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May 18, 2019
A Scrappy Happy Holidays Mystery Sew Along - Month 5 from Thistle and Thicket Studio

A Scrappy Happy Holiday Mystery Sew Along - Month 5 by Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
Another month has flown by and it's time again for A Scrappy Happy Holiday Mystery block reveal. This month I've changed it up a bit and instead of making one 12" block, we're making four 6" blocks! That's 4x the fun, right?! Here are my "Let It Snow" blocks in three scrappy fabric-ways:

 Beige background.

Flannel.

Scrappy white background.

Did you notice that the blocks are sewn into pairs, not into a 12" block? Just wanted to point that out so you don't get carried away sewing blocks together.

And my tip for this month ...

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May 5, 2019
Howdy Y'all Revisit from Thistle and Thicket Studio

I was so excited to see this photo of my Howdy Y'all quilt on my Facebook feed yesterday. I designed this quilt and the boot block for Moda Bake Shop as part of their 'Spell It With Moda' series a couple of years ago. It is always exciting to see when someone else likes and makes your designs. 

Moda Bake Shop, Spell It With Moda, Howdy Y'all Quilt, Thistle Thicket Studio

This batik version of the Howdy Y'all quilt was made by Patricia Schroll - 100% from her scraps! She said this quilt gave her a piece of 'home' since she no longer lives in the U.S. Don't you just ...

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May 2, 2019
MBS At The Seashore Mystery QAL from Thistle and Thicket Studio


Are you ready for the summer? I'm headed to the seashore with Moda Bake Shop this summer! I'll be one of your lifeguards on this beach-themed mystery quilt along. Can't wait to dig my toes in the sand and build sandcastles! Want to join the fun? Follow along on the Moda Bake Shop website beginning June 3rd!

~Sharla

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April 30, 2019
Finish-A-Long Q1 Winners Announced from Thistle and Thicket Studio


The time has come to officially wrap up Quarter 1 of the Finish-A-Long by announcing the winners and awarding some wonderful prizes from our fantastic sponsors.  We had a whopping 553 finishes for the first quarter of 2019, which is really impressive you guys, keep it up!

Without further ado, here are the winners picked by Random Number Generator for Q1 of the 2019 Finish-A-Long:


The winner's choice of One Large 12 Spool Collection from Aurifil goes to Ann who blogs at Brown Paws Quilting and she finished this gorgeous Summer Sampler quilt that she custom quilted:


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April 22, 2019
Quilter's "Would You Rather" Game from Thistle and Thicket Studio

Last week our quilt guild had their annual spring quilt retreat so I was looking for ideas to add some fun to our sewing weekend. I ran across the game "Would You Rather" and thought it would be easy to adapt to quilting. 

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"Would You Rather" is a simple game of choice, selecting either one option or the other. There is no right or wrong answer, just whichever you prefer and is a great way to get to know people in a group better. 

I used the game for the roll call of our meeting, drawing a question and asking ...

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April 19, 2019
Oh My Stars QOV Quilt from Thistle and Thicket Studio

I finished putting the binding on my second Quilts of Valor quilt this past weekend at our quilt guild retreat. I saw this free pattern from Pat Sloan called Oh My Stars and thought it would be perfect for a QOV. The pattern uses charm squares but I enlarged the pattern using 8.5" squares instead. The quilt will probably be one that is given at the next QOV presentation the first weekend of May. 

Oh My Stars QOV Quilt Made By Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com

Quilt Stats:
  • Fabric for Top: I forgot to record the fabrics before I cut them up so here's what I know: Several (3 red ...

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April 16, 2019
2019 Finish-A-Long Q2 Goals from Thistle and Thicket Studio

2019 Finish-A-Long Q2 Goals By FAL Co-Host Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
It's time to link up your goals for the second quarter of the Finish-A-Long! I didn't complete one thing on my list last quarter so now I have two 'must finish' projects this quarter. I also threw in a few other projects in case I finish up my 'must finish' projects. If you don't know what the Finish-A-Long is, check out my page here.


Moda Grunge Fabrics For A Our Hearts Will Go On Quilt By Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
1. Our Hearts Will Go On Quilt: This stack of Moda Grunge fabrics will hopefully be transformed into this Storm At Sea quilt.....


It will be a wedding gift for my son and ...

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April 14, 2019
A Scrappy Happy Holidays Mystery Sew Along - Block 4 from Thistle and Thicket Studio

A Scrappy Happy Holidays Sew Along - Block 4 Designed By Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
Yay!! It's time for the reveal of another block in 'A Scrappy Happy Holidays Mystery Sew Along"! Of course, no Christmas quilt would be complete without a Christmas Tree so here is my version. I originally designed my 'Oh Lil' Christmas Tree' block for a Moda Bake Shop Christmas sew along a couple of years ago, but I love it so much I had to include it here.

A Scrappy Happy Holidays Mystery Sew Along - Oh Lil' Christmas Tree Block Designed By Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
Of course, I'm still working on three different versions of the quilt, so here is my block in flannel.

A Scrappy Happy Holidays Mystery Sew Along - Oh Lil' Christmas Tree Block Designed By Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
And here it is with a scrappy white background.

A Scrappy Happy Holidays Sew Along - Block 4 Designed By Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
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April 10, 2019
2019 Finish-A-Long Quarter 2 Goals Link Up from Thistle and Thicket Studio




Hello everyone! It is time for Quarter 2 of the Finish-A-Long (FAL)!

As you can see, a new quarter of the Finish-A-Long is starting today.  If you missed participating at the beginning of the year, you can join us now for a brand new start. Those of you who did join us for the first quarter, thank you and I do hope you finished some things and plan to continue on with us for Q2.

So let's get to it!
You can now link up your list of projects that you want to finish in Quarter 2 of 2019 ...

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April 6, 2019
Q1 Finish-A-Long Link Up Reminder from Thistle and Thicket Studio


Today I'm popping in for a quick reminder that the Quarter 1 link up for all your finishes closes on Tuesday, April 9, 2019 at 11 pm EST.  So you still have a few more days to finish that project or two and link them up to be eligible for prizes.  The link up can be found HERE or on any of the 2019 FAL hosts blogs.


A few reminders for linking up:
  • Please only one finished project for each post that you link up, so that each finish can be an entry in the (random) prize draw. 
  • Please ...

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April 4, 2019
Q1 FAL Tutorial: Easter Bunny Zipper Pouch from Thistle and Thicket Studio

Easter Bunny Zipper Pouch Tutorial by Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
For Valentine's Day, I made a Heart Shaped Zipper Pouch for the Valentine exchange at our quilt guild so for Easter I decided to up my game! I'm so excited to share my Easter Peeps Bunny Zipper Pouch Tutorial for the 2019 Finish-A-Long Tutorial Week. This pouch is the perfect package for a little Easter gift for your favorite little peeps.


Easter Bunny Zipper Pouch Tutorial by Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
Fabric & Notion Supplies:

  • Cut from Outer Fabric:
    • One 4" x 8" rectangle (bunny bottom)
    • One 6" x 8" rectangle (bunny top)
    • One 8" x 10" rectangle (bunny back)
    • Two 6" X 7" rectangles (bunny ears)
  • Cut from ...

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April 3, 2019
Couched Burlap Table Runners from Thistle and Thicket Studio

I just returned home from a couple of weeks of visiting my daughter and her family. It's always great to be able to kiss and hug and spoil my grandsons for a few days, and spend time with my daughter and her husband. While there, I realized that I never shared photos of the yarn couched burlap table runners that I made and gave for Christmas gifts. Pictured is the one that I gave her and she has it displayed on her rustic dining room table.

Couched Burlap Table Runner by Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
I found the table runners at Michaels last fall on sale and I ...

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March 17, 2019
A Scrappy Happy Holidays Mystery Sew Along - Block 3 from Thistle and Thicket Studio

A Scrappy Happy Holidays Mystery Sew Along - Month 3 by Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
The email just went out for the next month block pattern for 'A Scrappy Happy Holidays Mystery Sew Along'! That in itself seems like a miracle this week where the weather has reeked havoc on our internet service. But I'm so happy to share the next block for our mystery quilt - Gifts of Joy!


A Scrappy Happy Holidays Mystery Sew Along - Month 3 by Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
My mom thinks it's a 'gift of joy' that this month's block doesn't have 94 pieces like last month! LOL! In retrospect, I maybe should have saved that for a little later in the sew along but hopefully you've got it ...

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March 4, 2019
My First QOV from Thistle and Thicket Studio

Brrrrr!!! I about froze my fat little piggies off in the snow taking these photos of my first Quilts of Valor quilt finish! But I needed to get this quilt washed and ready to send with our QOV leader tomorrow for the next round of quilt presentations. 

Quilts of Valor Quilt by Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com

A few weeks ago I was digging in my bin of red scraps for a different project when I came across a baggie of red strip blocks I had put together several years ago and cut with the Lazy Angle ruler. I had long forgotten about them but when they appeared in my ...

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February 27, 2019
Auction Find - Vintage Super Stitcher from Thistle and Thicket Studio

Last week I ventured out in the elements (ugh, I'm so tired of the snow and cold!) and hit up a local auction. Although I went for a cute little Midget toy sewing machine, I came home with this cute green hand held sewing machine instead! (It was much more friendly to my pocketbook!)

Super Stitcher Chain Stitch Handheld Sewing Machine on Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
After a little research, I learned it is a 1973 Super Stitcher chain stitch, hand-held sewing machine made by Southbury Manufacturing. It will join my ever-growing toy sewing machine collection (I'm up to 17 now! Whoops, just spotted another one, make that 18. Lol ...

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February 17, 2019
A Scrappy Happy Holidays Mystery Sew Along - Block 2 from Thistle and Thicket Studio

A Scrappy Happy Holidays Mystery Sew Along - Month 2 by Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
It's time to reveal the second block in A Scrappy Happy Holidays Mystery Sew Along! This block is Peppermint Candies and Twinkle Stars. I think it's so cute!


A Scrappy Happy Holidays Mystery Sew Along - Month 2 - Peppermint Candies & Twinkle Stars Block by Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
There are two versions of the block. A simpler version that features whole peppermint candy centers as shown in this flannel block.


A Scrappy Happy Holidays Mystery Sew Along - Month 2 - Peppermint Candies & Twinkle Stars Block by Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
And this version that features a pinwheel block to create a swirl in the peppermint candy. Both blocks are made up of simple half square triangles and flying geese blocks. 


A Scrappy Happy Holidays Mystery Sew Along - Month 2 - Peppermint Candies & Twinkle Stars Block by Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
I'm making two scrappy versions of this quilt and one with a coordinated collection of flannel called ...

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February 14, 2019
Valentine's Heart Zipper Pouch from Thistle and Thicket Studio

Happy Valentine's Day! It just so happens that our monthly second-Thursday-of-the-month quilt guild meeting falls on Valentine's Day today, so of course we are having a valentine exchange for roll call tonight. I'm hoping that the membership was inspired by my photo ideas (hints) that I shared of handmade valentines on our Facebook page a couple of weeks ago and we see lots of creative valentines tonight. 

Heart-Shaped Zipper Pouch By Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
Here's my valentine - a heart-shaped zippered pouch. I found my inspiration scrolling through Pinterest and this is the one and only project that I completed at my mom's ...

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January 19, 2019
A Scrappy Happy Holidays Mystery Sew Along - Block 1 from Thistle and Thicket Studio

It's here! The first block has been sent out to my 131 subscribers for my first mystery sew along! I'm excited to kick off this new adventure and I'm thrilled to introduce the first block - the Holly Block.

The Holly Block is an easy sewing 12.5" x 12.5" block with two slight variations. As you can see in this block, the berries have a more round appearance. This is achieved by sewing a small square of background fabric on the diagonal in each of the corners of the berry square. It's hard to see ...

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January 14, 2019
2019 Finish-A-Long Q1 Goals from Thistle and Thicket Studio

2019 Finish-A-Long Q1 Goals by Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
It's a new year and time for new goals for the Finish-A-Long! Not familiar with the Finish-A-Long? Then check out my FAL page at the top of my blog or click here. I've participated in the FAL for a few years and this year I'm pleased to be one of the co-hosts, so I hope you'll join me and get a few of your UFOs finished this quarter!

Quilts Of Valor Fabric Pull by Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
#1 - Quilts of Valor Quilt: This is a must finish for me this quarter. I joined our newly formed QOV group last summer and still haven't gotten ...

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January 11, 2019
Confetti Quilts from Thistle and Thicket Studio

As of the beginning of the year, my mom and I assumed roles as the officers of our local quilt guild (me - president, she - secretary/treasurer). We've been doing lots of planning and yesterday was our first month's meeting. One of the things we planned was to get everyone's creative juices flowing by making confetti mini quilts. Although it made for a long evening, I think those that participated had fun. 

Confetti Quilt by Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
Have you made a confetti quilt? They are really quite easy and fun to do - and you don't have to be a fine artist to ...

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