Good Morning, Quilters!
Today we are going to learn how to quilt a thistle pattern!
(NOTE-We are a little off from our “Tuesday Tutorials”–but does anyone know what day of the week it is anyway?”)
First– a little good news. For the cost of a small sewing machine, our web developer seems to have fixed our double email problem! Woo hoo! I know many of you found it frustrating! I want to thank all of you for your patience in this matter!
My New Book!
My new book, 25 Days to Better Machine Quilting releases the first week of June! We have had record sales in our Etsy shop–THANK YOU! Books purchased through my Etsy shop include a personalized signed copy and a little stitched treat! And books make great gifts! (If you are ordering any book as a gift be sure to let us know the name of the recipient.)
I think of thistle as a weed–but of course, that’s a matter of perspective.
Thistle is the national flower of Scotland. Legend has it that in the 13th century, Scottish clansmen were awakened to a surprise invasion of Vikings when one of the invaders cried out after stepping on thistle. Read more HERE
One girl’s weed is another man’s friend!
Even though I fight thistle in my garden, I do admire it’s beauty and tenacity!
How to Quilt a Thistle Pattern
Begin by stitching a long, vertical line. Add a double circle, ending on the top of the circles.
(If you need review of the double circle, check out the Tulip Time tutorial)
Add a short line with a knob at the end.
Add several more lines with knobs….
Stitch a crown over all of the short lines, ending on the double circle.
Stitch on the large circle and down the stem. Add the center vein line of the first leaf.
Add a tapered wavy line and the letter C.
Continue with shallow scallops to decorate the leaf edges.
Stitch along the vein line and stitch the mirror image on the left side of the leaf.
Add a leaf on the left side of the stem to complete the Thistle pattern.
You might also like the Dandelion Tutorial
How Does YOUR Garden Grow
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If YOU could choose a flower or weed for a symbol, what would it be?
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