Thursday, June 22, 2017

TBT: Thimbleberries Month-By-Month

We're on the verge of wheat harvest (maybe we'll start later today) here on the farm, but I had to make time to share another Throw Back Thursday quilt. This was a Thimbleberries block-of-the-month calendar quilt called Month-By-Month from the late 90's - maybe 1998.

I signed up for this quilt through our local Extension office and picked up the kits once a month. When I started, I knew it was destined to become a UFO because I was fully immersed in a new multi-million dollar grant project at work. I dug it back out in 2007 when the hubby and I became empty-nesters and finished it, along with 7 other UFO quilts that year.

Quilt Stats:
  • Quilt Pattern: Month-By-Month calendar quilt by Thimbleberries.
  • Fabric: Thimbleberries by Lynette Jensen.
  • Finished Size: 76" x 92".
  • Quilting: I had this quilt custom quilted by a hand-quilded long arm quilter. She did a lot of line stitching and stitching in the ditch on the blocks, meandering in the sashings and a leaf motif in the border.
~Sharla

P.S. Sorry for the wrinkled quilt. I really thought I steamed it better than that!

http://www.thistlethicketstudio.com/2017/06/tbt-thimbleberries-month-by-month.html

Monday, June 19, 2017

What?!! My First Design Client!

To say I was flabbergasted would be an understatement. Following my post last week about the Spoonflower tea towel I designed using my grandmother's handwritten recipes, I was contacted by a blog reader asking if I would be interested in designing one for her. I was excited for the challenge and we soon reached an agreement. Woo Hoo! My first fabric design client!

The whole experience went as smooth as butter, although on my end, I was a little nervous that I would meet the expectations of my client. But she sent photos of family elements that she wanted to include and it gave me all the direction I needed. (edit/update: I should have included that the quilt in the background was made by my client's grandmother who's recipe is featured, along with her grandparents' photos. The 50th anniversary pottery plates were custom made by M.A. Hadley of Kentucky). I'm happy that my client was pleased with this final design:
Custom Tea Towel Designed By Thistle Thicket Studio, to be printed at Spoonflower.com. www.thistlethicketstudio.com

Because I wanted to give her options, I designed a couple of other similar layouts, including this one with a plain background:
Custom Tea Towel Designed By Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com

I enjoyed this experience so much and learned a few new things, like converting .png files to .jpg files. Simple to do, but I'd never worked with .png files and so never had the need to learn.

Thank you Paula for such an awesome experience! I'm looking forward to seeing where this whole design thing will take me, but for now I'm enjoying the process.

~Sharla

http://www.thistlethicketstudio.com/2017/06/what-my-first-design-client.html

Thursday, June 15, 2017

TBT: Morning Star Quilt

Morning Star Quilt Made By Thistle Thicket Studio back in the early 1990's from the Eleanor Burns 'Quilt In A Day' series of books.

Oh, this one is an oldie but goody! For today's Throw Back Thursday, I'm sharing another one of the first quilts I made back in the early 90's called Morning Star Quilt. In fact, it may have been the first quilt I completed, but I'm not sure. Here's what I remember.....
  1. I made this quilt in a quilt class through the extension service. We sewed for 2 days in the class then took it home to finish.
  2. The pattern is from Eleanor Burns "Quilt In A Day" series called Morning Star Quilt (published in 1988). Obviously, it took me longer than a day!
  3. I bought the fabric at Walmart because I didn't know any better and there weren't many, if any, quilt stores in the area. I've never washed this quilt (and I never pre-wash my fabric) so I don't know how well it will hold up.
  4. It's a full-size quilt measuring 73" x 89". Thank goodness I found the book for reference! (It's a miracle!!)
  5. I quilted it on my domestic sewing machine, according to the book's instructions, along the chains with monofilament thread. It definitely does not have enough quilting on it to keep the batting from shifting and someday I plan to load it on my long arm and quilt it again. Some. Day. Ha!
  6. I'm sure I pieced it with good ole Coats & Clark thread and, because it has some loft, I think I used a poly batting.
  7. This quilt has lived it's life folded and laid across the back of one of my hubby's antique Abernathy chairs in our living room.
I sure wish I would have chronicled my quilt making from the beginning. Do you keep a record of the quilts you make? What kind of a system do you use? Please comment and share!

~Sharla

http://www.thistlethicketstudio.com/2017/06/tbt-morning-star-quilt.html

Saturday, June 10, 2017

My Take On The Spoonflower Tea Towel

I'm sure everyone has seen the Spoonflower tea towel - the one with the handwritten recipe printed on it. I've wanted to make my own version ever since I saw that towel pop up on my social media a few years ago. Well, here is my take featuring some of my maternal grandma's handwritten recipes.

My take on the Spoonflower Tea Towel featuring my grandmother's handwritten recipes. Designed by Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
I decided I wanted to layer multiple recipe cards so that I had a vertical design, rather than using just one card that created a horizontal design.

My take on the Spoonflower Recipe Tea Towel featuring my grandmother's handwritten recipes. Designed by Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
To add interest I photographed some of my vintage green kitchen utensils to add to the composition. I added an old photo of my grandma standing in front of the stove cooking. I pulled the aqua blue background color from the lines on the recipe cards. I did all of the designing in Photoshop Elements.

My take on the Spoonflower Recipe Tea Towel featuring my grandmother's handwritten recipes. Designed by Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
I have been busy the last week sewing the 3 yards of linen fabric I ordered with this design into a dozen tea towels. Most of them my mom is giving to her sisters and brother this week at their annual Siblings Week (I hope she has already gifted them or this post may be a spoiler!).  I added a band with my logo and care instructions to those. Of course I kept one for me, and I am giving one to my daughter.

I am over-the-moon excited with my tea towel design. Have you made your own tea towel design? Tell me about it in the comments! Next, I'd love to design a calendar tea towel - those are just so retro and fun!

~Sharla

http://www.thistlethicketstudio.com/2017/06/my-take-on-spoonflower-tea-towel.html


Friday, June 9, 2017

Label Love

Confession time. I am horrible at labeling my quilts. So, since I updated my logo, I decided to order woven sew-in labels with my logo, name and blog address. I'm in love!
Thistle Thicket Studio custom woven quilt label made by Custom Labels 4 U. www.thistlethicketstudio.com

Maybe now I'll be excited to sew binding on just so I can sew in my new label - probably not, but a girl can hope, can't she!

Thank you to Custom Labels 4 U for the awesome labels!

~Sharla

http://www.thistlethicketstudio.com/2017/06/label-love.html

Thursday, June 8, 2017

TBT: All Spruced Up

I'm back with another Throw Back Thursday Quilt. This week I'm showcasing the All Spruced Up quilt I made back in August of 2011.
Thistle Thicket Studio, Jodi Barrows, Square In A Square, All Spruced Up, free quilt pattern,

This quilt is a free pattern from Jodi Barrows, aka Square In A Square, and uses her Square In A Square ruler and technique. I made this as a shop sample for kits back in my quilt shop days. I elected to omit the presents under the tree that the pattern shows.

In 2013, I gifted this quilt to a family friend, so luckily I had taken photos of it when I finished the quilt in 2011. I love this quilt! Maybe someday I'll make another one to keep (nah, who am I kidding, that will never happen! lol).

Quilt Stats:
  • Quilt Pattern: All Spruced Up by Jodi Barrows of Square In A Square.
  • Fabric: "Noel" by Susan Winget for Benartex for top, binding and backing.
  • Finished Size: 34" x 38".
  • Batting: Hobbs 80-20.
  • Thread: Mettler for piecing, Perma Core for machine quilting. Color numbers not recorded but both were an off-white/cream.
  • Quilting: Quilted on a Gammill Statler Stitcher long arm using a holly, berries and ribbon pattern.
~Sharla

http://www.thistlethicketstudio.com/2017/06/tbt-all-spruced-up.html



Thursday, June 1, 2017

TBT: French Roses Quilt

It's been a while since I shared a Throw Back Thursday quilt. I'm sharing quilts that I made before I started my blog just to record them, with the hope of someday printing all of my blog posts in book form as an archive of my quilting. So today I'm sharing a quilt that I made in June of 2013 - my French Roses quilt.
Thistle Thicket Studio, French Roses quilt, Robyn Pandolph, Love and Liberty

I fell in love with this pattern 15 years ago when it first came out, but it was a busy time in my life and I wasn't quilting much. In 2013, this line of fabric by Robyn Pandolph inspired me to hunt the name of the quilt and pattern designer down. And I'm so glad I did because I love this cozy little quilt!

Quilt Stats:
  • Quilt Pattern: French Roses by Heather French, features raw edge applique flowers.
  • Fabric: Love & Liberty by Robyn Pandolph for RJR.
  • Finished Size: 57" x 57".
  • Binding: Pieced scrappy binding using remaining Love & Liberty fabric.
  • Batting: Hobbs 80-20.
  • Thread: Mettler for piecing, Perma Core for quilting. Color numbers not recorded but both were an off-white/cream.
  • Quilting: Quilted on a Gammill longarm, this is one of the only quilts that I have free-hand quilted, mostly stippling. The borders were quilted with the Statler computer.
~Sharla

P.S. Woo Hoo! I just realized this is my 200th post on the blog!

http://www.thistlethicketstudio.com/2017/05/tbt-french-roses-quilt.html

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Logo Update

I spent some time over the holiday weekend working on updating my logo to reflect the sewing aspect. What do you think?
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In western Kansas, the tumbleweed - or it's proper name, Russian Thistle - is prevalent (really just a big pain in the you-know-what). Living on a farm, they are thick, hence the name and image. It may be a bit of a tongue twister (try saying it fast three times), but I like it!

I wanted to update my logo before I ordered woven sew-in labels. Can't wait for them to come in! Since I'm terrible at labeling my quilts, this will be a quick and easy way to label them. Stay tuned and I'll share more details about the labels when my order arrives.

~Sharla

http://www.thistlethicketstudio.com/2017/05/logo-update.html


Sunday, May 21, 2017

Row Quilt Challenge & Other Updates

I'm baaack! After two weeks of travel, I spent this past week trying to catch up, both on sleep and housework. As the end of the week rolled around, so did the rain and I spent a rainy Friday in my sewing room catching up on my quilt guild row quilt challenge.

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Last month, the basket block was drawn from the bag of possibilities. As you know, many basket patterns are made to be set on point, so my first challenge was to find a pattern that wasn't. I found a few, but all were larger than my 6" maximum limit, so I ended up designing my own pattern. To include the focal red fabric, I appliqued a flower on each basket. I decided to alternate the basket blocks with scrappy low-volume 9-patch blocks - mainly because I was lazy and didn't want to make 10 basket blocks. Since it's difficult to photograph a long row of blocks, you'll just have to imagine what the row looks like;)

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I missed the May quilt guild meeting while we were traveling, but the next block drawn was the bow tie block. I only got a couple of blocks made Friday, just enough to know I'm going to like them! Because I've made a couple of 6" rows the last two months, I needed a skinny row so I decided to make 3" bow tie blocks. To get that pop of red in, I found a 3-D bow tie block pattern online that works great, although 3" is about as small as you can go and get the red fabric to 'twist' correctly. Visit the Generations Quilt Patterns website here for their 3-D Bow Tie Block tutorial. I think this row will look awesome once complete as the bow tie blocks will create a zigzag across the quilt with little red diamonds in the centers. There's more rain in our forecast, so maybe I'll get a chance to finish the rest of the 18 blocks I need to complete the row.

Thistle Thicket Studio, custom t-shirt, custom travel cup
Speaking of my travels, I have to share what my daughter gave me while we were visiting - a custom Thistle Thicket Studio t-shirt and travel cup that she made! And the tea towels I made her with her son/my grandson's snowman drawing on the fabric band was a hit also. (Click here to check out the tea towels and here to see the original drawing.) I don't think my grandson ever really understood the whole transformation from his drawing to the fabric though, or maybe he's just all boy, either way he wasn't too excited about the whole thing.

Thistle Thicket Studio, Magnolia Market, Silo Bakery, Fixer Upper, Joanna Gaines, Chip Gaines
Of course, while we were traveling through, I had to take my mom for her first visit to Magnolia Market in Waco, Texas. We had to hit the bakery right off the bat because there wasn't a line! We each got a cinnamon roll and then shared, MMMMM! The gal who checked us out at the bakery was a fellow western Kansan! What are the odds? We had fun shopping but I didn't take any more photos because I've shared my trips to Magnolia before (here).

Thistle Thicket Studio, The mercantile, pioneer woman, ree drummond
Then it was off to Pawhuska, Oklahoma to visit The Pioneer Woman Ree Drummond's store, The Mercantile. We tried out the scones and muffins at the bakery here but I forgot to snap a photo. The line for her restaurant for lunch was out the door and halfway down the block at 10:00 in the morning, so we didn't stick around that long.

Thistle Thicket Studio, The Mercantile, Ree Drummon, Pioneer Woman
The Merc has a totally different feel than Magnolia Market, but it definitely had Ree's personality and touch of color. Check out those light fixtures!

Thistle Thicket Studio, The Mercantile, Pioneer Woman, Ree Drummond, cow pillow
This pillow is a perfect example of the personality of the store. I snapped this photo as a reminder of an idea I'd like to try on our Gammill quilting machine once we get our interchangeable feet we ordered while visiting Linda's Electric Quiters in McKinney, Texas. One of the feet is a couching foot and you can use it to add yarn or ribbon embellishments to quilts. Can't wait for them to come in and play around! Do any of you have a couching foot for your longarm? I would love to hear your experiences with them!

~Sharla

http://www.thistlethicketstudio.com/2017/05/row-quilt-challenge-other-updates.html



Saturday, May 6, 2017

Snowman Tea Towels

This past week has been an adventure both on and off the farm. The hubby and I woke up last Saturday to a house with no electricity and Winter Storm Ursa bearing down on us. On an impulse - rather a real desire not to spend the weekend at home with no power - we packed our bags and got out while the gettin' was still good. We headed east to avoid Ursa's wrath and spent the weekend shopping, antiquing and dining. Finally on Tuesday, we received word that electricity had been restored so we headed for home to assess the damage. Depending on what source you read, we received anywhere from 15" to 20" of very wet, heavy snow. The snow has probably harvested any hopes of a wheat crop and has damaged many of the trees on the farm. Amazingly, by the time we arrived home, much of the snow had melted in the 40-50 degree temps - so no snow pics.

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Wednesday was spent cleaning out the refrigerator and freezer of all the food ruined by four days without electricity, catching up on laundry, packing for my next adventure, and making these cute snowman tea towels for a gift for my daughter. My five-year-old grandson created the snowman drawing featured on the fabric bands on the tea towels and I transformed the drawing into fabric via Photoshop and Spoonflower. The toweling is from Moda called Bright Plaid and I added the bands of snowman fabric trimmed in cream ricrac and the green ball fringe. I love how they turned out!

The next day, I was off - with my mom in tow - for a quick weekend trip to see that same grandson play baseball before his season ended. With all these adventures, not much sewing has been happening, but hopefully I'll get back on track soon and have lots to share! Until then....

~Sharla

http://www.thistlethicketstudio.com/2017/05/snowman-tea-towels.html


Thursday, April 27, 2017

Prairie Gardens: My Spoonflower Entry

Today the sample fat quarter of my design entry for Spoonflower's weekly contest arrived! It's so fun to see what you've been sketching and doodling come to life in fabric.
Thistle Thicket Studio, Prairie Gardens fabric, fabric design, textile design, surface pattern design, Spoonflower

Spoonflower's Birds and Blooms contest closed a couple of days ago and the top 10 winners were announced today. It was no surprise to me that my entry wasn't in the top ten. I did however have 19 people 'favorite' my design. Favorites are different than votes, and as far as I can see, they don't reveal how many votes each entry received.

The fabric print is larger in real life than it appeared on Spoonflower's website. It looked quite small compared to other entries in the design contest, so I can't imagine how big those prints are in real life. Obviously, many of the people participating in the contests are designing just for the contest and scale their designs so that they appear larger on Spoonflower's website. Prints that large wouldn't be suitable for most quilting projects, but would be ideal for draperies and upholstered furniture or for wallpaper.

I'll continue to play with coordinating designs with these motifs and hopefully learn more techniques in the design process. For every one I design, I have two more ideas. It is really getting addictive!

~Sharla

http://www.thistlethicketstudio.com/2017/04/prairie-gardens-my-spoonflower-entry.html


Monday, April 24, 2017

Bird on Bloom Fabric Print Arrived!

Last week I shared my first entry in Spoonflower's weekly design challenge and a companion print I designed. I ordered a fat quarter of each print to see what it looked like on fabric and today the companion print arrived!

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Bird on Bloom design on fabric. Printed by Spoonflower.com. Bobbin for size comparison of design. Photo taken in natural light and coloring untouched.
I'm very happy with the quality of the printing and how my design looks on fabric (it looks very professional, if I do say so myself!). However, the orange and green colors in the print are darker than I was expecting. After comparing my print to the swatches I am working from, the green does match the swatch I selected. Maybe because the greens in my fat quarter are larger than the swatch, it appears darker?

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JPEG File of Original Design
However, the orange in the print is not the same color as the swatch. The orange in my print is darker and has more of a red base than the swatch. My swatch is printed on a quality quilting cotton but I chose to print my fat quarter on Kona cotton, which may be why the coloring is different. After close examination, the Kona cotton has a coarser weave that the quilting cotton, so it may have absorbed more ink than that of the swatch fabric. Next time, I'll try printing on the quilting cotton and see how the quality and color accuracy compares. Spoonflower recommends washing the fabric before using it in a project. I wonder how that will affect the color?

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Last night I worked on a new design. While my grandson was visiting last Thanksgiving, he drew a snowman picture on my chalkboard quilt. I've been saving it so that I could photograph it and turn it into a fabric design. I finally got around to it last night and I'm so excited with how it turned out. I ordered a yard of fabric using Spoonflower's Fill-A-Yard option, and printed the fabric with two background colors so I'll receive a half yard of each colorway. I have a secret project planned for this special fabric! Can't wait to share it with ya'll!

~Sharla

P.S. There's one more day to vote in Spoonflower's Birds and Blooms design contest and if you like my Prairie Gardens design, I'd love if you'd vote for it! Here's the link.
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http://www.thistlethicketstudio.com/2017/04/bird-on-bloom-fabric-print-arrived.html
 

Thursday, April 20, 2017

My First Spoonflower Entry

I'm back, as promised, to share my Spoonflower entry in the Birds and Blooms contest that opened today. My entry, Prairie Gardens, is the next step in my textile design learning process. The learning curve has been huge from my Ditsy Daisy print I shared a couple of days ago to this. And although I wished I had more time to tweak this design, I'm pretty happy with it for a beginner.
Thistle Thicket Studio, Prairie Gardens, textile design, surface pattern design, fabric design, spoonflower

There are 413 entries - WOW! - in the Spoonflower contest which runs until Tuesday, April 25, 2017. Here's a link to the Spoonflower Birds and Blooms contest. If you honestly like my design, please vote. I don't want to sway the feedback I get, though, with sympathy votes:) I was surprised to get an email notice yesterday that someone actually favorited my design on Spoonflower. That's exciting!

Thistle Thicket Studio, Prairie Gardens Fabric, surface pattern design, textile design, fabric design, spoonflower
This is the single repeat of the design. On Spoonflower, it is viewed in a fat quarter size repeat. I like the design in a single repeat, but in the larger view, I can see some things I will change to make it more spatially pleasing. I'll continue to play with it.

Thistle Thicket Studio, Prairie Gardens, textile design, fabric design, surface pattern design, spoonflower
I also played with a few companion print ideas, pulling out different elements from the focal print. I made this print before I made the focal that I entered in the contest. After looking at this, I decided to add pink to the design.

Next I want to try to create a plaid companion print because I love plaids...and stripes...and dots...in a collection. I also have another colorway I'd like to create. And I have a few more designs I'd like to make to create a whole collection.

So I'd love feedback from quilters and textile designers! What do you think of this colorway? Are there changes you would make to the layouts? Any advice on how to improve the repeat? Would this grab your attention if you saw it on a shelf in a quilt shop? Would you be compelled to buy it? What kind of companion prints do you like to see in a collection?

~Sharla


http://www.thistlethicketstudio.com/2017/04/my-first-spoonflower-entry.html

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

A Primitive Attempt At Fabric Design

I have wanted to learn how to design my own fabric for like FoReVeR !!! But all the techy stuff was just so intimidating that I just kept putting it off. A couple of weeks ago I threw caution to the wind and jumped in with both feet. Well, more like dipped my big toe in with a simple little drawing of flowers that I uploaded to the Photoshop Elements software I have on my computer. And I played around until I figured out how to create a repeat from my drawing. When I was happy with the way it looked I uploaded my jpeg file to Spoonflower and ordered a fat quarter of my first primitive attempt and here it is......Ditsy Daisies! I'm so excited with how it turned out!
Thistle Thicket Studio, fabric design, textile design, surface pattern design, Spoonflower

Spoonflower is an online digital printing company that prints fabrics, wallpaper and wrapping paper from designs that the customer uploads to their site. They have a wide range of fabrics in which to choose, from basic quilter's cotton to canvas to knits to satin to minky - a total of 21 different fabrics. Here's a close up of Ditsy Daisies printed on Kona Cotton. I was thrilled with the color accuracy and saturation, and the fact that even that light green color in the leaves was picked up and printed.

I think I'm hooked. For the last week, I have been trying to learn more about using Photoshop to design in, uploading simple line drawings, then coloring, editing, combining drawings in layers, creating repeats using offsets, and testing my repeats. I've designed a couple of more fabrics, more complex than this one, and I even entered one in Spoonflower's weekly design contest. I'll post more about that on Thursday when the contest opens for public voting. I'm hoping that I receive feedback from people that will help me move forward.

I haven't been getting any sewing done but I've been having a blast designing. I lose all track of time - I sat down last evening to finish my entry in the contest and it was 3 a.m. before I realized it! Yikes!

~Sharla

http://www.thistlethicketstudio.com/2017/04/a-primitive-attempt-at-fabric-design.html


Friday, April 14, 2017

Happy Easter From My Bunny Trio

I was just lamenting that I didn't have much in the way of Easter d├ęcor when the cutest bunny quilt pattern was featured on the Moda Bake Shop last week. So after the hubby went to bed that evening, I headed for my sewing room and whipped out my own version of Kristina Brinkerhoff's (from @centerstreetquilts) Bunny Quartet pattern.

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In an hour, I had the top of my Bunny Trio mini quilt stitched up and the next day I quilted it up with a cute all-over flower design to go with the flower prints in the fabric. I even managed to get the binding on that same day (shocking if you know how much I hate binding) - of course since it is only 13.5" x 22" it didn't take long. I chose to make three bunnies so it would fit on my old chippy-painted door in my living room.

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The question now is - do you see a bunny head facing towards you or a whole bunny body facing away from you? When I first saw the pattern, I saw a whole bunny and envisioned cute little bunny tails wagging, so I added round white ball buttons for tails on my version. But I can see the bunny heads too, which is how the designer intended them to be. Luckily, the buttons also look like bunny noses, so it works either way! I think I was the first to post my bunny mini on Instagram but soon there was a fluffle of bunny minis on display. 

On a side note, did you know a group of rabbits is called a fluffle in Northern Canada (according to the New World Encyclopedia)? When I googled what a group of bunnies was called, I got a whole slew of words including herd, litter, colony, nest and warren. But I like fluffle the best!

From our nest to yours, I wish you and your fluffle the happiest of Easters!

~Sharla

http://www.thistlethicketstudio.com/2017/04/happy-easter-from-my-bunny-trio.html


Saturday, April 8, 2017

2017 Finish-A-Long: Q2 Goals

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They say less is more, so I'm going to try it for this quarter of the 2017 Finish-A-Long. I have a big secret project I'm going to be working on that I won't be revealing until this fall (that always makes me crazy with curiosity when people say that!) and I will also be working on this year's quilt guild challenge, so I'm just going to post four goals for this quarter.

1. 2016 Quilt Guild Challenge: Medallion Quilt. This one is still at the same place as it was on August 16, 2016 - the day my mom and aunt had their car accident while on our girls quilty road trip. I really want to get this one done this quarter. Even if I don't get it quilted, I'll consider it a success if I get the top completed. I have two more sides of the 3-D pinwheels to finish, then I have rounds of 4-patches, piano keys, flowers and stars to make.

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2, 3. Whole Country Caboodle Kits. I'm throwing in a couple of little projects to break up the big projects that I'll be working on. With little projects you can get a quick gratification of completing something and I think I'll need some of that this quarter! These little kits are mini quilts that button onto a larger "A Door A Doodle" quilt that I have hanging in my entryway. There are different seasonal ones that I've never gotten around to making.

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4, 5, 6. Halloween Mini Quilts. This is another set of little projects that I'm tossing in. These are free paper piecing patterns by Made By Marney and I think they are so cute. I had planned to work on these at our Quilt Guild Sew Day last quarter, but the sew day was canceled due to weather. I have a couple of sew days planned with different groups this quarter so plan to take these to work on. I haven't decided if I'll make these into three separate little quilts or sew them into one larger quilt yet, so I'm listing them as separate projects for now.

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7. Hello Darling Frivols Kit. I started this one while the hubby and I were snowbirding in Texas in January and February, but I didn't have a lot of sewing time while there. I've worked on this some since we're back on the farm and have half of the blocks complete. Hoping to finish this one up in the next couple of weeks. 

I'll be linking this post up to the 2017 Finish-A-Long 2nd Quarter Goals. It's not to late to join in the fun - although today is the last day to link up for this quarter so hurry! Check out the details on the Finish-A-Long here.

~Sharla

http://www.thistlethicketstudio.com/2017/04/2017-finish-long-q2-goals.html