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The Fabric Maverick says... Thimbleberries is coming!

October 2, 2008

I cannot imagine that anyone who quilts does not know the name Thimbleberries, but if you do not know this is a designer whose real life name is Lynette Jensen. This is Thimbleberries' 20th anniversary as a designer. I credit Lynette Jensen for getting me interested in quilting and teaching me the basics of quilting.

I think what drew me to her designs was the rich, warm, dark country colors. She combines country colors with a traditional twist. I have never seen anyone duplicate her. She is not known for her pastels! After using one of her patterns I was hooked. A beginning quilter needs to build confidence. When she makes that first project, she is trying to achieve the same size as the project indicates. Often you are frustrated wondering why your project did not turn out the same size as indicated on the pattern. I had purchased one of Ms. Jensen's books and selected a placemat pattern. I thought it might be a little above my skill level, but I wanted to give it a try. My confidence soared when I was finished! The placemats were the exact measurement as indicated in the pattern! One of the things I admire about Thimbleberries' designs is that the instructions are clear, concise and well written. Her books always have sections about the basic steps to quilting and her color theory. You do not need to read the directions 5 times to understand them.

I have tried for several years to have Thimbleberries added to our designer list. I have finally succeeded! Our first adventure is "Cover Story III". This is a series of nostalgic prints combined with just three coordinating fabrics to create a quilt. The complete instructions are printed on the panel. Do you sometimes say to yourself why didn't I think of that? This creates a whole new term- convenience quilts! A project that has virtually no complicated piecing. You just add borders, batting and backing to build your quilt. Quilt it and bind it for a completed top.  You are done!


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