Monday, April 25, 2022

A Patriotic Finish

Flag Quilt By Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
I realized I never shared the flag quilt I finished last month. I have been wanting to make this flag quilt for a couple of years and finally can mark it off my bucket list. 

I just love the colors of this quilt, it's a little modern update on the traditional red, white and blue.

Flag Quilt By Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
This quilt is definitely not perfect. The aqua plaid fabric was printed soooo crooked that I wasted a lot of fabric trying to find spots of the fabric that were semi-straight. 

Flag Quilt By Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
And then there is the pleat I found in the backing after the quilt was quilted, trimmed and bound. I was so upset that I didn't see it earlier. It was too late to unstitch and re-quilt that section so I pondered what to do.

Luckily, the pleat was located in the lower corner of the quilt. But it was 15" long! My fix was to cover the pleat with a LARGE label.

Flag Quilt By Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
I made another flag block and wrote a portion of the Pledge of Allegiance with a permanent marker in the white stripes of the flag. I added borders and pieced in my sew-in tag and a place to date and sign the label. Then I quilted the label to a large fusible fabric interfacing with the fusible side facing away from the label. 

Flag Quilt By Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
Sewing the fusible interfacing on the back allowed me to fuse the label to the back without having the fabric label glued directly to the quilt back. The fusible also kept the center of the large label from being floppy and loose. After it was fused, I stitched the edges of the label down.

Flag Quilt By Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
I'm really happy with how it turned out. This quilt was originally going to be a gift but I couldn't gift it knowing that there was that huge mistake hidden by the label. So I'll be keeping it. 

Flag Quilt By Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
I think I have enough of the red and blue fabric to make more flag blocks but I'll have to find background and an aqua plaid that is straight to make another quilt.

Flag Quilt By Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
I plan to display this quilt in my entry way, draped on my antique wardrobe. With that in mind, I even made a floral arrangement to coordinate with my quilt. I'll try to share a quilt when I get it all finished.

Happy Quilting!

~Sharla


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Tuesday, April 5, 2022

Whirl & Twirl Sew-Along: Quilt Reveal

Whirl & Twirl Sew Along Quilt Reveal by Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
Drum roll please! Here it is....my Whirl & Twirl quilt! 

Whirl & Twirl Sew Along Quilt Reveal by Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
I love how it turned out! I love the scrappy feel you get by using low volume background fabrics and a layer cake. I took a cue from the fabrics and used an all over quilting design of roses and leaves. 

Whirl & Twirl Sew Along Quilt Reveal by Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
I love using the leftover layer cake squares for a pieced backing. 

You can visit my past posts during the month of March for instructions on how to make this quilt. They will remain up for a few months but I will eventually take them down and publish the pattern, so get the instructions while they are still available.

If you make a Whirl & Twirl quilt, please share on social media and tag me at Thistle Thicket Studio.

Happy Quilting!

~Sharla



Wednesday, March 30, 2022

Whirl & Twirl Sew-Along: Quilt Finish

 

Whirl :& Twirl Sew-Along Quilt Finish by Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com

Can you believe we have reached the end of the Whirl & Twirl Sew-Along?! Where did March go? Today we’re going to talk about finishing our quilts.

Backing

Whirl :& Twirl Sew-Along Quilt Finish by Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com

Trim the selvedge edges from the two backing rectangle pieces. Sew the two 72” x WOF backing rectangles together along the selvedge side. Backing should measure 72” x 86” (approximately). I love a scrappy back so I used my leftover layer cake squares and border strips and sewed a pieced stripe in between the backing pieces.

Quilting

Whirl :& Twirl Sew-Along Quilt Finish by Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com

Layer your quilt top, batting & backing. Quilt as desired. I machine quilt my quilts on a computerized longarm. The first Whirl & Twirl quilt I custom quilted with dense quilting around the pinwheels which really made the pinwheels pop. But the quilt is quite stiff. So this time I quilted an all over floral pattern for a softer touch & drape. I love both!

Whirl :& Twirl Sew-Along Quilt Finish by Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com

Binding

Trim the selvedges from the ends of the 8 - 2 1/2” binding strips. Sew the binding strips end-to-end at a 45 degree angle. Fold the binding in half lengthwise and press. Attach binding using your favorite method. I attach my binding by machine sewing the binding to the front using a 3/8” seam. I fold the binding over & hand stitch the binding to the back using a small ladder stitch. There are some great You Tube videos on how to miter the corners of the binding & how to connect the ends of the binding for a continuous smooth binding. I am currently working on my binding & will share photos next week (when these 50 mph wind gusts predicted for the next few days hopefully settle down!)

Please share your finished quilt using the hashtag #whirlandtwirlsewalong on Facebook and Instagram and tag me so I can see your quilts! Can’t wait!

Happy Quilting!
~Sharla





Tuesday, March 22, 2022

Whirl & Twirl Sew-Along: Quilt Assembly

WooHoo! We are on the downhill slide! Today I’m sharing the instructions to assemble your quilt top. Here we go…

Whirl & Twirl Sew-Along: Quilt Assembly by Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
Step 1:

Arrange four blocks into a square with the large pinwheels in the center and blades on the outside edge. Sew two blocks together to make a row, then sew two rows together to make a large block. Press seams open. Repeat for a total of 12 large blocks.

Whirl & Twirl Sew-Along: Quilt Assembly by Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
Step 2:
Sew three large blocks together in a row. Press seams open. Repeat for a total of four rows.

Whirl & Twirl Sew-Along: Quilt Assembly by Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
Step 3:
Sew the four rows together. Press seams open. Quilt center should measure 54.5” x 72.5”.

Step 4:
Trim selvedge ends from the seven 4.5” x WOF border strips. Sew the ends together into one long strip. From the strip, cut two 4.5” x 72.5” and two 4.5” x 62.5” strips.

Whirl & Twirl Sew-Along: Quilt Assembly by Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
Step 5:
Sew the 4.5” x 72.5” strips to the left and right sides of the quilt center. Press seams toward border. Sew the 4.5” x 62.5” strips to the top and bottom of the quilt center. Press seams toward border. Quilt top should measure 62.5” x 80.5”

Next week we'll complete our quilt!

Happy Quilting!
~Sharla


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Tuesday, March 15, 2022

Whirl & Twirl Sew-Along Block Construction

 

Whirl & Twirl Sew-Along Block Construction by Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com

Ready to sew your blocks for the Whirl & Twirl Sew-Along? Here we go!

Blade: Draw a diagonal line on the back of a 2” light fabric square (blade pinwheel). With RST, layer the 2” square on top of the end of the 2” x 9.5” dark rectangle (blade) as shown. Sew on the line, trim seam allowance to ¼” and press toward pinwheel fabric.

Whirl & Twirl Sew-Along Blade Construction Diagram by Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com

Large Pinwheel Shadow: Draw a diagonal line on the back of a 3.5” medium solid fabric square (large pinwheel shadow). With RST, layer the square on top of the 3.5” x 9.5” background rectangle as shown. Sew on the line, trim seam allowance to ¼” and press toward pinwheel fabric.

Whirl & Twirl Sew-Along Large Pinwheel Shadow Construction Diagram by Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
Large Pinwheel: Draw a diagonal line on the back of a 3.5” medium print fabric square (large pinwheel). With RST, layer the square on top of the pinwheel shadow from the previous step as shown. Sew on the line, trim seam allowance to ¼” and press toward pinwheel fabric.  

Whirl & Twirl Sew-Along Large Pinwheel Construction Diagram by Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com

Block Assembly: Sew blade section to the left side of a 5” x 9.5” background rectangle, with blade end at the top. Press seam toward background. Sew the large pinwheel section to the right side of the background rectangle with the pinwheel end at the bottom. Press seam toward background. Block should measure 9.5” x 9.5” unfinished (9” x 9” finished). Repeat to make a total of 48 blocks.

Whirl & Twirl Sew-Along Block Assembly Diagram by Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
Next week we will assemble the quilt top!

Happy Quilting!

~Sharla




Whirl & Twirl Sew-Along: Sewing Prep

Whirl & Twirl Sew-Along Sewing Prep by Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com

This week, we will be sewing our blocks. Yay!!! But before we start with actual sewing, I thought I'd share some sewing prep information. To help organize the sewing process, I used a chart to identify the placement of the background, blade & large pinwheel fabrics to insure that:

1. Each group of four blocks had a single block using each of the four background fabrics.

2. Each group of four blades that meet to create a small pinwheel used the same fabrics for the blades.

3. Each group of large pinwheels used the same fabric for the pinwheels.

I labeled the placement of each fabric on the chart as follows:

1. Background: A, B, C, D

2. Blades: B1 - B12

3. Pinwheels: P1 - P12

Here is the link for the guide: Whirl & Twirl Fabric Placement Guide.

Whirl & Twirl Sew-Along Fabric Placement Guide by Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
I lay each group of fabrics out on foam core design boards & then stick a pin through a paper label & fabric to hold it all in place. Of course, for a totally scrappy look, you can just randomly pull fabrics & not worry about following a placement guide.

Whirl & Twirl Sew-Along Fabric Labeling by Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com

Whirl & Twirl Sew-Along Fabric Labeling by Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com

I sew in groups of four blocks - Block 1 & 2 in the first row & Block 1 & 2 in the second row make a group (the large pinwheel will become the center of the group). Note: I make the blocks in sets of four but do not sew the four blocks together.

There is only one block to make in this quilt. The blocks are rotated to create the design.

I'll share the sewing directions in the next post, so stay tuned!

Happy Quilting!

~Sharla







 

Monday, March 7, 2022

Whirl & Twirl Sew-Along: Fabric Cutting

Whirl & Twirl Sew-Along: Fabric Cutting by Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
Surprise! I'm posting the fabric cutting instructions a day early since I have a conflict tomorrow and won't be able to post. So here you go.....


Layer Cake Fabric Cutting

Let's start with the layer cake! Yum, I love cake! Especially anything chocolate - and Moda! What's your favorite cake? 

Separate your layer cake squares into the following:

  • 12 dark-valued squares
  • 12 medium-valued squares
  • 2 light-valued squares. They should contrast with the background fabrics.
The remaining squares can be used on the back for a pieced backing, for coordinating pillows or for another project.

From each of the 12 dark-valued squares, cut:

-4 - 2” x 9.5” rectangles for blades for a total of 48

From each of the 12 medium-valued squares, cut:

-4 - 3.5” x 3.5” squares for large pinwheels for a total of 48

From each of the 2 light-valued squares, cut:

-24 - 2” x 2” squares for blade pinwheels for a total of 48


Background Fabric Cutting

From each 7/8 yard of background fabric, cut:

-3 - 9.5” x WOF strips for a total of 12 strips

From each set of 3 strips, subcut:

-12 - 5” x 9.5” rectangles for a total of 48

-12 - 3.5” x 9.5” rectangles for a total of 48

Notes:

-WOF = Width of Fabric

-For even scrappier backgrounds, select the leftover light-valued low-volume print squares from the layer cake for some of the background. From each square, cut: 

 -1 - 5” x 9.5” rectangle

 -1 - 3.5” x 9.5” rectangle


Pinwheel Shadows, Border, Binding & Backing Cutting

From the 1/2 yard of medium fabric for large pinwheel shadows, cut: 

-4 - 3.5” x WOF strips

From the 4 strips, subcut:

-48 - 3.5” x 3.5” squares

From the 1 yard of border fabric, cut:

-7 - 4.5” x WOF strips

 From the 2/3 yard of binding fabric, cut: 

-8 - 2.5” x WOF strips

From the 4 yards of backing fabric, cut:

-2 - 72” x WOF pieces


That's it for cutting! Let's meet back here next week for the block construction instructions. Boy, that's a tongue twister! Say that three times fast!

Happy Quilting

~Sharla 




 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday, March 1, 2022

Whirl & Twirl Sew Along: Fabric Selection

Today is the day! We're kicking off the Whirl & Twirl Sew-Along with fabric selection. So hit your stash or hit the store to find your favorite layer cake and coordinating fabrics. Because I live in a rural area and I know how hard it can be to get fabric in a timely matter, I'm allowing everyone a week for this first step.

You will need:

  • 1 layer cake
  • 7/8 yard each of 4 low volume prints for background
  • 1/2 yard medium solid (or reads as a solid) fabric for large pinwheels
  • 1 yard fabric for border
  • 2/3 yard fabric for binding
  • 4 yards fabric for backing
When selecting a layer cake, choose one that has at least 12 dark-valued squares and 12 medium-valued squares. You'll have some leftover squares that can be used in the backing if you like (I love a pieced backing!).

This quilt is a nice throw-size at 62" x 80". Next week I'll share cutting instructions. Can't wait to see what fabric everyone uses!

Happy Quilting!
~Sharla




Thursday, February 24, 2022

Free March Sew Along

Whirl & Twirl Sew Along by Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
WooHoo! To celebrate the release of the Moda Bake Shop Book "Did Someone Say Cake" and the upcoming release of the Moda Bake Shop Book "Rollin Along", I am hosting my first sew-along on Instagram and Facebook in March!!

I'm excited to share this quilt that I designed using a layer cake and extra yardage for the background and border. I'll be sharing all the details and instructions on how to make this quilt on my social media platforms, so be sure to follow Thistle Thicket Studio on Facebook and/or @thistlethicketstudio on Instagram!

The schedule for the free sew-along is:

Week 1 / March 1: Fabric Selection

Week 2 / March 8: Fabric Cutting

Week 3 / March 15: Block Construction

Week 4 / March 22: Quilt Top Assembly

Week 5 / March 29: Finishing The Quilt

Week 6 / April 5: Celebration!

Of course, there will be a book giveaway or two along the way to encourage you to join in the fun! 

Happy Quilting!

~Sharla




Wednesday, January 26, 2022

First Quilt Finish of 2022

Rescued Quilt Blocks Quilt by Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
I've got my mojo back and I've been sewing like crazy this January. Besides some serious secret sewing, I made a charity/compassion quilt for our quilt guild. Our guild gives a quilt to anyone in our community that loses their home in a fire. In December, we had three houses lost in prairie fires during an 80+ mph wind storm. Needless to say, the guild wasn't prepared with enough quilts. 

Compassion Quilt by Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
My mom had rescued some sampler blocks at a thrift store from an area quilt shop's block of the month and had donated them to the guild. I took those blocks, completed those that weren't finished and fixed a couple, then sashed the blocks to make a quilt. The blocks were scrappy but luckily my stash of Kansas Troubles fabrics blended well with the block fabrics.

Compassion Quilt by Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
I quilted an all over design of feathers on this quilt and it turned out quite nice, if I do say so myself. It will make a nice throw-sized quilt for someone in need of comfort.

Stars & Bars QOV Quilt Made By Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
In addition to finishing this compassion quilt, I also dug out a couple of Quilts of Valor quilts that I committed to make for our area QOV chapter. One was a kit that the chapter gave for me to make (way to long ago to admit) and one was a stack of scrappy rail fence blocks I had made a couple of years ago.

Fence Rail QOV Quilt by Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
Both tops are ready to be quilted as soon as I finish my secret sewing project to meet a deadline. I'll share the finished quilts when they are completed. 

2022 Stash Buster Challenge Blocks by Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
I also started the 2022 Stash Buster Challenge by Border Creek Station. Why, I have no idea as I have more than enough projects that are already started! But this block is fun and easy to make so I've been making a block after I get a step completed in my secret sewing. Kind of a treat! I'm using my stash of 30s fabrics and dotted backgrounds for this project. The center square and corner stones in each block will be the same green print to pull it all together.

What projects have you been working on in the new year? I'd love to hear about them!

Happy Quilting

~Sharla




Saturday, January 1, 2022

Saying Goodbye To 2021

The holidays are always rushed and I never seem to have time to do everything I want to do. This year was no different. I didn't have time to do as much decorating as I wanted to or as much baking (although the hubby and I don't need the extra calories) or as much holiday crafting. One thing that was not on my list this year was buying Christmas presents as we decided to opt for a family vacation the week of Thanksgiving in lieu of gifts (except for the grandkids). Because our kids spent their Thanksgiving with us, that meant they spent Christmas with their inlaws - which made for a quieter Christmas for the hubby and I, although my brother and family was home for the holidays.

To close out the year, I thought I'd share a few photos of some of my Christmas decorations.

Christmas At Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
This year I was very excited to get to use my new Fiesta Ware lightbulb dishes along with the "A Lightbulb Moment" placemats and table runner I designed last year.

Christmas At Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
This Santa pitcher was a new acquisition in 2021 and he looked so cute in my tablescape.

Christmas At Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
My Santa mug collection continues to grow. I just love them paired with my Fiesta Ware lightbulb plates.

Christmas At Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
Jars filled with vintage ornaments and vintage Christmas lightbulbs graced my tablescape.

Christmas At Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
A few of my vintage plastic Santas and a vintage candolier that I decorated with vintage plastic Christmas items. I love them mixed in with a few pieces of jadeite.

Christmas At Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
A jadeite dish filled with vintage ornaments. Press the red nose of Santa and it lights up and plays Christmas music.

Christmas At Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
More vintage Christmas ornaments in a jadeite bowl. Love this vintage Santa even if his nose is a little crinkled.

Christmas At Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
A few of my Santa mugs along with a few of my vintage milk glass Christmas figural lightbulbs, and of course, more vintage ornaments.

Christmas At Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
I found this string of Santa lights a few weeks ago at a thrift shop. They almost match my two plastic Santa head ornaments I found last year.

Christmas At Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
Since I had no presents for under the Christmas tree, I wrapped a couple of birthday presents that were in the closet. I didn't really miss the packages with all these cute blow mold Santas and Snowmen under the tree. My tree this year was filled with lightbulb shaped ornaments to go with my "A Lightbulb Moment" tree skirt, etc. I made last year.

Christmas At Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
This is my "A Lightbulb Moment" quilt that was published in the Best of Moda Bake Shop book last year. It's still available at Martingale Publishing if you're interested.

https://www.shopmartingale.com/best-of-moda-bake-shop.html
I even managed to get my sewing studio semi-cleaned so I put up a Christmas tree to celebrate.

Christmas At Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
I managed to get a couple of projects completed during the holidays. I bought four framed cross stitch seasonal scenes with the intention of making them into pillows. I got the winter scene made into a pillow, while the rest are on my to-do list.

Christmas At Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
The only crafting I managed to do was turning this cute little deer I picked up at a thrift shop for 25 cents and a vintage jello mold into an ornament.

Christmas At Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
Didn't he turn out cute? I had plans to make Christmas bells from some other jello molds I bought this fall but it didn't happen. Maybe I'll do it before I pack all my Christmas away so they'll be ready for next year.

As we welcome a new year, I wish for all of you a happy and health year filled with quilting, crafting and thrifting with friends!

Happy New Year!

~Sharla