Friday, May 17, 2019

A Scrappy Happy Holidays Mystery Sew Along - Month 5

A Scrappy Happy Holiday Mystery Sew Along - Month 5 by Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
Another month has flown by and it's time again for A Scrappy Happy Holiday Mystery block reveal. This month I've changed it up a bit and instead of making one 12" block, we're making four 6" blocks! That's 4x the fun, right?! Here are my "Let It Snow" blocks in three scrappy fabric-ways:

 Beige background.

Flannel.

Scrappy white background.

Did you notice that the blocks are sewn into pairs, not into a 12" block? Just wanted to point that out so you don't get carried away sewing blocks together.

And my tip for this month....when trimming and squaring up your 3.25" squares, flip them over to the wrong side and use that center line created by the seams pressed to the middle to line up your 45 degree mark on your ruler. It will help to keep the center strip running through the center of the block and keep the block square.

I hope you all are enjoying the sew along as we are nearing the halfway point. Before long we'll all be decorating for Christmas again!

As I am typing this post, I'm listening to the local weather where several tornados have hit a couple of communities in western Kansas. Prayers for safety for my fellow Kansans.

~Sharla

P.S. Ugh! I just noticed as I was looking at my photos that a couple of block sashings don't line up so I guess I will be doing a little ripping and re-sewing. Oh, the life of a quilter!

NOTE: The pattern is not included in the post. The pattern is provided by email to those participants registered for 'A Scrappy Happy Holidays Mystery Sew Along'. Registration for this sew along has closed. 

http://www.thistlethicketstudio.com/2019/05/a-scrappy-happy-holidays-mystery-sew.html

Sunday, May 5, 2019

Howdy Y'all Revisit

I was so excited to see this photo of my Howdy Y'all quilt on my Facebook feed yesterday. I designed this quilt and the boot block for Moda Bake Shop as part of their 'Spell It With Moda' series a couple of years ago. It is always exciting to see when someone else likes and makes your designs. 
Moda Bake Shop, Spell It With Moda, Howdy Y'all Quilt, Thistle Thicket Studio

This batik version of the Howdy Y'all quilt was made by Patricia Schroll - 100% from her scraps! She said this quilt gave her a piece of 'home' since she no longer lives in the U.S. Don't you just love all the ways a quilt can provide for someone!

Howdy Y'all Quilt, Moda Bake Shop, Thistle Thicket Studio, Spell it With Moda
Here is my version of the quilt that I made with American Jane's Bread and Butter fabric. I made it as a banner that I tie on my fence to welcome guests to the farm. Click here for the tutorial of the Howdy Y'all quilt.

~Sharla

http://www.thistlethicketstudio.com/2019/05/howdy-yall-revisit.html

Thursday, May 2, 2019

MBS At The Seashore Mystery QAL


Are you ready for the summer? I'm headed to the seashore with Moda Bake Shop this summer! I'll be one of your lifeguards on this beach-themed mystery quilt along. Can't wait to dig my toes in the sand and build sandcastles! Want to join the fun? Follow along on the Moda Bake Shop website beginning June 3rd!

~Sharla

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Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Finish-A-Long Q1 Winners Announced


The time has come to officially wrap up Quarter 1 of the Finish-A-Long by announcing the winners and awarding some wonderful prizes from our fantastic sponsors.  We had a whopping 553 finishes for the first quarter of 2019, which is really impressive you guys, keep it up!

Without further ado, here are the winners picked by Random Number Generator for Q1 of the 2019 Finish-A-Long:


The winner's choice of One Large 12 Spool Collection from Aurifil goes to Ann who blogs at Brown Paws Quilting and she finished this gorgeous Summer Sampler quilt that she custom quilted:


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The $80 Gift Certificate from Sew Sweetness goes to Michelle who blogs at From Bolt to Beauty and she finished 11 Jane Market Bags for her children's teachers (here is just one of them):


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The $50 Gift Certificate from Mad About Patchwork goes to Sandra who blogs at Musings of a Menopausal Melon - mmm! Quilts and she finished this lovely cushion/pillow cover:


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The $50 Gift Certificate from Fat Quarter Shop goes to Melinda on IG @mamasan_gerber and she finished this large hexagon pouf:


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The $25 Gift Certificate from Sew Me A Song goes to Melinda who blogs at Quiltn in Wilton and she finished this bright and cheerful child sized quilt:


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The 3 PDF Patterns from Happy Quilting goes to Liz who blogs at Yorkshire Quilter and she finished this beautiful scrappy charity string quilt:


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The 2 PDF Patterns from Charm About You goes to Gretchen who blogs at 120 Blocks and she finished this fantastic Jelly Roll Rug:


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The 2 PDF Patterns from Blossom Heart Quilts go to Janice on IG @tangibleculture and she finished this lovely cross stitch ornament:


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The 6 Month Subscription to Make Modern Magazine goes to Anja who blogs at Anja Quilts and she finished this really fun quilt:


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The 2 PDF Patterns from Bonjour Quilts goes to Jennie who blogs at Jennie's Threads and she finished this gorgeous sampler quilt:


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The $30 Fabric Voucher from Hillstitches goes to Pippa on IG @pippaspatch and she finished this wonderful duel sided table runner:


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There you have it folks, quarter one of the year is officially wrapped up!  Congratulations to all of our winners and a big thanks to everyone that played along so far this year.

~Sharla

http://www.thistlethicketstudio.com/2019/04/finish-long-q1-winners-announced.html

Monday, April 22, 2019

Quilter's "Would You Rather" Game

Last week our quilt guild had their annual spring quilt retreat so I was looking for ideas to add some fun to our sewing weekend. I ran across the game "Would You Rather" and thought it would be easy to adapt to quilting. 

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"Would You Rather" is a simple game of choice, selecting either one option or the other. There is no right or wrong answer, just whichever you prefer and is a great way to get to know people in a group better. 

I used the game for the roll call of our meeting, drawing a question and asking it of each member present, but it could be played in other ways - just google for ideas. Our members enjoyed the game so I thought I'd share it with all of you.....


I'm always looking for ideas for activities at our quilt guild meetings and would love to hear what you have done at your meetings so please share! I would also love to hear if you play my quilter's version and how it went!

~Sharla

http://www.thistlethicketstudio.com/2019/04/quilters-would-you-rather-game.html

Friday, April 19, 2019

Oh My Stars QOV Quilt

I finished putting the binding on my second Quilts of Valor quilt this past weekend at our quilt guild retreat. I saw this free pattern from Pat Sloan called Oh My Stars and thought it would be perfect for a QOV. The pattern uses charm squares but I enlarged the pattern using 8.5" squares instead. The quilt will probably be one that is given at the next QOV presentation the first weekend of May. 
Oh My Stars QOV Quilt Made By Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com

Quilt Stats:
  • Fabric for Top: I forgot to record the fabrics before I cut them up so here's what I know: Several (3 red, 1 beige, and 1 red stripe) Northcott Fabrics Metallic Stonehenge prints, a print by Liz Goodrick-Dillon for Quilting Treasures, Timeless Treasures Harvest CM-2085, Blank Quilting Small Stars 6383-Royal. 
  • Backing Fabric: Blue diamond print by Liz Goodrick-Dillon for Quilting Treasures.
  • Binding Fabric: Red & metallic gold stripe Stonehenge fabric from Northcott Fabrics.
  • Quilt Pattern: Oh My Stars! free pattern by Pat Sloan
  • Thread, Piecing: Aurifil 2310
  • Quilt Size: 68" x 80"
  • Quilting Pattern: Stars and Stripes by Anne Bright Designs
  • Thread, Quilting: Signature 100% Cotton thread in Mother Goose
  • Batting: Hobbs 80/20
  • Longarm: Gammill Statler Stitcher

~Sharla

http://www.thistlethicketstudio.com/2019/04/oh-my-stars-qov-quilt.html


Tuesday, April 16, 2019

2019 Finish-A-Long Q2 Goals

2019 Finish-A-Long Q2 Goals By FAL Co-Host Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
It's time to link up your goals for the second quarter of the Finish-A-Long! I didn't complete one thing on my list last quarter so now I have two 'must finish' projects this quarter. I also threw in a few other projects in case I finish up my 'must finish' projects. If you don't know what the Finish-A-Long is, check out my page here.


Moda Grunge Fabrics For A Our Hearts Will Go On Quilt By Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
1. Our Hearts Will Go On Quilt: This stack of Moda Grunge fabrics will hopefully be transformed into this Storm At Sea quilt.....


It will be a wedding gift for my son and his fiancé. Their house is all in neutrals so hoping this color palette will fit in nicely.


Quilts Of Valor Quilt By Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
2. Quilts Of Valor Quilt: I said this was a must finish project last quarter, but now it really is! I need to get this one finished because it is for a very special Korean War vet - my uncle.

Just The Atom Quilt By Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
3. Just the Atoms Quilt: I started this one with the scrap fabrics from my Molecules of Moda quilt as a keepsake of that quilt which was sold to Moda's Mark Dunn. It would be nice to get this one done.


Modern Marks Quilt By Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
4. Modern Marks Quilt: I haven't touched this since arriving home from our winter travels last year. This is a simple design and shouldn't take too long to make if I just put my mind to it. Maybe if I use it as a leaders & enders project I could get this done.


Frivols Kindred Quilt By Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
5. Frivols Kindred Quilt: I haven't worked on this one for more than a year, but I have more than half of the blocks completed so after I get my 'must finish' projects done I could knock this one out.

There it is - Five Goals. But I'd be happy if I just get my two 'must finish' quilts completed. I always add a few extra because there's no harm in setting goals and working towards them and that's the whole point of the Finish-A-Long. What doesn't get done this quarter can always be moved to the next quarter - no penalties! And what does get done can be eligible for some great prizes (well, for you if you join in but not for me since I'm one of the hosts). There's only a few more days to get your Q2 goals posted so don't dally! Deadline is Thursday, April 18, 2019. I'll be linking this post up with the FAL Q2 Link Up here

~Sharla


http://www.thistlethicketstudio.com/2019/04/2019-finish-long-q2-goals.html

Sunday, April 14, 2019

A Scrappy Happy Holidays Mystery Sew Along - Block 4

A Scrappy Happy Holidays Sew Along - Block 4 Designed By Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
Yay!! It's time for the reveal of another block in 'A Scrappy Happy Holidays Mystery Sew Along"! Of course, no Christmas quilt would be complete without a Christmas Tree so here is my version. I originally designed my 'Oh Lil' Christmas Tree' block for a Moda Bake Shop Christmas sew along a couple of years ago, but I love it so much I had to include it here.

A Scrappy Happy Holidays Mystery Sew Along - Oh Lil' Christmas Tree Block Designed By Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
Of course, I'm still working on three different versions of the quilt, so here is my block in flannel.

A Scrappy Happy Holidays Mystery Sew Along - Oh Lil' Christmas Tree Block Designed By Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
And here it is with a scrappy white background.

A Scrappy Happy Holidays Sew Along - Block 4 Designed By Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
Mark the alternate blocks at 5.75" and 6.75".
This is a pretty straight forward block to sew. There are a few flip and sew corners to create the star and some sewing of rectangles together to create strips then it's simple starting at the top and sewing the strips together. My tip to keep the trunk lined up down the middle of the block is to mark the adjacent strips where the trunk should be, then line up the trunk seams with the marks and pin to keep them in place to sew.

Happy Sewing!

~Sharla

NOTE: The pattern is not included in the post. The pattern is provided by email to those participants registered for 'A Scrappy Happy Holidays Mystery Sew Along'. Registration for this sew along has closed. 

http://www.thistlethicketstudio.com/2019/04/a-scrappy-happy-holidays-mystery-sew.html