Monday, February 27, 2017

Thistle Farm #3 - Tumbling Along

KT Winners

Due to technical difficulties last week, I'm announcing winners for two weeks today. Thanks to everyone for your patience.

Congratulations to the winner of our KT Thistle Farm charm pack:
Marie Chat -What a cute and creative pattern using your new Thistle fabric line. Looking forward to the Moda Blockhead project. The name reminds me of my childhood and my brothers!


And, to the winner of the Thistle Farm booklet:
 jane nj/wi -Your thistles are much gentler than the ones I had to pull as a kid in our pastures. Clever and fun piecing.


Thistle Farm

The wait begins. My Thistle Farm fabric collection is due to arrive in March. That means the cute young guy in the brown shorts from UPS could be bringing us a truck load of boxes anytime between now and March 31st. (I'm hoping for sooner than later.) Funny, he never looks as happy as we are while he's unloading all of those boxes. Hmmmmm....

Since Thistle Farm is our spring group, it includes the ever popular KT plum/purple we receive so many requests for each year. Yum!



I've shared the thistle-inspired projects over the past couple of weeks. Now I'd like to show you the block that inspired the thistle block - a layered patchwork version of a tumbler.

Here's the front of a strip of tumbler blocks showing the layered & topstitched triangles on adjoining squares. I first laid out a red square, blue rectangle, gold square, tan rectangle, green square in a row. Next, I laid matching triangles cut from a rectangle, similar to last weeks thistle tops, on the squares next to to it. A little glue, a little topstitching, and we're in business.



(The ivory pieces in the dish are thread winders)

Here's the back, showing how easy it is to sew a strip together with simple squares and rectangles. No stitching on bias edges so your rows are perfectly straight. Tah-dah!


Cut squares, rectangles and triangles from a couple Layer Cakes for variety, add a border, and you have our Cup 'O Charm lap quilt. (Grandaughter Delainey didn't know what a tumbler was, so we named it "cup" - duh, Gramma.)
Cup 'O Charm from Thistle Farm booklet
 Need a faster project? A couple charm packs make a nice sized runner by simply turning the triangles. We used 2 Thistle Farm charm packs for this runner, but charms from 2 different fabric lines makes it scrappier.

Tumbler Runner from Thistle Farm
With all this topstitching, what kind of thread should you use? My tan go-to color is Aurifil #2326 for most piecing and my bobbin. My favorite for topstitching is Aurifil 50wt. color #5013 green/gray. It blends with virtually all KT colors so you don't have to switch up threads on a scrappy project. To make it really easy for you to try it out, check out our March Special.

KT March Special

With the new Thistle Farm projects, I used a variety of colors to stitch the different colors of thistle tops, leaves and tumblers - purple, red, gold, green. The best to buy this selection is in my KT Aurifil Thread Box of 10 colors to match KT fabrics. A 220yd. spool of 50wt. Aurifil is regularly $5 - and a good value at that. This month, our Aurifil 220yd. spools are only $3.50 each and the KT box of 10 different colors is only $30! That's a savings of $20 off suggested retail. Wow! Now is the time to stock up before the Moda Blockheads BOW begins.



Box of 10 Aurifil 220yd. spools - $30


10 single 220yd. spools - $3.50 each
Comment this week to win an assortment of (4) spools of Aurifil thread - tan, green, red, purple. If you order before March 1st, our KT Templates are still 25% off for the February Special - score!

Moda Blockheads BOW

It's not too late to order a KT Starter Pack for the BOW beginning Wednesday, March 8th. I'll be blogging on Wednesdays now instead of Mondays to eliminate confusion about when the blocks will be posted. See you then!



32 comments:

  1. I love Aurifil thread an these are indeed the perfect colors to match your fabrics!

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  2. Your purple/plum color fabrics are the best. The Tumbler Runner is very nice ... I need to make it, just love it!

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  3. SWEET GIVEAWAY! THANK YOU!
    msstitcher1214@gmail.com

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  4. Aurifil thread is my favorite and since nearly every quilt I make is KT, it would be great to win these spools. Thanks for the chance.

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  5. I use Aurifil all the time and since almost every quilt I make has some KT fabric in it somewhere...I could really use some of that thread! Thanks for the giveaway. You're always so generous.

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  6. I Love using Aurifil , It is my favorite, I Would love to win some of the beautiful colors.

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  7. I have been using Aurifil thread for many, many years. Those colors are wonderful.

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  8. Love the tumbler quilt. I just made my first one this past fall, well, actually it was table runners, not a quilt, but it still was fun! I will be making a quilt of tumblers someday!

    Sandy A

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  9. Aurifil is wonderful thread. The four colors that you are sharing would definitely be used in my quilts. Thanks for your generosity in your many giveaways.

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  10. Beautiful Threads to go with your Beautiful Fabric, as always. Thanks for the chance at the giveaway.

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  11. Love Aurifil thread - and so does my machines. Thanks for the chance for the giveaway.

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  12. I would love to try this thread. I see it everywhere but still have not bought any. thanks for the wonderful giveaway.

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  13. Love all your projects and especially love your colors of Aurifil thread. Can't wait for the Blockheads to begin.
    Cathy

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  14. Love your emails your ideas are encouraging me ....Keep up the good work... happyness04431@yahoo.com

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  15. Love your emails your ideas are encouraging me ....Keep up the good work... happyness04431@yahoo.com

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  16. My Bernina and I love Aurifil thread. Your thread colors are lovely.
    Can't wait for the Blockheads! Terri
    T2mcgreer at gmail dot com

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  17. Now I need a Cup of Charm quilt! And I love Aurifil thread. Your colors are gorgeous.

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  18. I have never used Aurifil thread and would love this opportunity to try out several of the colors-maybe on this table runner!

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  19. I love your thread picks; these are colors I use quite a bit. Looking forward to Blockheads.

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  20. I would use these colors a lot! Thanks for letting me enter to win!

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  21. Love these colors! I would sure like to join the BOW, but we move on March 8. Maybe I can store up the patterns for later. Thank you again for your give aways.

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  22. I feel like a kid in a candy store when I look at all these beautiful colors!

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  23. I love the movement of the tumblers in the table runner--so fun! I like the idea of not having to change thread colors--I'm making note of the Aurifil colors you mentioned.

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  24. What a great fabric name, Thistle Farm. Many farmers do not like the wild thistle that grows here on the farms. It is very invasive in the cow pasture, but oh so beautiful when in bloom!!

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  25. Can't wait to get my hands on Thistle Farm!! When you have a new line come out, I have to load up on them as they go with any of your lines. The colors & prints are beautiful!!

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  26. Would love to win these threads so I have more to choose from to finish my project from the cruise I was on with you and Jenny the end of January.

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  27. I would love to see the purple Aurifil thread. I am liking the idea of your quick projects. Thank you for the inspiration.

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  28. I can't wait for your new fabric line to come out so I can buy some. I love it. I also love using Aurifil thread.

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  29. What a great give away! This thread is the perfect color for my stash! Looking forward to busting some of my stash with the block head event! jmh

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  30. I love your fabrics and can't wait to see what new project has been made with them. Thanks!

    Please click on the delaineelliott above for my email link.

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  31. Enjoyed visiting the shop. Loved seeing the Thistle Farm in person

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  32. Thistle Farm looks absolutely gorgeous, and yes, we all LOVE those plum/purples!!!

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