Tuesday, July 28, 2020

A Lightbulb Moment Tea Towel

I had every intention of saving this post until the end of the week but I finished the pattern and couldn't wait to share! Here's the latest bonus pattern for my series of "A Lightbulb Moment" projects. My quilt pattern called "A Lightbulb Moment" is one of 15 projects featured in the new "Best of Moda Bake Shop" book now available in stores and online. 
A Lightbulb Moment Tea Towel Designed By Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com

This week, I reduced the pattern for the blocks 75% to make mini blocks to decorate a tea towel. Aren't those little lightbulbs so cute!
A Lightbulb Moment Tea Towel Designed By Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com

I used red baby rick rack for the cord this time because I couldn't find it in black a.n.y.w.h.e.r.e. I had the red on-hand so decided red it is! I trimmed it out in black rick rack to make up for it though. And I had this pom pom trim on-hand also so decided to add it too. More is better, right?
Best of Moda Bake Shop Book Featuring "A Lightbulb Moment" Quilt By Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com

Click Here For "A Lightbulb Moment" Tea Towel Pattern


Remember, each of the bonus patterns require the book for instructions on how to make the blocks, so be sure to get your copy ASAP! You can order it online from Martingale here or Amazon here if your local quilt shop doesn't have it.

You can get my bonus patterns for the table runner here and the wall hanging here. And be sure to keep coming back because I still have several more projects to share and starting August 10, all the 'chefs' (aka designers) from the book will be hosting a Pillow Parade and sharing pillow patterns to coordinate with the projects in the book. We have so much fun - and giveaways - planned!
A Lightbulb Moment Table Runner Designed By Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com

A Lightbulb Moment Wall Hanging Designed By Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com

As always, if you make any of my "A Lightbulb Moment" projects and share them on Facebook or Instagram, be sure to tag me @thistlethicketstudio and use the hashtag #alightbulbmomentquilt.

Happy Quilting!

~Sharla

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Friday, July 24, 2020

A Lightbulb Moment Wallhanging

A Lightbulb Moment Wallhanging Designed By Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com

Yay! It's the weekend! Let's celebrate with another lightbulb block project. This block is featured in the quilt "A Lightbulb Moment" in the new "Best of Moda Bake Shop" book now available at your local quilt shop (or online at Martingale or Amazon). I'm sharing different projects using the lightbulb block throughout the summer, so be sure to pick up your copy of the book so you can sew along with me on all these extra bonus projects!
Best of Moda Bake Shop Book Featuring "A Lightbulb Moment" Designed By Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com

This week, the project is "A Lightbulb Moment Wallhanging". 
A Lightbulb Moment Wallhanging Designed By Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com


This is really a quick and easy project and features a faced binding to get that jumbo rick rack edging. The faced binding also creates a rod pocket for hanging. To help make it lay flat, I used a yard stick cut to length and then hung on the wall with double stick foam tape.
Faced Binding & Rod Pocket On A Lightbulb Moment Wallhanging By Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com

To make the applique easier, I already reversed the text so all you have to do is trace it onto your paper-backed fusible. 
A Lightbulb Moment Wallhanging Designed By Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com

I quilted it on my domestic sewing machine in a cross hatch using the angle of the lightbulb to create the diamond pattern.
A Lightbulb Moment Wallhanging Designed By Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com

Of course, you could also use this pattern as a small table topper.
A Lightbulb Moment Wallhanging Designed By Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com

Last week, I shared how to make a table runner using my lightbulb block HERE.
A Lightbulb Moment Table Runner Designed By Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com

Hope you enjoy these bonus patterns! Please tag me @thistlethicketstudio if you make any of my lightbulb projects and share photos on Facebook or Instagram!

Happy Quilting!

~Sharla


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Tuesday, July 14, 2020

A Lightbulb Moment Table Runner

A Lightbulb Moment Table Runner Designed & Made By Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
Today is my 41st wedding anniversary and to celebrate I'm sharing a new pattern using my lightbulb block from my "A Lightbulb Moment" quilt in the new Best of Moda Bake Shop book. Have you gotten your book yet? You'll want to get your copy ASAP so that you can sew along with me and the rest of the designers in the upcoming Pillow Parade in August! And, of course, you'll want to get the book so that you can make all of the fun patterns I will be sharing over the next month or so using the lightbulb block from "A Lightbulb Moment"!


A Lightbulb Moment Table Runner Designed & Made By Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
This table runner is a fun and festive way to dress your table for the holidays this year. It's so bright and cheery and I just love the rick rack!


A Lightbulb Moment Table Runner Designed & Made By Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com

A Lightbulb Moment Table Runner Designed & Made By Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com


Download the "A Lightbulb Moment Table Runner" pattern by clicking HERE.



Remember, you need the "Best of Moda Bake Shop" book for instructions to make the blocks. (You can order from Martingale here or Amazon here, or pick a copy up at your LQS.) The pattern I'm sharing today shows you how to assemble the blocks into a table runner. I can't wait to see your table runners, so be sure to share them on Instagram with the hashtag #alightbulbmomentquilt. And, of course, tag me @thistlethicketstudio!

Happy Quilting!

~Sharla

P.S. Here's a sneak peek of my pillow for the Pillow Parade starting in August!
A Lightbulb Moment Table Runner & Pillow Designed & Made By Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com



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Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Book Release + Giveaway!

WooHoo! Today is the day! Today is the release of the "Best of Moda Bake Shop" book! I shared before that I am blessed to be included in this book and I'm so excited that the book is finally hitting store shelves.


I hope you'll run out and buy your copy ASAP because all of the MBS Chefs in the book have some fun things planned over the next couple of months and you'll need the book to participate. As you can see from the table of contents from the book, you'll want to grab your favorite precut fabrics and whip up these 15 easy projects from the Moda Bake Shop designers. There are helpful photos, clear instructions, detailed step-by-step illustrations, and clever tips sprinkled throughout to make these projects easy to complete. There's an awesome assortment of table toppers, wall hangings, and lap-size quilts and I know you'll want to bake up a batch of each one. 

Of course, the first fun thing I'm doing is hosting a giveaway of a copy of the book! For a chance to win, be sure to comment on this post and tell me what project you want to make from the book before midnight (U.S. Central Time) on July 4th, 2020 and I'll choose a winner using the random number generator. Only U.S. entries are eligible to win. You can check out photos of all the projects in the book here on Martingale Publishing's website.

Of course, you'll all want to make my "A Lightbulb Moment" quilt to deck your halls this Christmas! But that's not the only thing you can make using my lightbulb block featured in the quilt. I'll be sharing additional free patterns on my blog over the next couple of months, including a tablerunner, tree skirt, advent bunting, potholder, tree decorations and who knows what else! 

And of course pillows! Because all of the "Best of Moda Bake Shop" Chefs are hosting a Pillow Parade Blog Hop starting August 10! Each Chef will share a pillow tutorial using a block from their project in the book. Another reason why you need to get your book ASAP because you'll need the book to know how to make the block portion of each project. Naturally, if you're a lucky one, you can hold out to win my giveaway on July 4th (wink, wink).

So stay tuned! There are lots of fun things coming as I celebrate Christmas in July here on my blog with my "A Lightbulb Moment" projects.

Merry Quilting!
Sharla

P.S. Starting today on Instagram, you'll meet one of the Chefs from the book every Monday, Wednesday and Friday until the Pillow Parade starts. There might be a few giveaways with the intros, just sayin'!

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Saturday, June 20, 2020

The Ugly Duckling Challenge - Part 2

Yesterday I shared the Ugly Duckling Challenge project I made for our quilt guild exchange (click here to see more) and today I'm sharing the Ugly Duckling Turned Beautiful Swan project that I received. Luckily, my mom drew my name so I was doubly blessed - a pretty, functional gift and a gift made by my mom!

Ugly Duckling Challenge Armchair Caddie by Thistle Thicket Studio's Mom. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
Mom gathered ideas from several sites to design an armchair caddie and I LOVE it! One of the sites she used as a guide was the same site I found my Ugly Duckling pattern. Lillyella has an armchair caddie called the Mini Maker Station

Ugly Duckling Challenge Fabric from Thistle Thicket Studio Stash. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
She did a great job of turning this Ugly Duckling fabric with monkeys on it into a beautiful Swan. She did it by fussy cutting just the green background and using the little pieces in the pieced half-square triangles. She did put a piece of the fabric for the lining of the thread catcher so you can peek inside to see the original fabric. This had to be the ugliest of all the Ugly Duckling fabrics brought for the challenge. I bought this piece as a back-up choice for a backing for my first grandson's baby quilt. Luckily, I found something better after this purchase! 

Ugly Duckling Challenge Armchair Caddie by Thistle Thicket Studio's Mom. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
One of my favorite things about the caddie mom made is that she used a vintage appliqued placemat and napkin on the pockets on each side and on the pincushion. This embroidered flower on the placemat was where the napkin slipped in! Mom used it to hold a little pair of scissors. So creative!

Ugly Duckling Challenge Armchair Caddie by Thistle Thicket Studio's Mom. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
Mom said she had to order the binding clips to find them in colors that matched the caddie. She also hunted to find pastel pearl-head pins to match the little pin cushion. And she tucked a vintage green seam ripper under the pin cushion and color coordinated the spool of thread. Now that's going the extra mile!

Ugly Duckling Challenge Armchair Caddie by Thistle Thicket Studio's Mom. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
I can't wait to bind a quilt (one of my least favorite things) just to use my new caddie. Thank you mom for such a special gift!

~Sharla

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Friday, June 19, 2020

The Ugly Duckling Challenge - Part 1

Ugly Duckling Challenge - Sewing Machine Mat by Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
Way back in February, mom and I came up with an idea for a quilt guild challenge called the Ugly Duckling. Each member was to bring a piece of their ugliest fabric - at least 10" square - from their stash. At the meeting, we labeled each piece with an Ugly Duckling tag with their name on it and placed them all in a sack. Then for roll call, each member drew a piece of fabric out of the sack. Their challenge was to make something pretty from the fabric - turning the Ugly Duckling into a beautiful Swan - and then we would gift them back to the original fabric owner. We were going to hold the gift exchange at our spring retreat in April. Then the stay-at-home order happened in March and our guild didn't meet again until last night. So now that we've finally gifted our Ugly Ducklings back, I can show you what I made.

Ugly Duckling Challenge - Sewing Machine Mat by Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
My Ugly Duckling was not really ugly, but a pretty piece of vintage fabric from guild member Pat's mother's stash that she inherited. I was lucky that she brought a yard of fabric so I had lots to play with. When we have our Sewcial Hour (an open sewing afternoon prior to our evening guild meeting), Pat brings her featherweight to sew. I decided I wanted to make her a sewing mat to put under her sewing machine. I used Lillyella's Undercover Mat tutorial for my pattern, except I decided to piece the mat so that I could use a variety of fabrics.

Ugly Duckling Challenge - Sewing Machine Mat by Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
Since the piece of fabric I drew was vintage, I decided to use reproduction 30's fabrics for the project. I had this Modern Gem P2P quilting pattern in mind when I chose to piece that mat section, I just think it is such an awesome design by Anita Shackelford.

Ugly Duckling Challenge - Sewing Machine Mat by Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
Ugly Duckling Challenge - Sewing Machine Mat by Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
Lillyella's tutorial includes cute pockets on the front of the mat to hold sewing essentials.

Ugly Duckling Challenge - Sewing Machine Mat by Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
And a little thread catcher that hangs from a button attached to the front.

Ugly Duckling Challenge - Sewing Machine Mat by Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
I finally got to use some of my polka dot bias binding with the crochet edge that I bought a year or two ago - it was just waiting for the perfect project. 

I just love the way this Ugly Duckling turned into a beautiful Swan. I hope Pat does too!

Happy Quilting!
~Sharla

P.S. In Part 2, I'll share the Ugly Duckling fabric I brought for the challenge and the Swan I received last night!

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Monday, June 15, 2020

Moda Block Heads: Blocks 18 - 22

Moda Block Heads 3 Blocks by Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
I'm all caught up on the Moda Block Heads 3 sew along until Wednesday. Wish I was caught up on my temperature quilt blocks but that's for another day, I guess. Don't these blocks look so cute! I'm loving this color palette!

Moda Block Heads 3 Alternate Block 18 by Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
Block 18 was another applique block from Jan Patek so chose to make one of the alternate blocks by Sheri McConnell of A Quilting Life. Her block called for 4 of these tulip blocks but when I made this on Saturday, I wasn't in the mood for tiny pieces so opted to make just one larger one. Even at one tulip, the largest finished piece is 1 1/2".

Moda Block Heads 3 Block 19 by Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
Block 19  is called Compass Point by Brigitte Heitland. This was a quick foundation paper piecing block and I chose to make mine patriotic. I probably need to make some more two-color blocks or this one may stick out like a sore thumb.

Moda Block Heads 3 Block 20 by Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
Block 20 is Contribution by Lisa Bongean. I put this one off until yesterday because it looked like it was going to be a lot of little pieces to fiddle with but it wasn't as bad as I was anticipating. Although I did have to rip out a couple of seams and redo them to get all the points to meet. I like the fussy cut dresden plate in the center of the star.

Moda Block Heads 3 Block 21 by Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
Block 21 is by Lissa Alexander and is called XOXO - who would have guessed! 

Moda Block Heads 3 Block 22 by Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
Block 22 is called Hen & Chicks by Laurie Simpson. Color placement on this one can really change the look of this block and I debated on what I wanted to do. Not sure about the end result but it's ok. Any time there is a center block that's 2" I'm going to fussy cut something in it!

How is everyone else coming along on their MBH3 blocks? It's so fun to see everyone's blocks on the Facebook page because, as I said earlier, color placement can really change the visual design of a block. 

Now back to those temperature blocks!

Happy Quilting!
~Sharla

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