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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