Saturday, September 22, 2018

War and Pieced

War and Pieced Exhibit at the International Quilt Study Center and Museum in Lincoln, NE Visited By Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com

I'm back to share a little more of my trip to the International Quilt Study Center and Museum in Lincoln, Nebraska a couple of weeks ago. By far, the most amazing exhibit on display was "War and Pieced", a collection of quilts from the 1700 & 1800's made from the wool of military uniforms by men in the service. The term 'quilt' is used loosely as most of these textiles were not quilted, had no batting, and were almost never backed. Most were used as wall hangings, or sometimes table coverings, and others were used as game boards.

War and Pieced Exhibit at the International Quilt Study Center and Museum in Lincoln, NE Visited By Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
Click here for information about this quilt
The textiles were all very intricate, many created with thousands and thousands of tiny pieces. Most were very detailed and orderly, much like the military backgrounds from which these men came.

War and Pieced Exhibit at the International Quilt Study Center and Museum in Lincoln, NE Visited By Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
Layered appliqued cornerstone of the above quilt.
War and Pieced Exhibit at the International Quilt Study Center and Museum in Lincoln, NE Visited By Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
Close up of the incredibly intricate layered applique border from the above quilt.
Yet, some had a softer touch, as if they were trying to bring remembrances of their civil life back home to the war zone.

War and Pieced Exhibit at the International Quilt Study Center and Museum in Lincoln, NE Visited By Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
Click here for information about this quilt
Two of the quilts on display were appliqued pictorials created from photographs of actual events with elaborate floral borders surrounding them.

War and Pieced Exhibit at the International Quilt Study Center and Museum in Lincoln, NE Visited By Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
A close up of the appliqued pictorial.
It's hard to imagine a soldier battling in war by day and embroidering on this detailed applique by night.

War and Pieced Exhibit at the International Quilt Study Center and Museum in Lincoln, NE Visited By Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
Close up detail of the embroidered and appliqued border of the above quilt.
The detail in the floral borders was beautiful. I can't imagine the hours of work this took. (And to think, I don't have the patience to finish the binding on my quilts!)

War and Pieced Exhibit at the International Quilt Study Center and Museum in Lincoln, NE Visited By Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
Close up of embroidered and appliqued soldiers. The piping in the block seams adds another dimension to the quilt.
This was truly an awe-inspiring exhibit - be sure to go if you ever get the chance to see it. Unfortunately, the show is no longer on display at the International Quilt Study Center and Museum. For photographs and more information about each quilt in the "War and Pieced" collection, click here.

~Sharla

http://www.thistlethicketstudio.com/2018/09/war-and-pieced.html

Thursday, September 13, 2018

It's Finished!: MBS Choose Your Own Adventure QAL

Finally finished!!! I made myself sit down and sew the binding on after I returned from my road trip to hear Moda Fabric's Mark Dunn speak at the International Quilt Study Center & Museum in Lincoln last weekend. Of course, the Kansas wind then had to blow for a day or two before I could get a few photos.


Play All Day At Camp Quilt From The Moda Bake Shop Choose Your Own Adventure QAL By Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
This is my "Play All Day At Camp" quilt. The name is derived from the fabric used - Play All Day by American Jane for Moda, and the camping theme of the Moda Bake Shop Choose Your Own Adventure Quilt-A-Long. If you follow me here, you know I was one of the camp counselors and designers for this sew along.


Play All Day At Camp Quilt From The Moda Bake Shop Choose Your Own Adventure QAL By Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
I really enjoyed this QAL. Everyone jumped into the theme and played along as we shared about our 'camp' adventures on the Moda Bake Shop Bakers Facebook page. All of the interaction with other quilters made it so much fun. And my fellow camp counselors were awesome to work with!!


Play All Day At Camp Quilt From The Moda Bake Shop Choose Your Own Adventure QAL By Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
Of course, my favorite block in the quilt is the Arrowhead Lake block that I designed. I just thought it was on target (get it?! Ha, Ha!) with the summer camp theme.


Play All Day At Camp Quilt From The Moda Bake Shop Choose Your Own Adventure QAL By Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
I also enjoyed designing the label that participants could download and print off from the Moda Bake Shop website. I even added a little poem to commemorate the QAL.

Quilt Stats:
  • Fabric, Top, Backing & Binding: Play All Day by American Jane - Sandy Klop for Moda Fabrics
  • Pattern: Moda Bake Shop's Choose Your Own Adventure QAL
  • Thread, Piecing: Aurifil 2309
  • Quilting Pattern: 1003 Daisy Days E2E by Kay Oft
  • Thread, Quilting: Signature 100% Cotton thread in Parchment
  • Batting: Hobbs 80/20
  • Longarm: Gammill Statler Stitcher

~Sharla

Monday, September 10, 2018

The Mark Dunn Encounter

As promised, I'm back to share a little about my road trip with my mom to the International Quilt Study Center and Museum in Lincoln, Nebraska last week. When I saw that Moda Fabrics owner Mark Dunn was going to speak at the opening of  "The Mark Dunn Collection" exhibit, I told the hubby that's what I wanted to do for my birthday. He was happy for me to go as his birthday present to me (because he didn't have to shop for anything, I'm sure) but thought it would be a better mother-daughter trip. So off I went with my mom in tow for a three-day road trip!

The Mark Dunn Collection At The Internation Quilt Study Center & Museum Visited By Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
The opening of the show was in conjunction with the museum's monthly First Friday event. We had an hour and a half to view the exhibits before Mr. Dunn's presentation, so we headed to the main gallery floor where there was not one, but four shows on display - Color and Contour: Provencal Quilts and Domestic Objects, Marti Michell and the Business of Quilts, War and Pieced, and The Mark Dunn Collection. Today I'm just going to share about Mr. Dunn's exhibit - but stay tuned, I'll share more on the others later this week.

"Shoe Envy" by Deborah Langsam on Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
I would divide the collection that Mr. Dunn chose to show into three categories: historical antique quilts, reproduction quilts from Moda's Collection for a Cause fabrics, and modern art quilts. My favorites were the three modern art quilts on display. Two were whole cloth quilts made up of thousands of tiny 1/2" (maybe smaller) photos digitally printed on a cotton fabric. Both were made by Deborah Langsam of Charlotte, North Carolina. The above quilt, titled "Shoe Envy", depicted a pair of bare feet which was made up of photos of pairs of shoes.

"Any Woman, Every Woman" by Deborah Langsam on Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
Close-up of "Any Woman, Every Woman" by Deborah Langsam on Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
But it was her quilt, "Any Woman, Every Woman" that really grabbed your attention. It was comprised of thousands of tiny black and white photos of woman of domestic violence that created a mosaic portrait of a woman whose haunting eyes seemed to follow you as you moved around the room.

"Nature in New Zealand" by Noriko Endo of Japan on Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
Close-up of "Nature in New Zealand" by Noriko Endo of Japan on Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
Noriko Endo created this landscape quilt, "Nature in New Zealand", with tiny scraps of fabric placed to create the image and then covered with tulle and quilted to hold the scraps in place.

Antique Ohio Star quilt (left) that inspired the Moda Collection for a Cause reproduction "Charity" (right) on Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
I enjoyed seeing a few of the antique quilts Moda has used for their inspiration for their Collection for a Cause fabric lines, such as this cheddar-colored, hand-pieced and hand-quilted Ohio Star quilt. The original, on the left, was made circa 1870-1890 by an unidentified maker who inscribed the intials "I.M.L." on the back. On the right is Moda's machine-pieced and machine-quilted reproduction quilt, "Charity", made in 2014. The revenue from the sales of the fabric collection were donated to the Alzheimer's Association.

1880-1900 period antique fan quilt on Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
The remaining quilts in Mr. Dunn's show were antique quilts. My favorite was this hand-pieced, embroidered and tied fan quilt from 1880-1900. I love the modern feel of this antique quilt and I love the ruffle on it.

Moda Fabrics owner Mark Dunn speaking at the opening of his quilt exhibit "The Mark Dunn Collection" at the International Quilt Museum attended by Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
After we had viewed the four exhibits, we claimed our seats on the front row to hear Mr. Dunn's presentation. He talked about his history in the textile industry, how fabric is produced, his colorful wardrobe, and about his interest in quilts and why he collects them. Afterwards, mom and I had the opportunity to visit with him about his exhibit, my interest in textile design and building my portfolio. He told me that my "Molecules of Moda: Bella Solids" quilt hangs in his home. What an honor!!!

It was an awesome day (we also went fabric shopping and antiquing!) and I'll be sharing more in the coming week. Until then....

~Sharla

http://www.thistlethicketstudio.com/2018/09/the-mark-dunn-encounter.html

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Special Deliveries

I'm home from my road trip to the International Quilt Study Center and Museum to hear Mark Dunn, Moda Fabrics, speak about the textile industry and his quilt collection on display at the museum. I'll share more about that once I go through my photos, but wanted to share what was in the mail when I returned home!

Custom Designed Vans Shoes By Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
First off, my new custom designed Vans shoes arrived! I designed these using my Pansy Parade surface pattern design. So excited! I'm working on a collection of designs to coordinate with this pansy print right now. Maybe wearing these shoes will inspire me!

Industry Professional Fall Quilt Market Badge For Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
Secondly, my creds must have been good because my Fall Quilt Market badge was in the mail too! I've been to market several times as a shop owner and last year as a guest of Moda to see my "Molecules of Moda: Bella Solids" quilt, but never as a surface pattern designer. It's getting closer and I have soooo much to do to get ready! This makes it scarily real and really scary!

I'll be back soon to share photos of my trip.....
~Sharla

http://www.thistlethicketstudio.com/2018/09/special-deliveries.html

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Vintage Birthday Goodness

My birthday was last week. It was very low key as the hubby was on the tractor preparing our fields for wheat planting. I spent the day working on designs for a textile pattern collection. Slowly, but surely, I am making progress towards putting a portfolio together. 


vintage notions
My mom always knows what to give me for presents. For this birthday, she went shopping in her own personal stash of vintage sewing notions. I love vintage plastic advertising thimbles, old tape measures, old-fashioned buttons and snaps on cards, and other sewing notions from days gone by. It's always a challenge to figure out a cute way to display them and that's on my to-do list with these goodies. My mother-in-law also went shopping in her stash and gifted me the hand-painted china celery (?) dish from Germany that was a wedding present to the hubby's great aunt and uncle.

My gift from the hubby is a trip to the International Quilt Study Center and Museum in Lincoln, Nebraska to see the Mark Dunn Collection and to hear Mr. Dunn's (Moda Fabrics) presentation "Quilts and Their Stories". My 'Molecules of Moda: Bella Solids' quilt is in Mr. Dunn's collection but who knows if it will be included in this display. The hubby, however, has chosen to bow out of attending - he said it sounded like more of a mother-daughter road trip, so my mom and I are headed out tomorrow for 3 days of quilting and antiquing fun!

Can't wait to share more when I return!

~Sharla

http://www.thistlethicketstudio.com/2018/09/vintage-birthday-goodness.html


Thursday, August 9, 2018

E2E or Custom Quilting: MBS Choose Your Own Adventure QAL

It's been a great summer at Oda May's camp over on the Moda Bake Shop blog. Closing Ceremonies for camp was a few days ago and I'm happy to say I'm leaving camp with a completed quilt top. But now the big question is - How do I quilt it?


Play All Day At Camp Quilt (Moda Bake Shop Choose Your Own Adventure QAL) By Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
My first thought was just to quilt an Edge 2 Edge design because I really need to get back to my surface pattern designs if I am to meet my self-imposed deadlines this fall. But, then I think this quilt would be the perfect quilt for some custom quilting. But then again, are the fabrics too busy and would the quilting not show up anyway? So many questions and indecisions, what's a girl to do?


Play All Day At Camp Quilt (Moda Bake Shop Choose Your Own Adventure QAL) By Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
So, I'm looking for suggestions from all of you! Should I quilt an E2E or custom? What patterns would you use (I'm not a free-hander) in the different blocks and borders? HELP, I'm sending out a distress signal to all my quilty friends and followers!


Play All Day At Camp Quilt (Moda Bake Shop Choose Your Own Adventure QAL) By Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
I did see that HollyAnne on the String & Story blog is going to do a series of blog posts on how to free motion quilt the Choose Your Own Adventure quilt, so I'll be interested to see what she does. But, she will be doing it over several weeks and I really don't have time to drag it out that long.


Play All Day At Camp Quilt (Moda Bake Shop Choose Your Own Adventure QAL) By Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
Anyway, hit me up with some ideas!

~Sharla

http://www.thistlethicketstudio.com/2018/08/e2e-or-custom-quilting-mbs-choose-your.html

Monday, August 6, 2018

Piney Woods Quilt Label: Choose Your Own Adventure QAL

Moda Bake Shop Choose Your Own Adventure Quilt-A-Long Co-hosted By Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com

The end is here. The final closing ceremonies for the Choose Your Own Adventure QAL on Moda Bake Shop was posted this morning. I'm a little sad that summer camp has ended but excited as I sit here in my sewing room sewing on my last border. This quilt has sure been an adventure! 

Piney Woods Quilt Label Designed By Thistle Thicket Studio For Moda Bake Shop Choose Your Own Adventure QAL. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
With the closing ceremonies, I am happy to share my final contribution as a co-host of this QAL - the Piney Woods Quilt Label. I designed this quilt label as the perfect way to commemorate the adventures that each participant enjoyed while at Oda May's Summer Camp. I hope everyone who attended summer camp enjoyed it as much as I did! Stay tuned and I'll be sharing my completed quilt top in a day or two.

~Sharla

P.S. Oh, I almost forgot!!! Moda Bake Shop is sponsoring a giveaway on today's Closing Ceremonies blog post so be sure to visit the site - link here - and comment for a chance to win!

http://www.thistlethicketstudio.com/2018/08/piney-woods-quilt-label-choose-your-own.html


Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Shoreview: Choose Your Own Adventure QAL

Moda Bake Shop Choose Your Own Adventure QAL Co-Hosted By Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
Oh wow, I am sooo behind! I had family come visit me at camp last week and so I put my sewing adventures aside as we enjoyed our local county fair with the kids and grandkids. But while I'm still trying to finish the last pieced border at Oda May's Summer Camp, Oda has moved right on past me and has posted the last borders today. Can you believe our time has come to an end for the Choose Your Own Adventure QAL

I chose Path B for the last pieced border and hiked with Jessica Dayon of Skein and Hook to Shoreview and dipped my toes in the water. I chose this block as it reflects the crosses in my first pieced border, kind of like a reflection in the pond at camp. Click here for instructions for the Shoreview block.



Here's the cutting chart from EQ7. There is a total of 48 - 5" blocks, 24 red crosses with blue corners and 24 blue crosses with red corners. The cutting chart is for one of each, so multiply those pieces by 24.

Squaring Up Half Square Triangle Blocks With The Bloc-Loc Ruler by Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
I rounded up the half square triangle squares to 3" then squared them up to 2 1/2" after they were sewn using my Bloc-Loc ruler. Much easier than cutting 2 7/8" squares!


Play All Day Panel Yardage On Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
I was excited to try out the 4-in-1 yardage that is a part of the Play All Day collection by American Jane for Moda. The yardage is broken down into 4 sections of prints with a cute tape measure dividing each section. I cut the tape measure segments out and will use them in some future project. 

Shoreview Blocks For Moda Bake Shop's Choose Your Own Adventure QAL by Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
Here are the two blocks for this pieced border. I'm still working on these blocks so I don't have them sewn to my quilt yet. I'm hoping to have my top finished by Monday when Summer Camp Closing Ceremonies are posted. Be sure to tune in, I designed a little surprise for that post and Moda Bake Shop is hosting a giveaway too! Until then campers, keep trekking!

~Sharla

P.S. Just a few photos of why I'm behind on sewing at camp - a Nana has to share a little, right?

Howdy Y'all Quilt Designed By Thistle Thicket Studio Using Spell It With Moda Letters. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
Welcoming my little Texans to our farm. What a fashion statement - plaid shorts, crocs and cowboy hats! I made this quilt for Moda Bake Shop's Spell It With Moda. You can find the instructions here.

Wichita County Fair Carnival, Leoti, KS on Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
My daughter and grandson #1 on the ferris wheel. Our community owns our own carnival and all the rides and games are 25 cents! It's such a special time with family and friends!

Wichita County Fair Carnival, Leoti, KS on Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
Our little goofball, Grandson #2, riding the fire trucks. He had a blast riding all the kiddie rides while Grandson #1 enjoyed the games more.

http://www.thistlethicketstudio.com/2018/08/shoreview-choose-your-own-adventure-qal.html

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

http://www.thistlethicketstudio.com/2018/07/arrowhead-lake-mbs-choose-your-own.html