Thursday, March 31, 2016

Another Finish For The Finish-A-Long!

I made it, just under the wire! I'm so excited that I got one more UFO project completed for the 1st quarter of the 2016 Finish-A-Long (you can see my 1stQ list here). And it's one of my favorite projects - Lori Holt's "Have Yourself A Quilty Little Christmas". It was an Instagram sew-along from November of 2014 using her book "Quilty Fun". I think it turned out so cute! (Even though this photo is horrible and doesn't do it justice! The lighting conditions just weren't good but I wanted to get this posted before the 1stQ ended.)
Have Yourself A Quilty Little Christmas by Thistle Thicket Studio.

If you follow my blog, you know that I love Lori Holt's patterns and this is no exception. Her patterns are just so fun to make. The details on this quilt just are the cherry on top! Isn't this gingerbread man adorable with his little buttons and ricrac trim?
Have Yourself A Quilty Little Christmas by Thistle Thicket Studio.

And these little bows on the wreaths are just too cute!
Have Yourself A Quilty Little Christmas by Thistle Thicket Studio.

I have enough of the gray tree fabric (seen on the stocking cuff) leftover to make some coordinating pillows for my loveseat in the TV room. I just fell in love with that fabric and I used that as my inspiration for the rest of the fabrics in the quilt. Oh - and don't you just love that fussy cut peppermint candy?
Have Yourself A Quilty Little Christmas by Thistle Thicket Studio.

The scrappy border was perfect to set up a cross-hatch quilting design in, which was a new challenge for me. I was thrilled with how it turned out too.
Have Yourself A Quilty Little Christmas by Thistle Thicket Studio.

I quilted an all-over design in the center that included feathers, swirls, pebbles and clamshells. I thought the fun design fit the fun, modern feel of the quilt. It was another pattern by Anita Shackelford and I can't wait to use it on my Bonnie and Camille Log Cabin Swap Quilt next (unfortunately I didn't get that one done for the 1stQ).
Have Yourself A Quilty Little Christmas by Thistle Thicket Studio.

It feels so good to get another one off my UFO list. I'm ready to rock and roll in the 2ndQ of the Finish-A-Long! What UFOs have you completed so far this year? Doesn't it feel great?!


P.S. I also linked this post up for TGIFF.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

My turn On Paintbrush Studio's New Block Blog Hop

Welcome to Thistle Thicket Studio and my turn on Paintbrush Studio's New Block Blog Hop. I was so excited to participate in this blog hop again this year. Thank you to our hosts for inviting me and for organizing this blog hop. Now, without further adieu, let me introduce my block - Spinners.....
Spinner Block Designed By Thistle Thicket Studio.

This block was inspired by one of our hosts, Yvonne from Quilting Jetgirl. Yvonne was my mentor last year in the 2015 New Quilt Bloggers group and she has provided me with lots of invaluable insight into the blogging world in the last year and inspired me with her quilting. Many of the quilt blocks she designs are modern and abstract as a single block goes, but when multiple blocks are put together they create a secondary design in the quilt. Her block designs inspired me to explore that idea which led me to this Spinners block. Thank you Yvonne for your online friendship!

When you look at my block individually, I'm sure you wonder where the name Spinners came from. But when multiple blocks are combined, a wonderful design of spinners emerges! Click here for a free printable pattern of my Spinners block.
Spinners Quilt Designed By Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.

The block features fabrics from Paintbrush Studio's new Painter's Palette Solids Collection in Midnight, Daydream, White, Peach, Coral and Bordeaux. You can check out the entire collection of Painter's Palette here. This fabric has a wonderful weight and was so nice to work with!
Ocean Sunrise Palette (Painter's Palette Collection) from Fabri-Quilt on Thistle Thicket Studio.

If you follow Yvonne on her blog or on Instagram, you know that she likes to make mini mini quilts and exchange with online quilting friends. When I made my first two mini minis last fall, Yvonne asked if I would like to trade. I said yes, of course, but was busy spoiling my grandbabies and didn't have my sewing machine so I asked if we could do it after the first of the year. Since Yvonne is one of the hosts for this blog hop, she is the person who is collecting the completed blocks that will be made into charity quilts. So I decided to take the leftover scrap triangles created when making my block and create a mini mini for her to include in my block package. I hope you like it Yvonne!
Yvonne's Mini Mini Quilt by Thistle Thicket Studio.

And I included a little note on the back:
Yvonne's Mini Mini Quilt Back By Thistle Thicket Studio.

I hope you've enjoyed stopping by my blog and seeing my new Spinners block! Be sure to visit the rest of the blogs on today's portion of the hop:

Stephanie @Late Night Quilter
Vicki @Orchid Owl Quilts
Shelly @The Carpenter's Daughter Who Quilts
Amy @13 Spools
Geraldine @Living Water Quilter
Jan @The Colorful Fabriholic
Jinger @Trials of a Newbie Quilter
Kathryn @Up It Is Quilts
Jane @Jolly and Delilah
Josi @Avocado Quilts
Deanna @Stitches Quilting
Lori @SewPsyched!

Don't forget to sign up for the Ocean Sunrise half-yard fabric bundle giveaway while at Stephanie's blog, and then stop by Paintbrush Studio's blog "Inspired By Fabric" to sign up for another half-yard bundle giveaway!

Happy Hopping!


P.S. You can see all of the blocks designed for this blog hop on the Paintbrush Studio 2016 Blocks Pinterest Board!

Monday, March 28, 2016

A Finish! 1stQ 2016 Finish-A-Long

It may be the only finish I'll have for the first quarter of the 2016 Finish-A-Long but its a finish nonetheless! I got sidetracked this first quarter with making my grandson's "Robots All In A Row" quilt and co-hosting Moda Bake Shop's "ABC Birthday QAL", so I didn't come close to completing all the projects I listed at the beginning of the quarter (see my 1stQ list here). I'm okay with that and I'm super happy to have this four-patch quilt out of my UFO pile!
Four Patch Squared by Thistle Thicket Studio.

This quilt started as a four-patch demo a few years ago, using a construction technique I'd seen done by Me and My Sisters. I searched their site and can no longer find the instructions, but I did find a tutorial from Missouri Star Quilt Co. on their You Tube site. Those four-patches, made from a charm pack of Lynette Anderson's " Quilter's Garden" that I won at a quilt show, laid around for quite awhile before I decided I needed to do something with them. I searched for coordinating fabric and finally found some "Neutral Territory" fabric by Donna Becher for P&B Textiles in two colors that I liked. I just framed the four-patches in the two colorways and then set the blocks in an alternating pattern. Quite simple but kind of blah.
Four-Patch Squared by Thistle Thicket Studio.

So the quilt top laid around for another year or two until I signed up to do the 2016 Finish-A-Long and the UFO Challenge 2016 in January. I was determined to get at least one thing on my list finished before the first quarter ended so I dug this out last weekend to quilt it.
Four Patch Squared Quilt by Thistle Thicket Studio.

I found the perfect quilting pattern called "Modern Gem" by Anita Shackelford. I just love the movement this pattern creates and it was just the pop this quilt top needed to take it from ho-hum to awesome!
Four Patch Squared Quilt by Thistle Thicket Studio.

Now if I could just come up with some better backdrops to photograph my quilts. I seem to use this split rail fence a lot. But it does show off the quilting quite well. I'll be linking this up to the 2016 Finish-A-Long for 1stQ finishes later this week.

Well, I'm off to load another quilt on the longarm. Could I possible have two completed projects this quarter?


Sunday, March 27, 2016

Remember that vintage pig planter I bought? Well he's all decked out for spring and wanted to wish you all a Happy Easter!


Friday, March 25, 2016

Paintbrush Studio's New Block Blog Hop Starts Monday!

Yes, it's almost here! Paintbrush Studio's 2016 New Block Blog Hop runs this Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, March 28, 29 and 30. Thirty-eight bloggers have designed 12" blocks using Paintbrush Studio's new line of fabric called Painter's Palette and will be sharing their patterns on their blogs. To help you navigate the blog hop, here is the schedule with links to each blog:

Monday, March 28th

Yvonne @Quilting Jetgirl
Jess @Quilty Habit
Silvia @A Stranger View
Cristy @Love You Sew
Kelly @Quilting It Out
Renee @Quilts of a Feather
Bernie @Needle and Foot
Terri Ann @Childlike Fascination
Chelsea @Patch the Giraffe
Mary @Quilting is in my Blood
Diana @Red Delicious Life
Sarah @123 Quilt

Tuesday, March 29th
Cheryl @Meadow Mist Designs
Kim @Leland Ave Studios
Andrea @The Sewing Fools
Cassandra @The (not so) Dramatic Life
Stephanie @Quilt’n Party
Irene @Patchwork and Pastry
Tish @Tish’s Adventures in Wonderland
Abby @Hashtag Quilt
Sarah @Smiles Too Loudly
Carrie @The Zen Quilter
Wanda @Wanda’s Life Sampler
Jayne @Twiggy and Opal

Wednesday, March 30th
Stephanie @Late Night Quilter
Vicki @Orchid Owl Quilts
Shelly @The Carpenter’s Daughter Who Quilts
Amy @13 Spools
Geraldine @Living Water Quilter
Robyn @Hoops & Thimbles
Jan @The Colorful Fabriholic
Sharla @Thistle Thicket Studio (that's me!)
Jinger @Trials of a Newbie Quilter
Kathryn @Kupitis
Jane @Jolly and Delilah
Josi @Avocado Quilts
Deanna @Stitches Quilting
Lori @SewPsyched!
Paintbrush Studio will also be giving away a half-yard bundle of the "Ocean Sunrise" colorway from the Painters Palette fabrics used in the blog hop each day of the hop, so be sure to visit their blog "Inspired By Fabric" to sign up for the drawing. In addition, the host for each day will have a giveaway too, so be sure to visit Yvonne @Quilting Jetgirl on Monday; Cheryl @Meadow Mist Designs on Tuesday; and Stephanie @Late Night Quilter on Wednesday to sign up for their drawings.

We hope you'll join us for all the fun, free patterns & prize drawings next week!

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Hello Ello!

Wow! It's been an interesting week on Instagram since IG announced they were moving from a chronological feed to an algorithm driven feed. The quilting community on IG has been in an uproar since - signing petitions, boycotting IG with a Silent Sew In on Friday, and then yesterday, a wave of quilters joining Ello.

Ello is an online social networking service similar to Instagram. According to Ello, it is a place where creative people can connect and build communities. Sounds perfect for quilters.

First I have to confess that I don't understand all the ramifications of Instagram going to an algorithm feed much like what Facebook uses. But I do know that I hate how Facebook chooses what I can see on my feed. I miss most of the things I'd really like to see on FB and have used it less and less as a result. I really was excited to find a whole community of quilters on Instagram that I could follow and draw inspiration, ideas and knowledge from. I love the photo-based posting of IG because I am such a visual person. The idea that IG will now choose what I see based on popularity of posts means that I'll lose touch with people I enjoy seeing and as an IG member with a small follower base, I'll probably not show up on many people's feeds either.

So, I decided to check out this new social networking app called Ello that everyone was joining yesterday - including me! And, after 24 hours, here's what I've learned so far.....

The Pros:
  • In many ways, Ello is very similar to Instagram. Above is my bio page on Ello. As you can see, you have a banner photo, profile photo, short bio, website listing, and numbers of followers and following.
  • Unlike Instagram, Ello is committed to not selling ads on the site. Yay! Those ads were showing up more and more frequently on IG.
  • Ello has a chronological feed. No algorithms!
  • On Ello, you can post multiple photos with comments interspersed which gives it more of a blog post feel, I think.
  • You can zoom in on photos! I've always hated not being able to zoom in on photos on IG - not that I'm suggesting that I'm getting older and my eyesight is not as good! Ha!
  • You can also post links!!! Some of my first posts on Ello were posting some of my quilts to give people a taste of me. I was able to share the link to my Chainlinks quilt recipe on the Moda Bake Shop when I posted the photo. Love that.
  • Although I'm a visual person, its kind of handy to be able to make text-only posts like you can on Facebook.
  • You can post on a computer or laptop too, not just on your phone.
  • The biggest pro for me right now is that I'm getting in on the ground floor of this community on Ello. When I joined IG, the quilting community was well established and its been hard to find quilty peeps to follow me. On Ello right now, everyone is searching for friends and it's exciting to be in on this new adventure.
The Cons:
  • It's slow. You get a lot of spinning circles waiting for photos and content to load. Ello is still in Beta mode, so hopefully the speed will improve.
  • The Ello app isn't available for android phones yet. (Although I have an I-phone and this doesn't effect me.) For those with android phones, at least you can go online through your computer for now.
  • The keyboard in the app doesn't have @ and # on the alphabet keyboard so you have to switch back and forth when typing hashtags or tagging someone. What a pain!
  • I'm not leaving Instagram yet, so I will be posting in both IG and Ello. Do I really have time for that? I don't know, time will tell.
I'm still feeling my way around the Ello site and the quilting community on Ello, so I purposely did not make this a how-to post. I'm sure there are other places to get that technical info so just Google it. I haven't done that yet - I'm kind of a jump-in-with-both-feet kind of gal, so I'm paddling through it.

I hope you'll come find me on both Instagram and Ello! (There are links to both of my profiles at the top of this blog in the right-hand column.) I'd love to connect with other quilters. In the meantime, please share any helpful tips you've learned on Ello so far!


Thursday, March 17, 2016

It's Good To Be Home!

Farm House Block Made By Thistle Thicket Studio.

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Spell It With Moda Sewing

Not much sewing has been happening around here since I finished my 'Robots All In A Row' quilt. I have started making some of the Spell It With Moda letter blocks, though, so thought I'd share. I pulled out my stash of Sweetwater Sunkissed fabric for this project.
Spell It With Moda Blocks Made By Thistle Thicket Studio.
Spell It With Moda Blocks Made By Thistle Thicket Studio
These blocks are really fast & super easy to make, I just wish I had more time to sew right now. Are you participating in Moda Bake Shop's ABC Birthday QAL?It's not too late to join in the fun, so check out the details here. And you should check out Amanda Castor's Cut, Sew, Press, Repeat Recipe that she shared for the MBS Birthday QAL - this is definitely on my project to-do list!

I added one more project to my to-do list - a Batman quilt. When I gave grandson #2 his robot quilt, grandson #1 asked for a Batman quilt & Nana couldn't say no. I found this fabric for the backing the other day - at 40% off plus an end-of-the-bolt discount & $5 off my total purchase! POW!
Batman Quilt Fabric on Thistle Thicket Studio.

Lastly, I thought I'd share my latest junkin' finds - a vintage toy sewing machine! It's just sew cute!
Vintage Toy Sewing Machine on Thistle Thicket Studio.

And a vintage scrappy hexagon quilt. I love all the different vintage fabrics!
Vintage Hexagon Quilt Top on Thistle Thicket Studio.

What have you been working on lately? What's next on your to-do list?