Friday, September 20, 2019

A Scrappy Happy Holidays Mystery Sew Along - Month 9

A Scrappy Happy Holidays Mystery Sew Along Block 9, Candy Cane Lane, by Thistle Thicket Studio.
I'm so excited to share this month's block for "A Scrappy Happy Holidays Mystery Sew Along" because it's the last block! And you know what that means? Next month we'll get to sew it all together! Yay!!!

I think each month I say this is my favorite block! But I think this "Candy Cane Lane" block is so cute, especially a whole line of them! You can get candy canes in about any color and flavor these days, so don't be afraid to use non-traditional colors for your candy canes.

My only tip this month is to pair up your two fabrics of candy canes for each block when you sew so that you don't end up with a hook that is a red floral with a stick that is a green stripe. Again, ask me how I know!

A Scrappy Happy Holidays Mystery Sew Along Block 9, Candy Cane Lane, by Thistle Thicket Studio.
These long rows aren't the easiest to photograph, so I apologize for the poor photo. But anyway, here are my three versions of this month's block.

If you share photos of your blocks on social media, use the hashtag #AScrappyHappyHolidayMysterySewAlong so we can all see. See you next month when we sew it all together!


Thursday, September 19, 2019

Kansas Stars & Stripes QOV Quilt

Kansas Stars & Stripes Designed, Pieced and Quilted by Thistle Thicket Studio.
It's only been a year in the making and it's been on my Finish-A-Long list for just as long - but I finally finished my Kansas Stars and Stripes Quilts of Valor quilt!!! I purchased the fabric last September on a trip to the International Quilt Museum in Lincoln, NE to see Moda Fabrics owner Mark Dunn speak. 

I designed the pattern - or rather re-designed a pattern - to feature the sunflower fabric for a special Kansas serviceman. The inspiration for the quilt design came from a free pattern on the Robert Kaufman website called Mirrored Stars

I mentioned the Finish-A-Long and you can see my goal list for Q3 here. I will be linking up to the Finish-A-Long finished projects link up when it opens later this month. Until then, here's the stats on this quilt....

Quilt Stats
  • Pattern: Kansas Stars & Stripes designed by Sharla Krenzel
  • Size: 68" x 80"
  • Fabric for Top: Red -  Patriotic Pattern #7788 by Andover Fabrics; Blue - Legendary Basics II by Jason Yenter for In The Beginning Fabrics; Gold - Pattern #A7996Y by Andover Fabrics; Background - Patriots #18270 by Robert Kaufman Fabrics; Sunflowers - older unknown fabric from stash.
  • Backing Fabric: Patriots #18270 by Robert Kaufman Fabrics
  • Binding Fabric: Legendary Basics II by Jason Yenter for In The Beginning Fabrics
  • Thread, Piecing: Aurifil 2310
  • Quilting Pattern: Stars and Stripes by Anne Bright
  • Thread, Quilting: Signature 100% Cotton Thread in Parchment
  • Batting: Hobbs 80/20
  • Longarm: Gammill Statler Stitcher

Sunday, September 1, 2019

Procraftenating Again

Procraftenation: [prō krăfte nāshŭn] Noun. The habit of delaying an important task, usually by focusing on less urgent, easier and quicker craft projects instead.

Yup, I did it again. Instead of sewing the borders on my Quilts of Valor quilt I'm working on for my uncle, I pulled out some things I've picked up here and there to make a couple of Halloween decorations.

Vintage Halloween Spice Tin Decorations by Thistle Thicket Studio.
I found a couple of vintage orange and black spice tins a year or more ago and have been gathering trinkets to decorate them along the way. I saw some on Instagram and, of course, decided I needed to make some. Aren't they just so cute? Is it too early to start decorating for Halloween?

Did you notice the vintage Halloween noise maker on the left? I picked that up at an estate auction this spring and I can't remember if I shared it before so I included it in the photo.

Sunflower Stars QOV by Thistle Thicket Studio.
I did get the center of my QOV quilt put together yesterday. The photo only shows a portion of it, there's a total of five stars across and six stars down. Now it just needs borders. Maybe tomorrow. The plan is to get it quilted this week, along with another QOV my quilt guild made. So I really need to stop procraftenating!

Did you do any procraftenating this weekend?


Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Procrastination Project

Transformed Cross Stitch Pillow Project by Thistle Thicket Studio.
So, I have this project that I really, really need to finish, so what do I do? I start another project instead. Does anyone else procrastinate like this? Procrastination or not, at least I finished up something that has been sitting on my cutting table for a couple of months. 

This cross stitch was made by my hubby's aunt and gifted to my mother- & father-in-law around 1980. It was mounted in a gold and brown fabric frame. After my mother-in-law passed away in May, it ended up in the things that I brought home. It was one of those things that you couldn't throw away but didn't fit in with the décor of my house. So I took it out of the frame and set it aside while thinking about what to do with it. (Wish I would have taken a before photo of it!)

I ended up making it into a pillow as you can see. By adding the scrappy 30's fabrics and old buttons that my mother-in-law had given me years ago, it now fits into my décor better. It now has a place on a chair that my mother-in-law gave me a few years ago. I think she would have liked the updated version.

Now, back to the project that I really need to finish......


Sunday, August 18, 2019

A Scrappy Happy Holidays Mystery Sew Along - Month 8

A Scrappy Happy Holidays Mystery Sew Along Month 8 by Thistle Thicket Studio.
I'm rolling in a little late this month with my installment of "A Scrappy Happy Holidays Mystery Sew Along". My deadline for my secret sewing project was Friday and so this weekend was the first chance I had to work on finishing my blocks. This month we're decking out our quilt with a few ornaments because the holidays wouldn't be complete without a few (or a lot) of "Baubles".

A Scrappy Happy Holidays Mystery Sew Along Month 8 by Thistle Thicket Studio.
This "Baubles" block isn't difficult but may be (but just a teeny tiny bit) tedious working with the smaller and skinnier pieces. But I think it is so worth the effort! As an alternative, you could sew black ribbon or rick rack down the center of a 3 1/2" strip of background and then cut into the lengths indicated in the pattern.

A Scrappy Happy Holidays Mystery Sew Along Month 8 by Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.comI'm still loving my scrappy white on white backgrounds in this scrappy colorway.

A Scrappy Happy Holidays Mystery Sew Along Month 8 by Thistle Thicket Studio.
The smaller pieces are a little more difficult to press into submission in the flannel version and my long arm may not like some of the thick seams when I quilt it but I just love this fabric!!!

A Scrappy Happy Holidays Mystery Sew Along Month 8 Tip by Thistle Thicket Studio.
My tip this month is really a reminder to be sure to trim up the sides of your black string sections to 3 1/2" wide. I placed the 1 3/4" mark of my ruler down the middle of my black strip and then trimmed both sides to help keep that string running down the center.

As always, I hope you enjoy this block (yay, there's only one to make) and be sure to tag me if you post it on Facebook or Instagram.

Have a Scrappy Happy Day!


Sunday, August 11, 2019

MBS At The Seashore Block + Pillow Tutorial

Nautical-Themed Pillow Tutorial by Thistle Thicket Studio.

I was thrilled to be one of the designers for Moda Bake Shop's summer quilt along called "At The Seashore" again this year. And today is my turn on the MBS blog showing you how to make my "Seaside Dreams" block!
Moda Bake Shop At The Seashore QAL Beach Umbrella Block by Thistle Thicket Studio.

This summer I opted not to make the entire quilt because of some other top secret designing and sewing I've been doing, so I had a random quilt block that I wanted to use in some way. So I decided to make a nautical-themed pillow and today I'm sharing a short tutorial on how I made it. It was so simple that it took me less than two hours to transform my "Seaside Dreams" beach umbrella block into a pillow. 

Cutting Instructions:

18" x 18" square of muslin for foundation
4 - 1" X 12 1/2" rectangles for flange
2 - 2 1/2" x 12 1/2" rectangles for border
2 - 2 1/2" x 16 1/2" rectangles for border
8 - 3" x 6 1/2" rectangles for tabs
2 - 16 1/2" x 21 1/2" rectangles for pillow back
1 - 16" x 16" pillow form
1 - 12 1/2" x 12 1/2" MBS At The Seashore pieced block
4 - 45" lengths of 1/2" cord or rope

Sewing Instructions:

1. Fold the four 1" x 12 1/2" rectangles in half with wrong sides together along the length of the rectangle. Press. 

2. Pin the 12 1/2" x 12 1/2" pieced block in the center of the 18" x 18" muslin square. With raw edges aligned, pin one of the folded 1" x 12 1/2" strips on each side of the pieced block. Baste 1/8" around all four sides of the pieced block and through the foundation square. 
Nautical Themed Pillow Tutorial by Thistle Thicket Studio.

3. Sew a 2 1/2" x 12 1/2" border rectangle on the right and left side of the pieced block. Press strips open. Sew a 2 1/2" x 16 1/2" border rectangle to the top and bottom sides of the pieced block. Press strips open. Trim and square block to 16 1/2" x 16 1/2".
Nautical Themed Pillow Tutorial by Thistle Thicket Studio.

4. Fold a 3" x 6 1/2" rectangle tab in half right sides together. Sew along the 3" wide ends to create a tube. Turn and press with seam in the center of the tube. Fold tube in half bringing raw edges together and seam on the inside. Repeat for a total of 8 tabs. 
Nautical Themed Pillow Tutorial by Thistle Thicket Studio.

5. Pin two tabs on each side of the pillow front approximately 2 1/4" from the corners. Baste tabs in place.
Nautical Themed Pillow Tutorial by Thistle Thicket Studio.

6. Fold the two 16 1/2" x 21 1/2" rectangles in half with wrong sides together along the 16 1/2" width. Press. Layer and pin the two rectangles on top of the pillow front with raw edges together. The rectangle backs will overlap in the middle approximately 5". Sew a generous 1/4" seam through all layers around the perimeter of the pillow. Turn pillow and press. (Whoops! I forgot to take a photo.)

7. Thread a rope piece through two tabs on either side of a corner of the pillow. Repeat for all four corners. Tie rope ends in square knots at the center of each side of the pillow. Trim excess rope ends. Insert pillow form.

I just love how my nautical-themed pillow turned out. It will look great on our land-locked patio where we sit, relax and dream about being at the beach. This is a great way to use the extra blocks you make for the At The Seashore quilt along!

If you make my "Seaside Dreams" block or turn one of your At The Seashore blocks into a pillow, please share on Facebook or Instagram and tag me @thistlethicketstudio.

Hope to see you at the beach soon!


Friday, July 19, 2019

A Scrappy Happy Holidays Mystery Sew Along: Month 7

A Scrappy Happy Holidays Mystery Sew Along Month 7 by Thistle Thicket Studio.
Whew! We made it to another installment of "A Scrappy Happy Holidays Mystery Sew Along"! This may be my favorite month - not because of the block, but because we're combining last month and this month blocks to create our string of Christmas lights, complete with a ric-rac electrical cord! I just love ric-rac! Of course, I used ric-rac but you can use your favorite trim such as bias tape, Chenille-it or embroidery thread.

I raced out to take photos of my finished lightbulb strings (before I even had a chance to press very well or trim the strings) because the wind wasn't blowing at gale force winds, so excuse the less than perfect picture. Even at that, I had to take quite a few shots before I got a couple that didn't have a corner flipped up from the light breeze. Oh the woos of quilt photography! LOL!

A Scrappy Happy Holidays Mystery Sew Along Month 7 by Thistle Thicket Studio.
To sew the ric-rac in place, I used a disappearing ink marker to mark the lines from the templates, then cut lengths of ric-rac and pinned in place over the line, sewing one section at a time. Did you know that you can sew a straight line down the center of ric-rac? I removed a few stitches from the seam in the center of each plug-in and lightbulb to insert the ends of the ric-rac then sewed the openings closed and trimmed the ric-rac ends to 1/4". Warning!!! If your ric-rac has a blend of polyester, do not use an iron directly on the ric-rac or it will melt it onto your iron. Ask me how I know! (On a side note - what's your favorite iron cleaning product???)

I hope you enjoy this month of the sew along as much as I did! Happy Sewing!


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.

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Q3 2019 Finish-A-Long Goals

We finished up harvest here on the farm just in time for me to post my third quarter goals for the Finish-A-Long. Are you going to join me this quarter? There's just one more day to post and link up your goals - so don't dally! Wondering exactly what the Finish-A-Long is? Check out the details here.
2019 Finish-A-Long Q3 Goals by Thistle Thicket Studio.
Some of my goals have been on my list for literally years and then there are several new ones too. I always hope to get them all done (which never happens) but I'm always thrilled to get something marked of my list. So here goes with my goal list for this quarter.....

Stiletto Fabric by Basic Grey for Moda on Thistle Thicket Studio.
1. Stiletto Quilt: This one is a new secret sewing project for Moda Bake Shop this fall. I need to get it done this quarter!

Frivols Kindred Block by Thistle Thicket Studio.
2. Frivols Kindred Quilt: This one has been on my list for at least 3 years! It really wouldn't take that long to finish but why oh why do I procrastinate on it?!

'Just The Atoms' Circle Blocks by Thistle Thicket Studio.
3. Just The Atoms Quilt: Another one that's been on my list for a couple of years. Thank goodness I posted a tutorial on how to make these circle blocks because it's been so long I don't even remember how!

Modern Marks Quilt Project by Thistle Thicket Studio.
4. Modern Marks Quilt: This one is "only" a year and a half old! LOL! This really would make a great leaders and enders project so maybe I'll make myself do that and get it done. Maybe.

Mirrored Stars QOV Quilt by Thistle Thicket Studio.
5. Quilts of Valor Sunflower Quilt: Yup, I didn't get it done last quarter. Okay, I confess, I didn't even touch it last quarter. Hoping to move it along this quarter though. Fingers crossed.

A Ribbon Runs Through It #1 by Thistle Thicket Studio.
6. A Ribbon Runs Through It #1: Our quilt guild is doing a challenge with a 18" x 36" wall hanging where that turquoise fabric has to enter on the left side at 3" wide and exit on the right side at 3" wide. I'm making a one block wonder using a butterfly panel. Since I hope to do a faced binding demo at quilt guild in August, I'm hoping this one will get finished this quarter.

Fabrics For A Collage Quilt by Thistle Thicket Studio.
7. A Ribbon Runs Through It #2: I'm hoping to make a total of 3 wall hangings for our quilt challenge that I can hang together. I just bought these FQs yesterday to start collecting fabrics for a collage quilt. It's all still in the development stage.

Quilt Guild's QOV Fence Rail Quilt on Thistle Thicket Studio.
8. QOV Fence Rail #1: These fence rail blocks were made by members of my quilt guild. I'm currently squaring them all up and will make them into a quilt to donate to our local QOV group. (note: if the quilt guild decides to sew these together at their sewcial hour next month, I won't count this as a finish - but then again, since I'm not entering my finishes for prizes because I'm one of the FAL hosts, I guess it really doesn't matter, does it?! AND, the whole goal is to get it off my to-do list.)

QOV Fence Rail Quilt by Thistle Thicket Studio.
9. QOV Fence Rail #2: These fence rail blocks I made from left over fabrics from another QOV quilt I made, so I'm hoping while I'm on a roll with the other quilt, I'll get this one done too.

So, there's my list. I'm linking it up to the FAL Q3 post (see my last post for link up details here.) Hope you'll join me and let's work to get some of our UFOs completed!


Wednesday, July 10, 2019

2019 Finish-A-Long Q3 Link Up

Hello everyone! It is time for Quarter 3 of the Finish-A-Long (FAL)!

As you can see, a new quarter of the Finish-A-Long is starting today.  If you missed participating the first half of the year, you can join us now for a brand new start. Those of you who did join us for the first and second quarter, thank you and I do hope you finished some things and plan to continue on with us for Q3.

So let's get to it!
You can now link up your list of projects that you want to finish in Quarter 3 of 2019. We are hoping that the FAL community will inspire you to work on your unfinished projects this quarter, and to get them finished!

Our 2019 Finish-A-Long Hosts

The 2019 FAL is hosted by a great community of bloggers. This year our hosts are:

For those of you who are new to the FAL, here is an explanation: The Finish-A-Long is a community aiming to motivate and encourage each other to complete those unfinished projects that are hanging around, sometimes for far too long. At the start of the quarter you post and link up a list of projects you hope to finish in the next three months. Then, at the end of the quarter, you link up each successful finish from your original list.

Each linked up finish is an entry into the draw for wonderful prizes from our sponsors. There is no penalty for not finishing a listed project, so feel free to make your list as long or as short as you wish. The 2019 Schedule and Rules for the FAL are on my permanent 2019 FAL page, let me know if you have any questions.

Our 2019 Finish-A-Long Sponsors

Here are the fantastic and generous sponsors for Q3 of the Finish-A-Long. you can see each of their prizes listed under their logo. Please think about visiting them and saying thank you for their their support of the FAL.

Aurifil Logo
Winner's Choice of 1 Large 12 Spool Collection
Sew Sweetness Logo
$80 Gift Certificate

Mad About Patchwork Logo
$50 Gift Certificate
Fat Quarter Shop Logo
$50 Gift Certificate
Sew Me a Song Logo
$25 Gift Certificate
Happy Quilting Logo
3 PDF Patterns

2 PDF Patterns

Blossom Hearts Quilts Logo
2 PDF Patterns
Make Modern Logo
1 Six Month Subscription
Bonjour Quils Logo
2 PDF Patterns

Hillstitches Logo
$30 Fabric Voucher
2019 Finish-A-Long Logo

Make your Q3 List of Unfinished Projects

So now it is time to sort out the projects/UFOs/WIPs that you want to finish over the next three months. Take a photo of each one and make your list. If you like you can use our Finish-A-Long Planner to list your projects and keep track of progress. It also has all link-up dates for the year, and the hashtags that we would use. Or use any method that works for you. Please ensure that you have at least STARTED your projects - pulled fabric with a pattern is considered a project started - and remember it is only a FINISHED project that will get you an entry toward the above listed prizes. So while we love to see your bee blocks, the "finish" is when they are a completed, usable project.

Post Your Q3 List

Post your list either on your blog, on Instagram, or on Flickr if you prefer. If posting on social media (Flickr, Instagram), it will be very helpful if you tag your list with #2019FALQ3yourname (where yourname is unique to you). Using the same hashtag over the quarter when sharing project progress or finishes helps the host to make the connection to your original list quickly and easily.
IMPORTANT: Don't forget to link up your finishes at the end of the quarter! We will be posting a reminder on the blog and on Instagram, but do keep an eye out...

Link-up Your Q3 List

The 2019 Q3 link for your list of proposed finishes is now open below, on my blog and on each of the hosting blogs. You need only link your list once, on ONE host blog, and the link will show up on all the host blogs. If you are using Flickr or Instagram, post a mosaic of your projects and put your list in the description. Don't forget to include your unique hashtag.
If you need a little help, Katy of The Littlest Thistle has a great tutorial on how to link up if you need it, and Marci has a post on how to link up from Instagram.

Join the FAL Community

We also ask that you become part of the FAL community. Please check out the links of others - visit and comment on their lists. We all need encouragement to get those finishes done, so please share some of your own too.

If you want you can follow us on Facebook: Finish-A-Long and/or on Instagram: @finishalong, too. We'll post encouragement during the quarter and reminders when the finishes link up opens at the end of the quarter.

When creating your list there is one thing to remember - No deductions for not completing something so - Aim High! Nothing to lose!! Well now, get that list together and get linked up.


Feel free to use and share the FAL button at the top and this one too:

Remember: you only need to link up at ONE hosting blog and it will automatically show up on all hosting blogs.