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February 19, 2019
Registration Open for Surface Design Immersion Course from Thistle and Thicket Studio

Bonnie Christine's Surface Design Immersion Course on Thistle Thicket Studio.
This time last year, I embarked on an eight-week adventure to learn how to use Adobe Illustrator to create my own textile designs. After looking at many different classes and courses, I landed on Bonnie Christine's Surface Pattern Design Immersion Course. I hadn't heard of Bonnie before nor had I taken any of her Skillshare classes but I just had a feeling that this was the course for me. And I was sooo right!

Ink Sketch By Thistle Thicket Studio.
I can't say enough about how much I learned about Illustrator from the Immersion course. And I knew nothing to start out. I ...

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February 11, 2019
Skimming Stones appliqué quilt pattern from Stitch and Yarn

One day I'm going to have my own screenprint table… but for now I'm just going to enjoy the release of my Skimming Stones quilt pattern – made from swatches I screenprinted for a range of fabrics I designed. It's a great feeling knowing you've not only made a quilt but also hand printed the fabrics it's made from.

Surface design was something I had some experience with, but it's a different way of thinking to design for screenprinting, and it was a good 20 years since I'd done it previously – making sure you ...

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February 8, 2019
The Business of Surface Pattern Design Free Mini Course from Thistle and Thicket Studio

I'm not one that likes to give testimonials. They always feel pushy and a little fake. But I couldn't help but want to share about Bonnie Christine's new mini course called The Business of Surface Pattern Design. If you've always wanted to learn how to turn your artwork into surface patterns or want to design your own fabric (like me), wallpaper, wrapping paper, etc., then Bonnie Christine is the best instructor I've come across.

Last year, I took the plunge and enrolled in Bonnie's Surface Pattern Design Immersion course. I was nervous because I ...

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February 6, 2019
Perseverance from Thistle and Thicket Studio

Last year I was blessed to be able to participate in Bonnie Christine Forkner's new surface pattern design class called Surface Pattern Design Immersion. I learned how to use Adobe Illustrator to make repeating patterns for textile design - and so so much more. (I'll have more details about the upcoming class and how you can join in future blog posts!)

Perseverance Surface Pattern Design by Thistle Thicket Studio.
Bonnie has a surface pattern design membership group called the Flourish Surface Design Dig that I'm a member of. This year, she has a monthly design challenge to help us create surface patterns for our portfolios, collections ...

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December 26, 2018
Merry Christmas (And A Christmas Collection To Share) from Thistle and Thicket Studio

"Oh Deer, It's Christmas" Reindeer Print Designed By Thistle Thicket Studio.

Seasons Greetings. Happy Holidays. Feliz Navidad. However you say it, I'm sending you warm wishes during this joyous season!

I wanted to share a few designs from my Christmas collection that I showed at quilt market in November. The reindeer print above is the hero print and these are a few of the coordinates.....
Oh Deer, It's Christmas! Collection Designed By Thistle Thicket Studio.

And here are a few of the mockups I made for my portfolio to showcase the collection.....
Oh Deer, It's Christmas! Stocking Mockup Designed By Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.comOh Deer, It's Christmas! Table Topper Mockup Designed By Thistle Thicket Studio.

And, of course, I had to design a tea towel!
Oh Deer, It's Christmas! Reindeer Noses Recipe Tea Towel Mockup Designed By Thistle Thicket Studio.

I also designed a quilt that I am hoping to get written into a pattern in the next ...

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December 3, 2018
A Tribute: Legendary Fabric Collection from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog

Often when you have a creative goal in mind, you just have to begin and start somewhere. Eventually, you'll learn along the way and get better at whatever it is that you're setting out to do! There's often no mentors to ask beforehand, no check list, no guidelines...just you and that gut feeling. However, with patience, persistence, and of course practice, you can achieve anything really! I'm sure all of us can relate to this because we've all started off somewhere. Just think back to how far you've come, and take a moment ...

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November 28, 2018
My Trip To Quilt Market As A Designer from Thistle and Thicket Studio

Really? It's almost December? And I'm over here still trying to recoup from my trip to Quilt Market and the Immersion Retreat that was at the beginning of the month!

As I've mentioned a couple of times on the blog, this year I spent quite a bit of time learning Adobe Illustrator and surface pattern design. The culmination of all that work was a portfolio containing three fabric collections that I showed to a few fabric companies at Quilt Market in Houston. I approached the opportunity as a learning experience to gain feedback on the direction of ...

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November 10, 2018
Immersion Retreat from Thistle and Thicket Studio

Whew! It's been a whirlwind couple of weeks. With my mom riding shotgun, I headed to Texas for some spoiling of grandkids, shopping, antiquing, visiting family, International Quilt Market and finally, the Immersion Retreat.

Bonnie Christine, Skye McNeill and me at the Immersion Retreat. Photo by Callie Lynch.
What is the Immersion Retreat? Well, it was one of the most amazing experiences I've been honored to participate in. The Immersion Retreat evolved from the Surface Pattern Design Immersion class that I took this spring from instructor Bonnie Christine Forkner. Bonnie is a textile designer for ...

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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.
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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June 6, 2018
The Latest In The Studio from Thistle and Thicket Studio

I'm geeking out and super excited about a couple of purchases that arrived in my studio last week. As you may remember, I recently took a surface pattern design class and trying to develop my first portfolio of design collections. But accurate color palettes have been a struggle. So I bit the bullet and purchased a set of Pantone Color Guides!

Pantone Fashion Home + Interiors Color Guides on Thistle Thicket Studio.
After struggling for several days with Pantone's site trying to register my guides, I finally figured out the issue (human error, of course) and downloaded the accompanying software and have it installed in Adobe Illustrator. Now I ...

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June 1, 2018
More Vinyl Fun from Thistle and Thicket Studio

Oh Em Gee! Can you believe it is June 1st?!!! Where has May gone? Soon wheat harvest will be upon us here on the farm and I have so many things to complete before then. I'm anxiously awaiting a top secret package from Moda for an even more top secret Moda Bake Shop event that I'm helping with this summer. So stay tuned as I reveal all the details in the next couple of weeks! It's going to be sew fun!

Custom Printed Vinyl T-Shirt Decal Designed By Thistle Thicket Studio.
Speaking of sew fun, yesterday my quilty friends and I gathered for a day of fun ...

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May 18, 2018
Fun With Custom Designed Vinyl from Thistle and Thicket Studio

Last week my mom and I hit the road for a little mother-daughter time, traveling to Texas for my niece's graduation and, of course, to spoil the grandkids. One of the highlights (there were several) of our trip was getting to pick up my custom printed adhesive vinyl and heat set vinyl from the design contest I won a couple of weeks ago. So a Mother's Day "crafternoon" was in order since my daughter is the one with a vinyl cutting machine.

Pansy Parade Custom Print Vinyl Designed By Thistle Thicket Studio.
I really didn't have any 'fantastic' ideas of what I wanted to use the vinyl ...

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April 29, 2018
My First Design Win! from Thistle and Thicket Studio

I'm so excited to share that I won my first surface pattern design contest! The contest was sponsored by Texas Vinyl Dispensary and was for a custom vinyl design for print on demand vinyl. My daughter told me about the contest the day before the deadline, so I didn't have a lot of time to come up with a design. And this is my winning design....Pansy Parade.

Pansy Parade - A Surface Pattern Design By Thistle Thicket Studio.
Although I'm not that familiar with vinyl and things you can make with it, I know that the pattern design needed to be small so that after the vinyl ...

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March 14, 2018
HOME Mini Quilts from Thistle and Thicket Studio

Lori Holt's Spelling Bee Blocks Made By Thistle Thicket Studio.
I received a galvanized metal farmhouse shelf from my mom for Christmas. It has a rod across the bottom to hang things on. The photo on the box showed galvanized buckets hanging from it. Of course I chose to hang a quilt instead. But it needed something more, so I decided to make a set of Spelling Bee (quilt book by Lori Holt of Bee In My Bonnet) letter mini quilts that spelled "HOME" to hang across it.

Lori Holt's Spelling Bee Blocks Made By Thistle Thicket Studio.
Of course, the letters were quick and easy to make. I used some of Lori Holt's Modern Mini's fabric to ...

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March 10, 2018
Embarking On A New Adverture from Thistle and Thicket Studio

Excited. Nervous. Scared. Anxious. I had all of those emotions and more as I clicked the button to enroll in Bonnie Christine's Surface Pattern Design Immersion course a couple of weeks ago. I was excited at the thought of finally learning how to use Adobe Illustrator to design fabric. Nervous that I was wasting my money on something that probably won't come to fruition. Scared that I really am not an artist so this dream is really not achievable. Anxious to take on the challenge and prove myself wrong.

Good Day Surface Pattern Design by Thistle Thicket Studio.

The class started this past week and it's ...

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January 1, 2018
It's Not Christmas Until The Chocolate Covered Cherries Are Made from Thistle and Thicket Studio

Christmas for my family is centered around spending time together, opening gifts, playing cards and eating. One thing that we always have to make for our Christmas sweets table is homemade chocolate covered cherries. It's a recipe my mom started making when I was a child. The duty was passed down to me when I married and now, my daughter also makes them (although she is known for soaking her cherries in alcohol first). I've shared the recipe here on my blog a couple of years ago, but I decided to share it with my family on an ...

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December 28, 2017
My Second Textile Design Client from Thistle and Thicket Studio

Now that Christmas is over, I can share a couple of design projects I did this fall. They are both tea towels, one for myself and one for a client, which I'll share first. I was honored to be asked by my sister-in-law to design a recipe tea towel using her mother's recipe cards. She wanted to give the tea towels as gifts to her sisters.

Custom Designed Recipe Tea Towel Designed by Thistle Thicket Studio.
I chose the color scheme based on the colors in the graphic on one of the recipe cards used in the design. I designed the background with pinstripes in two colorways. The ...

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November 21, 2017
'Tis The Season from Thistle and Thicket Studio

I'm just sitting down to do a quick update here on my blog between batches of banana nut bread and poppy seed bread baking in the oven. It smells wonderful! This week marks the beginning of the holidays for me. Really, though, I've been working on a few holiday crafts and Christmas gift projects for the last couple of weeks. Some I can share and some will have to wait until they are gifted and opened (don't want to ruin the surprise!).

Pink Deer & Pink Bottle Brush Trees Winter Scene by Thistle Thicket Studio.
I couldn't pass up this cute little pink reindeer ornament when I saw it ...

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