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December 6, 2018
Merry Mail from Thistle and Thicket Studio

Tis the season of daily visits from UPS delivering packages destined to be wrapped and placed under the Christmas tree until December 24th. So I didn't even look at the return address to see who the non-descript gray plastic sack was from because I just knew it was one of several gifts I had ordered. 

Printology Fat Quarter Bundle By Modern Quilt Studio For Benartex On Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
But what to my wondering eyes should appear, but a bundle of 22 beautiful fat quarters from Benartex from an Instagram giveaway I was blessed to have won recently! Ok, so it doesn't rhyme like "The Night Before Christmas", but I bet I ...

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October 9, 2018
Play All Day At Camp Quilt: Q3 Finish-A-Long from Thistle and Thicket Studio

Wow, time is flying by!!! Here it is a week into October and another quarter of the 2018 Finish-A-Long has been completed. It's been a busy quarter for me with being a camp counselor for the Moda Bake Shop Choose Your Own Adventure QAL and preparing my first portfolio of fabric designs. So, of course, that means I didn't get much sewing done, except for my MBS summer camp quilt. Although I've already shared my quilt back a few weeks ago, I'm sharing once again so I can link it up for 3rd quarter of the ...

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September 22, 2018
War and Pieced from Thistle and Thicket Studio

War and Pieced Exhibit at the International Quilt Study Center and Museum in Lincoln, NE Visited By Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com

I'm back to share a little more of my trip to the International Quilt Study Center and Museum in Lincoln, Nebraska a couple of weeks ago. By far, the most amazing exhibit on display was "War and Pieced", a collection of quilts from the 1700 & 1800's made from the wool of military uniforms by men in the service. The term 'quilt' is used loosely as most of these textiles were not quilted, had no batting, and were almost never backed. Most were used as wall hangings, or sometimes table coverings, and others were used as game boards.

War and Pieced Exhibit at the International Quilt Study Center and Museum in Lincoln, NE Visited By Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
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September 13, 2018
It's Finished!: MBS Choose Your Own Adventure QAL from Thistle and Thicket Studio

Finally finished!!! I made myself sit down and sew the binding on after I returned from my road trip to hear Moda Fabric's Mark Dunn speak at the International Quilt Study Center & Museum in Lincoln last weekend. Of course, the Kansas wind then had to blow for a day or two before I could get a few photos.


Play All Day At Camp Quilt From The Moda Bake Shop Choose Your Own Adventure QAL By Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
This is my "Play All Day At Camp" quilt. The name is derived from the fabric used - Play All Day by American Jane for Moda, and the camping theme of the Moda Bake Shop Choose Your Own Adventure Quilt-A-Long. If you ...

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September 10, 2018
The Mark Dunn Encounter from Thistle and Thicket Studio

As promised, I'm back to share a little about my road trip with my mom to the International Quilt Study Center and Museum in Lincoln, Nebraska last week. When I saw that Moda Fabrics owner Mark Dunn was going to speak at the opening of  "The Mark Dunn Collection" exhibit, I told the hubby that's what I wanted to do for my birthday. He was happy for me to go as his birthday present to me (because he didn't have to shop for anything, I'm sure) but thought it would be a better mother-daughter trip. So ...

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September 9, 2018
Special Deliveries from Thistle and Thicket Studio

I'm home from my road trip to the International Quilt Study Center and Museum to hear Mark Dunn, Moda Fabrics, speak about the textile industry and his quilt collection on display at the museum. I'll share more about that once I go through my photos, but wanted to share what was in the mail when I returned home!

Custom Designed Vans Shoes By Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
First off, my new custom designed Vans shoes arrived! I designed these using my Pansy Parade surface pattern design. So excited! I'm working on a collection of designs to coordinate with this pansy print right now. Maybe wearing these ...

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September 5, 2018
Vintage Birthday Goodness from Thistle and Thicket Studio

My birthday was last week. It was very low key as the hubby was on the tractor preparing our fields for wheat planting. I spent the day working on designs for a textile pattern collection. Slowly, but surely, I am making progress towards putting a portfolio together. 


vintage notions
My mom always knows what to give me for presents. For this birthday, she went shopping in her own personal stash of vintage sewing notions. I love vintage plastic advertising thimbles, old tape measures, old-fashioned buttons and snaps on cards, and other sewing notions from days gone by. It's always a challenge ...

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August 9, 2018
E2E or Custom Quilting: MBS Choose Your Own Adventure QAL from Thistle and Thicket Studio

It's been a great summer at Oda May's camp over on the Moda Bake Shop blog. Closing Ceremonies for camp was a few days ago and I'm happy to say I'm leaving camp with a completed quilt top. But now the big question is - How do I quilt it?


Play All Day At Camp Quilt (Moda Bake Shop Choose Your Own Adventure QAL) By Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
My first thought was just to quilt an Edge 2 Edge design because I really need to get back to my surface pattern designs if I am to meet my self-imposed deadlines this fall. But, then I think this quilt would be the perfect quilt for some ...

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August 6, 2018
Piney Woods Quilt Label: Choose Your Own Adventure QAL from Thistle and Thicket Studio

Moda Bake Shop Choose Your Own Adventure Quilt-A-Long Co-hosted By Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com

The end is here. The final closing ceremonies for the Choose Your Own Adventure QAL on Moda Bake Shop was posted this morning. I'm a little sad that summer camp has ended but excited as I sit here in my sewing room sewing on my last border. This quilt has sure been an adventure! 

Piney Woods Quilt Label Designed By Thistle Thicket Studio For Moda Bake Shop Choose Your Own Adventure QAL. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
With the closing ceremonies, I am happy to share my final contribution as a co-host of this QAL - the Piney Woods Quilt Label. I designed this quilt label as the perfect way to commemorate the adventures that each participant enjoyed while at Oda May's ...

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August 2, 2018
Shoreview: Choose Your Own Adventure QAL from Thistle and Thicket Studio

Moda Bake Shop Choose Your Own Adventure QAL Co-Hosted By Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
Oh wow, I am sooo behind! I had family come visit me at camp last week and so I put my sewing adventures aside as we enjoyed our local county fair with the kids and grandkids. But while I'm still trying to finish the last pieced border at Oda May's Summer Camp, Oda has moved right on past me and has posted the last borders today. Can you believe our time has come to an end for the Choose Your Own Adventure QAL

I chose Path B for the last pieced border and hiked with Jessica Dayon of ...

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July 18, 2018
Arrowhead Lake: MBS Choose Your Own Adventure QAL from Thistle and Thicket Studio

Moda Bake Shop's Choose Your Own Adventure QAL Co-Hosted By Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
It's my turn to serve as camp counselor again on Moda Bake Shop's Choose Your Own Adventure Quilt Along. Today we're headed to Arrowhead Lake! This is my favorite block in the quilt because it's not your typical block. 


Arrowhead Lake Block Designed By Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
I designed this fun block because arrows are just one of the things that I think of when I think of summer camp. Maybe it's the movie "Meatballs" starring Bill Murray that's my influence since I never went to summer camp myself. My family, however, went camping a lot when I was a child and ...

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July 16, 2018
2018 Q3 Finish-A-Long Goals from Thistle and Thicket Studio

2018 Q3 Finish-A-Long Goals By Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
This may be futile. But, even though I didn't get any UFO's finished last quarter, I'm going to post a few with the hopes that I get at least one finished this quarter. Here goes.....

Moda Bake Shop Choose Your Own Adventure QAL Co-Hosted By Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
1. Choose Your Own Adventure QAL: Since I'm one of the co-hosts of Moda Bake Shop's mystery QAL this summer, this has to get finished! Preferably by the end of the QAL in August. Got to stay on track.

Quilt Guild Row Quilt Challenge Designed By Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
2. Quilt Guild Row Quilt Challenge: Haven't touched this since January. Hoping to at least get a row or two ...

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July 13, 2018
Flash Back Friday - Wedding Rings from Thistle and Thicket Studio

Five years ago yesterday, my nephew walked down the isle a single man and walked out a husband and father. Of course, I commemorated the occasion with a quilt. I've never tackled a traditional wedding ring quilt but when I saw this pattern, I thought it was the perfect modern rendition for this fun loving couple. 


Wedding Rings Quilt Made By Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
Unfortunately, this is the only photo I have of this quilt. (Obviously before my blogging days!)

Quilt Stats:
  • Pattern: Wedding Rings by Seams & Dreams
  • Quilt Size: 96" x 96"
  • Fabric: Various prints of Moda's Kansas Troubles fabrics
  • Thread: Mettler, color unknown
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July 11, 2018
Pinwheel Point: MBS Choose Your Own Adventure QAL from Thistle and Thicket Studio

Moda Bake Shop Choose Your Own Adventure Mystery Quilt Along Co-Hosted By Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
How is everyone enjoying the adventure at Oda May's Summer Camp on the Moda Bake Shop blog? I've been busy sewing along and excited to share my adventures at Pinwheel Point today. Camp counselor Jessica Dayon took us down Path B to Pinwheel Point - click here for the directions.  


Play All Day By American Jane For Moda On Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
When we arrived, I headed straight for the wildflowers, choosing 6 layer cake squares with larger floral prints for the centers of my Pinwheel Point blocks. I paired them with contrasting small prints - pindots, ditzy print florals, and tiny geometrics - for the pinwheels.


Pinwheel Point Block Cutting Chart On Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
Here's my EQ7 cutting chart ...

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July 6, 2018
Zip. Zilch. Zero. from Thistle and Thicket Studio

2018 Q2 Finish-A-Long Results By Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
That's exactly how many UFOs I finished for this quarter of the Finish-A-Long. Really! How utterly sad is that? But, on a brighter note, I have been working on some surface pattern designs, we finished wheat harvest here on the farm and I've been busy helping to design a quilt and co-host Moda Bake Shop's Choose Your Own Adventure Quilt-A-Long going on this summer. So the last three months haven't been a total waste.

Speaking of Moda Bake Shop, today they featured me in their stories on Facebook and Instagram. How exciting is that! You can ...

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July 4, 2018
Cross Creek: MBS Choose Your Own Adventure QAL from Thistle and Thicket Studio


I'm excited that today is my turn as camp counselor on the Moda Bake Shop blog for the Choose Your Own Adventure QAL. We're taking a hike to Cross Creek! I hear the creek is full of trout so maybe we'll have to do a little fishing too!


Cross Creek Block For Moda Bake Shop By Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
Cross Creek is a plus block or 9-patch block and is the first row around the center medallion. I share instructions for two versions of the block here, including supplies, cutting and assembly instructions. This block is one of two options for this round. To see the other option ...

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July 1, 2018
Star Valley: MBS Choose Your Adventure QAL from Thistle and Thicket Studio

Moda Bake Shop Choose Your Own Adventure QAL Co-Hosted By Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com

I am so excited to finally set off on my first adventure at Oda May's Summer Camp. (What's Oda May's summer camp? It's a mystery QAL hosted by Moda Bake Shop. Click here and here for all the details.) I chose to take Path B with camp counselor Kristina Brinkerhoff and hike to Star Valley (Click here for the instructions). Although I love Path A going to Dresden Peak (instructions), let's get real, with my aversion to hand sewing - and heights (Dresden Peak, get it?) - I knew I'd never get that applique finished! LOL ...

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June 25, 2018
Packing For Oda May's Summer Camp! from Thistle and Thicket Studio

Moda Bake Shop Choose Your Own Adventure QAL Co-Hosted By Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
Are you ready for Oda May's Summer Camp? The Choose Your Own Adventure Mystery QAL is almost here! Today on the Moda Bake Shop blog, Oda May is sharing what you'll need for camp. Of course there's the usual supplies - sewing machine, rotary cutter, ruler, mat, thread, etc., but she's also providing all the details on fabric too. So that means I can show you what was in this secret package from Moda that I shared the other day!


Secret Package From Moda Fabrics For Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
Can you guess? Of course, it's fabric! But can you guess what collection I chose for ...

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MBS Choose Your Own Adventure Mystery QAL Starts Tomorrow! from Thistle and Thicket Studio

Moda Bake Shop Choose Your Own Adventure Mystery QAL Co-Hosted By Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com

Yes! It's finally time to load the bus for Oda May's Summer Camp! Tomorrow the first adventure starts with the posting of Path A (Path B will be posted on Wednesday and you can choose which path you want to take) on the Moda Bake Shop blog


In preparation for camp, Oda May has answered some questions that have been received and you can see them here on today's Sunday Social. She also shared this printable Project Tracker to help chart your adventures.

Sunday Social will be a regular feature on the Moda Bake Shop blog during ...

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June 15, 2018
Friday Finds from Thistle and Thicket Studio

Wheat harvest is just days away here on the farm and the hubby has been getting the combine ready for the many long hours we hope to put in harvesting the crop - which mean, a parts run to eastern Kansas was in order. Sure, we could have had the parts shipped to the farm but for the price of shipping we could pay for the gas to pick them up AND spend an evening with our son who lives in the Kansas City area. Of course we chose the latter. 

Painted Garden Fabric by Crystal Manning for Moda on Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
We arrived a little early (the son was still at ...

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