Wednesday, September 16, 2020

A Lightbulb Moment Advent Calendar Bunting

Oh My Goodness!!! Where has the past three weeks gone?! I meant to get another "A Lightbulb Moment" pattern posted long before now but didn't have the time to finish writing the pattern. Better late than never, right? I shared photos of this advent calendar bunting a few weeks ago on IG but now I'm sharing them here along with the free pattern. YAY!!!

"A Lightbulb Moment" Advent Calendar Bunting by Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com

This advent calendar was so fun to make and I can't wait until the holidays so I can hang it and fill each pocket with little surprises for my grandsons. Since they won't be here until a day or two before Christmas, we may have to count down the whole month on Christmas Eve Day, but it will be fun nonetheless.

"A Lightbulb Moment" Advent Calendar Bunting by Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com

This bunting is looong at 112". I have a long shelf I plan to hang it from. It could also be draped down a staircase rail. But if you don't have a long place to hang it, you could make them into shorter lengths and hang them in a Christmas tree shape on a wall (if you make 25 lightbulb blocks and skip the socket blocks, you can group them in sets of 1, 3, 5, 7, 9).

"A Lightbulb Moment" Advent Calendar Bunting by Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com

I couldn't resist taking a photo of all the mini quilts stacked up before I sewed them together with the rick rack. 

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A Lightbulb Moment Advent Calendar Bunting Pattern

"A Lightbulb Moment" Advent Calendar Bunting by Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com

Using fusible batting gives the blocks enough shape that no quilting is necessary. And sewing and turning them instead of using binding makes them quick and easy to make. 

Best of Moda Bake Shop Book Featuring "A Lightbulb Moment" Quilt by Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com

This pattern shows you how to assemble the lightbulb and plug in blocks into the advent calendar bunting. You'll need the "Best of Moda Bake Shop" book for the instructions on how to make the blocks themselves. The book is available on Amazon or at most local quilt shops.

"A Lightbulb Moment" Advent Calendar Bunting by Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com

I hope you enjoy this project and share your photos with me if you make an advent calendar bunting of your own.

Happy Quilting!

~Sharla

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Friday, August 28, 2020

Best Of Moda Bake Shop Pillow Parade

Yay! Yesterday was my birthday and today is my turn on the Best of Moda Bake Shop Pillow Parade so let's celebrate with not one, but TWO, free pillow patterns featuring my lightbulb block from the quilt "A Lightbulb Moment"!!!

A Lightbulb Moment Pillows Designed By Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com

The two pillows would look so cute on a sofa during the holidays and, of course, will coordinate with the "A Lightbulb Moment" quilt featured in the Best of Moda Bake Shop book. You'll need the book for the directions on how to make the lightbulb block which is available on Amazon or at your local quilt shop now. Then download the pillow patterns below for directions on how to make the pillows.

A Lightbulb Moment Pillows Designed By Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com

Click Here For "A Lightbulb Moment" Square Pillow Pattern

A Lightbulb Moment Pillows Designed By Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com

Click Here For "A Lightbulb Moment" Oblong Pillow Pattern

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

I have created an entire line of accessories using my lightbulb block pattern, from a table runner to a tree skirt to an advent calendar and more. I've shared a few already and more are to come in the next few weeks. You can access and download each of the patters by clicking on the "A Lightbulb Moment Bonus Projects" header at the top of my home page or by clicking HERE.

A Lightbulb Moment Tree Skirt Designed By Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com

I hope you enjoy these "A Lightbulb Moment" patterns as much as I have designing them! To celebrate my turn on the MBS Pillow Parade, I'm hosting a giveaway for a copy of the Best of Moda Bake Shop book on Instagam, so stop by there to enter!

Best of Moda Bake Shop Book Featuring "A Lightbulb Moment" Quilt By Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com


Happy Quilting!

~Sharla

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Tuesday, August 25, 2020

A Sliding Screen Door For My Sewing Studio

Sliding Quilted Screen Door by Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com

Finally! I've had this project in my head for a couple of years and I finally can check it off my to-do list! I love the whole farmhouse sliding barn door look and wanted a similar door for the entrance into my studio (aka sewing room). I originally wanted a vintage screen door with chippy green paint but I couldn't find a door that I liked in a reasonable price range. So I eventually settled for a new screen door. And now that the project is finished, I'm glad that I did!

Sliding Quilted Screen Door by Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com

I added extra shelf brackets in the corners of the top opening of the door to dress it up more. I painted the door with a base coat of green then a top coat of white. I sanded the white off in places to distress the paint so the green would show through.

Sliding Quilted Screen Door by Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com

The whole idea of the door is to hide my sewing messes when company comes, so the screen in the door had to go! Of course, replacing the screen with a quilt was a no-brainer in my mind. I used reproduction 30's fabrics and low volume dotted prints on the front side. I chose the log cabin block as it was perfect for framing an applique of my Russian Thistle (tumbleweed) logo in the center.

Sliding Quilted Screen Door by Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com

I selected an all-over swirly pattern for the quilting design because the back side of the quilt was another pieced top and I wanted a pattern that didn't matter where the design landed on the piecing.

Sliding Quilted Screen Door by Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com

My mom gave me a set of vintage plastic drawer pulls in my favorite 50's green color so I decided to add some to the door above each of the spindles across the center bar. So cute!

Sliding Quilted Screen Door by Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com

I just love how the door turned out! And it looks great with my other summer project that I finished - my vintage bead board chair rail border. You can see a bit of it on either side of the door in this photo. I'll have to share more photos of that project another day.

And now for the back side of the door. It turned out just as great but with a totally different look!

Sliding Quilted Screen Door by Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com

The back side of the door faces into my sewing studio so I wanted a quilt design that I could use my favorite American Jane tape measure fabric. I also wanted to be able to use the space to display some of my vintage needlebooks and other little notions so I decided to make half square triangle blocks and sash them with the tape measure fabric. I then was able to attach black ribbon on the diagonal seams of the HST blocks and secured the ribbons with vintage buttons at the intersections. I hid the raw edges of the quilt and all the staples used to attach the quilt to the screen door with a variety of brightly colored yard sticks.

Sliding Quilted Screen Door by Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com

Sliding Quilted Screen Door by Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com

I can tuck lots of different vintage notions under the ribbons as long as they are flat, like these vintage needle books.

Sliding Quilted Screen Door by Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com

Or some of my cards of vintage green buttons. For added security, I also used little clothespins to clip them to the ribbon.

Sliding Quilted Screen Door by Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com

You can see one of the yardsticks used to cover the edges of the quilt on the left side of this photo.

Sliding Quilted Screen Door by Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com

Sliding Quilted Screen Door by Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com

My latest purchase is a group of vintage pattern advertisement booklets from the 50's and 60's. Most were too large but I managed to display a couple on my door.

Sliding Quilted Screen Door by Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com

I also clipped a few of my vintage plastic clothespins on the ribbons too. Isn't this cat head clothespin the cutest?!

Sliding Quilted Screen Door by Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com

It feels so good to get this project finished! Now I need to get my sewing room straightened up so I can have some quilty friends over to show it off!

Happy Quilting!

~Sharla

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Sunday, August 16, 2020

A Lightbulb Moment Tree Skirt

A Lightbulb Moment Tree Skirt by Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com

Another week has flown by! I spent this week putting the finishing details on my "A Lightbulb Moment" bonus projects and gave a trunk show at my quilt guild. It was fun to finally share what I have been working on with the group. Even though all the projects are finished, I am still writing and putting on the finishing touches on the patterns for some of the projects. So, my plans of posting this project on Friday went out the window but I'm finally finished and ready to share my "A Lightbulb Moment" Tree Skirt pattern!

Best of Moda Bake Shop Book Featuring "A Lightbulb Moment" Quilt by Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
"A Lightbulb Moment" Quilt By Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com

This tree skirt coordinates with my "A Lightbulb Moment" quilt featured in the new "Best of Moda Bake Shop" book that is in stores now and on Amazon here. You'll need the book for directions on how to make the lightbulb blocks, etc. and then the pattern will give you instructions on how to assemble the blocks to make the tree skirt.

Click HERE for the "A Lightbulb Moment" Tree Skirt Pattern

I am loving the tree skirt and I can picture my tree decked out with groups of giant lightbulb ornaments and big bows. I'll definitely have to search for wrapping paper with strings of lightbulbs printed on it to carry out the theme!

"A Lightbulb Moment" Tree Skirt By Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com

I hope you are all enjoying the bonus patterns I have been sharing on here to coordinate with my "A Lightbulb Moment" quilt. If you make any of the projects, please tag @thistlethicketstudio when you share them on Facebook or Instagram!

FYI: I put a link at the top of my home page for easy access to all of the "A Lightbulb Moment" bonus patterns

Happy Quilting

~Sharla

P.S. Don't forget that the Best of Moda Bake Shop Pillow Parade is currently happening on Instagram, so check it out! I'll be posting my Pillow Parade entry on Friday, Aug. 28 and, of course, there will be a book giveaway too, so check back in!

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Friday, August 7, 2020

A Lightbulb Moment Oven Mitt/Hot Pad

A Lightbulb Moment Oven Mitt By Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com

It's FriYay! I thought I'd pop in and share another one of my "A Lightbulb Moment" bonus patterns in time for your weekend sewing. This week I'm sharing how to make an oven mitt/hot pad featuring the lightbulb block from my "A Lightbulb Moment" quilt featured in the new "Best of Moda Bake Shop" book now available in stores and online.

Best of Moda Bake Shop Book Featuring A Lightbulb Moment Quilt By Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com

This is a double oven mitt which can also do double duty as a small table runner-style hot pad because it has Insul-Bright to protect your hands and surfaces from heat, plus a layer of cotton batting.

A Lightbulb Moment Oven Mitt By Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com

You'll need to have a copy of the "Best of Moda Bake Shop" book for instructions on how to make the block, then use the PDF pattern below to make the oven mitt. 

Click HERE For A Lightbulb Moment Oven Mitt/Hot Pad Pattern

A Lightbulb Moment Oven Mitt By Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.comThis pattern uses lightbulb blocks that are reduced in size by 50%. I've provided the math in the instructions to help you reduce the size of each piece in the block.

A Lightbulb Moment Oven Mitt By Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com

This oven mitt/hot pad will look so cute with the tea towel I shared last week and will really dress up your kitchen for the holidays! Also check out my "A Lightbulb Moment" table runner pattern and wall hanging pattern. If you make any of my "A Lightbulb Moment" patterns, be sure to tag me on Facebook and Instagram!

Happy Quilting and Have A Great Weekend!

Sharla

Moda Bake Shop Pillow Parade Logo By Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.comP.S. Starting Monday, August 10, one Moda Bake Shop chef will share a pillow pattern using their block from the "Best of Moda Bake Shop" book each Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Watch for Instagram posts for details!

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Tuesday, July 28, 2020

A Lightbulb Moment Tea Towel

I had every intention of saving this post until the end of the week but I finished the pattern and couldn't wait to share! Here's the latest bonus pattern for my series of "A Lightbulb Moment" projects. My quilt pattern called "A Lightbulb Moment" is one of 15 projects featured in the new "Best of Moda Bake Shop" book now available in stores and online. 
A Lightbulb Moment Tea Towel Designed By Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com

This week, I reduced the pattern for the blocks 75% to make mini blocks to decorate a tea towel. Aren't those little lightbulbs so cute!
A Lightbulb Moment Tea Towel Designed By Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com

I used red baby rick rack for the cord this time because I couldn't find it in black a.n.y.w.h.e.r.e. I had the red on-hand so decided red it is! I trimmed it out in black rick rack to make up for it though. And I had this pom pom trim on-hand also so decided to add it too. More is better, right?
Best of Moda Bake Shop Book Featuring "A Lightbulb Moment" Quilt By Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com

Click Here For "A Lightbulb Moment" Tea Towel Pattern


Remember, each of the bonus patterns require the book for instructions on how to make the blocks, so be sure to get your copy ASAP! You can order it online from Martingale here or Amazon here if your local quilt shop doesn't have it.

You can get my bonus patterns for the table runner here and the wall hanging here. And be sure to keep coming back because I still have several more projects to share and starting August 10, all the 'chefs' (aka designers) from the book will be hosting a Pillow Parade and sharing pillow patterns to coordinate with the projects in the book. We have so much fun - and giveaways - planned!
A Lightbulb Moment Table Runner Designed By Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com

A Lightbulb Moment Wall Hanging Designed By Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com

As always, if you make any of my "A Lightbulb Moment" projects and share them on Facebook or Instagram, be sure to tag me @thistlethicketstudio and use the hashtag #alightbulbmomentquilt.

Happy Quilting!

~Sharla

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Friday, July 24, 2020

A Lightbulb Moment Wallhanging

A Lightbulb Moment Wallhanging Designed By Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com

Yay! It's the weekend! Let's celebrate with another lightbulb block project. This block is featured in the quilt "A Lightbulb Moment" in the new "Best of Moda Bake Shop" book now available at your local quilt shop (or online at Martingale or Amazon). I'm sharing different projects using the lightbulb block throughout the summer, so be sure to pick up your copy of the book so you can sew along with me on all these extra bonus projects!
Best of Moda Bake Shop Book Featuring "A Lightbulb Moment" Designed By Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com

This week, the project is "A Lightbulb Moment Wallhanging". 
A Lightbulb Moment Wallhanging Designed By Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com


This is really a quick and easy project and features a faced binding to get that jumbo rick rack edging. The faced binding also creates a rod pocket for hanging. To help make it lay flat, I used a yard stick cut to length and then hung on the wall with double stick foam tape.
Faced Binding & Rod Pocket On A Lightbulb Moment Wallhanging By Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com

To make the applique easier, I already reversed the text so all you have to do is trace it onto your paper-backed fusible. 
A Lightbulb Moment Wallhanging Designed By Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com

I quilted it on my domestic sewing machine in a cross hatch using the angle of the lightbulb to create the diamond pattern.
A Lightbulb Moment Wallhanging Designed By Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com

Of course, you could also use this pattern as a small table topper.
A Lightbulb Moment Wallhanging Designed By Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com

Last week, I shared how to make a table runner using my lightbulb block HERE.
A Lightbulb Moment Table Runner Designed By Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com

Hope you enjoy these bonus patterns! Please tag me @thistlethicketstudio if you make any of my lightbulb projects and share photos on Facebook or Instagram!

Happy Quilting!

~Sharla


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