Monday, September 13, 2021

Welcoming Fall

Whoa!!! Where did summer go?! I have no idea but I know I am ready for fall! How about you?

I've really neglected my blog this summer and I promise to do better as my attention turns indoors. Hoping that means I'll be spending more time in my sanctuary - aka, my sewing room. When that happens, I hope to have more quilting and crafting inspiration to share here, but until then I'll share some of my summer in photos.....

Vintage Dresden Plate Quilt Project by Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
Not much sewing has been happening for me this summer. In June, my mom and I enjoyed a two week, nine state excursion that included some quilt and antique shops. I found 13 vintage dresden blocks on deteriorated backgrounds that I am in the process of rescuing. Here's one block that I've machine appliqued to a new background.

Folded Star Mini Quilt by Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
This folded star mini quilt is the only other sewing I have done this summer. I made the folded star top at our Dine 'n Dash quilters group a couple of weeks ago. It's really suppose to be a pot holder but I decided it was much to pretty to get dirty and hung it on my mini quilt wall instead.

Patriotic Tablescape by Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
When I get the itch for a quick creative project, I like to create festive tablescapes. This was my summer table view.

Fall Table Place Setting by Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
This is my fall table setting. I am loving the unconventional blue and green colors.

Fall Tablescape by Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
The little gold 'pumpkin' with the white 'stem' is made from a small jello mold and a drawer pull. Cute, easy and fun!

Droste Tin Sunflower Arrangement by Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
Another quick creative project. My sister-in-law picked up this Droste Cocoa tin at an auction and gifted to me (my maiden name is Droste) and I decided to make a fall arrangement in it.

Hello Screen Door Greeting by Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
And one more quick craft project. Yesterday I added this vinyl 'hello' to my back screen door. Since everyone uses our back door as the main entrance, I thought a little greeting would be fun. I wonder if the FedEx driver noticed it today?

Homegrown and Canned Produce by Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
Much of my summer seemed to be spent in the yard watering plants and picking produce. This is the first time in more than 30 years I decided to do some canning. I canned a batch of corn and cherry tomato salsa and pickled banana peppers.


Peach jelly by Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
I also made peach jelly from a box of Colorado peaches. I also froze some for peach cobbler.

Corn-on-the-cob ready for the freezer by Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
Thanks to a neighboring farmer, I also froze about 6 dozen ears of sweet corn.

Chalk Painted Cabinet Doors by Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
I decided last month to tackle our spare bathroom and remodel it. I painted the standard honey oak 90s cabinets with a gray chalk paint and then waxed them. I'm now awaiting a new quartz countertop and sink before installing painted shiplap on the vanity wall and ceiling. 

Celebrating 60 Years! www.thistlethicketstudio.com
And this happened at the end of August - I turned 60! Had a great time in Kansas City with my mom, kids and hubby celebrating. Although you can't see much of it, I designed this "Cheers to 60 Years" SVG to put on a shirt.

Hope y'all had a great summer too! I look forward to keeping in better touch with everyone for some quilting and crafting fun this fall and winter!

Happy Quilting!
~Sharla