Friday, May 29, 2020

Best of Moda Bake Shop: A Lightbulb Moment

I am so incredibly thrilled and honored today to finally share that I have a new pattern that is included in Moda Fabric's soon-to-be-released book called "Best of Moda Bake Shop" published by Martingale!!!! My pattern is called "A Lightbulb Moment" and, of course, is a Christmas-themed quilt featuring a big string of old-fashioned lights. 
"A Lightbulb Moment" Quilt by Thistle Thicket Studio Featured In "The Best of Moda Bake Shop" Book.
This quilt has a very modern vibe (yet if made in different fabric, it could look so vintage or country) and is a really quick and easy pattern. And who doesn't love rick rack!! And this photo of my quilt in the book is gorgeous!!! I want those jumbo jingle bells!

"Best of Moda Bake Shop" Book Featuring "A Lightbulb Moment" Quilt by Thistle Thicket Studio.
The book features a total of 15 easy projects using pre-cuts - table toppers, wall hangings and lap-size quilts - and is already available for pre-order from several online shops, with a release date of July1. Check out Martingale for photos of all the projects on their "Best of Moda Bake Shop" book page here.

I want to thank Moda Fabrics for asking me to be a part of this book. It has been a great experience and so fun to see how things come together behind the scenes. Can you believe this book has been over a year in the making? I don't know when the idea was born but I was first contacted in June of last year to submit an idea for the book. My first idea was not accepted because it was a pinwheel-themed design and they had already selected a pinwheel project (FYI: that first design will be featured on the Moda Bake Shop website some time in June) and they asked me to submit another design - I'm so glad they gave me a second chance! I received a heads up from Moda at the end of June that "A Lightbulb Moment" was selected for the book and to order my fabric, which arrived on July 16. Between that time there were contracts and details about my responsibilities shared, including this very important deadline date - August 16! As you can imagine, I was mostly MIA for those 30 days making the quilt and writing the pattern, etc. 

I also want to thank Martingale. They were so great to work with and very timely in answering my questions during the process. After I mailed my quilt  and pattern off to them, not much happened that involved me - but Martingale put in so much time on their end writing and designing and photographing and all the other details that go into publishing a book (as you can imagine!). And it looks sooo good - or at least my portion of the book that I've seen (I received my portion to edit at the end of January). 

With such top-notch companies as Moda and Martingale involved, you know that this book is going to be fantastic and I can't wait to see the book! Of course, I'll be sharing more after the book is released, including additional projects that can be made with my lightbulb block and giveaways - So Stay Tuned!!!!

Happy Quilting!


Wednesday, May 13, 2020

MBH3: Blocks 13-17

Moda Block Heads 3 Blocks By Thistle Thicket Studio.

I haven't sat down at the sewing machine for a couple of weeks. Wow! Where is the time going? I definitely seem to be busy but not much to show for it. Today I sat down to catch up with my Moda Block Heads 3 blocks and realized I haven't shown them for a few weeks here on the blog. They are coming along and I really like how they are looking in a grouping....

Moda Block Heads 3 Blocks By Thistle Thicket Studio.

Block 13 is called The Baldwin by Jen Kingwell. I like the geometric design of this block. The paper piecing made this block a breeze.
Moda Block Heads 3 Block 13 Sewn By Thistle Thicket Studio.
Block 14, Summer Breeze, is by Joanna Figueroa. Those little half square triangles are 3/4" finished! Turned out cute but not the most fun to make. Those Dresden plates in the large triangle corners were fussy cut but didn't quite land in the same place in each triangle. Whoops!
Moda Block Heads 3 Block 14 Sewn By Thistle Thicket Studio.

Starry Eyed, Block 15, is by Corey Yoder. I like my fussy cut dress in the center of this one. 
Moda Block Heads 3 Block 15 Sewn By Thistle Thicket Studio.

Sherri McConnell designed Block 16 called Dream. I used my Triangulations 3 paper piecing patterns and this block was a 'dream' to make.
Moda Block Heads 3 Block 16 Sewn By Thistle Thicket Studio.

Lastly is Block 17 called Crossroads by Betsy Chutchian. Again, using my Triangulations 3 CD, I was able to print out the perfect-sized flying geese paper piecing patterns to make this block easier than it looks. It was just a little time consuming, but a fun block. Mine is a little busy but it's growing on me. Again, I fussy cut those Dresden plates and placement is better this time.
Moda Block Heads 3 Block 17 Sewn By Thistle Thicket Studio.

Block 18 came out this morning and is an applique block by Jan Patek. I don't think I want any applique in this quilt so I'm waiting until Friday when at least a couple of designers have said they will post alternate blocks for this week. 

Are you a Moda Block Head? If so, how are you coming along with your blocks? Want to become a Block Head? Check out Moda's website with all the patterns released so far here.


Sunday, May 3, 2020

A Miscellany of Making

Spring (and some days, maybe summer) has definitely arrived on the farm. That means there's a miscellany of projects I've been working on. So today, I'm just going to share a miscellany of photos to share what I've been up to!

Container Vegetable Garden at Thistle Thicket Studio.
First off, I've been working in the yard the last few days. I've got lots still to do (like dig up all the weeds and grass that has cropped up in the rocked areas of my garden) but I'm excited with this new addition - my water trough container vegetable garden! My hubby worked his you-know-what-off digging all the dirt to fill these three 2' x 6' troughs. I'm going to try planting peas, green beans, watermelon and cantaloupe. These are in addition to the tomatoes and banana peppers that I started growing last year. We'll see how it goes. Of course, I had to do a little decorating of the space with some of my garden 'junk'!

Patio Flower Garden at Thistle Thicket Studio.
I kicked the plants outside that I have been wintering over in the house and planted all of my patio pots too.
Patio Flower Garden at Thistle Thicket Studio.
These are just a few of the pots as I have three patio areas that have large flower pots. This seems to be the only way I can successfully maintain flowers and bonus - no weeding! That patina-packed trough holds my tomatoes and peppers and are lined with marigolds.

Flowers Ready To Plant At Thistle Thicket Studio.

Plant Tags From Flowers Planted At Thistle Thicket Studio.
I save all the tags from each plant so that I can remember how many of each thing I plant when buying plants the next year. It came in really handy this year as I just made my list from last year's tags and emailed it to my local green house, they gathered up all the plants and I just drove up and loaded them. Social distance shopping at it's best. My plant staples are sweet potato vines and trailing petunias (love plants that spill over the sides of pots), geraniums (hardy for our climate), lantana (for all the hot sunny spots) and spikes (for height). Of course, I buy lots of odds and ends for a good variety of color and texture.

Thistle Thicket Studio Screen Door Project.
I've been working on a project for my sewing studio - a screen door on a sliding barn rail to separate and hide my studio (and my sewing messes) from the living room. I painted a purchased screen door with a base coat of green and a top coat of white, then sanded the white down so the green shows through in places. I attached vintage green plastic drawer pulls above each spindle across the center and I'll probably hang something from them (maybe a little wreath or bunting). The door is just propped up in the opening for this photo because I am working on a 'quilt' to staple to the door where the screen used to be so that it is solid.

Log Cabin Blocks by Thistle Thicket Studio.
I'm using 30's reproduction fabrics to make my screen door quilt on the front side and I'm making log cabin blocks. I'm planning on appliqueing my thistle logo in the center. On the back side (studio side), I am making half square triangles using some Moda American Jane fabrics and sashing them with some measuring tape fabric. I'll have to share more once I get this project finished.

Bead Board Project at Thistle Thicket Studio.
Did you notice the wallpaper border in the screen door photo above. Well, that's going to be covered up with old chippy bead board. I love old bead board and have wanted to do this for a long time and I finally have collected enough bead board pieces to do it. I've cut all the bead board pieces 12" long and have them all washed. The paint is completely chipped away on some of the boards so I'm going to try some crackle paint to see if I can mimic the other boards. The crackle paint arrived yesterday so anxious to try it out.

Bierocks Made By Thistle Thicket Studio.

Peach Pie Made By Thistle Thicket Studio.
And, like many who have been under stay-at-home orders during this pandemic, I've been doing some baking here and there. This week I made bierocks to freeze and a peach pie from peaches I put up last August. 

Cloud Streets at Thistle Thicket Studio.
Lastly, I wanted to share a photo of the cloud streets I took yesterday. What are cloud streets, you ask? Cloud streets are bands or lines of cumulus clouds that are oriented almost parallel to the wind direction. In other words, rows of clouds! Pretty cool looking, huh? That's my trivia for the day!

What have you been making during this pandemic? I'd love to hear about it in the comments!


Sunday, April 19, 2020

2020 Finish-A-Long Q2 Goals List

2020 Finish-A-Long Q2 Goals for Thistle Thicket Studio.
It's time to post my goals for the second quarter of the Finish-A-Long. Last quarter I only finished one project, but as always, I hope to do better in the next quarter. I've listed some old projects, current projects, and want-to-do projects to give me a variety to choose from. So here it goes.....

2020 Finish-A-Long Q2 Goals for Thistle Thicket Studio.
1. Quilt Guild Stash Buster Challenge: This is my guild's challenge for this year. We are using Border Creek Station's Stash Buster pattern. I have all my scrap fabrics cut and have 81 blocks of 272 made. Hoping to get all the blocks made by the beginning of May. We'll see.

2020 Finish-A-Long Q2 Goals for Thistle Thicket Studio.
2. Modern Marks Quilt: This is an oldie. The plan is to make this and donate it to our local child advocacy group. I really need to get this one done.

2020 Finish-A-Long Q2 Goals for Thistle Thicket Studio.
3. QOV Rail Fence Quilt: The blocks are complete on this one, I just need to get them sewn together and quilted.

2020 Finish-A-Long Q2 Goals for Thistle Thicket Studio.
4. Stay-At-Home Quilt: This is a new one I want to do to commemorate this unusual time in our lives. I've pulled fabric and will add in some 30's scraps. I plan to make one house for each day we are under this 'stay-at-home' order. We're on Day #35 today.

2020 Finish-A-Long Q2 Goals for Thistle Thicket Studio.
5. Plaidish Quilt: This is another new one I have been wanting to make. I've pulled some FQs for my color palette and will add in more scraps from my stash bin.(And yes, I'm running out of ink in my printer! Hazards of the quarantine, LOL!)

2020 Finish-A-Long Q2 Goals for Thistle Thicket Studio.
6. Kindred Quilt: Another oldie, but oh so good. I would really like to get this one finished and just off my list. I have about half the blocks complete. Tired of looking at it at this stage!

2020 Finish-A-Long Q2 Goals for Thistle Thicket Studio.
7. Just the Atoms Quilt: This quilt is made from the remnants of my Molecules of Moda quilt that won 3rd place in the Moda Bella Solids Challenge. Since that quilt now hangs in Moda CEO Mark Dunn's home, this quilt is suppose to be my representation of that quilt. I have a handful of blocks made.

2020 Finish-A-Long Q2 Goals for Thistle Thicket Studio.
8. Hankie & Doily Quilt: This is a quilt I am making from the hankies and doilies I received after my mother-in-law passed away last year. I've only made the one test block.

2020 Finish-A-Long Q2 Goals for Thistle Thicket Studio.
9. Vintage Basket Quilt: This is a new project for me. My mom bought some boxes of vintage linens at an auction last month and gave me 16 or 17 of these blocks. I'd like to make them into a tabletop size quilt, maybe for a tablecloth. I've soaked them once trying to remove the stains, but they still need more soaking. I plan to sash them with my vintage 30s fabric stash.

Have you joined in for the fun of the Finish-A-Long? You can get more info on my FAL page here. Today is the last day to post your goals list on Instagram, so hurry! Let's get those UFOs and WIPs done!


Friday, April 17, 2020

Q2 Finish-A-Long Lists Due

2020 Finish-A-Long Call For Q2 Lists on Thistle Thicket Studio.

Just a friendly reminder that the 2nd Quarter lists or goals for the 2020 Finish-A-Long are due by Sunday, April 19, 2020. The FAL is a little different this year than in the past and all lists are to be posted on Instagram with the hashtag #2020FALQ2List. For more information about the FAL, visit my page here.

Get those lists made ASAP and join the fun!


Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Moda Blockheads 3: Blocks 9-12

Although I don't have this past week's block finished yet, I have been able to keep up with the Moda Blockheads 3 sew-along so far. But I am definitely slow on sharing my blocks in a timely manner here on the blog.

So here are my latest four blocks. Block #9 is Taos by Vanessa Goertzen. I kind of wished I would have used the light aqua where I used the pink fabric also. 

Block #10 is Windmills by Stacy Iest Hsu. I really like this block and has a special representation for me. In my former life as an economic development director, I worked with and recruited a wind farm to our county. It was a long road to success and led me to serve on a state Governor-appointed advisory board on wind energy. Brings back some fun memories for me.

Block #11 is Blooming Love by Robin Pickens. Another heart block that I enjoyed making.

Block #12 is Hampshire Star by Janet Clare. Whew, this one was a little tedious with 73 pieces in a 6" block. And that was using the modified pattern which combines some pieces to reduce the number of seams. The original pattern has 112 pieces! Now I remember why I said I would never make 6" sampler blocks again after finishing the Farmer's Wife blocks!

Well, I'm off to sew block #13 and then I'll be caught up again. Oh no, wait, today is Wednesday and the newest block was released this morning. Oh well, I have all week to get it made!


Monday, April 13, 2020

Watercolor Card

What do you do when you live ten miles from town and need a special sympathy card during the Covid-19 stay-at-home order? You DIY-it and paint one!

Watercolor Florals Card by Thistle Thicket Studio.
Pretty spring florals always invoke love in my mind and the perfect way to send my love for special family members during an especially difficult time. The time painting this morning was a welcomed creative outlet for me and I hope it brings some moment of joy for the recipients.


Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Joining The Face Mask Making Crowd

Today I decided to make a few face masks to send to my daughter and her family. I had visited with our local health care facilities when this pandemic became urgent the middle of March and they did not have a need at the present for sewn masks. But, now that the general population is asked to wear sewn masks in public, I decided to make a few for my family.

I kind of followed the general directions provided by See Kate Sew blog here. This pattern provides a pocket on the inside to add additional filter material if desired. I added a pipe cleaner across the top for a nose piece in the masks I made.

And then I modified it to make a couple of smaller masks for my grandsons. I used elastic instead of ties because I thought it would be easier for them to put on and take off.

Are you making masks? What's your favorite pattern? Please share any tips you might have!


Q1 2020 Finish-A-Long Finishes Deadline

Today - Wednesday, April 8 - is the deadline to post your 1st quarter finishes for the Finish-A-Long. This year the FAL has made some changes and all finishes are to be posted on Instagram with the hashtag #2020FALQ1Finish. If you have questions, please refer to my 2020 Finish-A-Long page here.

As for me, I only finished one of my projects and I can't even show it because it will be an upcoming Moda Bake Shop project. But I can't wait to see all of your finishes so hurry and get them posted today!


Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Temperature Quilt - Month 2

As I was downloading the temperatures for March this morning, I realized I never shared my February block for my temperature quilt.

Temperature Quilt Blocks by Thistle Thicket Studio.
In the photo, the left block is January and the right block is February. I did correct the first day of January where I accidentally used the wrong fabric for the low. I ended up just ripping out that day and was able to insert the high and low in without remaking the whole section. Yay!!! Nobody but me would have known it was wrong but it would have bugged me forever if I didn't fix it.

I am amused that we entered and exited February with the same high and low temps. And see that one orange triangle? That is the day we broke the high temperature record with a 79 degree official reading (it actually hit 80 at our farm). On February 2!

I sat up until 2 a.m. the other night working on an inspiration I had for the layout of this quilt. I'm still refining the design but excited with how it's working out. 

And lastly, I was excited to see that the Modern Quilt Guild is going to have a temperature quilt exhibit at QuiltCon 2022! That gives me incentive to keep working on this project and get it finished before entries are due in July 2021.

Stay safe and healthy out there!