Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Arrowhead Lake: MBS Choose Your Own Adventure QAL

Moda Bake Shop's Choose Your Own Adventure QAL Co-Hosted By Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
It's my turn to serve as camp counselor again on Moda Bake Shop's Choose Your Own Adventure Quilt Along. Today we're headed to Arrowhead Lake! This is my favorite block in the quilt because it's not your typical block. 


Arrowhead Lake Block Designed By Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
I designed this fun block because arrows are just one of the things that I think of when I think of summer camp. Maybe it's the movie "Meatballs" starring Bill Murray that's my influence since I never went to summer camp myself. My family, however, went camping a lot when I was a child and our adventures always were centered around a lake. Click here for the directions on how to make my Arrowhead Lake block.

Arrowhead Lake Block Designed By Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
I used a different technique to make the feathers on the arrow, sewing two rectangles at an angle rather than using half square triangles, and it makes a much cleaner looking block. That is one of the reasons I do not have an EQ cutting chart this week, it just didn't like the techniques I used and wouldn't give me correct cutting instructions.

Arrowhead Lake Block Designed By Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
One nice thing about this arrow block is that it mixes so well with the Path A Goose Grove block this week. I mixed some flying geese in with my arrow blocks for a more unique look.

Arrowhead Lake Block Designed By Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
Once again, to speed up the sewing process, I chain stitched all my pieces.

Arrowhead Lake Block Designed By Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
My tip this week is to pay attention to the direction and placement of your fabric pieces when sewing, otherwise you'll be singing that not-so-favorite campfire song - the "Rippit, Rippit Blues". Luckily, I only had to rip this one block!

Moda Bake Shop Choose Your Own Adventure QAL Quilt Co-Hosted By Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
This quilt is growing! Next week is the last pieced border - can you believe we're almost done?!

Moda Bake Shop Choose Your Own Adventure QAL Quilt Co-Hosted By Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
And a quilt on the fence photo. I'm pressing this quilt with a dry iron so it looks a little wrinkly. Once the top is finished, I'll do a final pressing with steam.

Guess what?! Next week my grandsons are coming to the farm for a visit (and their parents too)! So we'll see how much progress I make on this quilt for my next post.

~Sharla

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Sunday, July 15, 2018

2018 Q3 Finish-A-Long Goals

2018 Q3 Finish-A-Long Goals By Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
This may be futile. But, even though I didn't get any UFO's finished last quarter, I'm going to post a few with the hopes that I get at least one finished this quarter. Here goes.....

Moda Bake Shop Choose Your Own Adventure QAL Co-Hosted By Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
1. Choose Your Own Adventure QAL: Since I'm one of the co-hosts of Moda Bake Shop's mystery QAL this summer, this has to get finished! Preferably by the end of the QAL in August. Got to stay on track.

Quilt Guild Row Quilt Challenge Designed By Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
2. Quilt Guild Row Quilt Challenge: Haven't touched this since January. Hoping to at least get a row or two finished this quarter, but it would be awesome to get it finished!

Modern Marks UFO Quilt On Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
3. Modern Marks: This may be easier to finish than any of the others. This was something I started just to test my sewing machine after I had it serviced while in Texas in February. It's just going to be a 4-patch quilt, I think, with some sashings. We'll see.

Just The Atoms Blocks By Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
4. Just the Atoms: Started this last fall as a tutorial for quilt guild. Haven't touched it since. It's a good thing I posted a tutorial on this blog so I can remember how I was making these circles!

Moda Fabrics Frivols Kindred Quilt On Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
5. Frivols Kindred Quilt: Another one I haven't touched in more than a year. I am definitely the queen of UFOs!!! 

There it is, short and sweet. I'll be linking this post up with the Finish-A-Long Q3 link-up.

Check back on Wednesday. That's when my next post for Moda Bake Shop's Choose Your Own Adventure Mystery Quilt is. Furiously sewing to get my blocks done for it, so better get back to it!

~Sharla

http://www.thistlethicketstudio.com/2018/07/2018-q3-finish-long-goals.html



Friday, July 13, 2018

Flash Back Friday - Wedding Rings

Five years ago yesterday, my nephew walked down the isle a single man and walked out a husband and father. Of course, I commemorated the occasion with a quilt. I've never tackled a traditional wedding ring quilt but when I saw this pattern, I thought it was the perfect modern rendition for this fun loving couple. 


Wedding Rings Quilt Made By Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
Unfortunately, this is the only photo I have of this quilt. (Obviously before my blogging days!)

Quilt Stats:
  • Pattern: Wedding Rings by Seams & Dreams
  • Quilt Size: 96" x 96"
  • Fabric: Various prints of Moda's Kansas Troubles fabrics
  • Thread: Mettler, color unknown
  • Batting: Hobbs 80/20
  • Quilting: Quilted on a Gammill Statler Stitcher using a pattern called Sweatheart Panto, designer unknown.

Happy 5th Anniversary Cam & Cayo!

~Aunt Sharla

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Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Pinwheel Point: MBS Choose Your Own Adventure QAL

Moda Bake Shop Choose Your Own Adventure Mystery Quilt Along Co-Hosted By Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
How is everyone enjoying the adventure at Oda May's Summer Camp on the Moda Bake Shop blog? I've been busy sewing along and excited to share my adventures at Pinwheel Point today. Camp counselor Jessica Dayon took us down Path B to Pinwheel Point - click here for the directions.  


Play All Day By American Jane For Moda On Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
When we arrived, I headed straight for the wildflowers, choosing 6 layer cake squares with larger floral prints for the centers of my Pinwheel Point blocks. I paired them with contrasting small prints - pindots, ditzy print florals, and tiny geometrics - for the pinwheels.


Pinwheel Point Block Cutting Chart On Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
Here's my EQ7 cutting chart. This is for one block. You'll need a total of 24 blocks for this round. One layer cake square will produce 4 block centers or the color pinwheel points for 4 blocks.


These blocks went together pretty quickly and before long I had a stack of scrappy blocks.


How To Center Pinwheel Point Triangle On Center Square By Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
Today's Tip: Here's my trick for centering the pinwheel triangles on the center square.....Fold the center square in half with wrong sides together. Place on top of pinwheel triangle, butting fold against the seam of the triangle and lining up the edges. Pin the fold to the seam then open the center square and sew. The triangle points will hang over the edge of the square. Repeat for each side of the square.

Reminder: When sewing your pinwheel points, remember that you are sewing on the bias so be careful not to stretch the fabric as you sew.


Moda Bake Shop's Choose Your Own Adventure Sewing Tip by Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
Another Tip: I used my favorite ruler to trim and square up my blocks - my 6 1/2" x 12 1/2" Creative Grids ruler. I use the 45 degree lines to line up the diagonal lines on my block and I check that my center square points are 1/4" from the edge of the ruler, then trim.


Moda Bake Shop's Choose Your Own Adventure QAL Co-Hosted By Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
My medallion is growing! So much so that my design wall (aka floor) that has good lighting was too small to photograph my medallion.


Moda Bake Shop's Choose Your Own Adventure QAL Co-Hosted By Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
So I tried to take a couple of close up shots to show the progress.


Moda Bake Shop's Choose Your Own Adventure QAL Co-Hosted By Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
For the most part, it's been way too windy to photograph anything outside that's not tied down. But I managed to snap this shot - wrinkles, strings and all - when there was a brief moment of calmer breezes. I decided I couldn't take the chance to stop and press or the moment would be gone!

Next week, I'll be sharing a block I designed for this QAL on the Moda Bake Shop blog! Meet me at my cabin next Wednesday for another camp adventure!

~Sharla


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Friday, July 6, 2018

Zip. Zilch. Zero.

2018 Q2 Finish-A-Long Results By Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
That's exactly how many UFOs I finished for this quarter of the Finish-A-Long. Really! How utterly sad is that? But, on a brighter note, I have been working on some surface pattern designs, we finished wheat harvest here on the farm and I've been busy helping to design a quilt and co-host Moda Bake Shop's Choose Your Own Adventure Quilt-A-Long going on this summer. So the last three months haven't been a total waste.

Speaking of Moda Bake Shop, today they featured me in their stories on Facebook and Instagram. How exciting is that! You can it out on their stories or I am sharing the photos here....
Moda Bake Shop Facebook & Instagram Stories About Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
Moda Bake Shop Facebook & Instagram Stories About Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
Moda Bake Shop Facebook & Instagram Stories About Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
Moda Bake Shop Facebook & Instagram Stories About Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
Moda Bake Shop Facebook & Instagram Stories About Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
Moda Bake Shop Facebook & Instagram Stories About Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com

If you follow me here on my blog, you already knew all of this. If not, this is a little introduction! Nice to meet ya!

~Sharla

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Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Cross Creek: MBS Choose Your Own Adventure QAL


I'm excited that today is my turn as camp counselor on the Moda Bake Shop blog for the Choose Your Own Adventure QAL. We're taking a hike to Cross Creek! I hear the creek is full of trout so maybe we'll have to do a little fishing too!


Cross Creek Block For Moda Bake Shop By Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
Cross Creek is a plus block or 9-patch block and is the first row around the center medallion. I share instructions for two versions of the block here, including supplies, cutting and assembly instructions. This block is one of two options for this round. To see the other option, Four Points (a four patch block), click here

Cross Creek Cutting Chart By Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
I was so excited to start sewing my blocks that I forgot to take photos of my fabric that I used for this round. But here is the cutting chart showing the fabrics.


Sew Tip: Sewing Strip Sets To Speed Up Sewing Time By Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
TIP #1: These are simple 9 patch blocks. To speed up the sewing process, instead of cutting all of those 1 1/2" squares, I cut my layer cake squares and background fabric into 1 1/2" strips. Then I sewed the strips into strip sets as shown. Then I cut the strip sets into 1 1/2" segments. 


Sewing Tip: Measure Block Set To Check For Seam Accuracy ByThistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
TIP #2: This block is a good block to check the accuracy of your 1/4" seam allowance. When you have sewn 3 blocks together, it should measure 3 1/2". If your strip set measures less than 3 1/2", your seam allowance is too large and you need to move your needle a position to the right. If your strip set measures more than 3 1/2", your seam allowance is too small and you need to move your needle position to the left. 


Sewing Tip: Nest Seams For Accurate Points/Corners By Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
TIP #3: Pay attention to the direction you press your seam allowances. I intentionally pressed my seam allowances so that on 2 opposing sides of the block the seam allowances were pressed to the center and the other 2 opposing sides of the block the seam allowances were pressed to the background. This allows you to rotate your blocks so that you can "nest your seams" (butting a side with seams pressed inward with a side with the seams pressed outward) when you are sewing your blocks together. Nesting your seams helps to make the corners of your fabric squares meet precisely.


Moda Bake Shop Choose Your Own Adventure QAL By Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
And here is my center medallion square with the first round attached.

So far, so good! It's not too late to join me at Camp Oda May. Here's the link for all the posts for the Choose Your Own Adventure QAL. Can't wait to share the next round next week! See ya then!

~Sharla

http://www.thistlethicketstudio.com/2018/06/mbs-choose-your-own-adventure-qal-cross.html

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Star Valley: MBS Choose Your Adventure QAL

Moda Bake Shop Choose Your Own Adventure QAL Co-Hosted By Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com

I am so excited to finally set off on my first adventure at Oda May's Summer Camp. (What's Oda May's summer camp? It's a mystery QAL hosted by Moda Bake Shop. Click here and here for all the details.) I chose to take Path B with camp counselor Kristina Brinkerhoff and hike to Star Valley (Click here for the instructions). Although I love Path A going to Dresden Peak (instructions), let's get real, with my aversion to hand sewing - and heights (Dresden Peak, get it?) - I knew I'd never get that applique finished! LOL!


Play All Day Fabric By American Jane For Moda On Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
Here is my selection of Play All Day fabrics by American Jane for the center medallion.


Star Valley Block Cutting Chart On Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
And here is my cutting chart I drew up in EQ7. Its so much easier to visualize when you can draw it up using your own fabrics!


Play All Day Fabric Cut For Star Valley Block On Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
I cut my fabrics and - whoops - made a mistake. So, here's my first tip for this QAL: Read the cutting directions carefully, then measure twice - even thrice - before cutting. I wasted a little fabric by cutting an extra set of 1 1/2" x 4 1/2" strips of the orange, which wouldn't be a big deal except I really don't have any extra fabric for mistakes. 

A couple of additional tips for this block:
  1. When sewing the half square triangles, be careful not to stretch the fabric as you are sewing on the bias. You can remedy this some by drawing a line diagonally from corner to corner on the background square, layering it on top of the print square, then sewing 1/4" on either side of the line, and lastly cutting on the line to create 2 half square triangles.
  2. Chainstitching will make the sewing go faster.
Star Valley Block By Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
And here's my finished Star Valley block. I ended up switching the yellow and orange square prints from my original draft because my yellow layer cake square was cut crooked and I needed more fabric to square it up. I'm hoping the orange and yellow quarter log cabin blocks will blend in better once the rest of the rounds are added. 

It was a beautiful hike to Star Valley. Thanks Kristina! Next week, I'll be one of the camp counselors leading you on an adventure. Hope you'll join me!

~Sharla

Update: Here is the link for the first border to add around the center medallion.

http://www.thistlethicketstudio.com/2018/06/mbs-choose-your-adventure-qal-star.html

Sunday, June 24, 2018

MBS Choose Your Own Adventure Mystery QAL Starts Tomorrow!

Moda Bake Shop Choose Your Own Adventure Mystery QAL Co-Hosted By Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com

Yes! It's finally time to load the bus for Oda May's Summer Camp! Tomorrow the first adventure starts with the posting of Path A (Path B will be posted on Wednesday and you can choose which path you want to take) on the Moda Bake Shop blog


In preparation for camp, Oda May has answered some questions that have been received and you can see them here on today's Sunday Social. She also shared this printable Project Tracker to help chart your adventures.

Sunday Social will be a regular feature on the Moda Bake Shop blog during this QAL. It's an opportunity to ask questions and for Oda May and the camp counselors to share tips, tricks and other information to make your camp experience a good one. There is also a Facebook Group where you can ask questions too!


Moda Bake Shop Choose Your Own Adventure Mystery QAL Postcard, Co-Hosted By Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
Hope you'll join us at camp!

~Sharla


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