Friday, December 13, 2019

Stan The Snowman

Stan The Snowman Applique by Thistle Thicket Studio.
Last night was our quilt guild's Christmas party and each person was to bring a $10 gift for the gift exchange. I decided to make an appliqued table topper for my gift using a round ruffled burlap circle that I picked up at Michaels awhile back. 

Stan The Snowman Applique by Thistle Thicket Studio.
After looking online for a simple snowman or Santa clipart and not finding what I wanted, I decided to draw my own and Stan the Snowman was born. I sketched him on paper then scanned him into Adobe Illustrator and redrew him with the pen tool to create a pattern that I could share with all of you. I even reversed the pattern so it's ready to draw onto paper-backed fusible. Click here for my Stan the Snowman pattern.

As you can see, I machine appliqued Stan to the burlap and sewed buttons on for the eyes. I backed the burlap with a circle of red fabric and a piece of tear away interfacing on the bottom before I started to applique. After I was finished appliqueing Stan in place, I fused a piece of batting and another circle of red fabric to the back to cover the back side of the applique. I stitched around the fabric circle and pinked the edge. Lastly, I stitched around the burlap circle (to the inside of the ruffle) to stabilize all the layers.

I hope you enjoy my little Christmas gift to all of you. If you make something with it, be sure to share it on Instagram or Facebook and tag me!


Sunday, December 1, 2019

The Wedding Quilt

Whew!!! The last couple of weeks have been a firestorm of activity. The hubby and I returned from our fall trip to Texas two weeks ago to learn that our son and his fiancé had decided to forego the big wedding they had planned in March (long story of venue going bankrupt and closing, etc.) and having a small immediate family wedding during Thanksgiving while we were all there. What??? But I haven't even started the wedding quilt I had planned to make for them! It was time to kick it into high gear!

"Our Hearts Will Go On" Wedding Quilt Made By Thistle Thicket Studio.
In a little over a week, I cut, pieced, quilted and bound this 92" x 107" storm at sea quilt called "Our Hearts Will Go On" in the couples favorite color palette of neutrals and black. I didn't think it was possible but determination won out. I even squeezed in a day to quilt my mom's quilt she made for the newlyweds. I had every day planned out of what I had to complete to finish the quilt and everything else that I had to do for the holiday - and then we had to leave a day early because of threatening ice and snow! So I stole minutes here and there while at my son's house before the wedding day to hand sew the binding. 

Wedding Quilt Label on Thistle Thicket Studio.
It was a wonderful week of enjoying family and celebrating Thanksgiving, the hubby's 60th birthday (early) and my son's wedding. (Thanks to my friend, Marilyn, for the beautifully embroidered quilt label!)

Although it was a very laid-back week, I think it was still stressful on the couple. I made them let me take a photo of them with the quilt the morning after the wedding before we left for home. Not fair to them because they had just rolled out of bed and looked exhausted and not quite awake yet. So I apologize to them for posting this photo (my new daughter-in-law may shoot me!)

So in all fairness, here's a better snapshot of the happy couple.

Quilt Stats
  • Pattern: "Our Hearts Will Go On" by The Fabric Addict
  • Size: 92: x 107" (I added a larger border to make the quilt bigger)
  • Fabric for Top & Binding: Grunge by Basic Grey for Moda in assorted neutral colors
  • Backing Fabric: Grunge Dots by Basic Grey for Moda
  • Thread, Piecing: Aurifil 2310
  • Quilting Pattern: IKat #1 by Patricia E. Ritter on Urban Elementz
  • Thread, Quilting: Signature 100% Cotton Thread in Parchment
  • Batting: Hobbs 80/20
  • Longarm: Gammill Statler Stitcher

Computerized Quilting on Thistle Thicket Studio.
This quilt was on my Finish-A-Long goal list for this quarter so I'm thrilled to have finished and will be linking it up at the end of the quarter. 

Hope everyone had as wonderful of a Thanksgiving week as I did!


Thursday, November 21, 2019

2019 Finish-A-Long Q2 & Q3 Winners

 The time has come to officially announce the winners of Q2 and Q3 of the Finish-A-Long and award some wonderful prizes from our fantastic sponsors.  We had 398 finishes for the second quarter of 2019 and we had 400 finishes for the third quarter which is really brilliant, keep it up!

Without further ado, here are the winners picked by Random Number Generator for Q2 and Q3 of the 2019 Finish-A-Long:

The Q2 winner's choice of One Large 12 Spool Collection from Aurifil goes to Mary who blogs at Quilting is in my Blood.  She finished this beautiful "camping quilt" that they actually use while camping, and isn't this photograph stunning?

The Q3 winner's choice of One Large 12 Spool Collection from Aurifil goes to Amanda on IG @sew.bake.stitch and she finished this lovely Swoon quilt.


The Q2 $80 Gift Certificate from Sew Sweetness goes to Sara who blogs at Sew Little to Say.  She completed this lovely tote bag and it's her own design.

The Q3 $80 Gift Certificate from Sew Sweetness goes to Carina on IG @carinascrafts and she finished this bag that she cut out 10 years ago.  Way to go on getting it done!

The Q2 $50 Gift Certificate from Fat Quarter Shop goes to Karrin and she blogs at Karrin's Crazy World.  She finished these two quilts that will be donated to the Mercyful Quilts charity.  Not only is that lovely but so are these quilts.

The Q3 $50 Gift Certificate from Fat Quarter Shop goes to Kat who blogs at Craftaholic Kat and she finished this lovely quilt that was for her son's seventh birthday.


The Q2 $25 Gift Certificate from Sew Me A Song goes to Kathy who blogs at Kathy's Quilting Blog.  She completed this Crown of Thorns quilt which also will be donated to charity, Jack's Basket.

The Q3 $25 Gift Certificate from Sew Me A Song goes to Kris who blogs at Krissies Kollections and she finished this scrap quilt made from charms she collected throughout the years.  She estimates this 91" x 91" quilt used 19 yards of fabric!


The Q2 3 PDF Patterns from Happy Quilting goes to Carol who blogs at Quilt Schmilt.  She finished this lovely pink quilt that was for a golf club fundraiser.

The Q3 3 PDF Patterns from Happy Quilting goes to Vasudha who blogs at Storied Quilts and she finished this beautiful art quilt inspired by Indian folk art motifs.


The Q2 2 PDF Patterns from Charm About You goes to Karen on IG @thecreativeheifer.  She finished this fun and colorful baby quilt.  Isn't it adorable?

The Q3 2 PDF Patterns from Charm About You goes to Jan on IG @snell.jan and she finished this blue scrappy queen sized quilt.  Another great photo, don't you think?


The Q2 2 PDF Patterns from Blossom Heart Quilts go to Jennifer on IG @crimsonconfection and she finished and framed this lovely little lucky cross-stitch.  Lucky indeed!

The Q3 2 PDF Patterns from Blossom Heart Quilts go to Alison via Flickr and she finished this appliqued cot quilt.


The Q2 6 Month Subscription to Make Modern Magazine goes to Jessica on IG @jessshullquilts_and_more.  She finished this fabulous Swoon quilt using Tula Pink fabrics.

The Q3 6 Month Subscription to Make Modern Magazine goes to Peggy who blogs at Quilts & Adventures and she finished these wooly mug rugs.


The Q2 2 PDF Patterns from Bonjour Quilts go to Mariana on IG @denana1973.  She completed this wonderful Flora Supply Case for a friend.  Lucky friend!

The Q3 2 PDF Patterns from Bonjour Quilts go to Teresa on IG @misdosbichillos and she finished this one hour scrappy basket, isn't it a cute gift?


The Q2 $30 Fabric Voucher from Hillstitches goes to Anne who blogs at Said With Love.  She finished this charming quilted table topper, and isn't the photo just lovely too?

The Q3 $30 Fabric Voucher from Hillstitches goes to Karin who blogs at The Quilt Yarn and she finished this funky bird quilt.  Isn't it is cute?


There you have it folks, quarter two and three of the year are officially wrapped up!  Congratulations to all of our winners and a big thanks to everyone that played along so far this year.

The year is quickly wrapping up, work on those WIPS so you can link them up in the New Year!


Saturday, November 16, 2019

A Scrappy Happy Holidays Mystery Sew Along - Month 11

Well, it's finally here. The last installment of "A Scrappy Happy Holidays Mystery Sew Along". I'm so happy to share my flannel quilt with the bonus borders.

A Scrappy Happy Holidays Flannel Quilt Designed, Pieced & Quilted by Thistle Thicket Studio.

The quilt, with the bonus borders, finishes at 72" square - the perfect size to cuddle up this winter and why I wanted to make one out of flannel. Because this one is to wrap up in, I won't be adding any embellishments. I haven't added the stocking label yet either, as I think I'm going to hand embroidery the label information.

My tip for the bonus border is to be sure to select a medium value for the 'underneath' side of the ribbon and a dark value for the 'front' side of the ribbon - that's what creates the ribbon effect.

I hope everyone who joined me on this scrappy happy journey enjoyed the sew along. I know I did. I can't wait to see all of your quilts so be sure to share them on Facebook and Instagram and tag me @thistlethicketstudio!

Have A Scrappy Happy Day!


Saturday, November 9, 2019

The Forgotten Quilt

I couple of weeks ago I mentioned cleaning out some closets and finding a quilt that I forgot I had. As soon as I took it out of the bag, I remembered it. Not so much making it, but quilting it, as it was one of the first custom quilting I did. I was very happy with how the quilting turned out.

The Forgotten Quilt by Thistle Thicket Studio.
Unfortunately, I don't remember much else about the quilt - not the name of the fabric collection, nor the pattern. I made this quilt as a shop sample back in my quilt shop days. I hadn't missed the quilt but so glad to find it in time to display it this fall because the rich jewel tones just scream fall to me.

I think I'll name it 'The Forgotten Quilt'.

Happy Fall Ya'll!


Saturday, November 2, 2019

Another UFO Busted

In my last post, I shared about my latest closet cleaning endeavors and my UFO busting accomplishments. Today I wanted to share the other quilt that I finally finished the binding on and can officially call this UFO BUSTED! 

This Irish chain quilt is another quilt made from the scraps of a quilt that I gifted to a special girl about 12 years ago. A couple of years later she was killed in a car accident and may be the reason why I never finished it. This quilt is huge at 94" x 118" and took several hours to sew the binding on. Luckily, I still had coordinating fabric that I used for the binding.

It was a last minute decision to finish this quilt a couple of days before our quilt guild retreat last month. At the retreat, we held a 'Drag and Brag' bed turning and everyone was to bring 3 quilts to share. Well, most of my quilts hung in the quilt shop forever and everyone had seen them. So finishing up this UFOs became my mission! Maybe I need to schedule a few more 'Drag and Brags' so I'll get more UFOs finished!

What UFOs are you trying to bust?


Saturday, October 26, 2019

UFO Busting

I've been in a closet cleaning and organizing mode lately. As I was cleaning, I pulled out a couple of trash bags of quilts from the top of my closet. These quilts had been in the top of my closet for probably 15 years and they just needed binding attached. Now, you know how much I hate binding!

Rail Fence & Checkerboard Quilt by Thistle Thicket Studio.
Anyway, in one of the bags was a huge Irish chain quilt that needed binding and a finished quilt I had made as a shop sample that I total forgot completely about. In the other bag were two matching (one blue and one pink) rail fence baby quilts and a larger rail fence made with the left over fabrics from the baby quilts. The baby quilts I had started for a friend who had twins but never finished in time so ended up giving something different. Several years later, I finished the baby quilts and made the extra quilt but never finished hand sewing the binding down. 

So, even more years later, those twins are now freshmen in college. I decided to give the baby quilts to their mother as 'grandma quilts' for when she has her first grandbabies. Better late than never, right? And I finished the binding on the extra quilt, pictured above, and will donate it.

One interesting thing about finishing a quilt that has been in the UFO stage for 15 years is that you get to see how you've progressed in your quilting skills. I was appalled at how I made binding back then! So much happier with my binding skills now - even though I still hate to sew binding.

I also hate that I am such a procrastinator with finishing my UFOs but it feels good to get these off the list. And I have more closet space to fill with other UFOs! LOL!!

Anyone else want to admit their UFO procrastination?

Happy quilting!