Monday, April 25, 2022

A Patriotic Finish

Flag Quilt By Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
I realized I never shared the flag quilt I finished last month. I have been wanting to make this flag quilt for a couple of years and finally can mark it off my bucket list. 

I just love the colors of this quilt, it's a little modern update on the traditional red, white and blue.

Flag Quilt By Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
This quilt is definitely not perfect. The aqua plaid fabric was printed soooo crooked that I wasted a lot of fabric trying to find spots of the fabric that were semi-straight. 

Flag Quilt By Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
And then there is the pleat I found in the backing after the quilt was quilted, trimmed and bound. I was so upset that I didn't see it earlier. It was too late to unstitch and re-quilt that section so I pondered what to do.

Luckily, the pleat was located in the lower corner of the quilt. But it was 15" long! My fix was to cover the pleat with a LARGE label.

Flag Quilt By Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
I made another flag block and wrote a portion of the Pledge of Allegiance with a permanent marker in the white stripes of the flag. I added borders and pieced in my sew-in tag and a place to date and sign the label. Then I quilted the label to a large fusible fabric interfacing with the fusible side facing away from the label. 

Flag Quilt By Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
Sewing the fusible interfacing on the back allowed me to fuse the label to the back without having the fabric label glued directly to the quilt back. The fusible also kept the center of the large label from being floppy and loose. After it was fused, I stitched the edges of the label down.

Flag Quilt By Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
I'm really happy with how it turned out. This quilt was originally going to be a gift but I couldn't gift it knowing that there was that huge mistake hidden by the label. So I'll be keeping it. 

Flag Quilt By Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
I think I have enough of the red and blue fabric to make more flag blocks but I'll have to find background and an aqua plaid that is straight to make another quilt.

Flag Quilt By Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
I plan to display this quilt in my entry way, draped on my antique wardrobe. With that in mind, I even made a floral arrangement to coordinate with my quilt. I'll try to share a quilt when I get it all finished.

Happy Quilting!

~Sharla


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Tuesday, April 5, 2022

Whirl & Twirl Sew-Along: Quilt Reveal

Whirl & Twirl Sew Along Quilt Reveal by Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
Drum roll please! Here it is....my Whirl & Twirl quilt! 

Whirl & Twirl Sew Along Quilt Reveal by Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
I love how it turned out! I love the scrappy feel you get by using low volume background fabrics and a layer cake. I took a cue from the fabrics and used an all over quilting design of roses and leaves. 

Whirl & Twirl Sew Along Quilt Reveal by Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
I love using the leftover layer cake squares for a pieced backing. 

You can visit my past posts during the month of March for instructions on how to make this quilt. They will remain up for a few months but I will eventually take them down and publish the pattern, so get the instructions while they are still available.

If you make a Whirl & Twirl quilt, please share on social media and tag me at Thistle Thicket Studio.

Happy Quilting!

~Sharla



Wednesday, March 30, 2022

Whirl & Twirl Sew-Along: Quilt Finish

 

Whirl :& Twirl Sew-Along Quilt Finish by Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com

Can you believe we have reached the end of the Whirl & Twirl Sew-Along?! Where did March go? Today we’re going to talk about finishing our quilts.

Backing

Whirl :& Twirl Sew-Along Quilt Finish by Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com

Trim the selvedge edges from the two backing rectangle pieces. Sew the two 72” x WOF backing rectangles together along the selvedge side. Backing should measure 72” x 86” (approximately). I love a scrappy back so I used my leftover layer cake squares and border strips and sewed a pieced stripe in between the backing pieces.

Quilting

Whirl :& Twirl Sew-Along Quilt Finish by Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com

Layer your quilt top, batting & backing. Quilt as desired. I machine quilt my quilts on a computerized longarm. The first Whirl & Twirl quilt I custom quilted with dense quilting around the pinwheels which really made the pinwheels pop. But the quilt is quite stiff. So this time I quilted an all over floral pattern for a softer touch & drape. I love both!

Whirl :& Twirl Sew-Along Quilt Finish by Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com

Binding

Trim the selvedges from the ends of the 8 - 2 1/2” binding strips. Sew the binding strips end-to-end at a 45 degree angle. Fold the binding in half lengthwise and press. Attach binding using your favorite method. I attach my binding by machine sewing the binding to the front using a 3/8” seam. I fold the binding over & hand stitch the binding to the back using a small ladder stitch. There are some great You Tube videos on how to miter the corners of the binding & how to connect the ends of the binding for a continuous smooth binding. I am currently working on my binding & will share photos next week (when these 50 mph wind gusts predicted for the next few days hopefully settle down!)

Please share your finished quilt using the hashtag #whirlandtwirlsewalong on Facebook and Instagram and tag me so I can see your quilts! Can’t wait!

Happy Quilting!
~Sharla





Tuesday, March 22, 2022

Whirl & Twirl Sew-Along: Quilt Assembly

WooHoo! We are on the downhill slide! Today I’m sharing the instructions to assemble your quilt top. Here we go…

Whirl & Twirl Sew-Along: Quilt Assembly by Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
Step 1:

Arrange four blocks into a square with the large pinwheels in the center and blades on the outside edge. Sew two blocks together to make a row, then sew two rows together to make a large block. Press seams open. Repeat for a total of 12 large blocks.

Whirl & Twirl Sew-Along: Quilt Assembly by Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
Step 2:
Sew three large blocks together in a row. Press seams open. Repeat for a total of four rows.

Whirl & Twirl Sew-Along: Quilt Assembly by Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
Step 3:
Sew the four rows together. Press seams open. Quilt center should measure 54.5” x 72.5”.

Step 4:
Trim selvedge ends from the seven 4.5” x WOF border strips. Sew the ends together into one long strip. From the strip, cut two 4.5” x 72.5” and two 4.5” x 62.5” strips.

Whirl & Twirl Sew-Along: Quilt Assembly by Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
Step 5:
Sew the 4.5” x 72.5” strips to the left and right sides of the quilt center. Press seams toward border. Sew the 4.5” x 62.5” strips to the top and bottom of the quilt center. Press seams toward border. Quilt top should measure 62.5” x 80.5”

Next week we'll complete our quilt!

Happy Quilting!
~Sharla


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Tuesday, March 15, 2022

Whirl & Twirl Sew-Along Block Construction

 

Whirl & Twirl Sew-Along Block Construction by Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com

Ready to sew your blocks for the Whirl & Twirl Sew-Along? Here we go!

Blade: Draw a diagonal line on the back of a 2” light fabric square (blade pinwheel). With RST, layer the 2” square on top of the end of the 2” x 9.5” dark rectangle (blade) as shown. Sew on the line, trim seam allowance to ¼” and press toward pinwheel fabric.

Whirl & Twirl Sew-Along Blade Construction Diagram by Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com

Large Pinwheel Shadow: Draw a diagonal line on the back of a 3.5” medium solid fabric square (large pinwheel shadow). With RST, layer the square on top of the 3.5” x 9.5” background rectangle as shown. Sew on the line, trim seam allowance to ¼” and press toward pinwheel fabric.

Whirl & Twirl Sew-Along Large Pinwheel Shadow Construction Diagram by Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
Large Pinwheel: Draw a diagonal line on the back of a 3.5” medium print fabric square (large pinwheel). With RST, layer the square on top of the pinwheel shadow from the previous step as shown. Sew on the line, trim seam allowance to ¼” and press toward pinwheel fabric.  

Whirl & Twirl Sew-Along Large Pinwheel Construction Diagram by Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com

Block Assembly: Sew blade section to the left side of a 5” x 9.5” background rectangle, with blade end at the top. Press seam toward background. Sew the large pinwheel section to the right side of the background rectangle with the pinwheel end at the bottom. Press seam toward background. Block should measure 9.5” x 9.5” unfinished (9” x 9” finished). Repeat to make a total of 48 blocks.

Whirl & Twirl Sew-Along Block Assembly Diagram by Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
Next week we will assemble the quilt top!

Happy Quilting!

~Sharla




Whirl & Twirl Sew-Along: Sewing Prep

Whirl & Twirl Sew-Along Sewing Prep by Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com

This week, we will be sewing our blocks. Yay!!! But before we start with actual sewing, I thought I'd share some sewing prep information. To help organize the sewing process, I used a chart to identify the placement of the background, blade & large pinwheel fabrics to insure that:

1. Each group of four blocks had a single block using each of the four background fabrics.

2. Each group of four blades that meet to create a small pinwheel used the same fabrics for the blades.

3. Each group of large pinwheels used the same fabric for the pinwheels.

I labeled the placement of each fabric on the chart as follows:

1. Background: A, B, C, D

2. Blades: B1 - B12

3. Pinwheels: P1 - P12

Here is the link for the guide: Whirl & Twirl Fabric Placement Guide.

Whirl & Twirl Sew-Along Fabric Placement Guide by Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
I lay each group of fabrics out on foam core design boards & then stick a pin through a paper label & fabric to hold it all in place. Of course, for a totally scrappy look, you can just randomly pull fabrics & not worry about following a placement guide.

Whirl & Twirl Sew-Along Fabric Labeling by Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com

Whirl & Twirl Sew-Along Fabric Labeling by Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com

I sew in groups of four blocks - Block 1 & 2 in the first row & Block 1 & 2 in the second row make a group (the large pinwheel will become the center of the group). Note: I make the blocks in sets of four but do not sew the four blocks together.

There is only one block to make in this quilt. The blocks are rotated to create the design.

I'll share the sewing directions in the next post, so stay tuned!

Happy Quilting!

~Sharla







 

Monday, March 7, 2022

Whirl & Twirl Sew-Along: Fabric Cutting

Whirl & Twirl Sew-Along: Fabric Cutting by Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
Surprise! I'm posting the fabric cutting instructions a day early since I have a conflict tomorrow and won't be able to post. So here you go.....


Layer Cake Fabric Cutting

Let's start with the layer cake! Yum, I love cake! Especially anything chocolate - and Moda! What's your favorite cake? 

Separate your layer cake squares into the following:

  • 12 dark-valued squares
  • 12 medium-valued squares
  • 2 light-valued squares. They should contrast with the background fabrics.
The remaining squares can be used on the back for a pieced backing, for coordinating pillows or for another project.

From each of the 12 dark-valued squares, cut:

-4 - 2” x 9.5” rectangles for blades for a total of 48

From each of the 12 medium-valued squares, cut:

-4 - 3.5” x 3.5” squares for large pinwheels for a total of 48

From each of the 2 light-valued squares, cut:

-24 - 2” x 2” squares for blade pinwheels for a total of 48


Background Fabric Cutting

From each 7/8 yard of background fabric, cut:

-3 - 9.5” x WOF strips for a total of 12 strips

From each set of 3 strips, subcut:

-12 - 5” x 9.5” rectangles for a total of 48

-12 - 3.5” x 9.5” rectangles for a total of 48

Notes:

-WOF = Width of Fabric

-For even scrappier backgrounds, select the leftover light-valued low-volume print squares from the layer cake for some of the background. From each square, cut: 

 -1 - 5” x 9.5” rectangle

 -1 - 3.5” x 9.5” rectangle


Pinwheel Shadows, Border, Binding & Backing Cutting

From the 1/2 yard of medium fabric for large pinwheel shadows, cut: 

-4 - 3.5” x WOF strips

From the 4 strips, subcut:

-48 - 3.5” x 3.5” squares

From the 1 yard of border fabric, cut:

-7 - 4.5” x WOF strips

 From the 2/3 yard of binding fabric, cut: 

-8 - 2.5” x WOF strips

From the 4 yards of backing fabric, cut:

-2 - 72” x WOF pieces


That's it for cutting! Let's meet back here next week for the block construction instructions. Boy, that's a tongue twister! Say that three times fast!

Happy Quilting

~Sharla