Friday, April 29, 2016

The Pat Bravo Minis Blog Tour + Giveaway

Welcome! I'm so pleased that you stopped by my blog today! I'm honored that Pat Bravo invited me to participate in her Minis Blog Tour and excited to share my mini "Whirl & Twirl" quilt with you.
Whirl & Twirl by Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com

This blog tour is featuring two of Pat's fabric collections, Dare & EssentialsII, with Art Gallery Fabrics. Truthfully, I had never sewn with AGF fabrics so I jumped at this chance and so happy I did. The fabrics have a wonderful weave making them so luxurious and great to work with. And the bright colors and bold designs of Pat's fabrics are so fun! Check out the Dare LookBook and the EssentialsII LookBook for some great eye candy and lots of ideas of how to use these fabrics! (Be sure to check out Pat's blog and follow her on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter & Pinterest too!) Pat provided a bundle of fat 8ths in a mix of Dare & Essentials II fabrics for me to work with. Lots of blues and a pop of pink. Perfect!
Pat Bravo Dare Fabrics and Essentials II Fabrics on Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com

If you've stopped by my blog lately, you know I've been playing with designing blocks that create secondary patterns. I continued that exploration with this mini. The blue pinwheels in the final design reminds me of the many windmills that have dotted the western Kansas landscape for 100+ years, while the pink blades reminds me of the wind turbines that have graced that same landscape in more recent years. Although the wind wasn't cooperating in this photo, I love how the quilting really shows up in it!
Whirl & Twirl Mini Quilt by Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com

The block I designed for this mini is so quick and easy to make. For one block, cut:
  • 1 - 1" x 1" square (blade pinwheel)
  • 1 - 1" x 3 1/2" rectangle (blade)
  • 1 - 2" x 3 1/2" rectangle (background)
  • 1 - 1 1/2" x 3 1/2" rectangle (background)
  • 1 - 1 1/2" square (pinwheel A - light color)
  • 1 - 1 1/2" square (pinwheel B - dark color)
Whirl & Twirl Block Tutorial by Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com

Blade Section: Draw a diagonal line on the back of the 1" square. With right sides together, layer the 1" square on top of the end of the 1" x 3 1/2" rectangle as shown below. Sew on the line, trim seam allowance to 1/4" and press. 
Whirl & Twirl Block Tutorial by Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com

Pinwheel Section: Draw a diagonal line on the back of the 1 1/2" light color square. With right sides together, layer the square on top of the 1 1/2" x 3 1/2" background rectangle as shown below. Sew on the line, trim seam allowance to 1/4" and press.
Whirl & Twirl Block Tutorial by Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com

Draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of the 1 1/2" dark colored square. With right sides together, layer the square on top of the 1 1/2" x 3 1/2" background/triangle as shown below. Sew on the line, trim seam allowance to 1/4" and press.
Whirl & Twirl Block Tutorial by Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com

Sew the 1" x 3 1/2" blade section & the 1 1/2" x 3 1/2" pinwheel section to either side of the 2" x 3 1/2" background rectangle as shown below, using a 1/4" seam. Press.
Whirl & Twirl Block Tutorial by Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com

Your completed block should measure 3 1/2" x 3 1/2" (3" x 3" finished).
Whirl & Twirl Block Tutorial by Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com

I used three different background fabrics since this design required more than the fat 8th provided and I love the scrappy look of the finished quilt.
Whirl & Twirl Block Tutorial by Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com

Make 36 blocks for this 18" x 18" mini quilt. Rotate the blocks to create the blades and pinwheels. I selected all small prints to make my mini....
Whirl & Twirl Mini Quilt by Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com

...then used some of the larger, bolder prints for the backing.
Whirl & Twirl Mini Quilt by Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com

Be sure to stop by Pat's blog for all the details about The Minis Blog Tour and also visit each of the other bloggers to see their minis:

April 27th - A Crafty Fox and SnickerDoodleStew
April 28th - Why Not Sew and Anjeanette Klinder
April 29th - The Little Bird Designs and Thistle Thicket Studio (That's Me!)
May 2nd - Christine Blessing and TinCat13
May 3rd - My Crowded Nest and Sewn Modern
May 4th - Sarana Ave and Storts Market
May 6th - Kate Basti and ModernMakerie
May 11th - FortheLoveofFabric and t_jaye
May 16th - A Recap by Pat Bravo

And now, if you've made it this far, be sure to leave a comment for a chance to win these 6 Fat 8ths of Pat Bravo's fabric!
Pat Bravo Fabric on Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com

Thanks for stopping by! If you enjoyed your stop, you can follow me at all the usual places by clicking on the links at the top of the right-hand column of this blog:)

~Sharla

Disclaimer: Giveaway is in no way sponsored, administered, or associated with Blogger. By entering, entrants confirm they are 18+ years of age, release Blogger of responsibility, and agree to Blogger's terms of use. No purchase necessary to win. Open to legal residents in the contiguous US only that are 18+ years of age. Giveaway starts at 12:00am CDT April 29, 2016 and ends at 11:59pm CDT on May 16, 2016. Winner will receive 6 pieces of fabric with approximate size of 9" x 18" with a retail value of approximately $10. Odds of winning determined by number of eligible entries received. How to enter: leave a comment on this post. One comment per person. Duplicate comments will be deleted. Winner will be chosen by random.org on May 17, 2016 from all eligible entries and notified by email. If prize is unclaimed after three days, a new winner will be chosen by random.org. Winner is responsible for paying any taxes related to the prize. By entering this giveaway, you release Thistle Thicket Studio from any liability whatsoever. Void where prohibited by law.

Second disclaimer: I received all fabrics for free in exchange for making a mini quilt and blogging about it as part of a blog hop. All opinions are my own.










34 comments:

  1. Pretty colors in the fabrics and the pink makes it pop.

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  2. Beautiful, Sharla! You seem to be having a lot of fun with design, and I love the double pinwheels that are created with this block. :)

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  3. Inspired secondary pattern there, love it!
    So clever and beautifully quilted too, adding to its impact : )

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  4. Sharla, I love your mini! The secondary design is really fun. :)

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  5. PRETTY BLOCK+QUILT! THANKS FOR SHARING!
    msstitcher1214@gmail.com

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  6. Love your "mini"! Pinwheels are my favorite.

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  7. Beautiful fabric and a beautiful mini!

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  8. Loooove your Mini!!! Beautiful job! Also love the choice of fabrics you used! :)

    Thank you for chance to win your give-a-way too! :D

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  9. Cute pinwheel quilt. 24Tangent@gmail.com

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  10. Beautiful mini! I love the photo with the windmills in the background.

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  11. wow your mini is fabulous. I love the feeling of motion going on. thanks for the wonderful tutorial.
    quilting dash lady at comcast dot net

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  12. Great mini! Love how it comes together! I like the wind turbines in the photograph! Mumbird3atgmaildotcom

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  13. I love your Whirl & Twirl mini, front and back. Great photo. Thank you so much for the detailed tutorial. janie(dot)mccombs(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  14. Love your mini! Thanks for sharing it.

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  15. I love your mini. I have been thinking about a wall of minis so perfect timing.

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  16. Pinwheels are my favourite and this version is so sweet!! Love this fabric collection too!!

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  17. Great quilt! I love the "wonkiness" of the squares and the pinwheels are just the icing on the cake!

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  18. I love pinwheels and your quilt not only has pinwheels, but also a really neat secondary design. Thanks for sharing and for the giveaway.

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  19. Thanks for sharing... I really like this fabric!

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  20. Love this the colors are so pretty!

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  21. I love your mini-quilt. very modern take on the Pinwheel! I would love to win the fabric, thank you for sharing.

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  22. Pinwheel blocks are a favorite of mine- so naturally I adore your mini quilt! I almost missed the small pinwheels- they are so cute!

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  23. Your mini is so cool looking and the quilting just makes it pop so much more. the colors are great in the Essentials II and I love the florals in the Dare line.

    tushay3 (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  24. The back is as pretty as the front. Love it!

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  25. Wow! Gorgeous quilts and gorgeous fabrics! Thank you!!

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  26. Your mini is lovely. The background fabrics you choose work so nice. It is neat to see the louder ones together on the back as well.

    debbygrawn at yahoo dot com

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  27. I love mini's and yours is spectacular. The multiple patterns are amazing. I will be pinning your mini and admiring it often. Thanks for sharing.

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  28. So pretty and thank you for making a tutorial, I saved it to my Pinterest board for inspiration!

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  29. Such a pretty mini and love how it reminds you of the wind mills.

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  30. Thank you for the great tutorial! I really like how you changed the orientation of the quilting to radiate from the center of the pinwheel! Very fun!

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  31. Wow, your quilt really pops out there in the open air. Love it
    and thanks for the chance
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  32. Congratulations on a beautiful mini! I love how your block looks so simple yet combined, all the blocks make a more complicated pattern! I'm amazed every single time!

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  33. Loved seeing the secondary pattern emerge as I looked at the quilt. The picture of it with the wind turbines is great! A beautiful job. AG fabrics are really wonderful to work with, aren't they?

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