wait to see the creative exploding boxes ya'll make. Tag me on Instagram if you make one!

Happy Crafting!

~Sharla

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Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Cheers to 80 Years

Yesterday we celebrated my mom's 80th birthday. Not how we had hoped to celebrate, but we marked the occasion in a low-key Covid-era way. Typically, my mom hosts a quilting retreat for her sisters and me over her birthday weekend. Over the years, the number of days has increased and its always a fun time. Because of Covid, she didn't feel comfortable having her sisters travel and stay with her so just mom and I spent the weekend sewing. We had fun and we both made lots of progress on our 2020 stash buster quilts.

Cheers To 80 Years SVG Design by Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com

To celebrate her day, I designed an SVG file to cut a vinyl decal to make her a shirt to wear. I made some sketches, and even drew my own wording, that I scanned into Adobe Illustrator and traced. Then I began arranging the motifs into a design. When I was happy with the design, I saved it as an SVG which is the type of file my Silhouette Cameo 4 uses to cut. 

Cheers To 80 Years SVG Design by Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com

This was the first time I tried to design my own SVG file and was really pleased with how it turned out. It was a little time consuming weeding out the pieces of vinyl from the cut design because of the intricacy, but other than that, it worked great. 

Cheers To 80 Years SVG Design by Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com

Mom gave me a hard time for making her a shirt advertising her age but when I explained that I was making a 60 one for me (I turn 60 in August) and one for my daughter (she turns 40 in October) for our "40-60-80" trip this summer, she agreed to wear it. LOL!

Cheers To 80 Years SVG Design by Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com

Have any of you designed your own SVG files? What types of designs have you made? I'd love to hear about them!

Happy Crafting!

~Sharla

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Thursday, January 7, 2021

Conversation Heart Wood & Tin Valentines

Conversation Hearts By Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com

I picked up these wood and tin hearts at Hobby Lobby the other day to do a quick vinyl project with my Silhouette Cameo 4 that I received as a Christmas gift from my kids. I wanted to make some conversation hearts to add to my Valentines table scape (it was looking a little bare after putting away the Christmas decorations!).

Valentines Table Scape By Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
I love this unconventional blue and white color scheme for my Valentines table this year. I added a pop of green with some of my jadeite dishes. 

Valentines Table Scape By Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
This project took less than 30 minutes, picking the font for the words was the hardest part! Now I'm looking for other quick projects to make. How many other people received Silhouette's for Christmas and trying to figure it out? Give me some fun ideas of what you are making with it!

Happy Crafting!

~Sharla

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Sunday, January 3, 2021

New Year, New Finish-A-Long Goals

The holidays flew by and a new year is here, and with it a new year of the Finish-A-Long is beginning. The FAL took a break last year but posted on Instagram that they were ready to start back up again. So here is my very short goals list for the first quarter of 2021.

I decided to just focus on the three sewing challenges that I started in 2020 and hoping this will help me to focus and finish them in a timely manner (ha, ha!).

Moda Blockheads 3 Blocks Made By Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com

1. Moda Blockheads 3 Quilt: There are only five more blocks to go in this sew along, but I'm behind as usual. Still, I'm anxious to get caught up and begin working on my setting blocks.

2020 Stash Buster Blocks Made By Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com

2. 2020 Stash Buster Quilt: I have over half of the blocks completed to make a king-size quilt. I'm planning on working on this project at my mom's annual birthday sewing weekend this month (if she decided to have it with the continuing Covid concerns). Maybe just mom and I will have a sewing weekend for her birthday to celebrate her 80th! I want to gift this one this summer so I need to get it finished.

2020 Temperature Quilt Blocks Made By Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
3. 2020 Temperature Quilt: I am waaay behind on this one and need to do some serious work on it if I am going to enter it in the Modern Quilt Guild's Temperature Quilt Exhibit that will be shown at QuiltCon in 2022. Deadline to enter is in July, I think. I'm still finalizing the layout in my head for this one.

That's it, my Q1 quilting goals. Simple. Straightforward. Focused. Hopefully I don't have any squirrels that will pop up to distract me:) Did you join the Finish-A-Long this quarter? If so, share your IG name so I can go visit your Q1list!

Happy Quilting, Happy New Year!

~Sharla

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Friday, December 11, 2020

A Pincushion Exchange

Last night our quilt guild celebrated the holidays with their annual Christmas carry-in meal and gift exchange, all socially distanced. Members were encouraged to gift a handmade pincushion and had three months to craft their gift.

Christmas Tree Pincushion Made From Vintage Fabrics By Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com

I decided I wanted to make a pincushion from some of my vintage fabric stash and finally landed upon the idea of a Christmas tree pincushion. I chose some 30's fabric scraps that had either red or green in them. I used a muslin foundation topped with a piece of fusible batting. I then did a stitch and flip method of foundation piecing the scraps, adding some vintage lace and rick rack for finishing details.

Christmas Tree Pincushion Made From Vintage Fabrics By Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com

Once pieced and the front and back tree shapes sewn together, the triangle shape was filled with crushed walnut shells. After sewing the bottom closed, I hot glued a vintage wooden thread spool to the bottom for the tree trunk base. A vintage button and metal bow topped the tree. I was happy with how my pincushion turned out, so much so that I almost hated to gift it!

Vintage Cat Planter Pincushion on Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com

To exchange our pincushions, we played Quilt Bingo. As someone got a 'bingo', they selected a wrapped package holding a pincushion. We played one looong game of bingo until everyone had a bingo and picked a gift. Since I was calling numbers, I took the last remaining package which happened to be from my mom. My mom made a pincushion from a vintage ceramic cat planter. Isn't it cute!! And extra special since she made it.

Are you making any special gifts for Christmas using vintage fabric or items? I would love to hear about your vintage creations!

Happy Sewing!

~Sharla

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Monday, December 7, 2020

A New Hobby

Our family celebrated both Christmas and Thanksgiving over the week of Thanksgiving. That means my Christmas tree looks pretty lonely with no Christmas presents under it this year. But it also means I get to play with my Christmas presents earlier this year! My kids gifted me a Silhouette Cameo 4 and I thought I'd share my first project!

Vintage Sled with Vinyl Decal by Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
I'm not sure I need another hobby, but I can see this will get addictive! I have a lot to learn with it but I was pleased with my first project. This is an old sled that my mom gave me and it had plywood where I imagine it once had a nicer board with a painted logo or design. I decided to dress up the plain plywood by painting it white then applied a vinyl decal that I cut on the Silhouette of a red truck carrying a tree with a Merry Christmas greeting. The weeding was a little tedious on those snowflakes and I learned my eyesight isn't what it used to be (truthfully, I really already knew that). The sled now is part of my patio decor and greets visitors to our home.

What holiday craft projects are you working on this month? I'll share another project I made this week after it is gifted. I'd love for you to share your projects with me!

Happy Crafting!

~Sharla


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