You have seen this quilt before called April Showers.
The quilt came out of the dryer and demanded a new, more fierce name. Thistle Storm was born and so did our adventures together.
In typical quilt blog fashion, I put Thistle Storm on the fence out back. She, yes it’s a girl quilt, started laughing. It was more of a mocking. “Really?” she said, “Just the fence. Come on. I deserve way better photos than this.” “Fine,” I replied and began scouting locations.
My husband works at a beautiful old estate turned event venue here in Indy. Maybe their grounds would have some good photo opportunities. We ventured over on a Friday afternoon and started with a normal quilt photo. Thanks hubby for holding it up. We walked along a pathway, but Thistle Storm became tired and wanted to rest on the bench.
After a brief rest she noticed the brook ahead and wanted to climb on the rocks. “Does this bush make me look fabulous?,” she asked. “It’s not your best pose, but we can make it work,” I replied.
We finished our photoshoot on these lovely brick stairs. She stretched out and enjoyed the sun for a few minutes. “I could just lay here all day and watch the clouds,” she noted. This is my favorite pose from the session. Once we were done she bunched herself up and rode home in the front seat. She was excited to see her photos.
Photo editing would have to wait until after my run. Thistle Storm is the laziest quilt around. She laid on the couch binge watching The Great British Bake Off on Netflix as I was sweating my ass off. She shrieked in horror when we pulled up to daycare to pick up P. “Please don’t let sticky fingers get on me,” she pleaded. P was unimpressed with her antics.
Since this quilt is so lazy, she needs to find a new home. Below is a bit more about the specifics on the Thistle Storm and how she can come stay at your house.
Kona Thistle is the light purple feature. Notice the detail in the purple floral print? It also has thistles which is no coincidence. In an ah-ha moment at the quilt shop I knew it felt right. I adore the purple to gray transition, a different version of Icy Waters from what I have seen.
I used leftover yardage for the backing to create something pieced and scrappy.
Why did I wait so long to quilt this? I was scared of making waves and that it would look terrible. After trying one, it wasn’t horrible. The rest turned out well. There are a couple of hiccups in the quilting, but I’m okay with that. Wavy lines may become a new go to for me.
White and lavender polka dots had been in stash for years, YEARS! As I was piecing the top, I remembered this print buried in my fabric cart. Rather than the 1.5 inch strips I normally use, I cut this at 2.5 inches. It was therapeutic to press yards of binding. There is some left over and now I need something to bind in this great print.
Of course I went with machine binding.
You find the quilt on Etsy and is ready to head to a new home.