Sunday, June 16, 2019

A Scrappy Happy Holidays Mystery QAL: Block 6

A Scrappy Happy Holidays Mystery Sew Along Block 6 by Thistle Thicket Studio.
We're over the halfway hump for this sew along - can you believe it! I enjoyed designing and making this "Get Lit" block so much and hope that those of you participating will enjoy it too.

A Scrappy Happy Holidays Block 6 - Get Lit by Thistle Thicket Studio.
As you can see, I've made five blocks and stung them together, just like lights on a Christmas tree. These are my three versions. (It was a miracle I got a photo of these with our western Kansas breeze!)

I made the background rectangles that will be cut into triangles extra large so that you can have a generous overlap on each end. The blocks can then be squared up easily without risk of the background being to short on one side. (Hope that makes sense!)

It may take longer to cut out the fabric for these blocks than it does to sew them - so easy peasy! Happy Sewing!


NOTE: The pattern is not included in the post. The pattern is provided by email to those participants registered for 'A Scrappy Happy Holidays Mystery Sew Along'. Registration for this sew along has closed.

Friday, June 7, 2019

At The Seashore with Moda

I've been a little MIA the past few weeks but I'm back and ready to head to the seashore with Moda Bake Shop! YES, it's that time of year again - time for the MBS summer quilt-along! As you can see (or sea), this year's QAL has an ocean/beach theme. That's definitely exciting for this land-locked Kansan!

I won't be able to participate throughout the entire QAL this year but I've designed a block that will be posted later this summer on the Moda Bake Shop website. And I'll be sharing how I used my block here on my blog at the same time. Until then, be sure to visit the Moda Bake Shop website where they started posting details this week on fabric, settings, etc.

Moda Bake Shop At The Seashore Advertisement in American Patchwork & Quilting Magazine.
In a side note, an advertisement on the QAL was in the latest issue of American Patchwork and Quilting that featured all the MBS Chefs that are participating in the QAL. What a fun surprise! (That's me second row, third from left)

Gulf of Mexico near Goat Island. Photo by Thistle Thicket Studio.
I'm ready for some toes in the sand, warm weather at the beach kind of vacay. It's been a couple of years since I've been to the beach and it was cold and windy. Hopefully, your time 'At The Seashore' will be a fun adventure!


Friday, May 17, 2019

A Scrappy Happy Holidays Mystery Sew Along - Month 5

A Scrappy Happy Holiday Mystery Sew Along - Month 5 by Thistle Thicket Studio.
Another month has flown by and it's time again for A Scrappy Happy Holiday Mystery block reveal. This month I've changed it up a bit and instead of making one 12" block, we're making four 6" blocks! That's 4x the fun, right?! Here are my "Let It Snow" blocks in three scrappy fabric-ways:

 Beige background.


Scrappy white background.

Did you notice that the blocks are sewn into pairs, not into a 12" block? Just wanted to point that out so you don't get carried away sewing blocks together.

And my tip for this month....when trimming and squaring up your 3.25" squares, flip them over to the wrong side and use that center line created by the seams pressed to the middle to line up your 45 degree mark on your ruler. It will help to keep the center strip running through the center of the block and keep the block square.

I hope you all are enjoying the sew along as we are nearing the halfway point. Before long we'll all be decorating for Christmas again!

As I am typing this post, I'm listening to the local weather where several tornados have hit a couple of communities in western Kansas. Prayers for safety for my fellow Kansans.


P.S. Ugh! I just noticed as I was looking at my photos that a couple of block sashings don't line up so I guess I will be doing a little ripping and re-sewing. Oh, the life of a quilter!

NOTE: The pattern is not included in the post. The pattern is provided by email to those participants registered for 'A Scrappy Happy Holidays Mystery Sew Along'. Registration for this sew along has closed.

Sunday, May 5, 2019

Howdy Y'all Revisit

I was so excited to see this photo of my Howdy Y'all quilt on my Facebook feed yesterday. I designed this quilt and the boot block for Moda Bake Shop as part of their 'Spell It With Moda' series a couple of years ago. It is always exciting to see when someone else likes and makes your designs. 
Moda Bake Shop, Spell It With Moda, Howdy Y'all Quilt, Thistle Thicket Studio

This batik version of the Howdy Y'all quilt was made by Patricia Schroll - 100% from her scraps! She said this quilt gave her a piece of 'home' since she no longer lives in the U.S. Don't you just love all the ways a quilt can provide for someone!

Howdy Y'all Quilt, Moda Bake Shop, Thistle Thicket Studio, Spell it With Moda
Here is my version of the quilt that I made with American Jane's Bread and Butter fabric. I made it as a banner that I tie on my fence to welcome guests to the farm. Click here for the tutorial of the Howdy Y'all quilt.


Thursday, May 2, 2019

MBS At The Seashore Mystery QAL

Are you ready for the summer? I'm headed to the seashore with Moda Bake Shop this summer! I'll be one of your lifeguards on this beach-themed mystery quilt along. Can't wait to dig my toes in the sand and build sandcastles! Want to join the fun? Follow along on the Moda Bake Shop website beginning June 3rd!


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Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Finish-A-Long Q1 Winners Announced

The time has come to officially wrap up Quarter 1 of the Finish-A-Long by announcing the winners and awarding some wonderful prizes from our fantastic sponsors.  We had a whopping 553 finishes for the first quarter of 2019, which is really impressive you guys, keep it up!

Without further ado, here are the winners picked by Random Number Generator for Q1 of the 2019 Finish-A-Long:

The winner's choice of One Large 12 Spool Collection from Aurifil goes to Ann who blogs at Brown Paws Quilting and she finished this gorgeous Summer Sampler quilt that she custom quilted:


The $80 Gift Certificate from Sew Sweetness goes to Michelle who blogs at From Bolt to Beauty and she finished 11 Jane Market Bags for her children's teachers (here is just one of them):


The $50 Gift Certificate from Mad About Patchwork goes to Sandra who blogs at Musings of a Menopausal Melon - mmm! Quilts and she finished this lovely cushion/pillow cover:


The $50 Gift Certificate from Fat Quarter Shop goes to Melinda on IG @mamasan_gerber and she finished this large hexagon pouf:


The $25 Gift Certificate from Sew Me A Song goes to Melinda who blogs at Quiltn in Wilton and she finished this bright and cheerful child sized quilt:


The 3 PDF Patterns from Happy Quilting goes to Liz who blogs at Yorkshire Quilter and she finished this beautiful scrappy charity string quilt:


The 2 PDF Patterns from Charm About You goes to Gretchen who blogs at 120 Blocks and she finished this fantastic Jelly Roll Rug:


The 2 PDF Patterns from Blossom Heart Quilts go to Janice on IG @tangibleculture and she finished this lovely cross stitch ornament:


The 6 Month Subscription to Make Modern Magazine goes to Anja who blogs at Anja Quilts and she finished this really fun quilt:


The 2 PDF Patterns from Bonjour Quilts goes to Jennie who blogs at Jennie's Threads and she finished this gorgeous sampler quilt:


The $30 Fabric Voucher from Hillstitches goes to Pippa on IG @pippaspatch and she finished this wonderful duel sided table runner:


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


Monday, April 22, 2019

Quilter's "Would You Rather" Game

Last week our quilt guild had their annual spring quilt retreat so I was looking for ideas to add some fun to our sewing weekend. I ran across the game "Would You Rather" and thought it would be easy to adapt to quilting. 

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"Would You Rather" is a simple game of choice, selecting either one option or the other. There is no right or wrong answer, just whichever you prefer and is a great way to get to know people in a group better. 

I used the game for the roll call of our meeting, drawing a question and asking it of each member present, but it could be played in other ways - just google for ideas. Our members enjoyed the game so I thought I'd share it with all of you.....

I'm always looking for ideas for activities at our quilt guild meetings and would love to hear what you have done at your meetings so please share! I would also love to hear if you play my quilter's version and how it went!