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!